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Berlinale Adds Ten Titles to Competition Lineup; Jolie's 'Blood & Honey,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

The Berlinale announces the second set of ten films competing at the 62nd annual festival. Among the new titles are Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car, "Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 12:13 PM
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George Clooney to Present Sean Penn with Critics' Choice Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 11:39 AM
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Palm Springs Adds Cousins' 'Story of Film,' Archive Game-Changers; Clooney & Oldman for Talking Pictures

The Palm Springs International Film Festival announces additional premieres, Talking Pictures and Archival Treasures. In total, the fest has 188 films (63 premieres) playing between January 5-16, representing 73 countries. Newly announced premieres include...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 4:11 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Brit Go-To-Guy Benedict Cumberbatch Rides into Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch can ride that "War Horse" all the way into production on J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. The actor ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Atonement," voices in the upcoming "The Hobbit") has boarded the Paramount franchise, and rumor has it it's to play to play the villain...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 10:56 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Festival 2012: 'Darling Companion' and 'Where Do We Go From Here?' Bookend Fest; Full Lineup

The Santa Barbara Film Festival announces the lineup for its 27th edition, running January 27 - February 5, and set to open with Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion" (world premiere) and close with Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 10:46 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' May Add Seyfried & Swift; Trending Mainstream?

While we have high hopes for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Earlier, we noted that the films eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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Berlinale Announces 20 Films for Panorama Program; 'Elles,' 'Indignados,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More

The Berlin International Film Festival has slated twenty films to play in the fest's Panorama Program, which will include fifty across three sections (Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series) by the time the fest launches February 9 for ten days.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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Holiday Box Office Winners & Losers

The short holiday boxoffice season is always one of the year's most lucrative. The seven-week period, which runs from mid-November through New Year’s weekend, contributes a proportionately high percentage to the annual total.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 2, 2012 6:53 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: De Palma’s Passion Heading for March Start in Berlin

Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on "Passion," his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, "Crime d'Amour," which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau's twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens stateside on Friday.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • December 14, 2011 7:11 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Ramirez for Star Trek, Hopkins & Mirren for Making of Psycho, Lovelace Goes Blonder

J.J. Abrams is eyeing Edgar Ramirez to play the villain in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel. Benicio del Toro was attached, but that's fallen through. The "Carlos" star now has a chance to make a grand franchise entrance into the mainstream.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2011 2:14 PM
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