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Academy Programs 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Screening Series, with del Toro, Landis & Hedren In Person

As part of Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Academy unveils the "Universal's Legacy of Horror" film series in October, with director-cinephile Guillermo del Toro hosting the kickoff double feature screening of "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" on October 2. Tippi Hedren will also appear in person with "The Birds" on October 23, incidentally (or not) two days after "The Girl" premieres on HBO.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 4:35 PM
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Benh Zeitlin Starts New, Untitled Louisiana-Set Film

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin is returning to Louisiana for his next project, centering on a strange ecosystem where the aging process is warped, and people grow old either very quickly or incredibly slowly. Reportedly Zeitlin hopes to use the same cast and production team for the currently untitled film. Fans of Quvenzhané Wallis, get excited.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 2:23 PM
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A24 Acquires Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa,' Plans Oscar Qualifying Run to Push Fanning's Stunning Performance

A24 has picked up Sally Potter's lovely coming-of-age film "Ginger & Rosa," starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert (daughter of Jane Campion), Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Annette Benning, Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt. The film recently debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, with additional screenings at Toronto and the upcoming New York Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 2:00 PM
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Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on 'Moby Dick' Big Read Site

The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic "the great unread American novel." To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 12:35 PM
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In the Works: 'A Most Wanted Man' Starts Shooting with Hoffman and McAdams

Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 12:33 PM
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In The Works: Woody Allen Does More Than Star in Turturro's Upcoming 'Gigolo'

I find it fascinating that Woody Allen would be so eager to play a pimp in John Turturro's upcoming portrait of a New York male prostitute, "Fading Gigolo," which was being sold at at Toronto. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which is slated to shoot this fall, and will star as the gigolo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2012 4:52 PM
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Weinsteins Take Daniels' 'The Butler' for 2013; Ziskin Pursued Project

The Weinsteins have taken US rights to Lee Daniels' indie project "The Butler," which is currently in production in New Orleans. The film stars Forest Whitaker in the title role with Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as their son. Icon International and IM Global handled foreign sales at Cannes, where the response was upbeat around the world' Weinstein Co. landed the film after first-look player Sony passed.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 3:02 PM
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Ursula Meier's 'Sister' Chosen as Switzerland's Foreign Oscar Entry [Video Interview]

Ursula Meier's "Sister" has been chosen as Switzerland's entry into the Foreign Oscar race. The film opens October 5. Check out our story and interview below, originally published during the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 2:31 PM
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Marketing Watch: 'Frankenweenie' E-Book Free on iTunes

Disney's promo materials on Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" have been innovative and choice. Their latest offering is a content-rich e-book tie-in. "Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book" provides a behind-the-scenes examination of the world of the original 1984 short film that inspired the upcoming feature length production. Here's our "Fantastic Fest" review of "Frankenweenie"; latest clips and featurette are here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 24, 2012 12:15 PM
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Best of the Week: Interviews with De Palma, Gere, Hillcoat & Potter; 'Hitchcock,' 'Frankenweenie' and More

This week on TOH, we consider new Oscar season entry "Hitchcock," interview Brian De Palma, Richard Gere, John Hillcoat and Sally Potter, review Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and much more! Check out the best of the week below:
  • By TOH!
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  • September 21, 2012 5:07 PM
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