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New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 2:55 PM
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In the Works: Joe Cornish Attached to Adapt Neal Stephenson's Cyber Thriller 'Snow Crash'

Joe Cornish, director of last year's badass alien-invasion-social-problem hybrid "Attack the Block," is now attached to write and direct author Neal Stephenson's 1992 thriller "Snow Crash," which Time lists as one of the all-time best English-language novels since 1923. The novel has long been considered unfilmable.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 15, 2012 4:27 PM
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Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Premieres, Reviews, Interviews, In-the-Works and More

This week on TOH, we offer 10 important takeaways (some courtesy of Chris Nolan) from the Produced By Conference 2012, both Woody Allen's underwhelming "To Rome with Love" and Pixar's "Paperman" had premieres at LA Film Fest, modern Gothic screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith talks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and more!
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  • June 15, 2012 4:24 PM
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Bigelow's Likely Oscar-Contender 'Zero Dark Thirty' Adds Unknown Ricky Sekhon as Osama bin Laden

Though details on Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's in-producton project "Zero Dark Thirty" have been scarce, one major piece of news broke today. Ricky Sekhon, a British actor with two IMDB credits to his name, has been cast in the role of mastermind terrorist Osama bin Laden.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 15, 2012 4:21 PM
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Director Peter Weir on Directing, 'Witness,' the Birth of the Australian Film Industry and More

Australian Peter Weir is one of our great living directors, having given us such primal and unsettling classics as "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "The Last Wave," "Witness," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander," to name only a few. In this excerpt from ex-Screen editor Mike Goodridge's book FilmCraft: Directing, Weir discusses his methods and stresses that the hardest challenges in directing a film are always "fundamentally creative."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 15, 2012 3:22 PM
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New Screen Editor Wendy Mitchell Talks Future Challenges for the Venerable Brit Trade

Sure enough, Brit entertainment trade Screen International went in-house and promoted Head of Content Wendy Mitchell to succeed Mike Goodridge as editor. Mitchell, who started at the trade publication as a UK reporter in 2005, is Screen's first woman editor, and will run both monthly print magazine Screen International and ScreenDaily.com.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 1:44 PM
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Producers Line Up to Do 'Fifty Shades of Gray': Let the Best Woman Win

Finding the right producer to shepherd bestselling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" to the screen is crucial for Brit author E.L. James. She and her lit agent Val Hoskins made the first decision, to let Universal Pictures (co-chairman Donna Langley was crucial) and specialty label Focus Features finance and release the film project.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:48 PM
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Fox Searchlight and Red Flag Debut Busy Duplass Bros' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' On VOD

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and indie Red Flag Releasing. The VOD release date is June 26, and a theatrical release follows July 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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Unknown James Hamrick Joins Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot'; Joins Firth, Nivola, Enos, Witherspoon

Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") is directing "Devil's Knot," based on the true story of the West Memphis Three (Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.), who were recently released from Death Row and featured in both HBO's "Paradise Lost" doc trilogy (Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) and Amy Berg's "West of Memphis."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2012 4:53 PM
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Focus Forward's 'Short Films, Big Ideas' Competition Hits LAFF; Offers $100K Prize for Grand-Prize Winner

Focus Forward first announced its $200K Filmmaker Challenge at Sundance in January, and will be at LA Film Fest starting tomorrow (June 14-24) to encourage festival attendees and emerging talent to get in on the competition as well. "Short Films, Big Ideas" will ultimately be a series of 30 three-minute nonfiction films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 7:37 PM
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