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As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Heads Toward Release, Universal Is Calling Shots (FIRST LOOK)

As the movie version of the bestselling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" heads for release on February 13, 2015, the Focus Features marketing is starting to roll out. The sexy Interview cover and less provocative headshot of Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish actor ("Once Upon a Time") finally cast as S & M master Christian Grey, were duly unveiled on Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 6:00 PM
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End of an Era: Only Woman Studio Distribution Chief Nikki Rocco To Step Down

When the first --and only--female distribution chief at a major studio lasts for 18 years at her job, she's damned good at it. Well, Universal Pictures distribution president Nikki Rocco is finally stepping down at the end of 2014 after 47 years at the studio--it's the only place she ever worked.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2014 3:50 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross to Pen Jennifer Lawrence 'East of Eden' Adaptation UPDATED

UPDATE: Director Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") is now signed on to pen the adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Ross will also direct, an announcement that, along with Lawrence's involvement, was made last September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 11:38 AM
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FIRST LOOK: Jason Clarke Faces the Elements in 'Everest'

A first-look image has arrived from Universal's "Everest," starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal as climbers in two different expeditions faced with one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded on the daunting mountain face.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 1:31 PM
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'Fast & Furious' 7 Moves Back to 2015

In the wake of a postponement in mid-production due to the death of actor Paul Walker in a Valencia car crash on November 30, Universal Pictures is moving "Fast and Furious 7" from July 11, 2014, to Friday, April 10, 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 23, 2013 2:03 AM
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Universal Shuts Down Production on 'Fast & Furious 7,' LA County Coroner Deems Car Crash Deaths Accidental

Universal has halted production on "Fast & Furious 7" in order to figure out how to proceed with the production without valued cast member Paul Walker, who died last weekend of thermal injuries in a fatal car accident.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2013 2:11 PM
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Universal May Give 'Fast & Furious' Director Lin Another Franchise: 'Bourne'

Universal may hang on to their star director Justin Lin, who has delivered and then some with the multi-ethnic 'Fast & Furious' series (5 & 6 delivered $628 and 788 million worldwide respectively). They discussing giving him their franchise plum: the next 'Bourne' installment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2013 4:56 PM
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In the Works: First-Time Feature Director Jason Zada Goes Into 'The Forest' with Lava Bear and David S. Goyer

First-time feature director Jason Zada has landed at the helm of Lava Bear's upcoming supernatural horror film "The Forest." Based on an original idea by producer David S. Goyer ("Man of Steel," the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up), the film is set in the Aokigihara forest of Japan.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 2:49 PM
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FIRST LOOK: On Set Photos from Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' UPDATED

UPDATE: A trio of on-set images have arrived for Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken." Take a look, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 3:16 PM
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