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Tribeca: Anchor Bay Snags Distribution Rights to Indie Horror Film 'Mr. Jones'

At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Anchor Bay picked up the rights to "Mr. Jones," writer/director Karl Mueller's indie horror film about a young couple (Jon Foster and Sarah Jones) terrorized in (where else but) a remote cabin by a twisted forest-dwelling hermit. No word yet on the North American distribution date of "Mr. Jones," but the film will have its world premiere on April 19th at Tribeca.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 3:42 PM
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HBO Nabs TV Rights to Whoopi Goldberg's Directorial Debut, Documentary 'Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You'

HBO has acquired all US broadcast and home video rights to Whoopi Goldberg's directorial debut, "Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You," a feature-length documentary about the iconic stand-up comedienne of the title. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 2:32 PM
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Time Announces 100 Most Influential People in the World, Including Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and Lena Dunham

Today, TIME Magazine announced its 10th annual TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. A number of entertainers made the list including Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg. Below are a few excerpts from the list, penned also by famous actors and writers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 12:45 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Free Advance Screening to Open EW's CapeTown Film Festival UPDATED

As we predicted, EW's CapeTown Film Festival, running at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 30 through May 5, will kick off with a complimentary advance screening of Marvel's "Iron Man 3." The film hits theaters in wide release on May 3. Full lineup for the fest below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 12:24 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Award Eight Filmmaking Grant Recipients, $340K Total in Funding

The San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, announced today the eight projects that will receive a total of $340,000 in funding -- the largest amount given out to date -- in the latest round of SFFS/KRF filmmaking grants.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 12:10 PM
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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner 'Fruitvale' Changed to 'Fruitvale Station'

The Weinstein Company has announced that the title of its July 26-slated true crime drama, "Fruitvale," has changed to "Fruitvale Station." "Fruitvale" was a hit at Sundance earlier this year, winning the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 11:21 AM
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Hugh Grant's Return to Rom-Com, Untitled Marc Lawrence Film, Goes Into Production UPDATE

Principal photography has begun in New York on Marc Lawrence's yet untitled romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2013 1:06 PM
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CinemaCon: Paramount Promos Big, Noisy Movies 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'World War Z,' 'Pain and Gain' (VIDEO)

At CinemaCon, the annual exhibitors' convention in Las Vegas, the studios are clearly chasing huge VFX packed event movies to pull audiences into theaters. At the first studio presentation, hosted by Paramount co-chairman Rob Moore, the movies were big and noisy, amplified by some 495,000 watts of Dolby Atmos sound in the theater. That's one reason they showed Michael Bay's $25 million bad boy celebration "Pain and Gain," an impeccably produced dumb-male comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2013 7:17 PM
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Eight New Character Posters for 'Snowpiercer' Revealed, Bong Joon-Ho Joins Surge of Korean Directors Making English-Language Debuts

Eight new character posters have been released for Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic trainride and first foray into English-language films, "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer and Jamie Bell. Weinstein Co. picked up English-speaking territories of the film off ten minutes of AFM footage.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 5:09 PM
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CinemaCon: MPAA Head Chris Dodd Urges Parents to "Check the Box," Descriptors on Film Ratings Blocks Now More Prominent

During MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd's remarks today at CinemaCon (the national theater owners' convention), a new campaign was revealed intended to remind parents to "Check the Box" (being the ratings box) so they can make informed decisions about the content of a movie before determining if it's appropriate for their children.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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