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SPC Takes Rights to Israel Secret Service Documentary 'The Gatekeepers'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Dror Moreh's documentary "The Gatekeepers" for North American distribution, following its premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. In the film, Moreh interviews six former heads of Israel's Shin Betadds.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:28 PM
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Taylor Kitsch Returns to Canada with 'Grand Seduction' After 'John Carter,' 'Battleship' & 'Savages' Misfires

There's still hope for Taylor Kitsch, despite the failures of "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Savages." He is set to join the ensemble cast of Brendan Gleeson, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Gordon Pinsent for "The Grand Seduction," which begins shooting today in Newfoundland, Canada. The film, to be directed by Candian filmmaker Don McKellar, is a remake of 2003 Quebecois film "Le Grand Seduction" (aka "Seducing Doctor Lewis").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:26 PM
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'Ronna & Beverly' Stars Join Paul Feig's Bullock & McCarthy Buddy Cop Comedy

Paul Feig has added "Ronna & Beverly" writer-performers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo ("Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") to his upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:23 PM
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More Fantastic Fest Titles: 'Dredd 3D,' 'Room 237,' 'The Shining' & More Join Burton Opener 'Frankenweenie'; 'The Master' Also Expected

Fantastic Fest has finalized its first round of films playing in its 2012 edition. As previously announced, Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will open the festival, which runs September 20-27 in Austin, Texas. We got up close and personal with "The Art of Frankenweenie" exhibition at Comic-Con (pictured above); check out photos and video here. "Dredd 3D," which enjoyed a well-received sneak peak at Comic-Con, will premiere at Fantastic Fest. The film is a remake of Sylvester Stallone's 1995 original. Karl Urban stars and Pete Travis directs (trailer below). Also in the mix is Rodney Ascher's Sundance fave "Room 237," which looks at symbolism theories from Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." (David Poland interviewed the filmmakers at Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 2:38 PM
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Animated Oscar-Nominee 'Chico & Rita' Limited Edition Collector's Set Releases September 18

Cinedigm is releasing Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisca's Oscar-nominated animated film "Chico & Rita" on DVD, Bluray and VOD September 18, and digitally August 21. The Limited Edition Collector's Set also includes the soundtrack and a 16-page excerpt from the graphic novel. The Spanish film celebrates the music of Cuba via an epic love story.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 2:27 PM
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OBIT: French Avant-Garde Filmmaker Chris Marker (VIDEO CLIP)

French writer and avant garde multimedia artist/photographer/filmmaker Chris Marker died at age 91 on July 29. The film that they screen most at film schools is Left Bank Cinema entry "La jetee" (1962), followed by "A Grin Without a Cat" (1977), "Sans Soleil" (1983) and his documentary essay on Akira Kurosawa, "AK"(1985).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2012 2:00 PM
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Finally 'The Master' Joins Malick's 'To The Wonder,' De Palma's 'Passion' for Venice Competition

Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week. Now "The Master" along with Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” will suck up the oxygen during the La Biennale.
  • By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller
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  • July 30, 2012 1:22 PM
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LA Times Adds Three Writers to Entertainment Staff

As the Los Angeles Times and its readership continue to shrink, and owner Tribune Company pulls out of bankruptcy, the paper has consistently pushed to bolster its editorial ranks in its most lucrative section in a company town. Thus Arts & Entertainment Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan has announced three new staff hires.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2012 1:02 PM
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It's True: Peter Jackson Will Turn 'The Hobbit' Into a Trilogy (COMIC-CON VIDEO)

At a press conference backstage at Comic-Con, Peter Jackson revealed that he wants not only to get permission for a few weeks of reshoots next year for what could be two long "Hobbit" films--supplemented with darker material from JRR Tolkien's appendices-- but they could wind up as three. UPDATE: Now the filmmaker confirms the trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2012 12:49 PM
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New Featurette for Bradley Cooper's 'The Words'; Star Cast Sells It Hard

CBS Films has released a featurette for Sundance closing night film "The Words," starring Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde, Zoë Saldana, Dennis Quaid, and Jeremy Irons. They discuss how good the script is; we'll find out just how well it translated when it releases September 7.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 12:41 PM
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