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TCM Classic Film Festival to Honor Kim Novak

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs in Hollywood from April 12 to15, will honor Kim Novak with a celebration of her work, including a screening of "Vertigo" which the actress will introduce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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The Long Gestation of Cannes-Bound 'On the Road,' From Coppola to Salles

After 44 years, possibly the longest gestation period in cinema history, the film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel "On the Road" is finally hitting the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola, then a rising director-screenwriter still in his 20s, bought the film rights to it back in 1968...
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ponsoldt's 'Smashed,' Starring Winstead, Paul & Oscar-Winner Spencer

Sony Pictures Classics has taken worldwide rights for James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" after its Sundance debut. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul Paul and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer lead a sprawling cast including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Mary Kay Place.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

Though Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid '90s, the film's original score still marks composer Alan Menken's fourth accomplisment in March...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2012 3:03 PM
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Sundance's Artists Services Initiative Releases Ten New Titles on Netflix

Sundance Institute's "Artists Services Initiative," which offers Sundance artists a way to self-distribute, announces ten new titles now streaming on Netflix...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:15 PM
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First Look: Gosling Looks Badass in Refn's 'Only God Forgives'; Weinsteins' Radius Acquires Film for Multi-Platform Release

The "Drive" bromance of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling continues; they are currently shooting crime thriller "Only God Forgives" in Bangkok, Thailand. The Weinsteins' Radius-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced here. Shortfest's juried International Competition qualifies winners for Academy Award consideration. Here's ticket information. Catch a peak of last year's fest below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:53 PM
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Reeves Joins Actor-Director Gang with Chinese-Language 'Man of Tai Chi'

On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will work with Reeves, who stars in the film, as well as co-stars Tiger Chen and Karen Mok. The project is a co-production of China Film Group, Village Roadshow, Wanda Media and Universal (which will handle distribution).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:21 PM
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Introducing ECLA: Emerson College Comes to Hollywood, $110 million Project Breaks Ground March 8

Boston's Emerson College, which has long focused on Communications and the Arts, is breaking ground on a new campus in Los Angeles at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 29, 2012 12:08 PM
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