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The Hollywood Education of Ben Affleck, from 'Chasing Amy,' 'Armageddon' and 'Shakespeare' to his Second Act and 'Argo' [VIDEO]

Before accepting the Santa Barbara Modern Master Award from childhood pal Matt Damon, "Argo" helmer and star Ben Affleck, 40, with graceful help from master interviewer Leonard Maltin, showed his mettle as charming raconteur and ace impressionist. These skills have served "Argo" well in its surging race for Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2013 2:34 PM
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In The Works: Narrative Feature About 'El Bulli' and World Famous Chef Ferran Adrià

Vendome Pictures will produce and finance "El Bulli," a fictionalized feature based on the the world famous chef Ferran Adrià and his restaurant, elBulli. While no director is currently attached, the script is already written. It comes from David Wilson, who was inspired by Lisa Abend’s book "The Sorcerer’s Apprentices...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2013 1:28 PM
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Netflix Teams with DreamWorks for First Original Kids' Series 'Turbo: Fast Action Stunt Team'

Netflix is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation for their first ever original series for kids. It will be based on DreamWorks' "Turbo," due in theaters this Summer. Netflix's "Turbo: F. A. S. T. (Fast Action Stunt Team)" will then debut in December.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 3:36 PM
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Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West to Play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for BBC

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are on board to play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a BBC biopic titled "Burton and Taylor." The film, written by William Ivory, will focus on the story of their appearance in 1983's Broadway revival of the Noel Coward play "Private Lives"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 2:27 PM
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Julianne Moore's 'English Teacher' Goes to Cinedigm and Tribeca for US Distribution

Cinedigm Entertainment and Tribeca have teamed up for US distribution rights to "The English Teacher," from director Craig Zisk. This marks the director's feature directorial debut; his many TV credits include "Nurse Jackie," "Weeds," "Nip/Tuck," and "United States of Tara."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 1:31 PM
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Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomanic' Goes to Magnolia; Stars Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, LaBeouf and Slater

Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has gone to Magnolia Pictures for US distribution, following their collaboration on "Melancholia." The deal was made for $2 million after footage was screened in Berlin. "Nymphomaniac," the third in Von Trier's "Depression" Trilogy...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 1:14 PM
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Dave Grohl's Sundance Entry 'Sound City' Available on Amazon Instant Video

Dave Grohl's popular Sundance entry "Sound City" can now be screened in full on Amazon Instant Video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 3:38 PM
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VFX Winner Rhythm & Hues Files for Bankruptcy, Underscores Sector's Economic Woes

The fragile economics of the visual effects industry was front and center at last week's Visual Effects Society awards. And even the well-respected company, Rhythm & Hues, that spearheaded and supervised the extraordinary visual effects in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" --which won best live action feature effects at the VES and BAFTA awards and is favored to win the VFX Oscar-- is in danger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2013 3:22 PM
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Casting Watch: Quvenzhané Wallis for 'Annie,' Saoirse Ronan Joins Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut, Jennifer Aniston in for Bogdanovich's Latest

Quvenzhané Wallis, the live-wire best actress nominee from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is in contention to star in a remake of "Annie," directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A"), produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 11, 2013 2:58 PM
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Berlin Market: Match Factory Picks Up Documentary on Legendary Director Robert 'Altman'

Match Factory has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine Entertainment for Ron Mann's documentary "Altman." Match Factory is pre-selling the film at this year's Berlinale market.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 2:49 PM
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