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GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli's Takahata Masterpiece 'Grave of the Fireflies'

GKIDS has taken North American rights from Japan's Toho Co. Ltd. to distribute "Grave of the Fireflies," the 1988 feature from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The critically-beloved film is told in flashbacks from the perspective of two children as it follows the devastation of Japan during the end of WWII.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 20, 2012 3:12 PM
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Apatow, Mann & Rudd Tell NYT 'This Is 40': 'Couples Therapy Viewed By Millions of People in Theaters Across the World'

David Itzkoff of the NY Times paid a summer visit to Judd Apatow on the Brentwood-mansion set of "This Is 40," the director's holiday-slated mid-life-crisis comedy following the marriage of Pete and Debbie of "Knocked Up." Apatow, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd talk insecurity, "perfect" onscreen married couples and filmmaking as relationship therapy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 2:24 PM
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Son of Hollywood Reporter Founder Apologizes for His Father and THR's Blacklist Involvement

The Hollywood Reporter has published an article by Willie Wilkerson (son of THR founder Billy Wilkerson) apologizing for his father and the trade paper's involvement in the Hollywood Blacklist.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 1:13 PM
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The Black List's New Site Finds 'McCarthy' Screenwriter Justin Kremer a Home at CAA

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA.
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  • November 19, 2012 1:36 PM
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Best of the Week: The Final 'Twilight,' Oscar Talk, Interviews with Mendes, Berg, Gibney & Ben Stiller's Penis

This week on TOH!, we discuss the awards chances of "Lincoln," "Argo" and more in Oscar Talk, divulge details from the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" premiere and American Cinematheque gala for Ben Stiller, interview "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes, "West of Memphis" director Amy Berg and "Mea Maxima Culpa" director Alex Gibney...
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  • November 16, 2012 3:50 PM
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Dutch Thriller 'APP' Will Be First Film to Necessitate Smartphones in Theaters with Interactive Storyline

The Dutch are giving the highly contentious texting-in-theaters issue a whole new spin. Shooting began this week for the new thriller "APP," which will be the first film in the world to synchronize a parallel storyline via app content to be accessed while in the movie theater.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 2:12 PM
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Hollywood Machine Generated $47 Billion for LA County in 2011

A report issued Friday by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. finds that Hollywood was able to generate $47 billion in economic output in L.A. county in 2011, accounting for 8.4% of the area's total output.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 1:13 PM
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'Transformers 4' Eyeing China Production to Maximize Franchise Box Office

Mark Wahlberg will be the new leading man in Michael Bay's "Transformers 4," and the production may have its sights set on mainland China for this installment of the testosterone-fueled franchise.
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  • November 16, 2012 1:07 PM
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'Kick Ass' & 'X-Men' Scribe Goldman to Pen Burton's 'Pinocchio'

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 11:26 AM
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Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it took home the Audience Award...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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