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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...
  • By Sophia Savage
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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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Magnolia Picks Up David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche,' Plus Review and Roundup

Magnolia Pictures is a good home for David Gordon Green's low-budget Sundance entry "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch shot in 16 days in Austin's fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park. The distrib has acquired North American rights and is aiming at a summer release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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Sundance Deal: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'Kill Your Darlings,' Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Young Allen Ginsberg

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all U.S., Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV and Eastern European rights to John Krokidas' debut feature "Kill Your Darlings," which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and is a dramatic competition feature at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 12:12 PM
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David Fincher Considers Reese Witherspoon's 'Gone Girl' as Next Directing Vehicle

David Fincher, whose last big screen project was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" remake with Rooney Mara, is eyeing his next endeavor--which may also be an adaptation of another popular book. "Gone Girl," written by Gilian Flynn, has sold over two million copies and is being prepped for a big screen debut by Reese Witherspoon...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 22, 2013 5:20 PM
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Sundance: Fox Searchlight Acquires 'Way, Way Back' For Almost $10 Million; Stars Carell, Collette, Janney, Rudolph and Rockwell

Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's "The Way, Way Back," which premiered at Sundance on January 21. The acquisition is a big buy, reportedly just under $10 million...
  • By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez
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  • January 22, 2013 1:31 PM
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Trailer Watch: Microbudget 'Saving Lincoln' Introduces Virtual 3-D CineCollage Environments, Opens President's Day Weekend UPDATED

Check out the trailer for new indie biobic "Saving Lincoln" (February 2013) is breaking new ground not for its presidential subject matter, but its innovative visuals and transmedia storytelling...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2013 12:48 PM
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Sundance: RADiUS-Weinstein Company Gets Buzzy 'Concussion'

RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 11:16 AM
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