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In the Works: Charlie Kaufman adds Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to Impressive Cast of 'Frank or Francis'

Charlie Kaufman's latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy "Frank or Francis," has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 2:44 PM
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IMDb Releases Top 10 of the Last 10 Years Lists

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its IMDBPro service, IMDb has released several "Top 10 of the Last 10 Years" lists, compiled from data collected by the site through the last decade.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 27, 2012 1:28 PM
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IN THE WORKS: 'Hunger Games'' Liam Hemsworth to Star in 'Timeless'

Relativity Media has signed "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth as the lead in "Timeless," a romantic thriller about a man so consumed by love of his recently deceased wife that he attempts to achieve the scientifically impossible.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 1:18 PM
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John Hurt to Receive Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at BAFTAs

John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year's BAFTAs, to be held on February 12 at London's Royal Opera House.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 27, 2012 1:03 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires AIDS Doc "How to Survive a Plague"

Sundance Selects is acquiring the North American rights to the AIDS documentary "How to Survive a Plague," the company announced today at the Sundance festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 26, 2012 11:23 PM
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First Listen: Interscope Releases Original Soundtrack for Madonna's 'W.E. '

"W.E." the period romance co-written and directed by Madonna, was originally rumored to be a musical about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Though a time-jumping romantic drama resulted instead, Interscope is highlighting the music from the motion picture in a soundtrack release on January 31st.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 10:41 PM
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Sundance News: Entertainment One Acquires Psychological Thriller 'Wish You Were Here'

Entertainment One has purchased North American rights to the Australian Sundance opener "Wish You Were Here." Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, the mystery thriller stars Joel Edgerton ("Warrior" and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"). The movie will most likely be released in Fall of 2012. "Wish You Were Here" depicts what happens to three friends after one goes missing on a trip to Cambodia. It was criticized for weak plotting, but praised for its performances and production value.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 10:33 PM
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Oscar-nominated Shorts to Screen Theatrically on February 10

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures are teaming up for the theatrical release of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short firms, including those for animation, live action and documentary.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 26, 2012 10:30 PM
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Change Up: 'Mirror Mirror' Pushes Release Back to March 30

After having moved the release date forward in the duel of the Snow White movies, Relativity has pushed back the opening for "Mirror Mirror" to March 30 from March 16, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 6:24 PM
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Sundance Deal: Sony Worldwide Partners with Goldwyn for 'Robot & Frank'

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films have partnered to acquire North American rights to rookie Jake Schreier's "Robot and Frank," which had its world premiere Friday in Salt Lake City, then played at the Eccles Theatre Saturday night. The movie stars Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking"), James Marsden (Sundance comedy "Bachelorette"), Liv Tyler and Peter Saarsgard ("Shattered Glass"). Additionally, SPWA has acquired all media rights for Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe including Russia. New Sony acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz had been tracking the film from the script stage, he said. “This winning film strikes a special chord with audiences... Jake’s film shows us a future that is right around the corner, and I for one, can’t wait for my own Robot!”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2012 12:50 AM
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