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Is Pitt Signed to Star in Moneyball?

While Deadline and The Playlist have many details of Sony's pending not-yet-greenlit Moneyball production, written sequentially by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, to be directed by Bennett Miller and starring Jonah Hill, the part I'm not sure about is Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 10:29 AM
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Duncan Jones is Unhappy About Moon

In a series of tweets this morning UK filmmaker Duncan Jones--who won an emerging filmmaker prize from BAFTA for his low-budget sci-fi film Moon---bares his rage about not making money on the film. Sorry, but these days few indies do. Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group acquired the film in many territories, some of which were sold to various distribs. Sony Pictures Classics liked the film and asked to release it in the US. Among theatrical distribs SPC is relatively good about not overspending and sharing money with their filmmakers, although there wasn't much to share in this case.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 4:29 AM
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Will Fincher Cast Stewart? Or Unknown?

David Fincher's next directing gig will be Sony and producer Scott Rudin's English-language version of Stieg Larsson's global bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Playlist confirms. The movie is on the fast track with Steve Zaillian writing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2010 9:14 AM
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Wall Street 2, Tree of Life, Woody Allen Heading for Cannes

It's not official yet, but it looks pretty sure that Oliver Stone will finally be making his Cannes debut, with the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas 23 years after his first turn as Gordon Gekko, and Carey Mulligan as his daughter. Shia LaBeouf and W star Josh Brolin also star. It's long overdue, if you ask me. Oliver Stone is an auteur in my book, even if the Cannes selectors hasn't deemed him one of their elite so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2010 3:16 AM
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Mike Jones to Write Popeye

For screenwriter Mike Jones, maybe getting laid off from Variety a year ago was a good thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 3:55 AM
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Who Should Play Salander?

As the Swedish global hit opens stateside and the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way, screenwriter Steve Zaillian plans to place tough, bisexual hacker/sleuth Lisbeth Salander front and center, recognizing that she's the star of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. So who should play her?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2010 3:59 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.

Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.
The Oscar party circuit continued Saturday night with HBO's Peninsula party, presided over by documentary doyenne Sheila Nevins. (Five out of the eight doc Oscar-nominees are connected to HBO.) Rob Kenner admitted that he's never been involved with a movie that has done as much publicity as Food Inc., while Roadside Attractions co-heads Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff were crossing their fingers that Oscar predicters are right to place The Cove as the front-runner to win the doc Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2010 9:09 AM
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Woody Allen Sells Stranger to Sony Pictures Classics, Shoots Next in Paris

As expected, Sony Pictures Classics continues to release Woody Allen's Euro-financed pictures, acquiring North American rights to his latest, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts. Shot last August in London, the film was financed by Spain's Mediapro, which backed Vicky Cristina Barcelona. SPC also released Allen's Whatever Works in 2009 and Sweet and Lowdown in 1999. Expect a Cannes debut followed by a fall opening stateside.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2010 3:42 AM
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Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces

Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces
The Sundance Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself, and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List

Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List
The Academy has announced the foreign film short list of nine, culled from 65 submissions. The foreign branch voted for six of these, while three were added by the foreign branch executive committee led by producer Mark Johnson, just in case such films as the critically-hailed Cannes entries A Prophet or The White Ribbon (both released by Sony Pictures Classics) failed to make the Phase One selection. Another committee of 30 voters from New York and L.A. will whittle the nine down to five for nominations morning, February 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:29 AM
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