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Why Third 'Bridget Jones' Film Is in Limbo UPDATED

UPDATE: Even though Helen Fielding's third book in the Bridget Jones trilogy, "Mad About the Boy," has seen huge first-day sales in the UK (and went on sale stateside October 15), neither Universal nor Working Title have snapped up film rights. (Working Title released the first "Bridget Jones" movie, and Universal the sequel, both worldwide hits.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 1:23 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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Image Nabs Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot,' Starring Firth and Witherspoon

Image Entertainment has tied up rights for "Devil's Knot," the Atom Egoyan true-crime thriller that debuted last month at TIFF. An all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth rehash the much-publicized story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongly sentenced for the murders of three children in Memphis.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 7, 2013 2:55 PM
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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 2:25 PM
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Review and Roundup: Weinstein Acquisition 'The Railway Man,' Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

The Weinstein Company recently closed a deal for US rights to "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by Aussie Jonathan Teplitzsky, and centers on a World War II veteran who tracks down the wartime men who tortured him. Per THR, it's a $2 million buy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 3:38 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Best 'Pride and Prejudice' Screen Adaptations UPDATE (Clips)

With Jerusha Hess' "Austenland," starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen obsessive, hitting theaters August 16, and the 200th anniversary of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" celebrated earlier this year, we rank the best screen versions of the romantic classic which sees the uniting of bright, stubborn Elizabeth Bennet with the breathlessly handsome yet slow-to-warm Mr. Darcy. Video below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 2:10 PM
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Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy Further Immortalized with 12-Foot Statue in Lake

Remember that iconic moment in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice" when Colin Firth's Mr.Darcy has just gone for an impromptu lake swim, and his soaked undershirt clings to his body, with those irresistible damp tendrils of hair hanging in his face? We know you do. (And if you need a refresher, we have video below.) Well, that moment is now further immortalized with a twelve-foot-tall statue in the middle of London's Serpentine Lake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 8, 2013 1:17 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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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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