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In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son. I
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 4:22 PM
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Jackson Reveals 'Hobbit''s Running Time -- 'Our Shortest Middle-Earth Yet' (But Still Epic)

Empire magazine's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" edition (on newstands October 25, with five collectors' covers) arrives with some juicy new details for fans of Peter Jackson's ongoing Tolkien franchise, including the film's running time.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 12:59 PM
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Radiant Films Handling Foreign Rights to 'As Cool As I Am,' with Danes, Marsden, Bolger & Mann

Radiant Films International will handle foreign rights to "As Cool As I Am," starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Fonda and TV chef Mario Batali. Currently in post, the film is directed by Max Mayer and adapted by Virginia Korus Spragg from Pete Fromm's novel.
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  • October 23, 2012 4:33 PM
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In The Works: Herzog's School Shooting Drama 'Vernon God Little,' Fassbender's Ubisoft 'Assassin's Creed' Teams with New Regency

- Werner Herzog is set to direct "Vernon God Little," an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's novel penned by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume"). The coming of age story, set in Texas, follows a teenager who is caught up in the aftermath of a shooting at his high-school committed by his best friend...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 1:48 PM
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Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Uncovered: Thomas McCarthy's Secret Project, Gibney's 'Mea Maxima Culpa' at Film Forum

Director Tom McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor," "The Station Agent") and "The West Wing" scribe Josh Singer have signed on for Anonymous Content's film about the journalist who exposed the Catholic Church's longterm cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2012 5:03 AM
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Eric Roth Honored with Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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Casting Watch: Portman's 'Got a Gun' for Fassbender, Farmiga's 'Psycho' Prequel at A&E, Nielson & Bell Join Trier's Nymphos

While it would seem impossible for the actor to physically accomplish all the roles on his slate, Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay's "Jane Got a Gun." Portman is producing the western and will star as a woman whose outlaw husband is being chased by criminal confederates...
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  • August 28, 2012 12:55 PM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster & Clip for Swedish WWII Epic 'Simon and the Oaks'

Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks." Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, will hit US theaters on October 12...
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  • August 20, 2012 1:44 PM
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'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." On the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the director says that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:07 PM
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Fox Searchlight and Red Flag Debut Busy Duplass Bros' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' On VOD

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and indie Red Flag Releasing. The VOD release date is June 26, and a theatrical release follows July 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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