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Film Independent Announces Eight Filmmakers and Projects for 2013 Directing Lab

Film Independent has announced the filmmakers and projects for its 12th annual Directing Lab. The lab runs February 4 through mid-April, and is an intensive program in Los Angeles designed to assist directors in developing narrative feature films, and to advance their careers in a nurturing and creative environment.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 12:48 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Co-Writer Lucy Alibar Team for Universal's 'The Secret Garden'

Guillermo del Toro is a busy man with his hands in many pies. The latest project with his fingerprints on it has landed at Universal, reports Deadline. It's a new film version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic "The Secret Garden." (One of del Toro's two amigos, Alfonso Cuaron, did a lovely 1995 film version of the author's "The Little Princess.")
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 12:29 PM
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Lincoln Center's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Full Lineup

The 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual showcase of contemporary French film, hits New York screens February 28 - March 10. The fest's opening night sees the U.S. premiere of "Populaire," starring Romain Duris. Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 11:36 AM
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Weekend Recap: Awards Roundup, Apatow 'This is 40' Sequel, Fincher Music Video, Edgerton Short (VIDEO)

On the heels of the release of his Netflix series "House of Cards," folks are wondering if Fincher will return to Sony's lower-budget "The Girl Who Played with Fire," with or without Daniel Craig, or do big-scale "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Fincher hints that he wants to go small and direct more music videos. He's aiming to team up with Justin Timberlake for his song "Suit and Tie." The director got his start with music videos for Madonna, Billy Idol, Aerosmith, and Nine Inch Nails.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:36 PM
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Music Box Picks Up Cesar Nominee 'Augustine' for Spring 2013 Release

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Cesar nominee "Augustine," the debut feature by French writer-director Alice Winocour. The film stars Vincent Lindon, Soko and Chiara Mastroianni, and centers on the real-case story of the unusual relationship between 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 1:12 PM
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Lena Dunham Pushes Forward with Personal Shopping Memoir as Possible HBO Series

EW and Interview cover girl Lena Dunham is pinching herself after back-to-back "Girls" wins at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild and even the Art Directors Guild. Her DGA speech included the classic line: "Steven Spielberg, I'm coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:09 PM
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Paula Weinstein Joins Tribeca as Executive Vice President

One of Hollywood's long-lasting conventions is that friends take care of each other. Thus, veteran Hollywod film producer Paula Weinstein will join Tribeca Enterprises as the company's executive vice president overseeing Tribeca's international partnerships, and managing studio relations for both the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) and Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She will work closely with Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore. She's taking over the responsibilities held by outgoing Patty Newberger, another old pal of Tribeca chief Jane Rosenthal, who was Tribeca's Sr. V.P., Studio Relations & Special Projects.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:51 PM
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Good Films Picks Up Rights to L.A. True-Crime Investigative Book 'LAbyrinth,' Implicating LAPD with Notorious Bank Robbery

UK production house Good Films has acquired the rights to Randall Sullivan's investigative book "LAbyrinth," detailing the true events surrounding detective Russell Poole's investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery. The book was originally serialized in Rolling Stone magazine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:07 PM
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A Brief and Glitzy History of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 3, 2013 7:19 PM
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Best of the Week: Rise of 'Argo' at PGA and SAG, Interviews, Super Bowl Ads, 'House of Cards' and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 1, 2013 4:34 PM
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