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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."
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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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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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