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Woody Allen Sends Some Roman Love To LA Film Fest

While Woody Allen is skipping Cannes--because "To Rome with Love" is opening April 20 in Italy--he's bringing "To Rome with Love" to Los Angeles to open the LA Film Festival on June 14. It will be its North American premiere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:49 PM
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8 Things You Want to Know from EW's Summer Preview: 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Avengers,' 'Huntsman,' 'Magic Mike'

EW's Summer Preview (out April 13) covers the season's most hyped releases, from "The Dark Knight Rises" (the last of the "Dark Knight triplets"), "The Avengers" ("the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies") and "The Amazing Spider-Man" to Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' "Hope Springs." Enjoy a taste of the issue below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:44 PM
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CinemaCon Awards Go to Renner, Theron, Pfeiffer, Kitsch, Johnson, Katzenberg, Apatow

CinemaCon, NATO's annual exhibitor conference in Las Vegas, is shaping up. Starting April 23, CinemaCon will draw more than 5,000 global theater owners (from major chains to mom and pop theaters) as well as all six studios and a wide range of indies looking to promote their upcoming slates. CinemaCon's goal this year, especially, is to promote the moviegoing experience that seems under increasing duress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2012 1:43 PM
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'Marley' Doc First-Ever to Stream Simultaneously on Facebook with Theatrical Premiere April 20

Stir it up! Kevin Macdonald's "Marley" will be the first ever film to stream on Facebook simultaneously with its theatrical and VOD debut on April 20.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:13 PM
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Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' Shortens Title & Calls Itself A Love Story; Shoots April 13 in LA with Hopkins, Mirren & Johansson

Principal photography on "Hitchcock" (retitled from "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho") will begin April 13 in Los Angeles...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 12:01 PM
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Lionsgate Completes International Overhaul Before Cannes

As we reported, post January's merger with Summit, Lionsgate has reorganized its international team in the wake of two departing executives. As expected, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger will lead the international group at the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2012 11:46 AM
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Casting Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Takes Over Lead on Supernatural 'Beautiful Creatures'

Alden Ehrenreich joins Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum in potential franchise "Beautiful Creatures." Writer-director Richard LaGravenese adapted the script from Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl's New York Times bestseller, an intense coming-of-age story about how two star-crossed lovers, Ethan and Lena, uncover dark family secrets.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 5:20 PM
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'Serena' First Look: See Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 1929 Splendor

Bradley Cooper and current "Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence are starting production on 2929 Productions' "Serena" in Prague. Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” “Things We Lost in the Fire”) directing the screenplay by Christopher Kyle (“Alexander”), who adapted Ron Rash's 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-nominated novel.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 5:14 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Fukunaga, McConaughey & Harrelson Go TV with 'True Detective' plus Wahlberg's 'Partner' and Camargo's 'Seagull'

Now this is an exciting pairing: Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") will direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in an eight-part TV series written by Nic Pizzolatto, "True Detective." McConaughey and Harrelson will play two cops, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively, whose lives intertwine through a seventeen-year search for a Louisiana serial killer. The story spans the 1995 murder to the reopening of the case in 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2012 2:24 PM
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Behind the Lionsgate/Ross Breakup on the "The Hunger Games" Sequel

It's deja vu all over again. The director that established the first installment of a franchise is moving on. On April 6, The Playlist scooped the news that Gary Ross would leave "The Hunger Games" trilogy, and would not direct the "Catching Fire" sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 1:44 PM
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