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Tron Legacy Producer Sean Bailey Lands Disney Production Gig

Ben Affleck is a happy man.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 11:56 AM
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Haiti Needs Hollywood's Support

Over coffee today with outgoing MPAA chairman Dan Glickman--who served as Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration and plans to return to public service on September 1 when he stops repping the Hollywood studios in Washington--he made clear how much devastated Haiti, which is just 300 miles away from the U.S., needs support from folks in Hollywood. "Our industry needs to step up," Glickman said. "Now [relief organizations] are focused on clean-up, medicine and food. Development work will be done later on."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 10:43 AM
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More: Hollywood, News

Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell

Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell
Finally, months after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in a rare performance in his native dialect. (The film scored eight nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards.) According to Movieline's Stu VanAirsdale, the final cut of the Paramount Vantage leftover will be different from the one screened in Toronto:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 3:06 AM
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Disney's Aviv Exits as Ross Relies on DreamWorks

It's deja vu all over again. A studio in management upheaval. A new studio head recruited from TV being directed to reinvent the wheel by a boss who is a film biz outsider.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 12:22 AM
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Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming

Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming
As Variety hides behind a pay wall in a misguided attempt to salvage its outdated print model, Jay Penske-owned Deadline/Hollywood has poached Variety's biggest breaking news hound, Mike Fleming, to run the new Deadline/New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 4:31 AM
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More: News, Media

Polanski Asks To Be Sentenced in Absentia

The LAT is reporting that director Roman Polanski has asked an L.A. judge to be sentenced in absentia in his 1977 sex case. This is according to a notarized letter submitted to a Superior Court judge during a hearing Wednesday afternoon:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2010 12:16 AM
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More: Directors, News

Bond 23 Update: Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct

When your career needs a boost and there are few available top-dollar jobs: take a franchise.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 11:20 AM
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Leipzig Out at National Geographic; Battsek in Talks

After six years as president of National Geographic Films, Adam Leipzig is moving into an executive producer role on two films he was shepherding at the company, says David Beal, President, National Geographic Entertainment. The first is HBO's planned ten-hour Lewis & Clark mini-series Undaunted Courage, adapted by Michelle Ashford from the 1996 biography of Meriwether Lewis by Band of Brothers writer Stephen F. Ambrose. The film, set in the early 1800s, is also executive produced by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The second is writer-director Peter Weir's return to the screen, the World War II drama The Way Back, based on the memoir by Slavomir Rawicz, starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan, which is in post-production. It has no distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 8:05 AM
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Bond Producers Put Number 23 On Hold

Writer Peter Morgan (The Queen) worked on a first draft of Bond 23 that he described as a "shocking story" from July until October last year, followed by regular writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. But EON Productions has put pre-production work on the film on hold pending the resolution of distributor MGM's sale, reports Bond site Mi6. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli told Total Film Magazine: "Our timeline's a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don't know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it's uncertain."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 12:15 AM
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Flixster Acquires Rotten Tomatoes, Creating Movie Site Combine

Well, somebody is betting on the future of movie criticism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2010 7:36 AM
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