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Channing Tatum is People's Sexiest Man Alive; What's Up Next

Channing Tatum's whirlwind, breakout year has now been capped with an honor shared by the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt -- People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 14, 2012 12:22 PM
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Oscilloscope is 'Dying To Do Letterman' for North American Audiences

Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Joke Fincioen’s and Biagio Messina’s "Dying to do Letterman." The documentary follows comedian Steve Mazan who was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer and decided to dedicate his life to fulfilling his dream of performing standup on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 5:31 PM
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In the Works: Tucker for 'Intouchables,' Hathaway Confirms 'Robopocalypse,' 'Anchorman 2' Musical & Penn's Action Vehicle

A round-up of casting and development news, from Sean Penn's potential action franchise and Anne Hathaway's role in "Robopocalypse" to "Anchorman 2"'s musical numbers...
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 3:30 PM
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MoMA To Screen Gotham Awards' 5 Nominees for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

MoMA's Department of Film, in collaboration with Independent Film Project and Filmmaker Magazine, will screen the five nominees competing for the Gotham Awards' Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You title. This year's screenings, running November 16-19, include...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2012 2:14 PM
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Geoffrey Fletcher's Directorial Debut 'Violet & Daisy' Lands at Cinedigm

Cinedigm Entertainment has acquired Geoffrey Fletcher's directorial debut, "Violet & Daisy," for distribution in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2012 5:41 PM
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Wahlberg Joins Michael Bay's Next Testosterone Fest, 'Transformers 4'

The combined testosterone of Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg will fuel "Transformers 4" for Paramount. The director confirms that Wahlberg, who stars in his "Pain & Gain," is "the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers’ legacy."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 1:42 PM
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David Yates Tackling 'Tarzan'; Hardy, Hunnam, Cavill & Skarsgård in the Mix

"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert. So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2012 1:58 PM
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The Weinsteins Sail with 'Kon-Tiki,' Norway's Oscar Entry

The Weinstein Co. has acquired "Kon-Tiki" for US distribution. The film, which recently played at AFI Fest, is Norway's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and screened at Toronto earlier this fall...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 5:38 PM
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Phase 4 Picks Up 'Precious' Producer Siegel-Magness' Directorial Debut, 'Long Time Gone' with Virginia Madsen

Phase 4 Films has acquired US and Canadian rights to "Long Time Gone," the directorial debut of "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. The film stars Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Anthony LaPaglia and Eva Longoria.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 1:59 PM
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In the Works: Vaughn Rumored for New 'Star Wars' Installment; Ford Interested in Revisiting Han Solo

One of the exciting prospects for veteran Spielberg poducer Kathleen Kennedy as the new president at Disney-owned Lucasfilm is that she is more than capable of developing a strong script and luring gifted filmmakers to the planned "Star Wars" franchise reboot. Even without a script on hand, directors are lining up.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 1:21 PM
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