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Destiny Ekaragha's Directorial Debut 'Gone Too Far' Begins Production in London Late October

Principal photography will begin later this month on Destiny Ekaragha's feature directorial debut "Gone Too Far," a coming-of-age comedy adapted for the screen by Bola Agabje, based on her own Laurence Olivier Award-winning 2007 stage play of the same title.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 2:55 PM
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'Magic Mike' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Available on VOD Before DVD

The studios are messing around with once-rigid ancillary windows. The trend to push movies to earlier video-on-demand releases is manifested by two dramatically different films this week: Timur Bakmembetov's twisted history action flick, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and Steven Soderbergh's sexy male-stripper dramedy "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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'Keep Indie Visible' Campaign Launches To Help Keep Art House Cinemas Alive

The "Keep Indie Visible" program is launching a new campaign to help independent theaters successfully transition to (read: survive) the industry-wide move to digital projection. By the end of 2013, Hollywood will only distribute films in specific digital formats -- but the staggering cost for state-of-the-art digital projectors...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 12:25 PM
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Hulu Ups the Game with BBC-Partnered Original Content 'The Wrong Mans;' Current-Season Nickelodeon Programming

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia, the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 4:40 PM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Official South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta' (Video Clip)

Tim League's Drafthouse Films has acquired "Pieta," South Korea's official entry in the 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar race. From award-winning director Kim Ki-duk ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring"), the violent must-see drama, which I saw in Toronto, focuses on a lethal loan shark who maims his vitims for a living. He is forced to reconsider his dangerous lifestyle and his own humanity when a mysterious woman arrives on his doorstep claiming to be the mother he never had.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:52 PM
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RIP PR Pioneer Lois Smith: Tributes from Kingsley, Siegal, O'Donnell

Lois Smith, who died last weekend from complications due to a fall, helped to define modern PR. Back in 1971, she founded, along with Pat Kingsley (who handled Tom Cruise for years), New York's Pickwick Public Relations, and went on to pursue production at Marble Arch and United Artists before returning to her first love.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2012 1:44 PM
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Bertolucci is Busting Out All Over; AFI Guest Artistic Director, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

The European Film Academy will honor Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards show on December 1, held in Malta. Beginning his illustrious, controversial film career in 1961 as assistant director on Pasolini's "Accatone," and going on to helm erotic- and political-provocateur works...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 1:43 PM
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Brad Pitt Talks 'Killing Them Softly,' Failed Democracy & Responsible Capitalism, Plus McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

Guy Richie interviewing Brat Pitt for Interview Magazine is quite a read, and the photo spread of Pitt isn't too shabby either. Pitt had a great year in 2011 with "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball," and he's kept busy with a handful of new projects. They discuss Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" and the state of American capitalism...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 9, 2012 1:09 PM
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'Prisoners' Sounds Familiar: Dano Joins Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Leo

Imitation is the usual form of Hollywood flattery. You can count on a movie like "Taken" to not only spawn a sequel (which opened well enough to reinforce Liam Neeson's misguided belief that chasing big paydays is the best career path) but a slew of imitators.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:02 PM
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Penske Buys Variety for $25 Million UPDATED

Well, the early reports are true. After seven months of negotiations, Penske Media Corp., backed by hedge fund Third Point, has won 107-year-old trade paper Variety for $25 million. Just months ago Variety was thought to be worth $50 mlllion, which was still substantially lower than its pre-recession peak value. Jay Penske, 33, outbid New York Hedge Fund Avenue Capitol and supermarket mogul Ron Burkle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2012 12:14 PM
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