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Warners Dumps Gibson from Hangover 2 Due to Cast and Crew Protest

Mel Gibson's career rehab hopes via a small role in The Hangover Part II have been dashed, Variety reports. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took him off the film due to protests from the film's crew and cast (which includes Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms), says director Todd Phillips in a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 10:16 AM
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Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting Winners

The five winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are listed below. Each will receive $30,000 (in installments) at a gala dinner on November 4. Of the 6,304 submissions, the Nicholls Committee (made up of chairperson and producer Gale Anne Hurd; writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian) chose the five winners who will each complete a feature length script during their fellowship year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 20, 2010 6:35 AM
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Roadside Picks Up Hemingway's Garden of Eden, Starring Suvari, Huston

A movie based on Ernest Hemingway's second posthumously published novel, The Garden of Eden, will hit theaters on December 10, via Roadside Attractions. Adapted by James Scott Linville from the controversial edit of the unfinished novel (published in 1986), Hemingway's Garden of Eden is directed by John Irvin and stars Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Jack Huston (grandson of director John) as a jazz age couple on their honeymoon in Europe, as the increasingly restless new bride questions and tests her husband's love. Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura also star in the 1920s romance.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2010 8:07 AM
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The Playlist Joins IndieWIRE Blog Network

I am delighted to welcome one of my favorite movie blogs, ThePlaylist, to the indieWIRE Blog Network, where it will go live Tuesday morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2010 4:29 AM
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For Colored Girls Living Portraits Gallery

For Colored Girls star Janet Jackson is hosting Tim Palen's "Living Portraits" opening night event at Manhattan's Lehman Maupin gallery on October 24. The 35mm series features the eight stars of For Colored Girls: Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerri Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad. Palen, in addition to being Liongate's marketing chief, is a respected photographer who directed Jackson in her "Nothing" music video (Why Did I Get Married Too).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 9:13 AM
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Disney and Marvel Pay Paramount $115 Million to Buy Back Iron Man 3 and The Avengers

As expected, Disney Studios, under new chairman Rich Ross, and its subsidiary Marvel Entertainment (bought last year for $4 billion) had no intention of leaving so many of their prized titles behind at Paramount. But they had to pay dearly to get some of them back.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 8:00 AM
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AFI Fest 2010 World Cinema and Special Categories Lineup

AFI Fest 2010 World Cinema and Special Categories Lineup
AFI Fest 2010 announces the titles for its World Cinema, Midnight (comedy and horror), Alt/Art (films about art and artists) and Breakthrough (discovered via submissions) programs. The fest's offerings total 97 (66 features, 31 shorts). World Cinema selections includes fall fest holdovers Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy (France/Italy/Iran), Jean-Luc Goddard's Film Socialisme (Switzerland), Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (France, pictured) and Thailand's Oscar hopeful Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The complete lineup for these five categories is after the jump.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 7:30 AM
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DreamWorks and Disney Update Release Schedule: Spielberg's War Horse Joins Tintin for Holiday 2011

DreamWorks and Disney have finalized release dates for five films on their slate. After a confab in London last week with Disney's international and domestic marketing managers and DreamWorks brass--who showed footage from five films including Steven Spielberg's World War I epic War Horse, which is currently filming in England--Disney moved the DreamWorks slate onto new dates. (DreamWorks' films go out through Disney's Touchstone label.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 5:51 AM
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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:54 AM
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Rhys Ifans Joins Garfield and Stone for 3-D Spider-Man Reboot

Rhys Ifans will play villain to Spider-Man leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Sony's Spider-Man reboot is signing the Welsh supporting player (Greenberg, Notting Hill, Vanity Fair), who also co-stars in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Passion Play, opposite Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2010 6:13 AM
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