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In the Works: Drew Barrymore Adds to 'The End' to Directing Slate, Lynn Cohen Joins 'Catching Fire

The latest addition to the cast of "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" is veteran stage, TV and film actress Lynn Cohen for the role of Mags, the eighty-year old victor from District 4...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Best of the Week: Box Office and Olympics Butt Heads, Sight & Sound Top 50, Remembering Chris Marker and Gore Vidal & More

This week on TOH, the box office came down with a case of Olympics syndrome, Sight & Sound announced the Top 50 Films of All Time (with "Vertigo" taking the crown), we remembered avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker and screenwriter-essayist Gore Vidal, and more!
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  • August 3, 2012 3:49 PM
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Comeback Kid McConaughey Joins DiCaprio and Dujardin on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." McConaughey (this year's "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "The Paperboy" and "Mud") will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 4:06 PM
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Self-Published Teen Romance Novel 'Beautiful Disaster' Heads to Warner Bros.

Author Jamie McGuire's self-published novel "Beautiful Disaster" is getting the big screen treatment through Warner Bros. The studio picked up the rights to the novel, which centers on Abby Abernathy, a girl with a dark past who tries to reinvent herself in college. Her plan go awry.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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'Imposter' Bourdin Has Storied Past with Hoodwinked Journalists, Turns to YouTube (VIDEO)

Bart Layton's "The Imposter," which has been doing solid business in New York and opens in Los Angeles on August 3, follows the unbelievable deceptions of one Frederic Bourdin, who impersonated missing Texan child Nicholas Barclay in the mid-'90s, and was taken in by Barclay's family as their abducted son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 6:10 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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'Vertigo' Tops New Sight and Sound Top 50 List; '2001: A Space Odyssey' Most Recent in Top Ten

Sight and Sound has posted the results of its latest Top 50 Films of All Time poll, voted on by more global film critics than ever before. (The full story is in the September issue.) "846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over. Our critics’ poll has a new number one." Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" finally supplanted Orson Welles' top-ranked "Citizen Kane," which moved to number 2. (I also voted--my list is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood,' Shelved for 19 Years, Finished for Dutch Festival Debut

When actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, the film he was currently shooting, Dutch director George Sluizer's "Dark Blood," was seemingly put on permanent hold. Now, 19 years after he began the project, 80-year-old Sluizer has finished the film and it will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on September 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:57 PM
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New Academy President Hawk Koch Takes Leave of Absence from Running Producers Guild of America

As expected, for the moment Hawk Koch can't run the Producer's Guild of America and the Acdemy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at the same time. The PGA sent out a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 1:30 PM
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China YOU On Demand Pacts with Hollywood Studios for VOD

China's largest pay-per-view and video-on-demand platform, YOU On Demand, has added Paramount Pictures to its roster of studio partners. Other content suppliers include Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, Lionsgate, Miramax Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, and Film Buff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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