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China's New Hollywood Deal; Christian Bale Rebuked by Chinese Authorities for Attempted Visit to Human Rights Activist

China and the United States have a thorny relationship, the natural byproduct of two countries reluctantly dependent on each other economically, but diametrically opposed in political philosophy. Despite their differences, the two nations are intricately connected, and sometimes, to keep the waters smooth, something has to give.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 18, 2012 12:51 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 18, 2012 12:36 PM
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Brit Comedy 'Reuniting The Rubins' Debuts March 23

Timothy Spall (“The King's Speech”) stars in “Reuniting The Rubins,” a British family comedy debuting from Monterey Media March 23 in Los Angeles.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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Women In Film Adds 11 New Members to Board of Directors

Women In Film, Los Angeles, adds 11 new members to its Board of Directors. Orly Adelson, Adriana Alberghetti, Stephanie Allain, Darla K. Anderson, Holly Bario, Janet Daily, Sue Naegle, Keri Putnam, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Nell Scovell and Winnie Wong join the non-profit, led by returning second term president, producer Cathy Schulman ("Crash").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 5:48 PM
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Academy Accepts Entries for 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
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Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD Lands in Arizona, February 27-March 1: 'Beginners,' 'On the Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative kicks off February 27 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. Six films will screen: Ali Samadi Ahadi's "The Green Wave," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice," Mike Mills' "Beginners," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," Linda Goldstein Knowlton's "Somewhere Between" and Benjamin Murray & Alysa Nahmias' "Unfinished Spaces." Three of the films' directors (Ahadi, Maclean, Mills) will attend and participate in Q & A's, workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets. Sundance's Keri Putnam hopes that "this collection of films and events sparks imaginations, inspires cross-cultural dialogue and opens up a real exchange of ideas and issues."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 2:49 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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Lionsgate Puts Summit's Feig in Charge of Production

As expected, the new Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, which since the merger with Summit Entertainment is now run by co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, has appointed their Summit production chief Erik Feig as president of production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2012 7:11 PM
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Naomi Watts to Play Princess Diana in Biopic 'Caught in Flight,' Replaces Jessica Chastain

Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel's ("Downfall") "Caught in Flight." This is excellent news for Watts, deserving of more leading dramatic roles like this, but Princess Diana devotees will certainly have their opinions on this casting choice...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 12:38 PM
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In The Works: Adams' 'Object of Beauty'; Hoffman for Corbjijn and Carré's 'Most Wanted'; Depp Goes Memphis

Steve Martin's novel, "Object of Beauty" is being adapted into film form as a producing and starring vehicle for Amy Adams. Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will also produce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 9:39 AM
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