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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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Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment 147 Years Late; University Professor Who Saw 'Lincoln' Discovered Clerical Error

While the United States' 16th president Abraham Lincoln was key in pushing through the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, it seems that the film "Lincoln" has called attention to an error in Mississippi law: the state never actually ratified the slavery-outlawing amendment.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2013 12:13 PM
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Robin Wright Hits a Groove, from 'House of Cards' to Upcoming 'Congress' and 'Most Wanted Man'

After three strong supporting roles in 2011 ("Moneyball," "Rampart," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Robin Wright returned with headliner power in Netflix's "House of Cards." Much has been said about how the show (reviews: TOH, Indiewire) heralds the new post-TV era (as of February 12 it was the most-streamed title on Netflix). But for many observers, the big reveal of the series (available in its 13-episode entirety on Netflix) is not the always showy Kevin Spacey, or yet another wily Mara sister, but scene-stealer Wright as Washington powerbroker Claire Underwood.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 6:17 AM
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