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New Mondo 'Lord of the Rings' Posters from Alamo Drafthouse -- 'Fate Has Chosen Him, Evil Will Hunt Him'

Check out the new Mondo posters for Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," designed by artist Olly Moss and featuring a jagged sword looming ominously over Frodo and his companions. Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse's boutique poster shop.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 12:53 PM
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Casting Watch: Glenn Close & Nick Nolte Are 'Always on My Mind'

Glenn Close and Nick Nolte are set to star in "Always on My Mind," which centers on an aging rock star (Nolte) as he succumbs to Alzheimers, with his wife (Close) left to navigate his steady degeneration...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 3:16 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Awards $300,000 in Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grants

Six features in various stages of production have won $300,000 in filmmaking grants from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "The East County," "Fruitvale," "Los Valientes," "Ping Pong Summer," "Short Term 12" and "The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh" each landed funding for the next stage of their production. SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice a year to filmmakers for narrative features that will have serious economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Nearly $2.5 million will be awarded between 2009 and 2013. (See details on the winning projects below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2012 9:09 PM
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Louis CK Does Proust Questionnaire - Personal Questions, Luis Tiant & 'I Love Barack Obama'

A look inside the mind of Louis CK via Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 3:53 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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Cinema Guild Acquires DVD and VOD Rights for Terence Nance's Gotham Winner 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty'

The Cinema Guild has picked up U.S. home video, digital and non-theatrical distribution rights for Terence Nance's recent Gotham Award-winner "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty." The filmmakers will release the film theatrically in 2013, followed by a DVD and VOD release via Cinema Guild.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 12:01 PM
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Lena Dunham vs. Gawker: Don't Post My $3.7 Million Book Proposal UPDATE

UPDATE: Lena Dunham's legal team has subsequently had the 60-page proposal, which was originally published on Gawker, taken offline. The below lines from the proposal still appear on the Gawker site.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2012 8:02 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Django' & 'Hobbit' Revealed, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Dominates with Critics, Oscar Doc Shortlist, Reviews & More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • December 7, 2012 3:35 PM
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Variety's 10 Directors to Watch Includes Sundance and Foreign Oscar Entry Helmers

Variety has announced its annual pre-Sundance 10 Directors to Watch list. The indie world is already familiar with jack-of-all-trades David Lowery, whose Casey Affleck-Rooney Mara starrer "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" will debut in competition at Sundance in January, while "Pit Stop," which he co-wrote, is in the NEXT section; Rebecca Thomas, whose Mormon drama "Elecktrick Children" was an official selection at Berlin 2012; and the director of Sundance 2013 entry "Kill Your Darlings," John Krokidas.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 7, 2012 2:56 PM
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Zemeckis to Warm Up 'Death Becomes Her' at Bravo. Why?

NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis's 1992 Universal film "Death Becomes Her" as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for producer Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods., who will be looking for a writer, reports Variety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2012 2:34 PM
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