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More Details on Rudin Buy 'City on Fire,' 900-Page Debut Tome Sold for $2 Million to Knopf (UPDATE)

The long novel appears to be making a comeback. "City on Fire," 34-year-old Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel, sold to Knopf for just shy of $2 million following a two-day bidding war.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 4:34 PM
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Casting Watch: Tom Hardy Takes on Elton John for Focus Features Biopic

Brit actor on-the-rise Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") will channel Elton John in “Rocketman," a musical biopic for Rocket Pictures, with a planned fall 2014 shoot. And Focus Features's new chief Peter Schlessel, who picked up U.S. rights to the film for FilmDistrict in June, will release the movie through Focus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2013 4:25 PM
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Weekend Preview: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' a Mediocre Mission, Francois Ozon's 'In the House' Liked by Critics

Tom Cruise apocalyptic vehicle "Oblivion," which is expected to score about $30 million when it opens wide this weekend, is a rare thing these days: a movie that arrives full-blown from the head of its filmmaker. While critics agree that Joseph Kosinski's spectacular piece of grown-up sci-fi boasts impressive visuals, some complain that the familiar sci-fi rehash -- unfavorable comparisons to "Total Recall" keep coming up -- bogs down the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 2:37 PM
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Review: Budding and Seasoned Voyeurs Collaborate with Mixed Results in Francois Ozon's 'In the House'

Francois Ozon's psychological mystery “In the House,” which is adapted from the play by Juan Mayorga, works as an interesting companion piece to Ozon’s 2003 film “Swimming Pool.” Both center on a middle-aged literary curmudgeon who develops a fantastic fixation on a young, enticing and distinctly threatening protégée, while blurring the lines between reality and lurid imagination. What events actually happen, and what events get cooked up along the way by a smart, jaded mind all too willing to introduce a little excitement to the story?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 1:19 PM
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Exclusive Clip: Francois Ozon's Mystery 'In the House' Looks at a Budding Voyeur

Check out this exclusive clip from Francois Ozon's psychological mystery "In the House," starring Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ernst Umhauer. The film, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, centers on the increasingly dicey relationship between a high school lit teacher and his more than apt pupil, who spies on his best friend's parents as fodder for extracurricular essays.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 1:05 PM
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