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Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets Hedlund; Watch Him Sing

Garrett Hedlund ("TRON: Legacy") has joined the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," adding to an already stellar cast of Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. Like Mulligan and Timberlake, Hedlund can sing (he was probably the best part of "Country Strong" - see below). "Inside Llewyn Davis" is about the 1960s Greenwich village folk music scene. Isaac played Mulligan's husband in this year's "Drive," and now plays real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk. Shooting is set to kick off this February in New York City.
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  • January 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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NAB Show Focuses on 'The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution' with Marina Gorbis

The theme of the 2012 NAB Show, running April 14-19, is "The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution." It will look at how "new paradigms in consumption are forever changing the way we create, manage, deliver and monetize content," and consequentially causing shifts in industries' expectations and strategies for the future...
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  • January 9, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Clooney's First Priority is Hitler-Art-Love-Story 'The Monuments Men'

“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film will be based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived...
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  • January 9, 2012 2:40 PM
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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"...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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?"...
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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...
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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.
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  • January 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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