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Culty John Cusack Romps Through the Getty Villa After Hours

New York Magazine's latest profile by Jada Yuan follows John Cusack through the Getty Villa after hours, where the actor remarks on the emptiness: "We could steal art." Instead he settles for pilfering a bag of chips at the snack stand.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 5:33 PM
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Why Rich Ross Had to Step Down at Disney

It felt wrong back in October 2009 when Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger first announced Rich Ross as his movie studio chief. And it never felt right. In the wake of the biggest write-off in Hollywood history, "John Carter" (March 9), film industry outsider Ross is stepping down, citing a lack of passion for the job:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2012 1:40 PM
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First Look: Amanda Seyfried as Cosette in 'Les Miserables'

Check out a snap of Amanda Seyfried in full costume on set as Cosette on the set of the upcoming musical "Les Miserables." (Below and here.) American Seyfried, who displayed her singing chops in "Mamma Mia!," joins a stellar cast...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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Why Lionsgate Picked 'Water for Elephants' Director Francis Lawrence for 'Hunger Games'

If Lionsgate goes with Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross for 'Hunger Games' sequel "Catching Fire," it's because he was the best they could get. The reason why Ross left "The Hunger Games" is that any director wants to know going into a movie that they will come out ahead. That was impossible, he figured, due to a combinaton of factors...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 9:46 PM
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Poster Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

True confession. While I have not read Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the name Timur Bekmambetov has me interested in this movie. The Russian/Kazakh director of "Night Watch" and "Wanted" is a virtuosic visualist who runs his own VFX company, Peter Jackson-style. He produced Shane Acker's animated film "9"with Tim Burton, who is producing this one as well, which Fox will release June 22. It will be style over content on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 6:16 PM
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SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awards night on April 26.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:05 PM
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Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins in TV series 'Dark Shadows', Has Died

What timing. On the verge of the opening of the Tim Burton 'Dark Shadows' movie--which looks like an all-out campy take led by Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the actor who originated the role in the long-running afternoon soap opera, Jonathan Frid, has died. He was 87. He had been active in various promo activities for the new movie; his cameo (along with Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker), will be his last film appearance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 2:09 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Online Indie Label SundanceNOW Launches Curated Doc Club

It's no secret for film festivalgoers that the best titles tend to be documentaries. And yet they are often not released widely outside of major cities. Thus the folks at Sundance Selects have not only launched their digital sister online site SundanceNow ("a new online destination for independent film") but a VOD subscriber site for doc lovers as well. Doc Club offers subscribers eight new titles a month for $3.99, or $19.99 a year. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 1:08 PM
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Adorable: Chris Pine Reads 'The Man in the Moon' at Milk + Bookies to Promo "Rise of the Guardians"

In a marked switch from his macho turn as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek," Chris Pine reads "The Man in the Moon" by William Joyce aloud at the third annual Milk + Bookies at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. "The Man in the Moon" is the inspiration behind DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 7:19 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Laika Options "Goblins" from Novelist Philip Reeve, Mark Gustafson Will Direct

Laika, the Oregon animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline" and the upcoming feature "ParaNorman," plans to adapt the upcoming fantasy novel "Goblins." Novelist Philip Reeve's "Goblins" will be published in the UK on April 5, 2012 and in the US in the Fall of 2013.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 7:15 PM
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