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Annapurna and Color Force Take Film Rights to Bestseller 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and Color Force have secured the feature film rights to Maria Semple's bestselling novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." Scott Neudstadter and Michael Weber ("500 Days of Summer") will pen the script, with Semple serving as executive producer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 2:13 PM
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French Distributor Haut et Court Picks Up 'Metro Manila' Ahead of Sundance Premiere

Haut et Court has taken the French distribution rights to Sean Ellis' thriller "Metro Manila" a couple weeks before the film's debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It centers on a destitute countryman in the Philippines who is sucked into a dangerous crime ring when he moves to the country's bustling capital, Manila.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 12:12 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

In its sixth collaboration with Woody Allen, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to his latest film "Blue Jasmine," which marks the New York auteur's return to his native environs. The distributor also released "To Rome with Love" and Allen's best-performing film to date, Oscar-nominated "Midnight in Paris."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2013 11:38 AM
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EW Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiast, All Things Superhero, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

EW announces Capetown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and "Comic-Con culture," a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. The site launches today and in the first week will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr...
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2013 5:43 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 7, 2013 3:08 PM
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Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition Names Five Jury Prize Winners; Grand Prize Announced at Sundance

The five jury prize winners of the $200K Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100K will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2013 2:07 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, Balloting and Awards, 'Django,' Gay TV, Interviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 5, 2013 4:12 PM
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Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo to Star in Larry Kramer's HIV-AIDS Drama 'The Normal Heart,' with Director Ryan Murphy

Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo are set to star in HBO Films' "The Normal Heart." Roberts' "Eat Pray Love" director Ryan Murphy will helm the project, set to shoot in New York City later this year. The film will be based on Larry Kramer's Tony Award winning play of the same name.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 5:34 PM
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Voting Now Open for Cinema Eye Honors in Nonfiction Filmmaking

Audience award voting is now open for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Scores on Charts, Hathaway's 'I Dreamed a Dream' Soars

When "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack" debuted on December 21, it claimed the top spot of Billboard's soundtrack chart. In three days it sold 43,000 copies, 60% of which were digital downloads. The most popular of the 20 tracks included in the album is Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream" (20,000 copies sold in three days); it may win her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The soundtrack has also taken the top spot on both iTunes (before being pushed to No. 2 by Mumford & Sons' "Babel") and Amazon. "I Dreamed a Dream" is iTunes' 27th most-downloaded track.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 2:53 PM
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