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ESPN Films Launches 'Nine for IX': Nine Stories from 14 Women Filmmakers on Women in Sports [TRAILER]

This summer, ESPN will host a series of films called "Nine for IX" - nine documentaries about women in sports, all directed by women filmmakers, named for the Title IX amendment. ESPN Films and espnW announced the series at a lunch in New York earlier today. "Nine for IX" will take the format of ESPN's successful "30 for 30" series, in which acclaimed directors took on a passion project with the shared mission to tell a great sports story. All of the "Nine of IX" films are currently in production; ESPN has slated the series to premiere on July 2, 2013 airing over nine consecutive Tuesday evenings.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 19, 2013 7:49 PM
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Transitions in Media World, from Time Warner Mags to a Variety Reboot; Sragow Returns to L.A.

Sad but true. The march of time continues to bring inevitable shifts in the media world. Newsweek has been swallowed by The Daily Beast. And now Time Warner's publishing arm is considering creating a new joint magazine venture with broadcast giant Meredith Corporation focused on women's titles. Meanwhile Jay Penske, CEO of Variety parent Penske Media Corp, is about to reveal his reboot of Variety amid considerable anxiety at the venerable trade.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2013 7:12 PM
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Magnolia Takes US Rights to Norway's 'Ragnarok' with 'Kon-Tiki' Star ål Sverre Hagen

Magnolia takes rights to Norwegian adventure film "Ragnarok" after seeing a three minute promo at the Berlin Film Market. The Trust Nordisk film, from director Mikkel Sandemose, is about an archaeologist ("Kon Tiki"'s Pål Sverre Hagen) obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 3:45 PM
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Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Goes to CBS Films; Watch Exclusive Trailer Leak Here UPDATED

UPDATE: CBS Films takes US rights to the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." It's a big buy for CBS, reportedly with a price tag close to $4 million. The art house film, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake, will be helped at the box office by its big names and Coen devotees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2013 2:10 PM
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Casting Watch: Christian Bale Circling the Summit of 'Everest,' Jason Clarke Sees 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star in "Everest," with Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland's Oscar entry "The Deep") attached to direct. The Working Title/Universal project centers on the tragic true story of a 1996 expedition during which two groups attempted to reach the mountain's summit.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 1:52 PM
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'Blancanieves' Leads Spanish Goya Awards, Bayona Takes Best Director for 'Impossible'

The Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards were announced, and Pablo Berger’s "Blancanieves" (a twist on the Snow White fairytale) took Best Picture and nine other awards. Juan Antonio Bayona won Best Director for "The Impossible," but handed the award over to María Belón at the awards ceremony..
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 1:37 PM
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Now and Then: In 'For Ellen,' the Many Faces of Paul Dano

Put a quarter in the jukebox and the rocker Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) transforms. His loping gait diffuses into trance, a manic, writhing riff on his stage persona. It's a conversion experience of sorts, fittingly enough: "For Ellen" is a tale of many metamorphoses.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 19, 2013 1:34 PM
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Watch: Maggie Smith on '60 Minutes,' Plus Career Highlight Clips

Check out this "60 Minutes" interview with the Dowager Countess herself, Maggie Smith. As Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein notes, "There aren't many actresses as popular with the Harry Potter set as she is with the Masterpiece Theatre set."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2013 1:33 PM
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Why 'Life of Pi' Will Win Multiple Oscars Next Weekend

Going into the final Oscar stretch, Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" has turned out to be a stronger contender--and box office juggernaut, at close to $600 million worldwide--than many had expected. Nominated for eleven Oscars, among the categories the movie is favored to win are best director, cinematography, visual effects and editing. Some weeks back I moderated a lively DGA panel with cinematographer Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), producer David Womark, VFX animator and supervisor Erik Jan De Boer, visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (of beleaguered Rhythm & Hues) and Lee's long-time editor Tim Squyres.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2013 1:32 PM
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Casting Watch: Tobias Santelmann of 'Kon-Tiki' Gearing Up for 'Northmen -- A Viking Saga'

Tobias Santelmann, who stars as one of the brawny sailors on Thor Heyerdahl's raft in Norway's Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki," has been cast as Viking leader Asbjorn in "Northmen -- A Viking Saga."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2013 12:14 PM
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