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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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Morning in America ...a Note from Michael Moore

Congratulations everyone!! This country has truly changed, and I believe there will be no going back. Hate lost yesterday. That is amazing in and of itself. And all the women who were elected last night! A total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes.
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  • November 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen To Star in Romance 'Words and Pictures' for Director Fred Schepisi

Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen have boarded Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures," a romantic drama written by Gerald DiPego. The film will be produced by Curtis Burch's Latitude Productions in association with Gary Cogill of Lascaux Films. The story centers on a charismatic English teacher (Owen) at an insular New England prep school...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 3:45 PM
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'The Hour' Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood's Weight Obsession

Remember when Kate Winslet was lambasted by the media for her hourglass figure in "Titanic"? Well, Romola Garai, the gorgeous young star of must-see BBC America series "The Hour," is calling out the American media on airbrushing her lithe size ten figure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2012 3:08 PM
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Kino Brings D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln,' Starring Walter Huston, to Blu-Ray

Honest Abe's surge in popularity continues with Kino Classics' release of D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln" on Blu-ray (November 13), starring Walter Huston (father of John, grandfather of Anjelica) as the 16th president.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 2:46 PM
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'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the higher frame rate screenings will happen in or near most major and mid-sized cities.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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