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Sundance: Magnolia Eyeing 'V/H/S' Anthology Sequel 'S-VHS'

Magnolia is set to press play with "S-VHS," the sequel to horror anthology "V/H/S." The new pic includes entries from directors Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, and Gareth Huw Evans and Timo Tjahjanto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 4:52 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix May Reteam for 1969-Set Comedy 'Inherent Vice'

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "Inherent Vice." The duo's "The Master" topped many high-brow Best of 2012 lists, and Phoenix even got an Oscar nomination despite his disdain for campaigning and his opinion that awards are "total utter bullshit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 4:24 PM
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Sundance Names Alfred P. Sloan Award Winner 'Computer Chess'; Lab Fellowship Recipient Nicole Kassell for 'Prodigal Summer'

Sundance announces the winner of its tenth annual Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the fest's 2013 edition: "Computer Chess," from director Andrew Bujalski. Sundance's Keri Putnam states that the prize "recognizes projects grounded in the exploration of math, science and technology...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 3:41 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Opens Up About 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Torture and Truth on TIME Cover Story and Colbert Report

In addition to her appearance on the Colbert Report (watch below), "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is the center of this week's TIME cover story, "Art of Darkness." The director, who rarely speaks with the press, is opening up to deal with and defend herself against the controversy surrounding "ZDT" and its torture debate.
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  • January 24, 2013 3:02 PM
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Bond Hit 'Skyfall' Releases on DVD and Blu-ray February 12; All Six Bonds At the Academy Awards

Bond box-office hit "Skyfall" is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on February 12 in North America and February 18 in the UK. The film will release on DigitalHD across all digital stores (including Amazon and iTunes) on February 5.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 2:17 PM
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Focus Forward Short Filmmaking Competition Announces $100K Grand Prize Winner, 'Cyborg Foundation' [WATCH]

The Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition has announced Rafel Duran Torrent from Barcelona, Spain, as their grand prize winner. Torrent has been awarded $100K for his short film "Cyborg Foundation." You can watch the winning film below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 1:36 PM
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Warner Bros. Wants Ron Howard 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Chris Hemsworth

Warner Bros. is fishing for Ron Howard to direct 19th century drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. Chris Hemsworth is already on board to star as a sailor on the Essex, the doomed sea vessel which inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 1:17 PM
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Filming Begins in London on 'Hello Carter,' Starring Charlie Cox and Paul Schneider

Principle shooting has begun on "Hello Carter," a London-based comedy helmed by first-time director Anthony Wilcox. Charlie Cox ("Stardust") stars in the title role, alongside Jodie Whittaker ("Attack the Block"), Paul Schneider ("The Newsroom," "Bright Star") and Judy Parfitt ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 12:48 PM
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WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' Kicks off with Director Bill Condon and Benedict Cumberbatch

Production of "The Fifth Estate" has kicked off with director Bill Condon at the helm. The material is certainly heavier than Condon's "Twilight" films, as it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the controversial story of Wikileaks' early days...
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  • January 24, 2013 12:46 PM
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Max Films Adapting Classic French Comic Series 'Philemon' Into Live-Action Feature Film

Max Films will be producing a live-action feature film based on the adventures of young farmboy "Philémon," a character created by French comic book artist Fred and published by Dargaud. The original bandes dessinée is considered one of the most poetic French comic series of all time.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 2:31 PM
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