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Fox Signs Black Swan's Aronofsky to Overall Deal

Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment wants to be in business with Darren Aronofsky, whose heat has skyrocketed after Fox Searchlight's back-to-back Oscar contenders, The Wrestler and Black Swan, which follows up a successful fall film fest circuit with a December 3 opening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 9:19 AM
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KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Search Winners

Five children will serve as official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for 2010-2011, chosen in the organization's first-ever search. It received eleven million votes via KIDS FIRST! parner site WonderWorldTV.com/kidsfirst. A panel of celebrity judges (Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams; actress Brittany Curran, E! critic Ben Lyons; actress Kay Panabaker, reporter George Pennacchio, and actress Jane Seymour) considered 20 finalists and selected the following five: Ny’Asia Bel (7) from Decatur, GA, Anthony Aranda (8) from San Diego, CA, Lauren Boxer (12) from Los Angeles, CA, Sam Connan (12) from Santa Fe, NM, and Gabriella Chu (14) from Flushing, NY.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2010 9:29 AM
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AFM News: Wall Street Thriller Margin Call, Starring Quinto and Spacey, Sells Multiple Territories

Rookie feature director J.C. Chandor's Wall Street thriller Margin Call, starring an ensemble including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Simon Baker and in the lead as a risk analyst, Zachary Quinto (who also produced), closed multiple deals at the recent American Film Market. Film sales company Myriad showed a new promo of the film, which follows a group of high-flying players at an investment bank during the 24 hours leading up to the 2008 market crash. It is in post-production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 12:03 AM
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Hollywood Goes Bollywood: L.A. and Indian Producers Form Film Council

As India continues to make inroads in Hollywood by investing in such companies as DreamWorks and IM Global, it remains to be seen what the practical results will be of a signed cooperation pact between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry. The city of L.A., the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India have agreed to:develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities.  The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:38 AM
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Academy Watch: Star Trek VFX Show-and-Tell

Visual effects wonks (like me) who are lucky enough to live in L.A. may want to show up on Thursday, November 18 for the Academy's Science and Technology Council program “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek." Using clips and behind-the-scenes footage, a panel led by Star Trek writer-producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens) will explore the challenges and opportunities of the previsualization (previs) process at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:31 AM
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Tsui Hark's "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Lands U.S. Distrib

One of the best films I saw in Venice, Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame, finally landed a U.S. release from new distributor Indomina Releasing, which has been on a buying spree lately and coughed up nearly $500,000, reports Film Business Asia, to acquire the rip-roaring action epic, which was a big hit in China (trailer below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 4:35 AM
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Vanguard Films Forms Alliance with "Kung Fu Panda"'s Stevenson and Moviemill

John Williams' Vanguard Films has inked an overall producing and directing deal with John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) and formed a financing and distribution alliance with former president of Lakeshore International Peter Rogers' new company Moviemill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2010 9:32 AM
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AFM News: Rabbit Hole's Aaron Eckhart Goes Mainstream with Actioner The Expatriate

Aaron Eckhart, who's getting Oscar buzz for the upcoming John Cameron Mitchell drama Rabbit Hole opposite Nicole Kidman (December 17) and played Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight, is finalizing negotiations to star as an ex-CIA agent in The Expatriate, an action-thriller and father-daughter drama from A.E. Amel's original screenplay. Philipp Stölzl (North Face, Goethe!) will direct what Essential Entertainment executive producer John Fremes calls "a kinetic commercial thriller" with worldwide appeal. Essential is producing along with Informant Media and Smash Media. Shooting is intended for early 2011 in Belgium and Montreal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 7:22 AM
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AFM News: FilmDistrict Acquires Drive, Starring Gosling and Mulligan

FilmDistrict has picked up Drive, the Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan action film currently shooting in Los Angeles with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson), which is selling at the American Film Market.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 7:52 AM
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IFC Films to Re-Release Landmark Documentary Shoah

IFC Films is re-releasing Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour landmark French documentary, Shoah to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. On December 10 the film will screen at New York City's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and at the IFC Center on Christmas Eve; it will break nationally in the new year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2010 5:05 AM
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