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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...
  • By Sophia Savage
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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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Robert Koehler Resigns Film Society of Lincoln Center Post; Dennis Lim New Director of Cinematheque Programming

Sadly, Robert Koehler, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's recently appointed Director of Cinematheque programming, is resigning to focus on family health matters. He will be replaced by programmer and critic Dennis Lim. Koehler requests privacy for his family. Lim will now oversee the year-round retrospectives, festivals and screening series, reporting to Kent Jones, who supervises all programming.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 1:01 PM
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Kino Lorber Takes 'Deceptive Practice' Doc on Magician Ricky Jay

Kino Lorber has taken US rights to "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," from directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. The film debuted at last year's New York Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 12:44 PM
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Spielberg Developing Kubrick's Abandoned 'Napoleon' as Miniseries

This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Best of the Week: TOH! Goes to the Oscars, Reviews, News and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 3, 2013 12:55 PM
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'The Gatekeepers' Director Dror Moreh's Oscar Acceptance Would Have Honored Slain Prime Minister Rabin; Film Shunned by Israel

Cinemascope has published Dror Moreh's Oscar acceptance speech (which he didn't get to recite on stage because "Searching for Sugar Man" won over his doc "The Gatekeepers"). In the speech Moreh dedicates the Oscar to Israeli prime minister Itzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a right-wing Jew "because he dared to dream about peace."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2013 1:19 PM
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Focus and Playtone Want Gaiman's 'Ocean At The End Of The Lane'; Joe Wright Will Direct

Focus Features and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone are set to close a deal for film rights to Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane." Joe Wright (whose films "Anna Karenina" and "Pride & Prejudice" were also released by Focus) is attached to direct...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2013 1:46 PM
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