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Tom Hanks Goes Digital with Yahoo! Animated Web Series 'Electric City,' Voices Lead: "No one gets rich" (VIDEO)

At Comic-Con last weekend, web series were part of the story, as Bryan Singer and Tom Hanks both unveiled new onlie ventures. Tuesday Yahoo! launches the first ten 4-7-minute episodes of Hanks’ animated dystopian sci-fi adventure “Electric City." The next ten installments will be released on July 18 and 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2012 1:34 PM
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West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Starts Filming in Atlanta with Director Egoyan, Firth, Witherspoon, Nivola and Enos

Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," based on the true story of the recently released West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.), after eighteen years in prison on Death Row, has begun prinical photography in Atlanta, GA. The film stars Colin Firth...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 4:14 PM
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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 3:47 PM
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Sundance Institute Hosts Summer Producing Summit, Names First Bingham Ray Producing Fellow

The Sundance Institute puts on a producing summit and creative labs every year at Robert Redford's ski resort that many indies look forward to as a working summer camp in the glorious Rocky Mountains. Eleven projects go into the creative producing labs July 30; the Institute has also named the winner of the first Bingham Ray Producing Fellowship.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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Michael Moore Built a Movie Theater – and a Film Festival – and Invites You to Come

Here's the full invitation that Michael Moore sent to his email list--explaining why he runs one of the highest-grossing indie theaters in America--and inviting us to this summer's Traverse City Film Festival.
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  • July 15, 2012 2:13 PM
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RIP Hollywood Scion, Dick Zanuck, One of the Great Producers

I thought producer Richard D. Zanuck would live forever. He was so energetic, so happy over the last decade producing films with Tim Burton, so keen on staying in the game. We talked once about writing a biography--he was the subject early in his career of one of the best Hollywood books ever written, John Gregory Dunne's "The Studio"--
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2012 7:04 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con, Magical Russian Mystery Tour, Moscow, Karlovy Vary & More

This week on TOH, we head to Comic-Con for genre/fanboy-fangirl/pop culture madness, consider Salma Hayek's career before and after "Savages," look at the return of "Ice Age," plus feature Anne's Magical Russian Mystery tour (including the Moscow Film Festival) and check in with Meredith Brody at Karlovy Vary...
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  • July 13, 2012 5:15 PM
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Tarantino Presents RZA's 'The Man with the Iron Fists' on November 2, Starring Crowe, Liu & Grier [Trailer]

Universal announces the gory kung fu actioner "The Man with the Iron Fists" will be released November 2. The film is a Quentin Tarantino presentation and the directorial debut of longtime Tarantino collaborator, RZA...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 3:05 PM
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Edgar Wright's 'World's End' Greenlight at Universal, Third in 'Shaun' & 'Hot Fuzz' Trilogy

Edgar Wright's "The World's End," the third film in his loose trilogy of comedies including "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," has been officially greenlit by Universal. The film is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting this October in the UK...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:56 PM
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Comic-Con: Dreamworks Announces Third 'Kung Fu Panda' & Upcoming Animation Slate

DreamWorks announces at Comic-Con that a third "Kung Fu Panda" is in the works, which is not surprising given the Jack Black animated panda franchise has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:41 PM
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