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Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets Hedlund; Watch Him Sing

Garrett Hedlund ("TRON: Legacy") has joined the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," adding to an already stellar cast of Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. Like Mulligan and Timberlake, Hedlund can sing (he was probably the best part of "Country Strong" - see below). "Inside Llewyn Davis" is about the 1960s Greenwich village folk music scene. Isaac played Mulligan's husband in this year's "Drive," and now plays real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk. Shooting is set to kick off this February in New York City.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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Studio Ghibli Retrospective to Play in L.A., from 'My Neighbor Totoro' to 'Spirited Away'

Starting on January 26, LA's Egyptian and Aero Theatres will present a 20-year retro of films by Japan's Studio Ghibli, building on the success of a previous festival that played in New York in late 2011. 14 Ghibli films will screen, among them Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 10, 2012 12:55 PM
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Universal Digs Into Archives to Celebrate 100 Years of Movie History Throughout 2012

Universal Pictures is planning a yearlong centennial celebration to celebrate 100 years of the studio's history and legacy. The celebration aims to engage with a wide range of audiences, and it will include the restoration of thirteen titles, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Jaws"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:28 PM
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GoDigital Buys Might Entertainment; Expanded Digital and VOD Distributor To Seek Product at Sundance

Three-year-old digital distributor GoDigital has recapitalized and acquired video-on-demand rival Might Entertainment and its library, for a combined catalogue of over 1000 titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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NAB Show Focuses on 'The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution' with Marina Gorbis

The theme of the 2012 NAB Show, running April 14-19, is "The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution." It will look at how "new paradigms in consumption are forever changing the way we create, manage, deliver and monetize content," and consequentially causing shifts in industries' expectations and strategies for the future...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Clooney's First Priority is Hitler-Art-Love-Story 'The Monuments Men'

“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film will be based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:40 PM
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Next Up for 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicious: 'The Search'-Inspired Chechnyan Drama with Bejo

Director Michel Hazanavicius has already followed up "The Artist" by directing a short film for "The Players," a French short film omnibus, due to be released next month, and now announces his next major project: A contemporary drama set in war-torn Chechnya, inspired by Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film "The Search"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:57 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Sequel Does Not Have a Green Light UPDATED

UPDATE: Sony is going ahead with the second and third installments of the Millennium Triology, "The Girl who Played with Fire" and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are on board but David Fincher won't necessarily return...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 11:28 AM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Bourne Legacy' Reboot, Jeremy Renner is Aaron Cross

Universal Pictures has released the first images from the reboot "Bourne Legacy": a photograph of Jeremy Renner in the role of an American super-spy, and an austere poster flashing Renner's moniker under the tagline "Prepare for the unexpected."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:23 PM
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TCA PBS Press Tour: Tony Bennett Talks 'Duets' with Gaga and Winehouse, Anna Deveare Smith On 'Let Me Down Easy'

Rather than lament the state of the music business, Tony Bennett sang the praises of a new generation of artists after his knock-out live performance as part of a PBS presentation Thursday night in Pasadena.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 6, 2012 3:09 PM
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