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Trailers from Hell: Weird and Delirious "The Lair of the White Worm" Still Embarrasses Hugh Grant

In our second Trailers From Hell feature, Dan Ireland takes us on an exploration of weird and campy "The Lair of the White Worm." Ireland produced "The Lair of the White Worm" for Ken Russell for Best Run Pictures. It's a delirious adaptation of a Bram Stoker novel that pays heavy homage to Oscar Wilde.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 10:53 AM
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A Beautiful Friendship: 'Casablanca' Screens on Facebook

Worlds collide for this confusing and spectacular event: "Casablanca" will screen on Facebook Wednesday night at 7PM ET/ PT. Fans of romantic comedy or romance in general can watch a free screening of the timeless love story and comment in real time on the film's Facebook page. We'll take it!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 9:07 AM
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Sony Lands Sorkin for Steve Jobs Biopic

Following up on their successful collaboration on David Fincher's "The Social Network," Sony and producer Scott Rudin are bringing on Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to adapt Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs' bestselling biography. The project is being produced by Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2012 2:11 AM
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LAFF Announces Guest Director William Friedkin; Artists in Residence Elfman, Voltaggio & Saadiq

Continuing to move away from their Film Independent indie branding, The Los Angeles Film Festival has named Hollywood veteran filmmaker William Friedkin as Guest Director for the 2012 Festival. The director of "The Exorcist," "The French Connection" and "To Live and Die in L.A." will screen his latest, indie fest circuit film "Killer Joe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2012 4:56 PM
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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

U.S. winners of the 39th annual Student Academy Awards are in: ten students from nine schools have been chosen in Alternative, Animation, Documentaries and Narrative categories.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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Cannes Market: Brosnan & Cooper in Espionage Thriller 'November Man'; Roger Donaldson to Direct

The Solution Entertainment Group is partnering with Pierce Brosnan's Irish DreamTime production banner in a multi-picture financing and distribution deal, and will be shopping the first title at Cannes, "November Man," directed by Australian-born, New Zealand-raised Roger Donaldson ("The Recruit," "Thirteen Days").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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'A Cat in Paris' Aims for Families with New English Language Cast: Harden, Huston, Modine, Blum

Some of the best animation in the world comes from overseas, but that doesn't mean mainstream family audiences flock to see it. Disney/Pixar John Lasseter has been trying to build an audience beyond the art house for years for the great Hayao Miyazaki, nominated for two Oscars and winner for "Spirited Away."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2012 11:53 AM
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In The Works: Scorsese Producing Rolls Royce Love Story; Roach, Downey Jr. & Cruise Wanted for 'El Presidente'

Jay Roach ("Game Change," "The Campaign") is in negotiations to direct "El Presidente," from "Parks and Recreation" writer Dan Goor. The Warner Bros. comedy follows an overzealous secret service agent who is relegated to guarding America's worst former president. The plan is to offer Tom Cruise the role of the agent, and Robert Downey Jr. the role of the sleazy ex-president. Vulture has the scoop.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 8:02 PM
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Cari Beauchamp Named Resident Scholar at Mary Pickford Foundation

Film historian Cari Beauchamp has been appointed Resident Scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation. Newly appointed Director of Archive, Elaina Archer, and Beauchamp will help the Foundation to establish an online clearing house and research center for the videos, writings, photos, film clips and other historical material on Mary Pickford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 3:43 PM
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Weekly Wrap: In the Works, Trailer Watch, Reviews, and Cannes Market

The Best of TOH! this week starts off with the Weekend Preview from Steve Jobs and Paul Simon to France, Lebanon, and Japan. In you're in a retro mood this weekend, we have a review round-up for "Dark Shadows" on the latest collaboration between Depp and Burton. We also give a review round-up for "The Dictator" with Sacha Baron Cohen, in case you're up for some uncomfortable hilary. Interested in the box office last week? We give a thorough look to "The Avengers" effect: who comes out ahead? (Hint, it's nearly everyone). In our Weekend Box Office, we write how "Avengers" shattered North American Box Office Records with $200-million haul. In the Arthouse Box Office, we note 'Marigold' Is 'Avengers' for Seniors, 'First Position' and 'Bernie' Score. To prep yourself for a great Cannes release, check out our exclusive clip from Maiwenn's gripping Cannes winner, "Polisse." Another Cannes debut, 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' also debuts on HBO: Kidman & Owen talk sex and Hemingway's boots.
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  • May 12, 2012 12:05 AM
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