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Milestone Raising $50K via Kickstarter for Academy's Restoration of Shirley Clarke's Seminal LGBT Doc 'Portrait of Jason'

Independent distribution company Milestone has launched a Kickstarter campaign to aid the Academy Film Archive's costly restoration of filmmaker Shirley Clarke's seminal 1967 documentary "Portrait of Jason," one of the first openly frank LGBT films in existence.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 1:21 PM
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What Is De Niro Thinking? Goes Against Stallone in 'Grudge Match'

Yet another example of Hollywood's current thinking is the depressing prospect of Warner Bros. chasing the trendy boomer demo by casting Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull") and Sylvester Stallone ("Rocky") as two aging boxers in "Grudge Match."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2012 2:09 PM
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Phase 4 Picks Up 'Precious' Producer Siegel-Magness' Directorial Debut, 'Long Time Gone' with Virginia Madsen

Phase 4 Films has acquired US and Canadian rights to "Long Time Gone," the directorial debut of "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. The film stars Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Anthony LaPaglia and Eva Longoria.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 1:59 PM
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In the Works: Vaughn Rumored for New 'Star Wars' Installment; Ford Interested in Revisiting Han Solo

One of the exciting prospects for veteran Spielberg poducer Kathleen Kennedy as the new president at Disney-owned Lucasfilm is that she is more than capable of developing a strong script and luring gifted filmmakers to the planned "Star Wars" franchise reboot. Even without a script on hand, directors are lining up.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 1:21 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Receive Producers Guild's 2013 Norman Lear Award [Abrams Clips]

The Producers Guild of America will honor J.J. Abrams with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, which will be presented to the writer-director-producer at their 24th annual awards ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 2:18 PM
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Netflix Gives Raider Icahn Poison Pill, Protects Itself from Buyout Until 2015

Netflix is protecting itself from takeover-hungry Carl Icahn. On November 5 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the company has a new three-year stockholder rights plan, allowing it to allocate one "right" to each of its outstanding shares, making Netflix's seizure more difficult by outside parties.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 1:52 PM
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Writers Guild of America Partners with The Black List in Support of Screenwriters

The Writers Guild of America, East announces its partnership with The Black List, which lists the best unproduced screenplays from Hollywood each year, as chosen by industry execs. With this new partnership, WGAE members will receive a 20% discount...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2012 1:48 PM
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'Last Vegas' Production Begins with Douglas, De Niro, Freeman & Kline -- Over the Hill 'Hangover'?

Production has started on John Turtletaub's comedy "Last Vegas," starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as aging buddies who throw a Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 1:15 PM
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Export Company Roskino Brings Russia to AFM; Oscar Entry 'White Tiger' & Bestselling Adaptation 'Generation P,' Gravitas Hulu Package

Roskino, Russia's only state-run organization in charge of promoting and exporting Russian films internationally, has brought a selection of titles to this year's AFM (October 31 - November7). Roundup is below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 12:41 PM
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Weekend Recap: Jude Law, Kristen Stewart, John Cusack as Limbaugh

Kristen Stewart, who walked L.A.'s AFI FEST red carpet for water Salles' "On the Road" this weekend, is looking at life after "Twilight." She's joining Ben Affleck in "Focus," about an experienced con-man and his romantic relationship with a rookie schemer. Written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers of "Crazy, Stupid, Love," the movie was originally set up as another Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone love story.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 5, 2012 12:13 PM
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