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Sam Mendes' Return to England with Bond and 'Skyfall' (via The Guardian)

Brit theater director Sam Mendes, having directed five incisive films about American culture including Oscar-winner "American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road," and "Jarhead," turned his sights to Britain's iconic James Bond franchise with "Skyfall." The Guardian looks at what Mendes brought to 007, which has been getting raves, with contributions from "Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris--and, for good measure, "Road to Perdition" star Jude Law.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 1:26 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Campion's 'Top of the Lake' Stars Elisabeth Moss

Jane Campion is one of many filmmakers turning to TV. New Zealand-set BBC/Sundance Channel mini-series "Top of The Lake" is scheduled for next year. At MIPCOM she declared that her return to TV gave her "a lot of respect" for the people working in the medium, and she's prepared to do more television with a similar project set in Thailand.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 1:10 PM
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Hugh Grant Follows Up 'Cloud Atlas' Villains with Untitled Marc Lawrence Romantic Comedy

Hugh Grant will follow up his audacious multiple villains in "Cloud Atlas" with a return to the romantic comedy genre in writer/director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy. It will start shooting in New York in April 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 12:59 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Idris Elba Reveals New Sides of South African Leader in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Check out this first look at Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela. From the screenplay by Bill Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Les Miserables"), the biopic reveals sides of the pivotal South African leader most of us do not know. Yes, the film documents his rise from rural villager to political prisoner and country changer, but it also introduces Mandela as a playboy who loves women, fast cars and boxing. Naomie Harris will soon become better known as the latest Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig in "Skyfall." Elba ("The Wire," "Luther," and "Prometheus") is currently reprising his role as Heimdall in "Thor 2." "Mandela" began shooting in May, mostly on the actual location where the events took place, from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 12:42 PM
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Directors Guild of America Opposes California Proposition 32

Not surprisingly, one of Hollywood's most powerful unions, the Directors Guild of America, opposes California Proposition 32. If passed, Prop. 32 would effectively prevent unions from participating in political activity in California. DGA President Taylor Hackford made the following statement expressing strong opposition from the guild:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 11:25 AM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, Early Raves for 'Skyfall,' Interviews with Affleck and Hawkes, Hawaii Fest & More

This week on TOH!, we discuss Spielberg's "Lincoln" as a major contender in Oscar Talk, interview "The Sessions" star John Hawkes and "Argo" director Ben Affleck, report on the Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, check out the early rave reviews of "Skyfall" and much more!
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  • October 19, 2012 4:08 PM
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Human Rights Doc on LGBT Activist David Kato 'Call Me Kuchu' Goes to Cinedigm for US Distribution

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's essential human-rights documentary, "Call Me Kuchu," has gone to Cinedigm for US distribution...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2012 2:19 PM
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Academy Unveils Design for New Museum of Motion Pictures; Set to Open in 2016

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward the $250 million capital funding for its planned Museum of Motion Pictures. And new designs have also been unveiled.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 19, 2012 1:32 PM
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Tarantino's 'Django' Cast Steely-Eyed in New Character Posters

Individual character posters are now part and parcel with a major film's promotional campaign, and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is no different. Check out new artwork of Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 19, 2012 12:55 PM
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Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Uncovered: Thomas McCarthy's Secret Project, Gibney's 'Mea Maxima Culpa' at Film Forum

Director Tom McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor," "The Station Agent") and "The West Wing" scribe Josh Singer have signed on for Anonymous Content's film about the journalist who exposed the Catholic Church's longterm cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2012 5:03 AM
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