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Casting Watch: Portman's 'Got a Gun' for Fassbender, Farmiga's 'Psycho' Prequel at A&E, Nielson & Bell Join Trier's Nymphos

While it would seem impossible for the actor to physically accomplish all the roles on his slate, Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay's "Jane Got a Gun." Portman is producing the western and will star as a woman whose outlaw husband is being chased by criminal confederates...
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  • August 28, 2012 12:55 PM
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Moving on from 'House of Cards,' Will Fincher Return to Salander and Play 'with Fire'?

David Fincher's upcoming film slate has been shifting over the last week, and some are speculating that it may be moving in the direction of Lisbeth Salander. Not so fast, guys. With news that the director broke up with Egyptian beauty "Cleopatra," starring Angelina Jolie, and with Sony's confirmation that "The Girl Who Played with Fire" would not be a 2013 release (the kernel is that the sequel is in the works at all), eyes are on Fincher to return for the sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:28 PM
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YouTube's Original Content Sinks or Swims: Underperforming Channels Get Cut as YouTube Looks for More Winners

YouTube is reportedly abandoning some of its less successful original content channels, while simultaneously launching new channels that fall in line with the company's content initiative. What establishes the criteria for a losing channel vs. a winning channel? Logged viewership time, and total number of views.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:28 PM
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Annenberg Foundation Awards Sundance Institute $1 Million Grant

The Sundance Institute has been awarded a $1 million, three-year grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which will provide support for the Institute's year-round creative and tactical programs for independent film artists. The Annenberg's past support of the Institute, the Film Fellows Program from 2004-2011, helped support projects such as Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Dee Rees' "Pariah" and Behn Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:11 PM
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TIFF Watch: Cohen Media and Focus World Pick Up Doueiri's 'The Attack'

Cohen Media Group and Focus World are joining forces for the North American 2013 release of Ziad Doueiri's "The Attack," a drama-thriller following an Arab surgeon who uncovers a shocking secret about his late wife, a victim of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film will be a special presentation at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 3:41 PM
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108 Media Pacts with Paladin to Jointly Release Films in North America (VIDEO)

Toronto sales and distribution company 108 Media is partnering with Mark Urman's New York indie Paladin to jointly release films in North America. The duo will kick off the pact with an initial slate of five recent 108 Media acquisitions to launch through the first quarter of 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2012 5:23 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Remembering Tony Scott, Zadan & Meron Land Oscars, Weekend Preview, In The Works & More

This week on TOH, we interviewed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on being the 2013 Oscar producers, we looked ahead to the weekend's offering of new films, we compared Joe Wright's upcoming "Anna Karenina" to the long string of previous film adaptations, paid tribute to director Tony Scott (1944-2012) and much more!
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  • August 24, 2012 4:09 PM
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In the Works: Pitt Walks Into 'Candy Store,' Adam Driver For Wasikowska's 'Tracks,' Fincher Over 'Cleopatra' & Cholodenko's Next

Casting and project news, from Brad Pitt's "Candy Store" and Angelina Jolie's "Cleopatra" to Lisa Cholodenko's "November Criminals" and "Girls"'s Adam Driver...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • August 24, 2012 2:29 PM
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Film Linc Mounts First-Ever NYFF Convergence, Plus Three Midnight Movies

As part of their New York Film Festival’s 50th edition, The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces their first-ever presentation of NYFF Convergence, running September 29-30, in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Covergence will offer panels, workshops and Immersive Experiences for the participating transmedia creators and fans...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 24, 2012 1:59 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Redford's Venice & Toronto Bound 'The Company You Keep'

Sony Pictures Classics has taken U.S. rights to Robert Redford's upcoming Weather Underground drama "The Company You Keep." The movie boasts an impressive cast: Redford, Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Brendan Gleeson, Terence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 24, 2012 12:56 PM
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