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Casting Watch: Williams Lines Up Two Movies to Start in July and September

Robins Williams has signed on to shoot two back-to-back movies. First up, he plays president Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' next film, "The Butler," which is scheduled to begin filming later this month in New Orleans. Williams joins a sprawling ensemble including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, and Jane Fonda.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2012 9:08 PM
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Sundance Institute Adds 10 Titles to Artists Services Program, Fellows Self-Distribute Online

The Sundance Institute announces today that 10 additional titles are now available on the Artists Services access to distribution program, which makes films from previous Sundance festivals available for rent, download and streaming on various digital platforms and storefronts (iTunes, Amazon, SundanceNOW, YouTube, etc).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 4:37 PM
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McGurk Talks Cinedigm Expansion, Scordino, Rothschild and Harris Head Acquisitions

Chris McGurk's Cinedigm Entertainment Group continues to expand as the digital cinema company repositions itself in the indie sector. As he focuses on Cinedigm's core digital cinema servicing and software and content distribution units, which have the most growth potential, he also acquired in April indie distributor/online aggregator New Video.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2012 4:22 PM
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50th Anniversary Digital Restoration of 'Lawrence of Arabia' Comes to the Academy, National Release October 4, Blu-ray November 13 UPDATED

Sony celebrates the 50th anniversary of David Lean's 1962 epic masterpiece "Lawrence of Arabia" with a glorious new 4K digital restoration of the director's cut, set to be released in theaters October 4, and having its stateside premiere at the Academy July 19.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 4:01 PM
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Are Women Directors Entering a Golden Age? Studio 360 Talks to Shelton, Polley

Are we entering a golden age for women directors in Hollywood? I've been trying to figure out the troubled relationship between women and the film business for decades, so I unloaded for Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, who also talked with Sarah Polley and Lynn Shelton, about how the industry favors independents--as its glass ceiling remains intact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2012 2:35 PM
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'Dark Knight' Rising Star Gordon-Levitt Feels "Really Terrible" about Wallace GQ Profile

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't happy about his August profile piece in GQ. The in-depth article mentions the actor's late brother, Dan, who was found unresponsive in a Hollywood home in 2010.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 1:44 PM
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Why Weinsteins Want Their Lost Library Back, from 'Inglourious Basterds' to 'Scary Movie 4'

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs is selling its stake in a number of Weinstein Company films, which means that Weinstein could begin profitting again from recent titles such as "Vicki Christina Barcelona" and "Inglourious Basterds."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Malick Producing Lincoln Youth Biopic with Kruger; Lewis Joins Streep & Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Roger Moore landed some juicy casting news when interviewing Diane Kruger on "Farewell, My Queen" and "The Host" at Comic-Con. She said she'll play Sarah Bush Lincoln in (yet another) Abraham Lincoln biopic titled "Green Blade Riding." None other than Terrence Malick is producing (no writer or director has been named) the project...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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Andrew Stanton May Follow 'John Carter' Disaster with 'Finding Nemo 2'

Despite the disaster that was "John Carter," writer-director Andrew Stanton may take the reins on the sequel to his hugely successful "Finding Nemo," according to Deadline. Stanton has been integral to the success of Disney/Pixar, from writing "Toy Story," among other things, to directing Oscar-winning "Finding Nemo" (2003) and "Wall-E" (2008).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 1:44 PM
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