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Magnolia Pictures Nabs US Rights to Malick’s 'To the Wonder' for 2013 Release

One of the luckiest things that ever happened to Terrence Malick was Fox Searchlight falling in love with his labor of love "The Tree of Life." Who else would have lavished so much care and attention on a film that topped out at $13.3 million domestic?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2012 11:37 AM
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Weekend Preview: 'Looper' & 'Pitch Perfect' Deliver

There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of documentaries, plus "Won't Back Down," "Headshot" and "Hotel Transylvania" arriving in theaters. Check out details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 6:35 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors Names Ten Finalists for Outstanding Short Film Award 2013

Cinema Eye names the ten finalists for its 2013 Outstanding Short Film Award, as chosen by a committee of international film festival programmers. The nonfiction films are listed below. Five of the finalists will be announced as nominees in October, prior to the 6th Annual Cinena Eye Honors in January.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 6:23 PM
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DGA's Grim Stats on Director Diversity in Television: 'Our Industry Has to Do Better'

The Directors Guild of America's findings on the diversity of directors in episodic television are grim. Included in their analysis were 3,100 episodes of over 190 scripted shows produced across network and cable channels throughout 2011-2012. After the DGA adjusted their parameters to allow more accurate statistics for this year's report, they adjusted the prior year's results.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 4:10 PM
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Walter Hill Is Back in the Saddle with 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' Remake (Video)

Writer-director Walter  Hill is one of the great underappreciated auteurs. He can do it all: stylish action, intelligent dialogue, epic scale and intimate relationships. So it's always good news to announce that he has a new movie, especially when he wrote it himself. Do I want to see him do yet another remake? No. But in this case I am curious to see his take on the classic star vs. star horror flick "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" made famous by Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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NYFF: Free LIVE Talk Series Includes Rothman, Potter, Mungiu, Bernal & Gerwig

The New York Film Festival's LIVE series, which features free-to-the-public discussions with filmmakers and film industry professionals, will this year include directors Sally Potter, Cristian Mungiu, Lee Daniels and Barry Levinson, and actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Greta Gerwig. A conversation with recently-resigned longtime Fox chairman Tom Rothman on the making of Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" is also a highlight of the talk series. Full schedule below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 2:28 PM
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Tina Fey Goes Lightly on EW Cover and Talks 'Mean Girls,' Sarah Palin, Tracy Morgan & 'Bossypants'

Comedy queen and "30 Rock" maven Tina Fey sits down for an interview in the upcoming EW (on newsstands September 28), and talks everything from axed masturbation references in "Mean Girls" to her Sarah Palin impression, from Tracy Morgan's homophobic stand-up rant in 2011 to what didn't make the cut in her bestseller "Bossypants." Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 2:26 PM
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Fandango Hires EW Vet and Oscar Expert Dave Karger as Media Front Man

As the LA Times' Geoff Boucher joins ex-USA Today writer Anthony Breznican at weekly magazine EW, 17-year EW vet Dave Karger is moving on. He is heading away from print reporting to a career as a professional video pundit and media front man. He will now grow his media profile at NBCUniversal's Fandango as the online ticketseller's first "chief correspondent." The main lure is increased visibility across NBCUniversal's media outlets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:39 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sweet Wasikowska Goes Sadistic in Park Chan-wook's Deliciously Menacing 'Stoker'

Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy," "Thirst") is up to his devilishly stylish genre work again in this hypnotic new trailer for "Stoker," starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and a quietly ruthless Mia Wasikowska (packing heat! and a pencil!). Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" seems to be a major reference, as Goode plays Uncle Charlie, an outsider with murderous intentions who comes to stay with the two women.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 1:13 PM
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AFI FEST Opens with 'Hitchcock' Starring Hopkins and Mirren

The American Film Institute (AFI) is closing AFI FEST with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and opening on November 1 with Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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