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Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there meaning, is there a transcendent reason to do a movie here?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2012 9:16 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Argo' Arrives, Interviews with Arkin and August, Oscar Talk, 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More

This week on TOH!, we give you a new installment of Oscar Talk, we interviewed Alan Arkin on his role in "Argo" and screenwriter John August on industry frustration and "Frankenweenie," we considered the conspicuously silent "Zero Dark Thirty" and much more!
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  • October 12, 2012 4:39 PM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Les Miserables' Poster Roundup: Hathaway, Seyfried, Jackman and Crowe

Two more doe-eyed character posters have been added to the growing "Les Mis" artwork, this time featuring Amanda Seyfried as a grown-up Cosette and Anne Hathaway as a pre-shaved-head Fantine. (Someone needs to let us in on this French Revolution skin regimen.) Full roundup of character posters, including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 3:07 PM
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Dennie Gordon Begins Production on 'My Lucky Star'; First American Woman to Direct Chinese-Market Film

Director Dennie Gordon has begun production on the Chinese-language film "My Lucky Star," the prequel to 2009's blockbuster "Sophie's Revenge." International star Zhang Ziyi will reprise her role as Sophie, a glamorous globe-trotter caught up in a crime caper.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 3:05 PM
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'Mary Poppins' Origin Story 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Shooting with Hanks as Disney, Joins Backstage Hollywood Trend

Production on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," yet another behind-the-scenes Hollywood movie (see "Hitchcock," "The Girl," "My Week with Marilyn"), was well under way in Los Angeles last week when the news broke that scribe Kelly Marcel landed the coveted gig to adapt E.L. James erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." This was not in Disney's marketing plan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 2:21 PM
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In the Works: Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel "happening," Affleck Returns to Lehane to 'Live by Night'

Ridley Scott will be reportedly revisiting "Blade Runner," while Ben Affleck is in talks to return to Lehane material.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:15 PM
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Cohen Media Group Acquires U.S. Rights for Spanish Oscar Entry 'Blancanieves'

Cohen Media Group has picked up Pablo Berger's Snow White-turned-1920s matador tale "Blancanieves" for distribution. The film is Spain's official entry for the 2013 Oscars.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:13 PM
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In the Works: Jodie Foster Set to Wrangle 'Money Monster'

Jodie Foster has lined up her next directing gig with indie drama "Money Monster," from a script by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf. The story centers on a TV personality whose Wall Street trading tips get him in trouble when he's held hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 6:02 PM
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Ari Emanuel's Lessons to Live By: Stay Close to Intellectual Superiors, Fail

Agent and co-CEO of WME and recent MOCA board member Ari Emanuel has posted a list of "Six Lessons I Live By" on LinkedIn. Bullet-point existential guides from the uber-successful tend to be littered with Hallmark platitudes, and Emanuel's is no exception. He does, however, focus on humility, which cuts through the hackneyed life-plan catnip a bit: Included in his advice are the imperative to "surround yourself with people smarter than you" and the warning that "[your daily] schedule makes you dumber."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 2:26 PM
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Filmmaker's Nightmare: NYFF Screening of De Palma's 'Passion' Hits a Digital Snafu

With technological evolution comes hiccups. Though not widely reported, the September 29 NYFF premiere of Brian De Palma's "Passion" apparently hit a disappointing snafu when the DCP (digital cinema package) of the film refused to play.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 1:16 PM
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