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Lily Rabe to Play Mary Pickford in Untitled Biopic; Producers In Cannes to Cast Chaplin, Fairbanks, Griffith

While producers Julie Pacino, Jennifer DeLia, and Said Zahraoui are at Cannes to cement the rest of the casting for their untitled Mary Pickford film, they've found their leading lady in Lily Rabe (“All Good Things,” “American Horror Story” ). The film is based on Eileen Whifield's biography, "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 4:01 PM
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Fisher Stevens Helming Adaptation of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'

Fisher Stevens will direct "American Pastoral" for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. John Romano (Lakeshore and SKE's "Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the first novel in Philip Roth's post-war trilogy about the destruction of the American dream.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 3:56 PM
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Cannes Market: 70mm Doc 'Samsara' Sells to Canada, Australia and New Zealand; Oscilloscope Has U.S.

"Samsara," documentarian Ron Fricke's follow-up to "Baraka," was shot over five years on five continents on 70mm film. eOne Canada acquired rights to the film, which will be released in the US by Oscilloscope and in Germany by Busch Media Group on August 24.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 1:30 PM
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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

U.S. winners of the 39th annual Student Academy Awards are in: ten students from nine schools have been chosen in Alternative, Animation, Documentaries and Narrative categories.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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Cari Beauchamp Named Resident Scholar at Mary Pickford Foundation

Film historian Cari Beauchamp has been appointed Resident Scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation. Newly appointed Director of Archive, Elaina Archer, and Beauchamp will help the Foundation to establish an online clearing house and research center for the videos, writings, photos, film clips and other historical material on Mary Pickford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 3:43 PM
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Cohen Media Group to Release Italian Oscar-Entry 'Terraferma' (video)

"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 4:05 PM
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Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart's 'Cali'; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Nick Cassavetes, known best for delivering one of the greatest chick flicks ever -- "The Notebook" -- is back to some grittier material; the "Alpha Dog" director is set to helm "Cali," reports Variety. Kristen Stewart will star (and co-exec produce) as one of a pair of lovebirds (the other half is yet to be cast) who sell a fake snuff film and escape the San Fernando Valley with the cash. But then the girl must "return from the dead" in order to save her younger sister from the life she abandoned. Michael Diliberti wrote the script. Voltage Productions and New School Media are producing with their eye on a late summer start, assuming the Cannes market is agreeable for the project. With Stewart attached, it will be.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:59 PM
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Sundance Institute Announces Directors and Screenwriters Lab Participants for 2012

Congrats to the thirteen projects taken on for this summer's Sundance Institute annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which is held May 28 - June 28 at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort in Utah. Countries represented include the United States, Italy, Romania, Australia, Algeria, France, Chile and the UK.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:46 PM
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Jolie Joined by Fanning, Copley, Richardson, Staunton, Manville, Cranham, Riley & Eisley for Disney's 'Maleficent'

Disney's "Maleficent" has rounded out its cast. Joining Angelina Jolie are...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 11:40 AM
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Academy Boosts Film Preservation with Film-to-Film Initiative

In a welcome move in response to the takeover of digital technology and the reduced availability of film stock, the Academy is extending the reach of their film preservation efforts. Their $2 million Film-To-Film project will accelerate the work of their Academy Film Archive to both acquire and create new archival film masters and prints from at-risk elements, including films as recent as the 1990s.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 4:55 PM
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