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SCREEN TALK: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner

David Fincher is back for the opening night of the New York Film Festival with Ben Affleck-starrer "Gone Girl." What folks really care about, says Indiewire's Eric Kohn on our sixth Screen Talk podcast (now on iTunes!) is that the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green. We talk about changes at various festivals, the movies that carry expectations as the fall award season gets under way, from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, and several movies coming out this weekend. We dig into Rupert Murdoch's attempted takeover of Time Warner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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Why 'Jupiter Ascending' Really Got Pushed (TRAILER)

Want to know the real reason why Warner Bros. is pushing back "Matrix" creators Andy and Lana Wachowski's “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and a puckish Channing Tatum, from summer season July 18 to off-peak Feb. 6, 2015? It's not only the recent studio trend to invest more time and money in already expensive would-be tentpoles rather than risk not pleasing audiences.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2014 1:06 PM
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Warner's Tsujihara Taps Dee Dee Myers as Highpowered Head of Corporate PR

Warner's chief Kevin Tsujihara has brought in his own high-powered head of corporate PR: political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 4:12 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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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 12:29 PM
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David Yates Tackling 'Tarzan'; Hardy, Hunnam, Cavill & Skarsgård in the Mix

"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert. So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2012 1:58 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Business As Usual? No, It's the Olympics, Stupid

As the film industry worries about audience fears at movie theaters, there's a temptation to pass some quick judgments about the long-term impact of the Aurora tragedy on movie attendance. This weekend at least, we should not overlook the more important X factor ---the opening of the Olympics. That made a difference in two crucial ways.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 29, 2012 12:50 PM
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Warner Home Video Releases 'Kirk Douglas Drama Collection,' Pays Douglas a House Call

Nonagenarian Kirk Douglas received a house visit today from Warner Home Video's Jeff Baker, who gave the actor copies of the "Kirk Douglas Drama Collection" DVD box set, which includes Vincente Minelli's "Lust for Life" and "The Bad and the Beautiful," and Michael Curtiz' "Young Man with a Horn"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:46 PM
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Cannes Market: Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Screens for Buyers; Butler, Worthington and McConaughey Get Funded for 'Thunder Run'

As the major studios focus on big-budget FX and brand-name tentpoles, and micro-indies spread like kudzu, the middle ranks of movies are being funded and produced outside the studio system. This is good and bad. 'Cloud Atlas' screened Tuesday at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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Casting Watch: Stanley Tucci to Join Emma Watson in David Yates' 'Your Voice in My Head'

Stanley Tucci is currently in talks to star alongside "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson in the psychological drama, "Your Voice in My Head." At the moment, an almost unrecognizable Tucci can be seen in "The Hunger Games" as the flamboyant master of ceremonies.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 12:27 PM
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