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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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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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