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New Poster for 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Reveals Wicked Witch -- Kunis or Weisz?

A new poster for Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," with the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West making a full-body appearance, asks the question: Who plays the notorious Witch -- Mila Kunis or Rachel Weisz?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 12:54 PM
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Casting Watch: Cumberbatch To Play Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, Helmed by 'Sherlock' Director Paul McGuigan

Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play Brian Epstein in a biopic about the Beatles' longtime manager. Paul McGuigan, who's directed Cumberbatch in a number of "Sherlock" episodes, will helm the Epstein project.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 12:40 PM
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Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in whatever cinematic form they desire...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 1:49 PM
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Why Scott Foundas Ditched Lincoln Center Programming to Go Back Where He Belongs UPDATED

Three years ago, when Scott Foundas left the Village Voice Media's LA Weekly to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center as associate programmer, I was disheartened. Why? Because he is one of the most gifted critics of his generation. I took Foundas leaving his clear avocation as a sign of the continuing decline of film criticism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2012 1:44 PM
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Disney Empire Strikes Back: As George Lucas Moves On, Disney Picks Up His Bay Area Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion

Walt Disney Co. has made a major purchase-- following its earlier acquisition of Pixar and Marvel Entertainment-- by scooping up George Lucas's Bay Area LucasFilm for $4.05 billion. This means that Disney and its theme parks will now own future rights to Lucas's "Star Wars" franchise--in all its myriad forms.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 5:11 PM
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Hollywood Reporter Leads Press Club's Entertainment Awards with 28 Nominations; Indiewire's Jay Fernandez Nominated Writer

The Hollywood Reporter leads the L.A. Press Club's 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards with 28 nominations. One of the features nominated was co-authored by Indiewire's own senior writer and news editor, Jay A. Fernandez.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 2:15 PM
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Roundup: Hurricane Sandy Takes NY, NJ and Social Media By Storm

Hurricane Sandy is ravaging the Northeast, with New York and New Jersey being declared disaster areas amidst casualties, a massive power outage, six-alarm fires and flooded public transportation. Meanwhile, as lives, homes and daily routines are severely affected, the social media landscape has also been taken by storm. Below, a web roundup of all things Sandy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 1:33 PM
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Ex-Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Joins Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine America

Having moved up through the Disney ranks to head of Disney Channels Worldwide and then a short tenure running the Disney Studio, Rich Ross is now taking over chairman Elisabeth Murdoch's TV and production company Shine America as CEO, reports Variety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 1:29 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker': Things Get Twisted with Kidman & Wasikowska in New Poster and Gorgeous Promo Video

Check out this new poster for Park Chan-wook's "Stoker," which twists storybook-like drawings, skulls, owls and other unsettling ephemera into a thicket surrounding the faces of Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. A beautiful promo video accompanies the poster's release...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 12:39 PM
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