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Nancy Meyers is Helping You Decorate

Films from director Nancy Meyers are characterized by the characters's unattainably perfect homes. While part of the appeal is the fantasy of these elegantly cozy magazine-perfect interiors, Meyers is currently guest editing a home-decor auction for One Kings Lane to help your life become a little more breezily impeccable.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2013 1:45 PM
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Academy Announces 2013 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Finalists

Nine screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the highly competitive $35,000 fellowships.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 2:21 PM
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AFI FEST Seeks Replacement for Opening Weekend Gala as 'Foxcatcher' Falls Out

The good news for the AFI FEST (November 7-14) is that it often lands late-finishers in the Oscar derby. The bad news is that they sometimes don't finish. That's what happened with Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which was scheduled for the festival's high-profile opening weekend Friday gala on November 8. Opening night is "Saving Mr. Banks" and closing is "Inside Llewyn Davis," but AFI had hoped to world premiere the Sony Pictures Classics release, which will now benefit from further tinkering before SPC opens the film, not on December 20, but in 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2013 1:59 PM
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Mick Jagger Wanted to Play Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange,' The Beatles Wanted to Do Soundtrack

Letters of Note blog has yet another amazing discovery for us today. Before Kubrick famously took the helm of "A Clockwork Orange," producer Si Litvinoff approached director John Schlesinger with the project. Litvinoff's letter to Schlesinger is revealing: Mick Jagger was interested in playing the role of Alex (eventually to be played to iconic effect by Malcolm McDowell) and none other than the Beatles wanted to supply the soundtrack.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 1:43 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach Talk 'Prisoners'

Clint Eastwood's editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach discuss taking time out to get under the skin of Denis Villeneuve's provocative "Prisoners."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Spielberg Classic 'Jaws'

Unstoppable Monsters! week at Trailers from Hell concludes on a ferocious note with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror-adventure classic "Jaws," starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and three outsized powered prop sharks all named Bruce.
  • By Trailers From Hell
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  • September 27, 2013 12:48 PM
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In the Works: Cate Blanchett to Helm 'The Dinner' as Feature Directorial Debut

Cate Blanchett is preparing to make her feature-film directorial debut with "The Dinner," an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Herman Koch. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") will pen.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:41 PM
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'The Giver,' Starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, Heads Into Production

The Weinstein Company has announced that principal photography on the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1994 dystopian YA classic and Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" heads underway on October 7. The film stars quite the cast: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan ("Vampire Academy") and Taylor Swift.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:39 PM
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Jim Mickle Talks Smart Horror Remake 'We Are What We Are'

Just three years after Jorge Michel Grau's 2010 Mexican film "We Are What We Are" played at the Cannes Festival market (see clip and original Mexican trailer below), Jim Mickle's American remake, which debuted well at Sundance, played in the festival proper in the Director's Fortnight, which sometimes welcomes smart well-made horror films such as this one. EOne opens the elegantly shot, well-acted film--which deals with a small town religious family maintaining their long tradition of ritual cannibalism-- September 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2013 11:59 AM
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NYFF Live Talks Panelists Include Claire Denis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Huppert, Andrea Arnold and More

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced their second annual free-to-the-public NYFF LIVE series of filmmaker conversations. Participants include Claire Denis, (“Bastards”), Bruce Dern, (“Nebraska”), Isabelle Huppert, (“Abuse of Weakness”), Hirokazu Kore-eda, (“Like Father, Like Son”), and a special conversation on story creation and the artistic process with 2013 Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights,” “Fish Tank”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:44 AM
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