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In the Works: Ava DuVernay to Direct Martin Luther King Biopic 'Selma'

Wrtier-director Ava DuVernay has signed on to helm the biopic "Selma," about a key event in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King's voting rights campaign in 1965. DuVernay's leading man in her 2012 award-winning and critically acclaimed drama "Middle of Nowhere," David Oyelowo, is set to play King.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2013 11:44 AM
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In the Works: Errol Morris to Direct Narrative Feature and Suburban Thriller 'Holland, Michigan'

Filmmaker Errol Morris, best known for his law-changing documentary "The Thin Blue Line" and Oscar-winning "The Fog of War," has attached himself to narrative feature "Holland, Michigan." Per Deadline, the film is "a suburban thriller laced with black humor."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2013 12:48 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Princess 'Diana' Biopic, Starring Naomi Watts

The first teaser trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana," starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, has landed. The film follows the last two years of Diana's life, charting her various romances and her evolution into a major international campaigner and humanitarian. Entertainment One has picked up the distribution rights, and plans an Oscar season release later this year. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 11:38 AM
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In the Works: Why Bruckheimer Wanted 'Kon-Tiki' Directing Duo for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

The directing team of Norway's Oscar-nominated high-seas adventure film "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, have landed the helming gig on Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean 5." The Jerry Bruckheimer production is set for a late 2013 or January 2014 start.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 1:47 PM
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Casting Watch: Tom Cruise Gears Up for Fifth 'Mission: Impossible,' as Abrams Defects to 'Star Wars'

Tom Cruise has signed on to star in and produce the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film following the wildly successful "Ghost Protocol" (2011).
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 12:47 PM
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In the Works: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev Teaming for HBO's 'Gorbachev'

Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev will be collaborating on HBO film "Gorbachev," chronicling the last years before the Soviet Union's fall. Hanks and DiCaprio will both be taking on executive producing roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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Liam Neeson Is Go-To Global Star, Takes on Matt Scudder in 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'

In a world where you can't count on many movie stars--Tom Cruise? Will Smith?--and foreign sales financing dictates non-studio indie production, most of it formula genre fare aimed at a global market, Liam Neeson is king. The "Schindler's List" and "Taken" star has taken the place of aging tentpole anchors Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Tommy Lee Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino as the older guy with authority, gravitas and menace who can handle some action and romance as well as carry a movie in multiple markets around the world. He can believably play presidents and kings, fathers, lovers and action heroes. His presence even for a short bit in a movie is worth millions and can get it made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2013 2:26 PM
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ABC Takes Miniseries Rights to Oscar-Nominated AIDS documentary 'How to Survive a Plague'

ABC Studios has bought the rights to David France's Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" in hopes of turning it into a mini-series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • March 1, 2013 1:22 PM
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When Hollywood Met Broadway: Screen Stars Hit the Stage as Stage-to-Screen Musicals (and Vice-Versa) Move Through the Pipeline

Let's face it, movie musicals are usually bad. Don't get me wrong, nobody should love them more than me: I'm a movie nerd and a musical nerd, so a movie musical should be exactly what the doctor ordered. But sometimes the whole ends up a lot less than the sum of its parts. Think pickles plus peanut butter: Just. Don't. Do it. (Or think "Rock of Ages." Exactly.) But every now and again something like "Les Miserables" happens and we remember that movie musicals can be awesome. Sure, they're bombastic and unrealistic. Yes, it's weird that people start singing on the street and orchestral music seeps out of the very air.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 28, 2013 12:35 PM
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Filming Begins in London on 'Hello Carter,' Starring Charlie Cox and Paul Schneider

Principle shooting has begun on "Hello Carter," a London-based comedy helmed by first-time director Anthony Wilcox. Charlie Cox ("Stardust") stars in the title role, alongside Jodie Whittaker ("Attack the Block"), Paul Schneider ("The Newsroom," "Bright Star") and Judy Parfitt ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 12:48 PM
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