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RIP Film Critic Elliott Stein

When I worked at my first journalism gig as associate editor at Film Comment Magazine back in the 80s, Elliott Stein was one of my favorite regular contributors. He was erudite about world cinema, an omnivorous global cinephile and historian who knew more about Asian cinema than anyone I knew.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 8:28 PM
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Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 2:22 PM
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Wahlberg Joins Michael Bay's Next Testosterone Fest, 'Transformers 4'

The combined testosterone of Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg will fuel "Transformers 4" for Paramount. The director confirms that Wahlberg, who stars in his "Pain & Gain," is "the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers’ legacy."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 1:42 PM
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Best Actress Race Is Wide Open: Oscar Perennials vs. Newbies

As soon as an actor wins an Oscar, they enter the Academy fluke zone. It means that going forward, they have earned an advantage: they will be taken seriously as a possible nominee.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 1:09 PM
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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 1:06 PM
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Casting Watch: Wiig and Hader Will Be 'The Skeleton Twins' in Duplass-Produced Comedy

Kristen Wiig and and her former SNL co-star Bill Hader are attached to star in the indie comedy "The Skeleton Twins," which will be co-produced by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass and the financier, Venture Forth.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2012 4:06 PM
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David Yates Tackling 'Tarzan'; Hardy, Hunnam, Cavill & Skarsgård in the Mix

"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert. So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2012 1:58 PM
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Universal Pictures International Picks Up Six Foreign Territories on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Universal Pictures International (UPI) has acquired distribution rights in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Scandinavia to Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," produced and financed by Red Granite Pictures and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount Pictures is the film's domestic distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2012 1:42 PM
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Up for Auction: Collection of 59 Stills Confirming Existence of Lost Early Hitchcock Film 'The Mountain Eagle'

Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History will be auctioning a collection of 59 still photographs of two of Alfred Hitchcock's last silent films, "The Mountain Eagle" and "The Manxman." The collection provides irrefutable proof that "The Mountain Eagle" existed -- it has long been one of the most searched-for films in history, and until now...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2012 1:41 PM
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The Weinsteins Sail with 'Kon-Tiki,' Norway's Oscar Entry

The Weinstein Co. has acquired "Kon-Tiki" for US distribution. The film, which recently played at AFI Fest, is Norway's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and screened at Toronto earlier this fall...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 5:38 PM
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