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Casting Watch: Rockwell, Macy & Wright for 'Single Shot'; Fonda as Reagan; Lange in for 'Therese Raquin'

"A Single Shot" (not to be confused with Christopher McQuarrie's "One Shot") has had many actors come and go, but has finally kicked off production in Vancouver with Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs joining director David M. Rosenthal...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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After Bidding War, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Goes to Universal/Focus; Author Keeps Control of S&M Erotica Trilogy for Women

Hollywood is cautious when it comes to sex in cinema. The studios are more comfortable with raunchy sex comedies from the likes of Judd Apatow and the "American Pie" series ("American Reunion" is coming up) than anything sexy and intimate. Erotica aimed at men or women is a tricky area.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • March 26, 2012 1:42 PM
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Melissa Leo Heads Into 'Oblivion' with Cruise, Freeman, Riseborough, Kurylenko

Melissa Leo is joining Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseboroigh and Olga Kurylenko in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The "TRON: Legacy" director wrote the comic book upon which the film is based with Arvid Nelson, while William Monahan ("The Departed") wrote the screenplay with him...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 7:48 PM
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International Trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'; 'Project Prometheus' Site Launches (Video)

The international version of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (stateside June 8) reveals more about the film's story than the US version (both are below). "Prometheus" takes "Alien" DNA and mixes in some of the hottest contemporary movie stars - Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba et al...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 9:42 PM
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In The Works: Williams to Play Ol' Dirty Bastard, Imagine Going to '1984,' Russell's 'Bullshit'

HBO favorite Michael K. Williams (Omar Little on "The Wire," Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire") has signed on to star as the late Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones) in "Dirty White Boy." The true story charts the rise of the VH1 intern who became Ol' Dirty Bastard's manager...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 4:12 PM
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Produced By Conference 2012 Speakers: Grazer, Jacobson, De Luca, Nolan, Phillips & More

The Producer's Guild of America has lined up an impressive Hollywood roster to participate in the fourth annual Produced By Conference, June 8-10 at the Sony Pictures Studio lot. .
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 12:02 PM
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Eli Roth Will Deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote on April 20

On April 30, the Independent Film & Television Alliance will present its 13th annual IFTA Production Conference, titled “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget," with a keynote address by indie filmmaker Eli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin Fever," "The Last Exorcism.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2012 6:10 PM
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Reviving the Folk Reviver: Grassroots Movement Aims to Make Pete Seeger the Oldest Person to Reach Music Charts (Video)

At age 92, legendary folksinger and Bob Dylan mentor Pete Seeger has much to be proud of. He served as an instrumental force in the American folk revival, influenced a generation of young singers in the 60s, and penned a number of American staples including "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 21, 2012 4:08 PM
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TCM Classic Film Fest & D23 Team for Screenings of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Two Disney classics, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 3:56 PM
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Sundance London Special Events and Panels: Wainwright, McGarrigle, Placebo, Prince of Wales & More

The Sundance Institute and The O2 announce the special events and panels for the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival, which runs April 26-29. Musical events include ‘Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing Kate McGarrigle,’ following the world premiere of Lian Lunson's film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 12:41 PM
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