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Annapurna and Rooney Mara Win Bidding War for Memoir 'A House of the Sky'

Annapurna Pictures beat out its rivals in a bidding war to option Rooney Mara project "A House in the Sky." The New York Times bestselling memoir is written by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Mara will star and serve as a producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will oversee the day-to-day development and production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 3:57 PM
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Sondheim Makes (Very Big) Plot Changes to Disney's 'Into the Woods' Adaptation, Doesn't Seem to Mind

Before you read this, Sondheim fans, hide the fragile items near your computer or smartphone, because you're going to want to throw something.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 19, 2014 2:01 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival: How Rookie Kimberly Levin Made Indie Farm Drama 'Runoff'

More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival Thursday night, where buyers are circling. Here's Variety's rave review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:27 PM
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Zhang Yimou to Helm Legendary's 'Great Wall' Chinese Co-Production

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou has another new project lined up: "Great Wall," a fantasy about the obscure reasons behind why China's most iconic piece of architecture was constructed.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:45 PM
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Guy Pearce Joins Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Dystopian Romance 'Equals'

Yes, we have another dystopian movie coming up. In Drake Doremus's romance "Equals," Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play young lovers in a romance written by Nathan Parker, set in a society where emotions have supposedly been eradicated. Just ahead of the stateside opening of David Michôd's Cannes hit "The Rover," Guy Pearce ("Memento") is joining Stewart and Hoult.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2014 1:16 PM
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Netflix Orders 'Magic School Bus' Series for 2016

Children of the 90s, rejoice: the "Magic School Bus" is returning for more passengers.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 11, 2014 11:42 AM
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Warren Beatty Wraps Filming on Untitled Howard Hughes Project

Film legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes project--the director's first feature in almost 20 years--after a 74-day shoot. In the slice-of-later-life biopic the 77-year-old producer-actor-director stars opposite romantic interest Lily Collins, 25.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 2:13 PM
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Oliver Stone Acquires Film Rights to Novel by Edward Snowden's Russian Lawyer

Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, announced today that Oliver Stone and his producing partner, Moritz Borman, have purchased the film rights to his upcoming novel "Time of the Octopus," a thinly fictionalized version of Snowden's own experience.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 1:55 PM
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TriStar Partners with BBC on Bennett and Hytner's 'Lady in the Van' with Dame Maggie Smith

In Hollywood there are always exceptions to the rule. Like, women, especially older women, can't open or carry movies. So, in the face of such misinformed conventional wisdom, TriStar Productions' Tom Rothman is greenlighting "The Lady in the Van" with "Downton Abbey" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" star Maggie Smith, age 79. That's because Smith is an actress who wins Oscars
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2014 4:43 PM
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What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime performance in "12 Years a Slave" basked in the limelight in her stunning blue gown. What would her follow-up be? Well, it turns out those casting rumors that JJ Abrams was circling Nyong'o for a role in his upcoming "Star Wars" reboot are true.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 3, 2014 12:26 PM
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