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CinemaCon: Lionsgate Puts 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Front and Center

At CinemaCon 2013, the Lionsgate movie that was front and center--even if star Jennifer Lawrence wasn't able to join the company jet--was "Catching Fire" (November 22) which is in post-production. Doing the honors in Las Vegas were director Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross for the final two films in the trilogy, Elizabeth Banks and and Australian star Liam Hemsworth. "We're going to ratchet up the emotion and scope and action," said Lawrence. The CinemaCon trailer will go out on "Iron Man 3."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2013 4:28 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Lineup Includes 'The Bling Ring' and 'The Way, Way Back' (TRAILERS)

The 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival has announced its lineup, which includes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" and Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 3:10 PM
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Woody Allen Returns to France for Next Film Starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

Woody Allen is returning to Europe this summer for the eighth time to shoot his next typically untitled comedy in southern France. British star Colin Firth and American actress Emma Stone topline the cast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2013 3:06 PM
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HBO Signs Alex Gibney to Direct Sinatra Music Doc (CLIPS)

HBO has signed Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") to direct a yet untitled four-hour miniseries documentary on the life and music of Frank Sinatra.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 2:05 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Begins with 'Twenty Feet from Stardom,' 'Populaire,' 'The Artist and the Model'

The first screening of the first full day of the San Francisco International Film Festival begins, with Fernando Trueba's "The Artist and the Model," and "Twenty Feet from Stardom."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 30, 2013 12:49 PM
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Cannes Announces Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries, Agnes Varda and Thomas Vinterberg at the Helm

In Cannes news, juries have been rounded out for the Un Certain Regard sidebar as well as the Camera d'Or, with Thomas Vinterberg and Agnes Varda at the helm respectively.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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2013 Tony Award Nominations: 'Kinky Boots' Leads with 13, Nods for Tom Hanks, Tony Shalhoub, Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy'

Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with the musical "Kinky Boots" leading with 13 as well as a best actor nod for Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 11:48 AM
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CinemaCon: Fox Launches 'Walter Mitty' Oscar Campaign, Bullock & McCarthy's 'The Heat'

Last year Twentieth Century Fox used its CinemaCon presentation to wow exhibitors with glorious footage from Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," and instantly established the 3-D epic as a major Oscar contender. This year, solo chairman Jim Gianopulos, no longer paired with now-departed Tom Rothman, introduced his upcoming slate with impressive footage from Ben Stiller's ambitious cinematic retelling of the classic James Thurber New Yorker short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2013 7:40 PM
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Will Participant's Latest Spanish Co-Production Expose Corporate Pollution?

Last week, it was announced that Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman would star in Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark," a supernatural thriller presented by Participant Media. What political position will the film be taking on?
  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 29, 2013 5:19 PM
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LISTEN: Steven Soderbergh on 'What's Killing Cinema,' A Fungible Algorithm (PODCAST)

No State of Cinema address at the SFIFF has been as hotly anticipated as this year's by Steven Soderbergh. (Listen to our podcast recording below.) This is not only because he's a prolific and beloved auteur that has worked in every genre and budget, but because he recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, in order to spend more time painting, making collages, writing books, directing a new play by Scott Burns about Columbine, as well as a stage version of "Cleopatra," and exploring other avenues of creativity.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2013 3:11 PM
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