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Art for the 99%: L.A. Artists, Funny or Die to Define Movement via Sweeping Cultural Event

If the 99% movement had an outstanding issue, it was defining themselves. The "All in for the 99%" hopes to change that on March 31 by showcasing art, music, and cultural activism that speaks to the 99%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 29, 2012 6:04 AM
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Anglophile Acorn Media is 28 and Profitable, Growing and Getting Into Production

From little acorns massive oaks grow might apply to Acorn Media, which was started in its chairman’s spare bedroom in 1984. This week, Peter Edwards, the chairman, told the New York Times that Acorn believes it is the second largest distributor of British programming on DVD in North America, bested only by the BBC.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • March 28, 2012 6:42 PM
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Visits Set of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring"

Perennial Sofia Coppola muse Kirsten Dunst and rocker Gavin Rossdale have been spotted on the L.A. set of the writer-director's currently filming "The Bling Ring." That doesn't mean that the star of "Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" or the rhythm guitarist are necessarily in the movie, although Coppola loves throwing cameos into her flicks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 2:53 PM
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"Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here' Stars Owen Wilson

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has chosen a project for his feature film debut. He wrote and will direct relationship comedy "You Are Here," which will start shooting in May in North Carolina with funnymen Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris") and Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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Casting Watch: Stanley Tucci to Join Emma Watson in David Yates' 'Your Voice in My Head'

Stanley Tucci is currently in talks to star alongside "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson in the psychological drama, "Your Voice in My Head." At the moment, an almost unrecognizable Tucci can be seen in "The Hunger Games" as the flamboyant master of ceremonies.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 12:27 PM
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Branagh Takes Helm of New Jack Ryan Flick at Paramount, Starring Chris Pine

Kenneth Branagh has taken the helm at Paramount of the long-in-the-works untitled Jack Ryan project, based on Tom Clancy's character. Branagh replaces Jack Bender, who had scheduling issues...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 5:08 PM
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Casting Watch: Rockwell, Macy & Wright for 'Single Shot'; Fonda as Reagan; Lange in for 'Therese Raquin'

"A Single Shot" (not to be confused with Christopher McQuarrie's "One Shot") has had many actors come and go, but has finally kicked off production in Vancouver with Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs joining director David M. Rosenthal...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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Rebooting Stephen King's 'Carrie': Kimberly Peirce Offers Chloë Moretz Title Role

Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") is adapting Stephen King's "Carrie," the book that inspired the 1976 Brian DePalma classic that broke out Sissy Spacek. UPDATE: MGM and director Kimberly Peirce have reportedly offered the role to Chloë Moretz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 27, 2012 1:14 PM
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After Bidding War, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Goes to Universal/Focus; Author Keeps Control of S&M Erotica Trilogy for Women

Hollywood is cautious when it comes to sex in cinema. The studios are more comfortable with raunchy sex comedies from the likes of Judd Apatow and the "American Pie" series ("American Reunion" is coming up) than anything sexy and intimate. Erotica aimed at men or women is a tricky area.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • March 26, 2012 1:42 PM
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James Cameron Dives to Deepest Depths of the Ocean, Bobs Back Up After Hydraulic Leak UPDATED

Explorer/filmmaker James Cameron tweeted his readiness to go down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench Saturday-- more than six miles, down to the deepest ocean territory he depicted in his fictional film "The Abyss"--but Sunday he did it for real--and alone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2012 1:00 AM
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