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Davis Guggenheim's Malala Yousafzai Documentary Gets Backing from Participant Media

Participant Media has come aboard Davis Guggenheim's documentary on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2014 4:45 PM
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Here Are the Three Winners of San Francisco Film Society's 2014 Documentary Film Fund Awards

The San Francisco Film Society has revealed the three winners of its 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards, which total more than $75,000 and support feature-length documentaries in post-production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2014 3:22 PM
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Reunite in 'The Nest' (VIDEO)

America's favorite comedy dream team is at it again. Amy Poehler is in final talks to join Tina Fey in "The Nest," a comedy from "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore about two sisters kicking it over one wild weekend in their childhood home before it sells.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 1:33 PM
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Sony and Scott Rudin Circle Bestselling Wall Street Book 'Flash Boys' (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are closing in on a deal to acquire smart author Michael Lewis' real-life, high-stakes financial drama "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," which was just published last month and is already a national bestseller.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 1:31 PM
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Nude and Proud on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Wowza. Four-time Emmy winner and 53-year-old "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus sure looks good on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone issue -- and she's naked!
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 12:44 PM
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Why Ray Winstone Is Perfect for That 'Point Break' Remake (CLIPS)

Brit character actor Ray Winstone is in talks to star in the much-tussled-about "Point Break" remake as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, a role Gary Busey immortalized in Kathryn Bigelow's original homoerotic cult classic from 1991.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 6:30 AM
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'Transcendence' Director Pfister Talks Perseverance: "Do not give up"

I learned at least six things from the "Transcendence" Panel at the Las Vegas National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) that won’t likely be reported in the mainstream press. Did you know...
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  • April 8, 2014 8:40 PM
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In Must-See 'Locke,' Tom Hardy is Under Pressure

"Locke" is a fully realized high-concept drama carried by Tom Hardy's riveting, naturalistic performance. It could use the help of the right film festival rollout. Unfortunately, it already had the wrong one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2014 5:19 PM
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Matthew Modine Kickstarts 'Full Metal Jacket' Audio Diary on Working with Stanley Kubrick (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rakoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 8, 2014 4:45 PM
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Baltasar Kormákur Launches 'Trapped,' Icelandic Crime Series

Iceland import Baltasar Kormákur, who the studios value because he can handle global movie stars in action like Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington ("2 Guns"), feels strongly about fostering talent in his home country, where he is a rock star. He's using his Hollywood leverage back home, where he has founded a new production outfit (RVK Studios) and VFX company (Framestore is now called RVX). “I developed 'Trapped' because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2014 1:13 PM
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