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Ron Howard's Next Film is Europe's Mega-Bestseller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'

Ron Howard is continuing his penchant for popular book adaptations with his latest announced project, "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair." The Swiss novel is a mega-bestseller over in Europe, where it's going toe-to-toe with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and even surpassing the latest Dan Brown novel "Inferno."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 1:52 PM
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J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' Will Be an HBO Mini-Series

Author J.K. Rowling is bringing her bestseller "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel following the "Harry Potter" series, to HBO and the BBC for a three-hour miniseries.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:28 AM
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Netflix Plans Price Hike for New Subscribers

It's catching on with streaming sites that it's time to charge more for their goods. A couple months ago Amazon Prime announced its annual fee would jump by $20 beginning in 2015. Now Netflix intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 per month.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 12:39 PM
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New 'Star Wars' Will Cost $200 Million, Casting "Almost Done," George Lucas Still Consulting on Films

Disney chair Alan Horn sat down with Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg Television to discuss the on-the-horizon "Star Wars" trilogy set to unfold over the next several years. Quote highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 12:36 PM
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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Eyes His Next Film: 'The Wound'

After being at the center of last year's highly reviewed and highly contentious Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," French director Abdellatif Kechiche has set sights on his follow-up film: "The Wound."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2014 4:13 PM
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Fox's Jim Gianopulos to Deliver USC Film School Commencement Address; Marvel's Kevin Feige Gets Alumni Award

Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, Jim Gianopulos (“Avatar,” “Titanic”), is set to deliver the commencement address at the 2014 USC School of Cinematic Arts’s graduation ceremony. It will be held on May 16.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 14, 2014 3:41 PM
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Brie Larson Goes Into the 'Room,' Lenny Abrahamson's Captivity Drama Based on the Bestseller

Brie Larson had a big year in 2013, receiving rave reviews and even an Indie Spirit nomination for her role in Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12." And she's now on board Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "Room," based on the bestseller by Emma Donahue (who also penned the adaptation).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2014 12:29 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique Covers EW's Summer Preview, 'X-Men' Producers Considering Spinoffs

Jennifer Lawrence is front and center on the cover of this week's EW, which is rolling out its sprawling Summer Preview. It's cool that when Lawrence shares the cover with A-listers Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender, she's still the centerpiece. Thanks to her other franchise, "The Hunger Games," she's arguably the biggest star of X-Men.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2014 11:40 AM
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Davis Guggenheim's Malala Yousafzai Documentary Gets Backing from Participant Media

Participant Media has come aboard Davis Guggenheim's documentary on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2014 4:45 PM
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Here Are the Three Winners of San Francisco Film Society's 2014 Documentary Film Fund Awards

The San Francisco Film Society has revealed the three winners of its 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards, which total more than $75,000 and support feature-length documentaries in post-production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2014 3:22 PM
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