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Gigliotti Leaves Weinstein Co., Sellers Takes Over Combined TWC Production and Acquisitions

As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti ("I Don't Know How She Does It") moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 2:17 PM
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Fox Searchlight Pushes Back 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Fox Searchlight keeps pushing back "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which like "Slumdog Millionaire," stars Dev Patel and is set in India. But that's where the comparisons end. Directed by John Madden ("The Debt"), the romantic ensemble about older Brits who settle in India to stretch out their meager retirement funds will now open in select theaters in the US on May 4, 2012. Based on the Novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the movie stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 7:08 PM
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New 'Skyfall' Website 007.com Hints at Details of Fiennes Role

Check out 007.com, official website of the upcoming James Bond film, “Skyfall,” with its slick countdown: as of Monday there are just 297 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes left until the November 9 premiere.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 2, 2012 2:31 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Playful Images from Pixar's Brave and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

Disney is doling out tantalizing new tidbits (images, trailers, and posters) with practiced restraint to build anticipation for both Pixar's "Brave" (June 22, 2012) and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"(October 5, 2012). 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 2:36 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Genre-Bending 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation Shows Future Seoul

It looks like David Mitchell's ambitious, narrative-jumping, multi-era novel "Cloud Atlas" has sparked some equally experimental concept art for its film adaptation.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 4:43 AM
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Taylor Lautner Didn't Just Come Out, Despite Fake People Cover Saying Otherwise

On Monday, the January 7 cover of People Magazine was "leaked" online, promising an exclusive coming out confession by "Twilight" heartthrob Taylor Lautner. There was one small problem with the story, though—it was fake.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 27, 2011 3:57 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Depardieu May Be Up to Play Scandal Monger Dominique Strauss-Khan for Ferrara

Gerard Depardieu, the stolid French star, is reportedly eager to take on the character of mysterious international economist Dominique Strauss-Khan, who found himself mired in a sex scandal with New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 27, 2011 2:27 PM
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First Look: Ari Folman's 'Bashir' Follow-Up 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright, Due in 2013

Ari Folman has given Israeli film blog Cinemascope an update on his "Waltz With Bashir" follow-up, "The Congress," his liberal reworking of the 1971 Stanislaw Lem sci-fi novel, "The Futurological Congress." In the animated film Robin Wright plays herself as an aging actress who has sold Hollywood digital rights to her younger likeness. (Trailer below.) The film mixes present-day live action with an animated future, and take the character forward 20 years. Folman wanted to cast an actress who was willing to play herself in the role; he considered Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others. Folman is doing most of the work on this Israeli/Polish/French coproduction from his Jaffa studio, where he made "Bashir." Writes Folman:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 2:55 PM
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Anglophile Alert: Brit DVD Retailer Acorn Media Streams Shakespeare, Rereleases Tinker Tailor

Acorn Media, well known for its DVDs of classic British television programs, has carved out a new presence for itself as the first streaming service that specializes in British television.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • December 22, 2011 1:59 PM
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Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wishes You Happy Holidays; Trailer

Holiday ecards are clogging my inbox. While it's hardly the first time a Hollywood studio has jumped on Christmas to flog their product, Sony went for broke this year, sending boxes full of gift wrapping, T-shirts and Santa hats to hype Oscar hopeful "Arthur Christmas."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 12:20 PM
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