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Career Update: George Clooney To Direct New Yorker Article-Turned-Movie, 'The Yankee Comandante'

George Clooney's career continues to flourish. No surprises there. Focus Features is in negotiations for the rights to David Grann's epic New Yorker article "The Yankee Comandante" (which only published on May 28), with Clooney attached to direct. He will also serve as a producer on the film, with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2012 5:29 PM
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Multi-Tasker James Franco Reviews 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Gives a Much-Maligned Kristen Stewart Her Due

In an op-ed column and half-review of "Snow White and the Huntsman" for The Huffington Post, James Franco reveals his academic training as he writes about his hard-working Nana, looks at the emotional standards of live-action vs. animation, and sticks up for Kristen Stewart, whose Snow White many critics have deemed unworthy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2012 5:00 PM
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Documentarian Alex Gibney Gets Infusion from Content Media to Make More Diverse Movies

Congrats to doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Gonzo," "Magic Trip"), who has obtained an infusion of cash from John Schmidt's Content Media, which has acquired half of Jigsaw Productions. Gibney wants to add staff and expand into more areas in film and television, including episodic television and features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 8:31 PM
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William McDonald Named New Chair of UCLA Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media

UCLA has appointed cinematographer and professor William McDonald as the new Chair of UCLA Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media (FTVDM). He will start his position on July 1, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 6, 2012 7:02 PM
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In the Works: Emma Forrest to Adapt Joanna Smith Rakoff's 'My Salinger Year'

Much as "My Week with Marilyn"is based on a production assistant's memoir about having an affair with the iconic actress on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," Joanna Smith Rakoff's upcoming Knopff novel "My Salinger Year is about her college-age dealings with J.D. Salinger while working at the agency that represented him.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 6, 2012 6:56 PM
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Elvis Lives! In the Digital Realm, Ageless Avatars Are the Future, from Pitt to Bridges

It was inevitable. Now that digital likenesses are so easy to accomplish, iconic figures will live on in the digital realm, making money for their estates. The latest news: Digital Domain Media Group and CORE Media are developing a series of "virtual" Elvis Presleys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 3:15 PM
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Ray Bradbury's Impact on Movies, from Huston and Truffaut to Spielberg

I have a signed copy of Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine," complete with a drawn flower. Bradbury sent it to me after I told him at a party that it was my favorite of his books. He was that kind of guy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 1:44 PM
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More: Obit

Six Ballets To Emerge at Cinemark Theatres This Summer

Following on its success screening live opera on digital screens around the country, Emerging Pictures will present its ongoing “Ballet in Cinema” program in 50 Cinemark Theatres starting in June.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2012 3:08 PM
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More: Exhibition

Amazon Studios Adds Hellraiser to 'Zombies vs. Gladiators'

Heading toward mainstream film production where genre reigns supreme, Amazon Studios has hired "Hellraiser" creator Clive Barker to rewrite "Zombies vs. Gladiators."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2012 2:50 PM
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Barry Diller Gives $30 Million to Motion Picture & Television Fund

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 5, 2012 1:52 PM
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