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Scandinavian Directors Form Creative Alliance for Six English-Language Films; Thomas Vinterberg and Lone Scherfig On Board

Six Scandinavian directors, including Lone Scherfig ("An Education") and Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), have joined forces to form the co-op Creative Alliance. The alliance will serve as a development company for each director to make a film in English for the international marketplace.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 1:36 PM
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Warner Bros. Chooses Studio Chief from Digital Ranks: Meet the New Boss, Tsujihara

Hollywood's biggest film and television studio, Warner Bros., has a tradition of hanging onto its chairmen for a long time. For two decades after Ted Ashley left the studio in 1980, Terry Semel and Bob Daly ran the TV and move divisions. TV exec Barry Meyer took over as studio chairman in 1999, with Alan Horn and various production chiefs running the motion pictures group, most recently--and effectively--15-year Warners vet Jeff Robinov.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2013 1:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Sundance in Full Swing, First Look at 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Trailer, Cinematographers Janusz Kaminski and Claudio Miranda Talk

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 25, 2013 7:35 PM
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Michael Moore, In Defense of 'Zero Dark Thirty' - A Movie 'About How We Don't Listen to Women'

There comes a point about two-thirds of the way through 'Zero Dark Thirty' where it is clear something, or someone, on high has changed. The mood at the CIA has shifted, become subdued. It appears that the torture-approving guy who's been president for the past eight years seems to be, well, gone.
  • By Michael Moore
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  • January 25, 2013 3:12 PM
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Linklater, Hawke and Delpy Return to Sony with "Before Midnight'

John Sloss did the right thing. The Cinetic Media chief was pacing the second floor of Zoom in Park City Monday night as his annual Sundance Film Festival party raged around him. He was weighing the offers that had come pouring in for "Before Midnight," the third film in Richard Linklater's trilogy about Celine and Jesse, who first met 18 years ago in "Before Sunrise," and reignited their romance nine years ago in "Before Sunset," which nabbed an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2013 2:46 PM
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'Star Trek' Guru J.J. Abrams Directing 'Star Wars' Ignites Reaction: Why He Can Do Both

Emotions are running high with the news that J.J. Abrams will direct the newest installment of "Star Wars," due in theaters in 2015. Below, a roundup from the web, including Abrams' past words about his reservations to direct the storied franchise, rumors of other directors, a selection of amusing Tweets from fans, and more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 2:27 PM
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JFK Assassination Pic 'Parkland' Begins Lensing in Austin with Giamatti, Thornton, Weaver, Harden, Strong, Haley and Hanks

JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May

The Weinstein Company will reportedly start production in May on a sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Lee is not returning to helm the film; directing reins will instead go to veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:54 PM
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Leonard Maltin to Host 3-D Creative Arts Awards, Ang Lee Honored with Creative Achievement Award for 'Life of Pi'

Renowned critic, author and film historian Leonard Maltin will host the International 3-D Society's fourth annual 3-D Creative Arts Awards on February 6.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:43 PM
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Sundance Deal: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

IFC has sealed a deal for U.S. rights to David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The acquisition reportedly came after a battle involving the company and three other distributors that lasted through the night of January 24 and into the morning of the 25th.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:11 PM
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