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'The Giver,' Starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, Heads Into Production

The Weinstein Company has announced that principal photography on the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1994 dystopian YA classic and Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" heads underway on October 7. The film stars quite the cast: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan ("Vampire Academy") and Taylor Swift.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:39 PM
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In the Works: Derek Cianfrance On Board to Direct 'ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun' for Focus

Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond the Pines") is attached to direct "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun." The book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales follows the rise of the eponymous cable network, via interviews with past and present ESPN personalities and producers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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In the Works: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Follow Up 'This Is the End' Hit with Animated 'Sausage Party'

Sony and Megan Ellison's Annapurna are partnering on a presumably R-rated comedy from co-writers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (who together wrote and directed this summer's sleeper apocalyptic raunchfest "This Is the End"), Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. This decidedly not-for-kids animated film will be titled "Sausage Party," and has Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2") on board to direct.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 12:24 PM
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In the Works: Isabel Coixet Unveils Next Project, 'Nobody Wants the Night,' Starring Binoche, Dafoe and Kikuchi

Spanish-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet has announced her next project, "Nobody Wants the Night," for which she plans an early 2014 shoot in Norway. Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Rinko Kikuchi are set to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 12:08 PM
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Joe Dante's Long-Gestating Roger Corman Biopic Heads Toward Production--without Tarantino (UPDATE)

Joe Dante's long-gestating biopic on B-movie legend Roger Corman, "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes," may finally be headed toward production. Per the Dissolve, Corman himself is set to make a cameo in the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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In the Works: Joe Wright and Chiwetel Ejiofor Join Forces for Big-Screen Version of 'A Season in the Congo' (VIDEO)

Director Joe Wright is in the works adapting Aime Cesaire's play "A Season in the Congo," which centers on the 1960 Congo rebellion and the assassination of political leader Patrice Lumumba, for the big screen. Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of this awards season's current title to beat "12 Years a Slave," is set to star as Lumumba.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown musical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 4:14 PM
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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 2:25 PM
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In the Works: J.K. Rowling to Pen First Screenplay, Set in the Wizarding World 70 Years Prior to Harry Potter

Warner Bros. has announced an expanded creative partnership with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. She will make her screenwriting debut with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the first in a planned series of new films, inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 11:28 AM
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TIFF In the Works: 'Fifth Estate' Director Bill Condon to Reunite with Ian McKellen for Sherlock Holmes Film

Ian McKellen has been tapped to star as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, which is set in 1947 and imagines a much older, retired Holmes.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2013 1:57 PM
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