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Sorkin Reveals Structure of Steve Jobs Biopic

Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs biography was nothing if not a door-stopper. So writer Aaron Sorkin's challenge was to figure out a way in: cradle to grave biopic? One slice? He went with something closer to "Slumdog Millionaire"'s ingenious way of using the questions as entries to parts of a life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 15, 2012 4:48 PM
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Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it took home the Audience Award...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Tarantino Tells Playboy Who Else Was In The Running for 'Django' Before Foxx & His Horse Won the Role

Quentin Tarantino, in his interview for Playboy's December edition, discusses the actors he mulled over for the titular role in this Christmas' "Django Unchained." Will Smith and Jamie Foxx were not the only ones the director considered (Hint: "Omar comin'!") -- but Foxx had the Texan-horse-owner edge.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 1:08 PM
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The Future of 'Star Wars': Lucas Says It Could Go on 'For The Next Hundred Years'

This week's EW looks at what the future holds for the ever-expanding "Star Wars" galaxy. Highlights -- including info about Harrison Ford's possible involvement, quotes from Mark Hammill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original three films),..
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:51 PM
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If 'Skyfall' Reaches $1 Billion, Who Makes How Much?

With an $88.4 million domestic haul on its opening weekend and a $428.7 million international haul thus far, Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" could be the first Bond film to pass the $1 billion mark worldwide. Who will benefit the most from this skyfall of success?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:25 PM
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5 Biggest Box-Office Bombs of the Year; Lots of 'Dredd' and No 'Big Miracle,' Especially for 'Oogieloves'

While "Skyfall" is topping the charts and "Breaking Dawn Part 2" looks poised to have box office teeth, 2012 had its share of financial bombs. "The Oogieloves" got no love, Oogie or otherwise, at the box office. The Wachowski-Tykwer magical mystery tour "Cloud Atlas" couldn't float...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:12 PM
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Del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim,' No More Directing Gaps, 'Slaughterhouse' & 'Justice League'

Guillermo del Toro is back in the director's chair with "Pacific Rim" after a four-year hiatus (his last was "Hellboy 2") in which he kept busy producing (films like "Rise of the Guardians") and developing (and almost directing) "The Hobbit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 7:46 AM
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Free iPad App Dives Deeper into History of Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

History buffs--want to dig deeper into Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"? There is a free iPad app available now on iTunes. Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film - Discover the Story goes behind the scenes with an interactive look at that crucial time in American history. It includes photos, art, interviews, music and a historical narrative. Take a look at these screen grabs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 2:36 AM
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Philip K. Dick Estate Gives First Look Deal to Anonymous Content & Electric Shepherd Productions; 'Ubik' in The Works with Gondry

Anonymous Content and Electric Shepherd Productions have engaged in a first look deal with Philip K. Dick's estate to develop film and television adaptations of the author's works, which include over 120 short stories and 45 novels...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 4:55 PM
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Berg's SEAL Team 10 Drama 'Lone Survivor' Now Shooting with Wahlberg, Bana, Foster, Kitsch & Hirsch; Herrick Producing

Norton Herrick has come on board to share producing duties with director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for "Lone Survivor," which is currently shooting in New Mexico with co-stars Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 3:54 PM
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