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Henry Cavill's Superman Ready for Takeoff on EW Cover

Henry Cavill's Superman appears to be poised and ready to strike in a new image from "Man of Steel," revealing another take on Superman's signature red and blue getup on the new Entertainment Weekly cover. Cavill takes on the square-jawed alien superhero in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" alongside a strong ensemble including Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Christopher Meloni, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne (trailer below).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2013 6:34 AM
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Documentarian Ondi Timoner Hits Kickstarter for 'Total Disruption'

Playing the Kickstarter game is one of many skills today's filmmakers need in order to flourish. But that's only one of the things doc veteran Ondi Timoner wants her fellow filmmakers to learn: she's let the world know that Tuesday April 9 is the launch day for the Kickstarter campaign for "A Total Disruption."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2013 3:29 PM
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In the Works: Director Todd Field to Adapt Jess Walter's Italy-Set Bestseller 'Beautiful Ruins'

Director Todd Field ("Little Children," "In the Bedroom") is set to direct an adaptation of Jess Walter's bestseller "Beautiful Ruins," centering on a near-love affair sparked in Italy in 1962, and rekindled in Hollywood half a century later. Field and Walter will co-pen the screenplay.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 1:35 PM
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'In Her Voice,' New Ebook by Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein, Collects More Than 40 Interviews with Women Directors

Indiewire's own Women and Hollywood editor Melissa Silverstein has just published an ebook, "In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing," a collection of more than 40 interviews with feature and documentary women filmmakers from around the world.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 1:03 PM
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More: News, News

Ebert Memorial: Saying Good-Bye to Roger

It was an appropriately gray, overcast and rainy Monday morning for the funeral of beloved film critic Roger Ebert held at the Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Hundreds of people were lined up outside the church just for a chance to pay their respects and say a final goodbye to someone who they considered to be one of their own, or as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called Ebert, a “true populist.”
  • By Sergio Mims
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  • April 8, 2013 8:57 PM
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Roger Ebert Update: Funeral Held, Memorial Services Planned in Chicago

On Monday April 8 at 10 AM funeral services for Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, will be held at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State St. Friends and fans are welcome on a first-come basis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2013 6:54 PM
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Academy to Name Theater in Upcoming Museum of Motion Pictures After Hollywood Billionaire David Geffen

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $25 million commitment from the David Geffen Foundation. In recognition of the gift, the Academy will name its upcoming Museum of Motion Pictures' premiere-sized theater in honor of Geffen.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 2:15 PM
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Goes Into Production, Starring Evans, Johansson, Jackson and Robert Redford

As expected, Marvel has wasted no time ramping up production on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is now underway in Los Angeles. Chris Evans is back as the beefy, star-spangled Captain, with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson on board as ubiquitous Avengers Black Widow and Nick Fury. Additionally, film icon Robert Redford is playing Agent Alexander Pierce.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 1:46 PM
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Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70; Fought Multiple Sclerosis (CLIPS)

I grew up with Annette Funicello. She was my favorite older girl on "The Mickey Mouse Club," a friendly face with a sweet voice. She started on the show in 1955 at age 13, the only cast member selected by Walt Disney himself after he saw her dance the lead in Swan Lake at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. She also appeared frequently on long-running weekly show "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2013 1:40 PM
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More: Obit

Roman Polanski Q & A Via Skype on 'Chinatown,' Upcoming 'Venus in Fur' and Dreyfus Affair Film

A mini-retrospective devoted to Polanski at San Francisco's Roxie Theater yields not only a double bill of "Chinatown" and "Frantic," but a live Skyped interview with the director of both, Roman Polanski, from his now seemingly permanent place of exile, Paris. Thom Mount, the executive producer of Polanski's "Pirates" and producer of "Frantic" and "Death and the Maiden," conducts the Skype interview.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 7, 2013 9:27 PM
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