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BBC to Release Documentary 'One Life' from Creators of 'Earth' -- Daniel Craig Narrates

BBC Worldwide announces a limited engagement run of documentary "One Life," narrated by Daniel Craig. From the creators of "Earth: the Movie," the fifth highest-grossing documentary to date, the film follows the spectrum of the human journey from birth until the "delivery of the next generation."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:47 PM
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Colin Firth Joins Nicole Kidman's Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Colin Firth is joining Nicole Kidman to star in Rowan Joffe's "Before I Go to Sleep," a thriller set up at Scott Free and Millennium Films. The film is based on Brit novelist S.J. Watson's book of the same name. Joffe adapted the screenplay, which centers on a woman (Kidman) with amnesia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 1:41 PM
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Magnet Releasing Acquires 'Europa Report' with 'District 9' Star Sharlto Copley

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up US rights to sci-fi film "Europa Report," starring Sharlto Copley. Watch the teaser trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:17 PM
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'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michôd Goes Into Production on 'The Rover' with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

Australian director David Michôd, who helmed 2010's brilliant white-knuckle crime film "Animal Kingdom," has gone into production on his next film, "The Rover." It stars Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:07 PM
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Disney Confirms 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs for Individual Characters -- Yoda's Up First

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an interview on CNBC that the Mouse House will release "Star Wars" spin-offs based on individual characters. The studio, which acquired Lucasfilm with long-time Steven Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy attached as CEO, is wasting no time pushing forward an ambitious agenda to milk the "Star Wars" franchise for all its worth.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:03 PM
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Berlin: Content Nabs International Rights to Sundance Award-Winner 'Crystal Fairy,' Starring Michael Cera

Content has acquired international rights for "Crystal Fairy," Chilean director Sebastian Silva's slacker comedy starring Michael Cera that premiered opening night at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 11:55 AM
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Different Roads Out of Sundance: 'Bellflower' Team, Brit Marling and Benh Zeitlin

Evan Glodell and his "Bellflower" team are back in the saddle for "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." The multi-hyphenate is handing over directing reins to Jonathan Keevil (who scored "Bellflower") and is serving as producer. They are also reuniting with "Bellflower"'s Tyler Dawson and DP Joel Hodge. They are using IndieGoGo to raise funds; the promo video takes place in a car, just like our interview with them. The film aims to be a surrealist action/drama set unabashedly in the '80s.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2013 7:40 PM
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FilmLinc Daily Adds Contributor Brian Brooks

Indiewire cofounder Eugene Hernandez, now digital director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is bringing into his expanding FilmLinc Daily fold his long-time Indiewire cohort Brian Brooks, who recently emerged from a staff stint at Jay Penske's Deadline and Movieline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2013 6:22 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Oplev's 'Dragon Tattoo' Follow-Up 'Dead Man Down' Stars Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell (TRAILER)

English-language "Dead Man Down," from "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev, stars his leading lady Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard (FilmDistrict, March 8). The trailer showcases this uber-stylish thriller packed with one-liners (the script is by "Fringe" exec producer J.H. Wyman) and dazzling Arri Alexa cinematography from Paul Cameron, ASC ("Man on Fire").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2013 2:49 PM
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Writers Guild Awards Bring Class and Comedy with Presenters Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and More

The first wave of presenters for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have been announced. Included in the lineup are Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Golden Globes host Amy Poehler and her "Parks and Recreation" co-star Adam Scott, and the hilarious "Key and Peele" stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 1:08 PM
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