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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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How David Chase Got All That Music For 'Not Fade Away'

Thanks to his ex-manager Brad Grey, who runs Paramount now, Chase got to make this delicious and personal slice of authentic 60s life with one recognizable star, Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini. He's excellent and moving as the hard-nosed old-school Italian father of a counter-cultural high school/college kid (John Magaro, pictured) who starts a band, first as drummer and then as lead singer/songwriter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2012 4:28 PM
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Women in Film Announces Finishing Fund Recipients, Names Thirteen New Board Members

The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) announce the recipients of their 27th annual grant program, which provides cash and in-kind services to ten chosen winners, among them seven documentaries, two features and one short film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2012 2:59 PM
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Destiny Ekaragha's Directorial Debut 'Gone Too Far' Begins Production in London Late October

Principal photography will begin later this month on Destiny Ekaragha's feature directorial debut "Gone Too Far," a coming-of-age comedy adapted for the screen by Bola Agabje, based on her own Laurence Olivier Award-winning 2007 stage play of the same title.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 2:55 PM
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'Magic Mike' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Available on VOD Before DVD

The studios are messing around with once-rigid ancillary windows. The trend to push movies to earlier video-on-demand releases is manifested by two dramatically different films this week: Timur Bakmembetov's twisted history action flick, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and Steven Soderbergh's sexy male-stripper dramedy "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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'Keep Indie Visible' Campaign Launches To Help Keep Art House Cinemas Alive

The "Keep Indie Visible" program is launching a new campaign to help independent theaters successfully transition to (read: survive) the industry-wide move to digital projection. By the end of 2013, Hollywood will only distribute films in specific digital formats -- but the staggering cost for state-of-the-art digital projectors...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 12:25 PM
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Hulu Ups the Game with BBC-Partnered Original Content 'The Wrong Mans;' Current-Season Nickelodeon Programming

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia, the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 4:40 PM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Official South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta' (Video Clip)

Tim League's Drafthouse Films has acquired "Pieta," South Korea's official entry in the 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar race. From award-winning director Kim Ki-duk ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring"), the violent must-see drama, which I saw in Toronto, focuses on a lethal loan shark who maims his vitims for a living. He is forced to reconsider his dangerous lifestyle and his own humanity when a mysterious woman arrives on his doorstep claiming to be the mother he never had.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:52 PM
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