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Barbra Streisand Returns to Directing with Cate Blanchett & Colin Firth in 'Skinny and Cat'

Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are set to star in Barbra Streisand's "Skinny and Cat," her return to directing after sixteen years ("The Mirror Has Two Faces" was in 1996, "Prince of Tides" in 1991 and "Yentl" in 1983). The epic love story...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 5:20 PM
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American Cinematheque Announces Aero Theatre's Digital Upgrades, Summer Series of Classics & Restorations

The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre announces its new upgrade, which includes state-of-the-art high performance digital projection and sound at its 435-seat Santa Monica venue.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 4:02 PM
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Gravitas Ventures Picks Up SXSW Raucous Rom-Com '3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Jordan Roberts' SXSW romantic comedy "3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom," starring up-and-comers Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd and Lizzie Caplan, plus Whitney Cummings, Chris Noth and Ron Perlman.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 2:57 PM
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It's Happening: 'Jurassic Park 4' Gets 'Planet of the Apes' Writers; Who Will Direct the Spielbergian Franchise Reboot?

The wheels are turning for "Jurassic Park"'s fourth installment at Universal. While Steven Spielberg will produce (with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall), he won't be directing. It's been eleven years since "Jurassic Park III" and having a new director at the helm to reinvigorate the beloved but frozen franchise isn't a bad idea...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 2:51 PM
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EW on 'The New Art of Coming Out': Blink and You'll Miss It; Remembering DeGeneres' 1997 Outing

When Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" publicly came out as gay on May 23, the news was treated with matter-of-fact understatement by the media -- a far cry from the heavily publicized self-outing of Ellen Degeneres fifteen years ago...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 1:56 PM
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Imprisoned Chinese Artist and Dissident Ai Weiwei Will Learn the Fate of His Bail Conditions on June 22

China's most famous international artist and staunchly outspoken domestic critic, Ai Weiwei, finds out June 22 if the Chinese government's bail conditions for his imprisonment over the past year will be lifted. The subject of Alison Klayman's Sundance and Berlinale doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the artist was incarcerated...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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Media Watch: Los Angeles Times Makes Changes at Calendar, Business

The Los Angeles Times has named veteran LAT business editor John Corrigan as Assistant Managing Editor for Arts & Entertainment, succeeding Sallie Hofmeister, while ex-LA Weekly and Slake editor Laurie Ochoa returns to the LAT as A&E Editor, joining her husband Jonathan Gold, who recently joined the LAT as restaurant critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2012 12:02 PM
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Screen Media Acquires Extreme Mustang Makeover Doc 'Wild Horse, Wild Ride'

Screen Media has picked up husband-and-wife team Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus' award-winning documentary "Wild Horse, Wild Ride." The film follows the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, a daunting annual contest daring 100 horse-lovers to each tame a wild mustang and prepare it for adopted life beyond federal corrals...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2012 8:01 PM
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OBIT: Pioneer Film Critic Andrew Sarris is Dead at 83; He Changed How We See Movies

The great critic Andrew Sarris, who wrote for The Village Voice and more recently, The New York Observer, is dead at age 83. According to his wife Molly Haskell in The NYTimes, he died from an infection after a fall. My best wishes go to Haskell ("From Reverence to Rape"), who was as erudite and passionate about film as her husband.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2012 3:22 PM
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Millennium Will Release Lee Daniels' Sweaty 'Paperboy' After All, on October 5

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" made quite a splash at Cannes, causing a range of reactions, including a 16-minute standing ovation and our own found poem made from its vividly-worded reviews. It sits at 50% Rotten, and will be judged by a much broader audience when it is released October 5 by Millennium Entertainment...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 3:18 PM
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