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FilmDistrict Acquires Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake (VIDEO)

In the wake of a successful launch for "Safety Not Guaranteed" and strong response to opening nighter "Looper," FilmDistrict has moved decisively to acquire U.S. distribution rights for Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean thriller classic "Oldboy." They plan a 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 11:02 AM
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Eric Roth Honored with Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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Annemarie Jacir's Palestinian 'When I Saw You' Goes to Match Factory Before TIFF Debut [Trailer]

Annemarie Jacir's Palestinian Oscar entry "When I Saw You" goes to The Match Factory for worldwide rights, prior to its debut at Toronto September 9. Jacir's first film "Salt of This Sea," which debuted at Cannes in 2008, was also Palestine's Oscar entry...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 12:53 PM
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Ang Lee Replaces Maguire in 'Life of Pi,' as Star Tries to Find Post-'Spider-Man' Mojo

When Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" (November 21) opens the New York Film Festival, Tobey Maguire won't be in it. This is not news. Maguire, who is trying to come to terms with his post-"Spider-Man" identity, was replaced last summer by actor Rafe Spall...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2012 4:29 PM
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Tribeca Film Acquires Edward Burns' 'The Fitzgerald Family Christmas' For Holiday Multi-Platform Release

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Toronto-bound "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," a domestic drama written, directed and starring Edward Burns. On this Irish-American working class family comedy, Burns brings back old pals Connie Britton and Michael McGlone, who co-starred in Burns' 1995 debut "The Brothers McMullen."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2012 3:56 PM
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Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Goes to Annapurna Pictures

Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," which premieres at Venice in competition tomorrow, September 5, before heading to Toronto two days later, has been acquired by Annapurna Pictures. The film stars James Franco and a handful of girls gone wild on spring break - Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 4, 2012 3:59 PM
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New Yorker on The Arduous Making of the Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas'

In the most recent New Yorker, Aleksandar Hemon details the fantastical movie that almost wasn't: the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 enigmatic novel, "Cloud Atlas." The article lists an array of hold ups while making the movie: Halle Berry's broken foot while shooting in Mallorca, studio hesitancy, and terrible weather...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 4, 2012 2:10 PM
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Amazon Prime Partners with EPIX to Bring 'Hunger Games,' 'Avengers,' 'Iron Man,' 'Thor' & More to Instant Video Library

Amazon and EPIX announce a new multi-year licensing agreement that will add thousands of new releases, classics titles and original programming to Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the US, doubling the VOD library since the launch of the Kindle Fire a year ago. Included are titles from EPIX studio partners: Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 4, 2012 12:10 PM
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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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