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A24 Acquires U.S. Rights to Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan'

New York City-based production company A24 has acquired the rights to Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen. A24 will release the film in the U.S. in February 2013, with FilmBuff handling domestic digital distribution.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 3, 2012 5:09 PM
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Telluride Forges Bonds, Affleck's 'Argo' Hits, Burns and Loyola Marymount Launch Doc Grad Program

Telluride is a place where people get to know each other. Without Telluride, I would not have dug into the Sight & Sound Top 50 with Alexander Payne (at the annual opening day Patron's Brunch), who agrees with me that "Citizen Kane" should be number one, not "Vertigo," and that Akira Kurosawa is the greatest filmmaker who ever lived.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2012 5:00 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice Reviews, Telluride Trailer Watch, and In the Works

  • By TOH!
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  • September 1, 2012 2:58 PM
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TIFF Concerned by Disappearance of Syrian Filmmaker Nyrabia: 'Filmmakers Must Be Allowed to Express Themselves'

The Toronto International Film Festival has expressed concern over the arrest of Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, who was detained by security services loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Damascus airport on August 23...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:34 PM
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Paramount and 'Godfather' Author's Estate Going to Court

Don Corleone might not want to be caught dead in a courtroom, but the "Godfather" franchise doesn't look like it'll be so lucky: the son of Mario Puzo, who wrote the original "Godfather" novel, filed papers with a federal court in Manhattan seeking to end Paramount Pictures' rights to produce any future films based on the property...
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 12:26 PM
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Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest Poses a 30-Second Short Film Challenge

In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication. This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with laughter.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 11:27 AM
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Michael Keaton Joins Kinnaman, Jackson, Oldman, Cornish & Williams for Padilha's 'RoboCop' Remake

Michael Keaton joins MGM and Columbia's "RoboCop" remake. The actor will play Raymond Sellars...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2012 9:12 AM
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Film Historian Peter Cowie's Behind-the-Scenes 'Godfather' to Land in October

There are only a handful of trilogies that are so deepy ingrained in the zeitgeist of American culture that they seem destined to be timeless classics: "Star Wars," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Godfather." But where the first two were sci-fi/fantasy epics filled with spectacle and flash, the last one, with its dark meditations on violence and loyalty, is in a league of its own.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 6:18 AM
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Busy Ryan Gosling to Pre-Sell Directorial Debut 'How to Catch a Monster' at TIFF

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut. Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 2:31 PM
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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct Marvel World S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot for ABC

Joss Whedon and "Avengers" fans everywhere rejoice: ABC has ordered a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot from the "Buffy" scribe which will focus on the secretive military cum-police force of the Avengers universe. Whedon will direct, pending his schedule, and will co-write the pilot along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:45 PM
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