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Sundance Hit Steve James Doc The Interrupters Lands Distributor

U.S. rights for Sundance documentary favorite, The Interrupters, have gone to the The Cinema Guild. The film, from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and author, producer and collaborator Alex Kotlowitz (bestseller, There Are No Children Here and author of the 2008 NYT article that inspired the film, Blocking the Transmission of Violence), follows three "Violence Interruptors" in Chicago -- former gang members who intervene in violent situations as they unfold in order to protect their community. The film will have a theatrical release this summer, followed by a PBS Frontline broadcast and a digital release by PBS Distribution in 2012. The Interrupters premiered at Sundance and won the Doc Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival and True/False's 2011 True Life Fund.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 4:04 AM
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Valerie Plame Wilson Writes Female Centered Suspense Novels with Female Action Star Potential

Seeking a female action hero? A new one may come from an unlikely source: memoirist and ex-spy Valerie Plame Wilson, whose CIA debacle was brought to the screen by Doug Liman in last year's Fair Game, which starred Naomi Watts as the glamorous, fierce yet tender operative (opposite Sean Penn as husband Joe Wilson).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2011 8:28 AM
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Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 6:25 AM
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Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 6:25 AM
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The Hunger Games Chases Franchise Gold with Indie Darling Jennifer Lawrence: Details

Moving swiftly from indie breakout to star of a major Hollywood franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has landed The Hunger Games.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 17, 2011 7:51 AM
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Darren Aronofsky Says Goodbye to The Wolverine

He is sad to go, but directing the latest X-Men installment, The Wolverine, for Twentieth Century Fox with Hugh Jackman would have kept Darren Aronofsky out of the country and away from family for too long.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2011 5:27 AM
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Unstaged's 2011 Music Series Kicks off with David Lynch directing Duran, Duran

Unstaged, the music series in its second year, announces the iconic pairing of director David Lynch and Duran Duran. The first installment of Unstaged 2011 will feature a Duran Duran performance in conjunction with the release of their 13th studio album and first official tour since 2008. On March 23, Los Angeles's Mayan Theatre will house the event, which will also live-stream on YouTube at 10 pm. Their album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW goes out March 22.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2011 1:43 AM
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Schnabel Talks MPAA Appeals Board Overturn of Miral's R-Rating UPDATED

Thursday the MPAA's ratings appeals board overturned Miral's R-rating for “some violent content including a sexual assault.” Weinstein Co. can now release Julian Schnabel's controversial Palestinian film on March 25 with a PG-13 rating for “thematic material, and some violent content including a sexual assault.” UPDATE: While the final cut filmmaker screened a cut that was 13-minutes shorter than the one that played the fall festival circuit (which drew mixed reviews), he did not make changes in the rape or cane-beating scenes that had earned the initial rating. Trims at the beginning and end of the film were designed to engage audiences with the characters, he told TOH. "I'm very pleased with the movie. Some battles you have to lose in order to win the war."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2011 9:33 AM
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Focus Features' Africa First Program Accepting Entries

In its fourth year, Focus Features' Africa First Program is accepting entries May 16 - August 22. The initiative gives grants of up to $10,000 to emerging African filmmakers making narrative short films within continental Africa, and seeks to unite filmmakers with each other as well as advisors and mentors within the African film network.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 9:31 AM
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Weinsteins Get PG-13 for King's Speech, Appeal R-Rating for Schnabel's Miral

The Weinsteins are known for grabbing publicity with their ratings battles for such films as Blue Valentine, which earned an R PG-13 on appeal, and likely Oscar-winner The King's Speech, which just landed a PG-13 rating after the Weinsteins amended its volley of the F-word. Now Biutiful producer Jon Kilik and director Julian Schnabel (whose The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was briefly rated R for brief frontal nudity before Kilik protested) are appealing the MPAA’s R-rating for Weinstein indie pick-up Miral, their Pathe-financed film about the violent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which played the festival circuit last year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 10:58 AM
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