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'Kon-Tiki' to Hit Theaters in English-Language Version, Riding Tide of Scandinavian Film Popularity

With Norway's Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki" hitting theaters on April 19, the Weinstein Company is opting to release the film's English-language version stateside, to maximize interest and attempt to elevate the film from the subtitled ghetto that keeps most foreign titles' box office in check. As pointed out in Variety, the seafaring adventure film may be the first of the Academy's nominees to be shot scene-for-scene in two languages.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 7:00 AM
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Relativity Producing Pablo Escobar Story 'Silver or Lead' with Spanish Director Enrique Urbizu

Relativity Media has taken rights to a script about the manhunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, called "Silver or Lead." The original draft is from Michael Kane, while Piers Ashworth's screenplay will serve as the basis for director Enrique Urbizu.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2013 2:34 PM
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'Skyfall' Director Mendes Heads Back to the Theatre as He Bids Adieu to Bond (For Now)

Sam Mendes' uber-successful Bond movie "Skyfall" will be his first and possibly last affair with the franchise--at least for now.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2013 1:50 PM
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Birdman' Adds Edward Norton to Strong Cast UPDATE

UPDATE: Edward Norton has joined the already impressive cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman." He will play an egotistical actor leading a theatrical production based on an iconic superhero that Michael Keaton's movie star character originated.
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  • March 5, 2013 8:02 PM
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PGA Announces Ninth Annual Producing Workshop, 'The Power of Diversity'

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announces it is open for submissions for their ninth annual PGA Producing Workshop; "The Power of Diversity." The multi-session workshop runs May 28 - July 13 in Los Angeles, and is designed for experiences and aspiring producers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2013 4:27 PM
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Sundance Title 'Blue Caprice' Goes to Sundance Selects, Stars Isaiah Washington

Sundance Selects takes North American rights to Alexandre Moors’ "Blue Caprice." The film, which stars Isaiah Washington, is Moors' feature debut. It premiered at Sundance and it set to open New Directors/New Films.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2013 3:27 PM
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George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Starts Production in Berlin

While Ben Affleck may have been growing his beard for Oscar luck, his "Argo" producer George Clooney sported well-coiffed facial hair at the big awards night for a different reason: "The Monuments Men," which he's helming and starring in. The action-thriller has started production in Berlin.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 2:41 PM
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Sundance Institute and Black List Collaborating to Support New Screenwriters

The Sundance Institute and The Black List announce they will collaborate to source and support new screenwriters. This partnership will allow screenwriters to upload scripts to the Black List's site between now and April 15 and opt into consideration to receive a Black List referral...
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  • March 5, 2013 1:27 PM
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James Franco to the Rescue as Australia Bans Travis Mathews' Queer Festival Favorite 'I Want Your Love'

Travis Mathews' "I Want Your Love" -- which has been screening at festivals for the past year -- has now been banned in Australia, where it was scheduled to play the Melbourne Queen Film Festival, Sydney's Queer Screen and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 3:43 PM
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Cardinals Meeting Inside Vatican to Elect a New Pope -- Real-Life 'Habemus Papam'?

Four days following Pope Benedict XVI's official step-down from the papacy, more than 100 cardinals are rallying inside the Vatican to begin the election of a new pope. Anyone familiar with Italian auteur Nanni Moretti's Catholicism comedy "Habemus Papam" ("We Have a Pope"), in which a reluctant cardinal (Michel Piccoli) begrudgingly is elected pope and sees a shrink (Moretti) in order to try and come to terms with accepting the job, can grin at the possibility of life imitating art.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 2:45 PM
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