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Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 1:05 PM
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Read: Kathryn Bigelow's Essay Addressing Depiction of Torture in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Director Kathryn Bigelow has published an essay in the L.A. Times addressing the controversy surrounding her Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty" and its depiction of torture. "I do wonder if some some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen," she writes. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 11:56 AM
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Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills' in Theaters September 13

Open Road will release Robert Rodriquez's "Machete Kills" on September 13. The follow-up to 2010's "Machete" (which was released by 20th Century Fox), and the second of a trilogy, "Machete Kills" stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 5:36 PM
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Sundance Institute's Artists Services Program Announces New Digital Titles 'Primer,' 'Hipster,' 'Detropia,' 'The Slaughter Rule' and More

Sundance Institute Artists Services, In collaboration with Cinedigm Entertainment Group/New Video, announces the SI films releasing today on various digital platforms. Check here to watch them. The Artist Services program provides filmmakers with exclusive opportunities for self-distribution...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 4:59 PM
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River Phoenix's Lost 'Dark Blood' Premiering at Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix's final film, "Dark Blood," will have its North American premiere at the Miami International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 30th year March 1-10. The film was only 80% complete when Phoenix tragically died in 1993 at the age of 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 1:25 PM
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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 12:29 PM
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Casting Watch: Who Can Tame Hathaway in Screen Version of 'Taming of the Shrew'?

Anne Hathaway is set to star in a screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," with Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") penning the script.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 11:46 AM
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Comedy Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone Launch Important Studios

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have launched a production company, Important Studios. The company's value is estimated at $300 million, thanks to boffo revenue coming in from "The Book of Mormon" and "South Park," now in its 16th season.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2013 1:45 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Nominations, Guild Nods, Interviews, Reviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 11, 2013 3:18 PM
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The Curious Case of Brad Pitt's China Tweet

The Daily Beast reports that Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter (which is blocked there) with upwards of 400 million users, was sent spinning last week when Brad Pitt started an account, inaugurating it with this message: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming..." The Weibo message generated tens of thousands of responses, primarily positive, with more than 160K new followers added to the account. Then, on December 8, Pitt's message disappeared. What happened?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 11, 2013 12:35 PM
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