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Poster Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

True confession. While I have not read Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the name Timur Bekmambetov has me interested in this movie. The Russian/Kazakh director of "Night Watch" and "Wanted" is a virtuosic visualist who runs his own VFX company, Peter Jackson-style. He produced Shane Acker's animated film "9"with Tim Burton, who is producing this one as well, which Fox will release June 22. It will be style over content on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 6:16 PM
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SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awards night on April 26.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:05 PM
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Focus World & Tugg Team for 'Extraterrestrial' Theatrical and VOD Release

Focus Features' VOD label Focus World is partnering with Tugg to release Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial" in theaters and through VOD beginning June 15. "Extraterrestrial" is set to play theaters in Brooklyn, Seattle, North Hollywood, and Texas' Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, and will expand to wherever audiences demand it through Tugg.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:10 PM
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Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Characters Reveal Themselves in Multi-Site Scavenger Hunt

One recent marketing trend involves luring potential moviegoers into engaging with your product via interactive engagement. Call it marketing via scavenger hunt.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:05 PM
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'Prometheus' Celebrates Fassbender's Fascinating Robot; Fox Confirms Film Not Yet Rated

While Fox confirms to TOH! that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (June 8) has not yet been submitted for a rating (dashing rumors of a PG-13), the studio has released a new video celebrating the birthday of David the robot, played by the ever-fascinating Michael Fassbender. (Think HAL on steroids.) Matt Mueller, who attended the London "Prometheus" preview, warns that Fassbender "appears in serious danger of walking away with the movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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Cannes Announces 2012 Short Film Selection: 'The Chair,' 'Night Shift,' 'Yardbird,' 'Souffle,' 'Silent' & More

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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'All You Need' is Emily Blunt? Actress in Talks for Cruise/Liman Pic

Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:22 AM
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Canet's Stateside Debut 'Blood Ties' to Shoot in NYC with Owen, Crudup, Cotillard, Kunis, Saldana & Schoenaerts

Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" now has financing courtesy of Worldview Entertainment, which will also produce. "Blood Ties" has now locked in stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi and James Caan; shooting begins in New York later this month.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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Relativity Starts Shooting Scott Cooper's 'Out Of The Furnace' with Bale, Affleck, Saldana & Shepard

Principal photography is starting on "Crazy Heart" writer-director Scott Cooper's currently titled thriller "Out of the Furnace." Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play two brothers living in the economically depressed Rust Belt who find themselves lured into a violent crime ring.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • April 15, 2012 12:37 AM
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Woody Allen Sends Some Roman Love To LA Film Fest

While Woody Allen is skipping Cannes--because "To Rome with Love" is opening April 20 in Italy--he's bringing "To Rome with Love" to Los Angeles to open the LA Film Festival on June 14. It will be its North American premiere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:49 PM
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