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Kubrick's Unmade 'Dr. Jazz,' Portrait of Swing-Loving Nazi Officer

With news of Steven Spielberg taking over Stanley Kubrick's unmade dream project "Napoleon" as a TV mini-series, a fascinating article over at The Atlantic looks at another Kubrick project that never saw the light. "Swing Under the Nazis," written by Mike Zwerin and published in 1985, caught the director's eye due to a photo therein of a Luftwaffe officer posing with Jewish, black and Gypsy musicians outside a Paris jazz club. Kubrick thought the provocative image had a "Dr. Strangelove" feel, and gave the budding project a similar title: "Dr. Jazz."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 2:22 PM
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Weinsteins Pick Awards-Friendly December Date for Kidman-Starrer 'Grace of Monaco,' UPDATED

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company finally confirmed their acquisition of US distribution rights to Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman in the title role. The film is set for an Oscar-friendly December 27 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • March 25, 2013 11:25 AM
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Kristen Bell Is On a Roll: Focus World, Screen Media Slate 'The Lifeguard' for Summer

It's a good year so far for Kristen Bell, as the Kickstarter campaign to reboot "Veronica Mars" reached its goal last week. Focus Features' alternative distribution outlet Focus World has partnered with Screen Media Films in acquire U.S. rights to Sundance entry "The Lifeguard."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 23, 2013 4:11 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Lynne Ramsay Ordeal, Interviews with Danny Boyle, Chris Wedge and Vincent Cassel, 'Top of the Lake' and 'Girls,' Reviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 23, 2013 7:04 AM
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HBO GO "Could Evolve" Into an Internet Package for Non-Subscribers, CEO Plepler Says

HBO CEO Richard Plepler is considering the possibility of partnering with broadband internet providers to widen access to the company's HBO GO streaming service for non-subscribers. Plepler told Reuters, "Maybe HBO GO, with our broadband partners, could evolve."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2013 2:01 PM
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Weinstein Company Dates 'Salinger' Documentary for September UPDATE

The notoriously reclusive “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger will finally get his cinematic dues, posthumously, in writer/director Shane Solerno’s upcoming documentary “Salinger.” UPDATE: The Weinstein Company officially announced today their acquisition of the eagerly awaited film’s worldwide distribution rights. TWC, who closed the deal on the film after screening it the morning of the Oscars, anticipates a September 6 release date following a festival run.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2013 7:30 PM
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Post-'Enlightened,' Mike White Tapped by DreamWorks to Adapt 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author's Latest Novel

With the recent news that Mike White's "Enlightened" won't be picked up for a third season by HBO, the writer-director-actor has signed with DreamWorks to adapt "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's latest novel, "The Good Luck of Right Now." The story centers on four outsiders who form a makeshift family in the midst of grieving over the pain and loss in their lives.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 21, 2013 12:57 PM
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Weinstein Company Goes Haute-Couture with 'Yves Saint Laurent' Biopic

The Weinstein Company has taken US distribution rights to French-language biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," directed by Jalil Lespert ("Headwinds") and chronicling the rise of the eponymous legendary fashion designer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2013 3:41 PM
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Why Studios Raid Indies Like 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery, Signed to Reinvent Disney's 'Pete's Dragon'

David Lowery, director of Sundance's buzzy Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," has been tapped by Disney to co-write with his producer Toby Halbrooks a reinvention of the Mouse House's classic family film, "Pete's Dragon." Reportedly it will not be a musical, as the 1977 original is, and at the moment Lowery has only been hired in a writing capacity.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2013 1:03 PM
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Film Independent Reveals Filmmakers for 2013 Documentary Lab

Film Independent has announced its chosen filmmakers for the 2013 Documentary Lab, an eight-week program designed to assist burgeoning directors currently in post-production.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 20, 2013 12:39 PM
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