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Weekend Video Sales: 'The Twilight' Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Sells 3.2 Million DVD and Blu-Ray Units

Forget weekend box office. This past weekend marked the launch of the home video release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn --Part 1," which has already grossed $700 million worldwide. The film sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray units.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 2:22 PM
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Guardian's First Film Award Goes to Ireland's 'The Guard'; Director McDonagh 'Pretty Surprised and Very Pleased'

John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleeson, has won the Guardian's First Film Award (in its fourth year). Guardian awards judge and film critic Peter Bradshaw says, "This was an exceptionally good year for debut work and our shortlist was packed with excellent work...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2012 8:57 AM
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Amazon Studios Announces Best Movie and Best Script Awards for 2011 Contest

Amazon Studios, the open source-inspired studio run by Roy Price with a mission to find new films and screenwriters and offer them first-look deals with Warner Studios, has revealed the winner of its "Best Test" movie and best-script awards.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 10, 2012 8:00 AM
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TWC's Radius Snaps up Sundance Comedy 'Bachelorette' and Thriller 'Pusher' -- Remake of 'Drive' Director Refn's Original

In its second pick-up this week, following acquisition of writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” The Weinstein Company’s new Radius-TWC shingle has grabbed US and Caribbean-basin rights to the English-language film “Pusher,” a remake of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 original...
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 10, 2012 7:00 AM
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Crazy Brilliant? DreamWorks and Working Title To Remake Hitchcock Classic 'Rebecca'

Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller "Rebecca"? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") to write the screenplay.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 10, 2012 12:50 AM
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Lionsgate Puts Summit's Feig in Charge of Production

As expected, the new Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, which since the merger with Summit Entertainment is now run by co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, has appointed their Summit production chief Erik Feig as president of production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2012 7:11 PM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster for Melissa Leo's 'Francine,' Premiering at Berlin

Melissa Leo's "Francine," from directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival February 13. Check out the new poster for the American-Canadian co-production...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 2:59 PM
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Naomi Watts to Play Princess Diana in Biopic 'Caught in Flight,' Replaces Jessica Chastain

Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel's ("Downfall") "Caught in Flight." This is excellent news for Watts, deserving of more leading dramatic roles like this, but Princess Diana devotees will certainly have their opinions on this casting choice...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 12:38 PM
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In The Works: Adams' 'Object of Beauty'; Hoffman for Corbjijn and Carré's 'Most Wanted'; Depp Goes Memphis

Steve Martin's novel, "Object of Beauty" is being adapted into film form as a producing and starring vehicle for Amy Adams. Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will also produce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 9:39 AM
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Gordon-Levitt Tells hitRecord About Directing Untitled Sexy Comedy with Scarlett Johannson

Looks like the already impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to become even more so by adding a new line to his resume: Director.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 4:29 PM
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