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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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Magnolia Snaps Up Joe Swanberg's SXSW Hit 'Drinking Buddies'

Magnolia Pictures has taken North American rights to Joe Swanberg's hilarious and sharply observant relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," which had its premiere at SXSW on March 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 2:51 PM
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In the Works: Harmony Korine Signs On for Reported Southern Crime Film Following 'Spring Breakers' Success

In the wake of Harmony Korine's Disney-darlings-gone-wild "Spring Breakers" setting the opening record for a 2013 limited release title, the eclectic director has made a production deal for his next film. Title and log line are under wraps, but Deadline reports that it centers on a "multi-generational family of criminals in the South."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 1:03 PM
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Mike Leigh Will Make His Long-Planned Turner Biopic, Helped By Sony Pictures Classics

Mike Leigh is finally going to make his passion project, a biopic on painter J.W.W. Turner: "I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. But what fascinates me most is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world he evoked in his masterpieces."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 11:55 AM
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Latest Behemoth 'Godzilla' Starts Production, As Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Heads for July 12 Release

Principal photography began March 18 in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars alongside Japanese Ken Watanabe, French Juliette Binoche and Americans David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston as well as indie darling Elizabeth Olsen in her first studio production. Of course the humans will be dwarfed by their super-size adversary.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 11:54 AM
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Penske's Moves: As Daily Variety Prints Last Edition, Adds Critic Foundas, Reduces Movieline

Variety lovers are feeling mixed emotions. On the one hand, Penske Media Corp CEO Jay Penske is making changes that were long overdue. He has pulled down the firewall, modernized the website, added a troika of editors--LA Times import Claudia Eller (film), and Variety's Cynthia Littleton (TV) and Andrew Wallenstein (digital)--to run the online and print weekly trade, and ended publication of the print daily. Tuesday March 19 was the last print edition after 80 years. The revamped weekly publishes on March 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2013 9:36 PM
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