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Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Is On Fire: 'White House Down,' 'RoboCop,' 'Total Recall,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' & More

"Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt is hot. He wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3). He is adapting Brit mini-series "Red Riding" for producers Steven Zaillian and Ridley Scott, and shares screenwriting credit on upcoming "Total Recall" and "RoboCop" remakes. This week, his "White House Down" screenplay was picked up by Sony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: Magnolia's 'Bel Ami' - Pattinson Seduces & The Women Swoon (Video)

Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in the US on June 8, with Sony Pictures handling all other US media. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 3:40 PM
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BET Founder Robert L. Johnson to Buy Image Entertainment and Acorn Media to Form RLJ Entertainment

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of RLJ Companies, has agreed to acquire home video distributor Image Entertainment and Brit DVD/streaming company Acorn Media Group. The new company will be called RLJ Entertainment, Inc; Johnson will serve as its Executive Chairman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 4:17 PM
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Media Watch: No Cameron 'Prometheus' In Sight; Deadline Falls for April Fool's Prank

Beware of April Fool's announcements. (I loved FoxLA's story about drought-ridden California farmers planting marshmallow trees, below.) While plans to make an Ashton Kutcher/Steve Jobs project appear to be in earnest, Deadline's Mike Fleming did fall for a report that James Cameron wants to direct a "Prometheus" sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 3:27 PM
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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: We Can Do Better (Poll)

Less than six months since Steve Job's passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 1:51 PM
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Best Stories of the Week: Interviews, Trailers, 'Hunger Games' Box Office and Steamy Fan Fiction-Turned-Movie Deal

This week at TOH, we looked at "The Hunger Games" bullseye at the box office, the impressive movie deal for E L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey," and much more!
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  • March 31, 2012 4:16 PM
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Casting Watch: Mia Wasikowska Set to Play 'Madame Bovary,' Paul Giamatti In Talks to Co-Star

Mia Wasikowska is officially attached to star in Occupant Entertainment's adaptation of ''Madame Bovary" as Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's ever-hopeful passion-seeker perpetually bound to the banalities of domestic life. Paul Giamatti is circling a key role, with Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls," which starred Giamatti) set to direct.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 3:20 PM
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Academy Acquires Bison Archive Photo Treasures; Rare Images of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg and Welles' 'Touch of Evil'

The Academy has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker. Particularly exciting is a group of eight behind-the-scenes images taken during the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s noir classic "Touch of Evil" -- a sequence that, like most of the film, was taken out of the director's hands and re-edited before the original release date in 1958.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 1:25 PM
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Francophile Weinstein Co. Says Oui to 'Populaire,' Remakes French Hit with 'Bridesmaid''s Feig

The Weinstein Co. mopped the floor with many an Oscar contender that was up against "The Artist," so why not take US rights to the next big thing from France's The Wild Bunch and do it again?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2012 4:29 PM
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'True Story' to Star Hill & Franco; Plan B Gets New Regency to Finance

New Regency will finance Plan B's production of "True Story," which will star overexposed James Franco and Brad Pitt co-star Jonah Hill. His role in Plan B's "Moneyball" launched him into the big leagues, along with current hit "21 Jump Street." Rupert Goold will make his feature directing debut with Dave Kajganich's adaptation of the well-reviewed truth-is-stranger-than-fiction Michael Finkel memoir.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2012 4:04 PM
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