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In the Works: On-Location Principal Shooting for John McDonagh's 'Calvary' Begins in Ireland

Principal photography has begun on John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 Celtic crime comedy "The Guard," with Brendan Gleeson again starring, but swapping his Irish bad lieutenant Gerry Boyle for a good-hearted priest up against a hostile congregation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 1:39 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Another Middle Eastern Film and Foreign Oscar Submission

In advance of its New York Film Festival screening next week, Israel's Oscar entry "Fill the Void," has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Israel sends its Ophir Best Picture winner to the Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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Gina McIntyre Takes Over as Editor of LAT's Hero Complex Blog

LAT deputy film editor and genre buff Gina McIntyre, editor and contributor on departing staff writer Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex, is officially taking over the blog. Boucher was lured away by EW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2012 8:18 PM
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In the Works: Stephen Frears to Direct 'Philomena,' Starring Coogan and Dench

Stephen Frears has signed on to direct the Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope-penned "Philomena," a mother-son drama starring Coogan and Judi Dench. The script is an adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," and follows the true story of Sixsmith's wife's search for the son she gave up for adoption.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 4:23 PM
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Spielberg and Day-Lewis to Talk 'Lincoln' during Live Q&A Session at AMC Theaters October 10

Following special screenings of "Lincoln" on October 10 in AMC Theaters in nine American cities, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis will participate in an interactive Q&A session via satellite where audience members can text questions to the discussion's moderator.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 4:22 PM
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Von Trier's 'Gesamt' Project Asks Emerging Filmmakers to Reinterpret Six Major Works

In August 2012, Danish enfant terrible director Lars von Trier posed a challenge to the aspiring filmmakers of the world: Reinterpret one or more of six classic works into a film, video, still, or piece of music or soundpiece. True to Trier's apocalyptic leanings as of late, the project is titled "GESAMT - Disaster 501: What Happened to Man."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:52 PM
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Warner Bros. Sets Tom Cruise-Starrer 'All You Need is Kill' for March 2014

Warner Bros. has set March 14, 2014, as the date for Doug Liman's sci-fi actioner "All You Need is Kill," starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film is adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel of the same title, centering on a soldier in an intergalactic war caught in a time loop where the day of his final battle must be played out over and over again. A bit like "Groundhog Day," but with ruthless aliens.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:19 PM
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Academy Chases Young Male Demo with Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane [VIDEO]

At the HBO Emmy party last weekend, Seth MacFarlane was in good spirits as the question of his hosting the 85th Oscarcast made the rounds. He's a hit on TV ("Family Guy") and as host of several awards shows around town, including the WGA Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2012 12:52 PM
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'Paranormal Activity 4' Invites Fan Participation

When found-footage movie "Paranormal Activity" premiered in 2009, Paramount digital marketing started engaging with movie fans in a direct way. They encouraged viewers to create their own spoofs and renditions of the D-I-Y film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 7:01 AM
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China and Uruguay Pick Contenders for Foreign Language Oscars

On the eve of the Academy's October 1 foreign film submission deadline, both China and Uruguay selected films to vie for a Best Foreign Language nomination.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 5:28 AM
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