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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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Coen Brothers Rewriting 'Unbroken' for Angelina Jolie to Direct at Universal, Based on True Story of Olympian POW Louis Zamperini

UPDATE: Universal, Walden Media and Angelina Jolie have tapped Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite "Unbroken." Jolie will direct the project, which is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book about Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian runner who became a prisoner of war during WWII...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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BBC Adapting Tolstoy 'War and Peace' Mini-Series, Slated for 2015

The BBC has commissioned a six part mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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In The Works: Narrative Feature About 'El Bulli' and World Famous Chef Ferran Adrià

Vendome Pictures will produce and finance "El Bulli," a fictionalized feature based on the the world famous chef Ferran Adrià and his restaurant, elBulli. While no director is currently attached, the script is already written. It comes from David Wilson, who was inspired by Lisa Abend’s book "The Sorcerer’s Apprentices...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2013 1:28 PM
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Melissa McCarthy and Husband Ben Falcone to Helm Road Trip Comedy 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy is set to direct herself in "Tammy" alongside her husband and co-writer Ben Falcone. The comedy centers on a woman who, after losing her job and realizes her husband is a cheater, hits the road with her fouled-mouthed grandmother.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2013 3:53 PM
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Colin Firth Joins Nicole Kidman's Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Colin Firth is joining Nicole Kidman to star in Rowan Joffe's "Before I Go to Sleep," a thriller set up at Scott Free and Millennium Films. The film is based on Brit novelist S.J. Watson's book of the same name. Joffe adapted the screenplay, which centers on a woman (Kidman) with amnesia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 1:41 PM
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Good Films Picks Up Rights to L.A. True-Crime Investigative Book 'LAbyrinth,' Implicating LAPD with Notorious Bank Robbery

UK production house Good Films has acquired the rights to Randall Sullivan's investigative book "LAbyrinth," detailing the true events surrounding detective Russell Poole's investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery. The book was originally serialized in Rolling Stone magazine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:07 PM
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Julia Stiles Joins Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First' to Play Oscar Winner Frances Marion

Julia Stiles, who re-emerged with a great supporting turn in "Silver Linings Playbook," has signed on to play screenwriter Frances Marion--the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay--in Jennifer DeLia's "The First," based on Eileen Whitfield's biography on Mary Pickford...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2013 1:36 PM
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Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace May Marry for 'Child 44'

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in negotiations for "Child 44," set up at Ridley Scott's Scott Free banner and to be directed by Daniel Espinosa. The script, penned by Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith's novel, is a thriller set in the 1950s centering on a member of the Soviet police...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 4:20 PM
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