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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'At Any Price'

In advance of festival premieres at Venice and Toronto, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up all North American and Eastern European rights (excluding CIS and Russia) to Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham, which debuted in the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 6:53 PM
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Spike Lee to Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Award at Venice Film Fest

Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 3, 2012 12:22 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood,' Shelved for 19 Years, Finished for Dutch Festival Debut

When actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, the film he was currently shooting, Dutch director George Sluizer's "Dark Blood," was seemingly put on permanent hold. Now, 19 years after he began the project, 80-year-old Sluizer has finished the film and it will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on September 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:57 PM
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'Seven Psychopaths' Among 60+ New Titles Added to Toronto Lineup; Classics Include Hitchcock, Polanski & Rossellini

The Toronto International Film Festival adds sixty new films to its previously announced titles, including titles in the Documentary, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, Kids and Cinematheque programs, as well as the ten films from Mumbai playing in City to City. Still not listed in the official line-up is Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which reportedly has a slot. Count on Harvey Weinstein to seek yet another splashy headline after holding out for solo stories on Venice.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 31, 2012 12:26 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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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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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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First Look: DocuWeek's Untold 9/11 Story of Cantor Fitzgerald, 'Out of the Clear Blue Sky'

From August 10-16, Danielle Gardner's 9/11 documentary “Out of the Clear Blue Sky,” a behind-the-scenes, intimate story of the devastation of 9/11, will screen at DocuWeeks 2012. The film delves into the untold story of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that occupied the top five floors of the World Trade Center.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 7:00 AM
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Comic-Con Wrap: from 'Walking Dead' Zombie-Proof Car and 'Twilight' Finale to Marvel Panel; Costume Photo Gallery

Comic-Con is great fun if you don't have to be in Hall H. I'd skip it and watch the panels on YouTube if I didn't want to see the early footage. The Hall H security was so tight this year that even the studio PR execs were complaining about trying to get their people in. I bargained for passes for each individual studio panel..
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:24 PM
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