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EXCLUSIVE Video: Focus Features Celebrates Ten Years of Great Performances

Focus Features is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This Universal specialty subsidiary, under the proud leadership of James Schamus, has a library of fab titles to flaunt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2012 9:11 PM
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Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Ex-Lovers for Focus/Working Title Thriller; Plus What's Next for Each

As we announced last week, Focus Features and Working Title have paired Eric Bana ("Hanna," "Munich") and Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") for an untitled thriller. If you've missed Bana and Hall, rest assured they both have a few projects lined up or on their way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 1:48 PM
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Focus Goes On 10th Anniversary Buying Spree, from Bana Thriller to Sundance's 'For a Good Time Call'; Talk Digital Focus World

As Focus Features ramps up for its 10th anniversary, chairman James Schamus and president Andew Karpen are on a buying tear. And with three Oscar nominations in hand for BAFTA front-runner "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which is scoring at the box office ($42 million worldwide), they're in high spirits. "It's kicking ass," says Schamus. "Remember, Gary Oldman is revered by his peers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2012 4:28 PM
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In The Works: John Hawkes for 'Jackie Brown' Prequel, Spike Jonze's Computer Love

Indie favorite John Hawkes is set to star in writer-director Dan Schechter's "Switch," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 2002 crime novel, set to shoot this Spring. This is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Focus Sets 2012 Slate: Films from Wes Anderson, Robert De Niro, Steve Carell & Keira Knightley

Cannes Fills Out Competition Jury, Led by Robert De Niro
Focus Features has set firm North American opening dates for three features to fill out their 2012 slate, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 12:37 PM
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