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In the Works: 'A Most Wanted Man' Starts Shooting with Hoffman and McAdams

Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 12:33 PM
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In The Works: Woody Allen Does More Than Star in Turturro's Upcoming 'Gigolo'

I find it fascinating that Woody Allen would be so eager to play a pimp in John Turturro's upcoming portrait of a New York male prostitute, "Fading Gigolo," which was being sold at at Toronto. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which is slated to shoot this fall, and will star as the gigolo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2012 4:52 PM
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Weinsteins Take Daniels' 'The Butler' for 2013; Ziskin Pursued Project

The Weinsteins have taken US rights to Lee Daniels' indie project "The Butler," which is currently in production in New Orleans. The film stars Forest Whitaker in the title role with Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as their son. Icon International and IM Global handled foreign sales at Cannes, where the response was upbeat around the world' Weinstein Co. landed the film after first-look player Sony passed.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 3:02 PM
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Ursula Meier's 'Sister' Chosen as Switzerland's Foreign Oscar Entry [Video Interview]

Ursula Meier's "Sister" has been chosen as Switzerland's entry into the Foreign Oscar race. The film opens October 5. Check out our story and interview below, originally published during the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 2:31 PM
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Marketing Watch: 'Frankenweenie' E-Book Free on iTunes

Disney's promo materials on Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" have been innovative and choice. Their latest offering is a content-rich e-book tie-in. "Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book" provides a behind-the-scenes examination of the world of the original 1984 short film that inspired the upcoming feature length production. Here's our "Fantastic Fest" review of "Frankenweenie"; latest clips and featurette are here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 24, 2012 12:15 PM
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Best of the Week: Interviews with De Palma, Gere, Hillcoat & Potter; 'Hitchcock,' 'Frankenweenie' and More

This week on TOH, we consider new Oscar season entry "Hitchcock," interview Brian De Palma, Richard Gere, John Hillcoat and Sally Potter, review Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and much more! Check out the best of the week below:
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  • September 21, 2012 5:07 PM
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Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Selects Five Finalists for Annual Student Writing Competition

The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation has unveiled the five finalists and judges for the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, a student screenplay, stage play and teleplay competition now in its 57th year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 2:05 PM
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Helen Mirren Continues Her Reign in 'The Audience,' Reprises Role of Elizabeth II for the Stage

Helen Mirren will be The Queen again, but this time on stage in "The Audience," a new play by Peter Morgan focusing on Queen Elizabeth II's relationship with the 12 different prime ministers who serve during her epic reign. Mirren's top-notch career doesn't seem to be flagging a bit, with news yesterday that "Hitchcock," in which she stars as Hitch's wife and discerning collaborator Alma Reville, will be an Oscar contender.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 1:27 PM
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Bollywood Goes IMAX for First Time with 2013 Release of 'Dhoom:3'

Bollywood action-thriller "Dhoom: 3" will be digitally remastered and released in IMAX throughout India in winter of 2013, marking the country's first local-language production to be released in the larger-than-life format.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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Tribeca Film Acquires Goya Winner and Fantastic Fest Entry 'No Rest for the Wicked'

Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to the Spanish noir "No Rest for the Wicked," which won six 2012 Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent to the Oscars), including Best Film. The film is currently playing at Fantastic Fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 12:38 PM
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