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Johnny Depp is Delving Into the Book Business

Johnny Depp is going to help run a publishing imprint and he's already got a big billing on the roster: Bob Dylan has signed on with "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan," adapted from interviews with best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 16, 2012 11:59 AM
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Judi Dench Talks Feeling "drunk with power" as M, Intimidated by Clint Eastwood

With "Skyfall" earning rave early reviews, and this year's global indie blockbuster "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," it's understandable that Judi Dench, 77, recently told the Guardian that she "never wants to stop working." The most recent Bond installment is the seventh 007 outing for Dench, and features a particularly hard-hitting storyline for her dry, steely-nerved M.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 5:15 PM
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AFI Fest 2012 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts -- 'Amour,' 'Pieta,' 'Beyond the Hills' & More

AFI Fest (November 1-8) has announced the final portion of its lineup, including World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film programs. 12 Foreign-Language Oscar entries are in the mix, most notably Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "Amour," Kim Ki-duk's Golden Lion winner "Pieta," Denmark's Berlin prize-winner "A Royal Affair" and Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills," which scored a shared best actress prize in Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 1:18 PM
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'It's a Girl' Documentary on Gendercide Teams Up with Causes.com [Trailer]

The documentary "It's a Girl!" reveals a remarkable and unsettling issue facing women today: the issues of gendercide in India and China. To add more power to its cause, "It's a Girl!" has teamed up with Causes.com to bring concrete activism to this issue.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 15, 2012 7:13 AM
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Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there meaning, is there a transcendent reason to do a movie here?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2012 9:16 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Argo' Arrives, Interviews with Arkin and August, Oscar Talk, 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More

This week on TOH!, we give you a new installment of Oscar Talk, we interviewed Alan Arkin on his role in "Argo" and screenwriter John August on industry frustration and "Frankenweenie," we considered the conspicuously silent "Zero Dark Thirty" and much more!
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  • October 12, 2012 4:39 PM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Les Miserables' Poster Roundup: Hathaway, Seyfried, Jackman and Crowe

Two more doe-eyed character posters have been added to the growing "Les Mis" artwork, this time featuring Amanda Seyfried as a grown-up Cosette and Anne Hathaway as a pre-shaved-head Fantine. (Someone needs to let us in on this French Revolution skin regimen.) Full roundup of character posters, including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 3:07 PM
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Dennie Gordon Begins Production on 'My Lucky Star'; First American Woman to Direct Chinese-Market Film

Director Dennie Gordon has begun production on the Chinese-language film "My Lucky Star," the prequel to 2009's blockbuster "Sophie's Revenge." International star Zhang Ziyi will reprise her role as Sophie, a glamorous globe-trotter caught up in a crime caper.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 3:05 PM
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'Mary Poppins' Origin Story 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Shooting with Hanks as Disney, Joins Backstage Hollywood Trend

Production on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," yet another behind-the-scenes Hollywood movie (see "Hitchcock," "The Girl," "My Week with Marilyn"), was well under way in Los Angeles last week when the news broke that scribe Kelly Marcel landed the coveted gig to adapt E.L. James erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." This was not in Disney's marketing plan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 2:21 PM
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In the Works: Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel "happening," Affleck Returns to Lehane to 'Live by Night'

Ridley Scott will be reportedly revisiting "Blade Runner," while Ben Affleck is in talks to return to Lehane material.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:15 PM
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