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Sundance Institute Names Participants for Third Film Forward: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Valley of Saints,' 'Chasing Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute announces its third year of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institue of Museum and Library Services...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 3:42 PM
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Lionsgate Likes Francis Lawrence; He'll Direct Two 'Hunger Games' Sequels After 'Catching Fire'

Lionsgate likes the way that director Francis Lawrence has extended, in "Catching Fire" (November 22, 2013), the world Gary Ross created in the first installment of "Hunger Games." The studio has hired Lawrence ("Water for Elephants") to helm the two concluding films in Susanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen series as well, "Mockingjay" Part 1 (November 21, 2014) and Part 2 (November 20, 2015).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2012 3:10 PM
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AFM, Day 1: Seyfried & Dempsey, Morton & Hunt, Weinstein, Wiig, Wan & More Titles in the Mix [UPDATED]

As the American Film Market (AFM) kicks off November 1, IM Global has come on board to produce Joe Carnahan's "Stretch." Patrick Wilson stars in the action film, with frequent IM Global partner Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions ("Paranormal Activity") co-producing.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 3:06 PM
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Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 2:42 PM
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Film Society of Lincoln Center Theaters Reopen After Storm

When digital manager Eugene Hernandez returned to work at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Wednesday, there was power but it took considerable effort to get all systems up and ready so that their theaters could reopen Thursday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2012 2:41 PM
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Bennett Miller's True Story of Olympian Murder 'Foxcatcher' Goes to Columbia; Stars Carell, Ruffalo, Tatum & Miller

Columbia Pictures has acquired US rights to "Capote" director Bennett Miller's upcoming "Foxcatcher." The film, from Annapurna Pictures, will also be co-financed by Columbia. Miller and Columbia also worked together on last year's Oscar-nominated "Moneyball."
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 2:36 PM
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Makeup Artists Talk Challenges of 'Cloud Atlas': Multiple Characters, Movie Stars Hanks & Berry, Yellowface & Political Correctness

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry have starred in a combined 88 films, so when tasked to transform two of Hollywood's most familiar faces, “Cloud Atlas'” hair, make-up and prosthetics designers Jeremy Woodhead and Daniel Parker had only one place to start: the nose.
  • By Amy Nicholson
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  • November 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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May the Rights Be With You: Which Studios Own Which Franchise Characters?

In the wake of Disney's major purchase of LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, EW asks the pertinent question: Which studios own which major franchise characters? Disney's Robert Iger made clear during a conference call after the announcement that he'd rather pay through the nose for an established brand than risk creating anything new. He's making the smart bet that longtime Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, will be able to take consultant Lucas's blueprint for new "Star Wars" episodes and reinvent the series with fresh writers and directors. ("The Empire Strikes Back," directed by Irvin Kershner, is widely considered the best of the saga.) 
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 1:44 PM
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Chastain, Cooper, Jackman & Kushner talk 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Les Mis,' 'Silver Linings' & 'Lincoln' in EW's Holiday Preview

In EW's Holiday Movie Preview, actors from several hot titles speak out on their roles, including Jessica Chastain on the mysterious "Zero Dark Thirty," Bradley Cooper in the feel-good festival favorite "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day-Lewis' method acting during "Lincoln" and Hugh Jackman on why the epic "Les Miserables" is still relevant.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 1:26 PM
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Loves Women, Including Jodie Foster

The Hollywood Foreign Press has not only chosen two funny women to host the Golden Globes (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) but are honoring Jodie Foster with the HFPA board of directors' Cecil B. DeMille Award honoring Foster's impact on the world of entertainment as both actress and director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2012 12:57 PM
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