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Life Imitates 'The Newsroom,' as CNN Heads Mainstream

In the last episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," his fictional news show started to chase tabloid stories in an attempt to stop their ratings plunge. Well, in real life, number three network CNN is hurting for viewers, with its worst ratings in 20 years, and is now looking to go mainstream, according to The New York Post.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 5:42 PM
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In The Works: Pattinson Lands Lawrence of Arabia Role in Herzog's Gertrude Bell Biopic, Starring Naomi Watts, Talks to Jon Stewart

Good news for Robert Pattinson. He's set to play a young T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert." Naomi Watts will co-star as Gertrude Bell in Herzog's biopic, which is set to kick off production this fall. The movie follows Bell's life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 5:13 PM
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Sundance Prize-Winner 'House I Live In' Heads for Cinemas: Jarecki Aims 'to reach as many Americans as I can'

It's taken a while, but filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has finally cobbled together his dream team to release his must-see Sundance Jury-Prize Winning doc "The House I Live In," an incisive and incendiary expose of America's war on drugs and prison system. The movie will hit cinemas on October 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 4:58 PM
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NBCUniversal Can't Unravel DreamWorks/Reliance/Disney Gordian Knot

The talks between Universal and DreamWorks have fallen apart, writes the Hollywood Reporter. There was desire to make it work on both sides, but the Gordian knot of the deal between DreamWorks and Indian financeer Reliance, not to mention distributor Disney, was too complicated to untie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 3:31 PM
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Indie Spirit Awards Pick 2013 Date

Film Independent announces the dates for its 28th annual Indie Spirit Awards: February 23, 2013. The show will air on IFC.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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'Avatar' Released on Blu-ray 3-D: Cameron Says '3-D Television is the Future'

"Avatar" is being released in Blu-ray 3D, and the film's 33 million Facebook fans were the first to know. The 2-disc collector's edition of the James Cameron's behemoth will be available October 16 and will offer "a home entertainment experience like no other"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:14 PM
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TIFF Adds Gala, Special Screenings, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths; 'A Song for Marion' Will Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added more than 75 new titles to its expansive 2012 smorgasbord. The festival (September 6-16) will close with a Gala presentation of Andrew Williams' "A Song For Marion," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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Nominees for World Soundtrack Academy's 2012 Awards: Best Composer, Score, Song

The World Soundtrack Academy nominees for 2012 Awards for Best Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film are listed below. Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 5:09 PM
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Avenue Capital Hedge Fund To Announce Variety Buy This Week

The frontrunner to buy 107-year-old entertainment industry trade Variety is New York billionaire Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital hedge fund, according to The New York Post. A source reports that Variety parent company Reed Business Information has accepted a bid between $30 million and $40 million. An official deal announcement is expected this week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 5:06 PM
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" (November 21) will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) The NYFF has already announced its closing night film, Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, another mainstream booking for the high-minded Fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 4:22 PM
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