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DGA Awards Achievers Michael Apted, Eric Shapiro, Susan Zwerman & Dency Nelson

The Directors Guild announces the recipients of four achivement awards, set to be handed out at their 65th annual awards dinner on February 2. These honorees are in addition to the previously announced recipient of the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award for Motion Picture Direction, Milos Forman.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2012 4:22 PM
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Venice Film Festival Announces 15 Shortlisted Projects for Biennale College-Cinema

Fifteen projects representing 12 countries have been selected for the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College-Cinema. Each team is composed of a director and producer, and will take part in a 10-day workshop held in Venice in January 2013.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2012 2:01 PM
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Casting Watch: Rising Stars Isaac and Clarke Set for 'Departed' Writer's Next Feature 'Mojave'

Oscar Isaac ("The Bourne Legacy," "Drive") and Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") are set for the lead roles in William Monahan's thriller "Mojave," from the director's original screenplay. Monahan is best known for his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2012 12:46 PM
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Matt Damon Boarding Clooney's 'Monuments Men,' Plus What's Next (It's Not 'Bourne')

George Clooney's adaptation of "Monuments Men" may add Matt Damon to it's already star-packed cast. The film is based on the true story as documented in Robert M. Edsel's book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2012 12:37 PM
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'An Academy Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar' in London; Plus Vote for your Favorite from the Spanish Auteur

The Academy will celebrate the career of Pedro Almodóvar at an intimate invite-only retrospective in London's Curzon Soho Cinema on December 13.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2012 3:54 PM
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A Tale Two Steve Jobs Biopics: One's Indie, the Other Isn't

Ashton Kutcher-starrer "jOBS," which will close the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the first of two Steve Jobs biopics. Below, here's what we know about the two projects, besides the fact that one is indie and the other--still being written by "The Social Network," "Newsroom" and "Moneyball" scribe Aaron Sorkin--isn't.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 3:51 PM
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Ellison Siblings Team Annapurna & Skydance for 'Terminator' Revamp

Megan Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner on her new vision for "The Terminator" franchise. Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to the franchise 18 months ago, promising to finish the cyborg's storyline via a new series of films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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Zou Bisou Bisou! Best Pop Culture Quotes from 2012 [Videos]

"Argo fuck yourself," and other soundbites from the year, are compiled in Vulture's 2012's Most Memorable Pop Culture Quotes. Also included are Lena Dunham's shakey assertion in "Girls" that she's "at least a voice of a generation," and Megan Draper's "Zou bisou bisou" crooning from "Mad Men."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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Casting Watch: Dane DeHaan Beats Eddie Redmayne for Harry Osborn Role in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Dane DeHaan, who starred in "Chronicle" and has had minor roles this year in both "Lincoln" and "Lawless," has been cast as Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan will take over the role from James Franco in Sam Raimi's first three "Spider Man" films, and joins leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as franchise newcomers Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx (who was recently confirmed to play villain Electro).
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 PM
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Broadway Has Strongest Year in History with Nearly $1.14 Billion Box Office Haul

The Broadway League has released its 15th annual demographics report, revealing 2012 to be the strongest year in history in terms of attendance and grosses. The Broadway box office haul was nearly $1.14 billion this year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 11:52 AM
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