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True Story Oranges & Sunshine Goes to Cohen Media Group; Stars Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who, after uncovering the organized deportation of children who were sent from the UK to Australia, fought to reunite thousands of families and bring worldwide attention to the scandal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2011 5:31 AM
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Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED
We raised a toast to Sidney Lumet at dinner Saturday night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival--filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Ashland Independent Film Festival director Joanne Feinberg, film critic Shawn Levy and fellow Oregonian Terri Mintz, and DC Shorts Festival director Jon Gann. We talked about how many great films Lumet made, crammed with strong performances, how he was a New York independent, his and Paddy Chayefsky's amazingly prophetic TV critique Network (see clip) and Lumet's must-read book, Making Movies, a primer for any aspiring filmmaker: "While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2011 7:58 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place
It was Russell Brand weekend at the box office, as the Brit comic starred in top-ranked holdover Hop as well as remake Arthur, which went toe-to-toe with smart-house actioner Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Ensemble period spoof Your Highness trailed in sixth place, despite a cast led by James Franco and Natalie Portman.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 10, 2011 5:12 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Kopple Talks HBO Gun Control Doc, Gun Fight: "Reason is Lost"

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, U.S.A., American Dreams, Shut Up and Sing) is premiering her latest, HBO Documentary's Gun Fight, on HBO April 13, three days before the fourth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting (33 people killed) and a week before the 12 year anniversary of the Columbine Massacre (12 people killed).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 8:29 AM
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Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for this weekend's offerings are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 5:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Lars Von Trier's Psychological Disaster Movie Melancholia Starring Dunst & Gainsbourg

Check out the trailer for Danish director Lars von Trier's (Antichrist) latest, psychological disaster movie Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård. The film releases in Denmark May 26. Magnolia Pictures will release in the US, but no date has been announced. While it does have its own (and much darker) tone, it also echoes The Tree of Life's trailer. Synopsis is also below.Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 3:18 AM
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Your Highness Clip: Franco Tells McBride To Shut Up, Talks Tears, Deschanel's "Cookies"

Check out this Your Highness clip at NME, in which James Franco shows his sensitive side and tells Danny McBride to shut up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 8:45 AM
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Green Lantern's Extended WonderCon Trailer, Starring Aliens and Ryan Reynolds' Eyes

See the full Green Lantern WonderCon extended trailer on IMDb. Below is Mahalo's commentary:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 7:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Is Crazy, Stupid, Love Gosling's Crazy, Stupid Sellout?

We hope Ryan Gosling isn't selling out. But judging from this trailer, it looks like he has abandoned his usual dark indie depths for pretty-boy womanizing. The pairing of Gosling and Steve Carell and co-stars Julianne Moore and Emma Stone may in fact be the best-looking rom-com since...a really long time ago. The film, from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris, Bad Santa), comes out July 29.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 7:31 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"

EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"
Writer-director James Westby's Rid of Me is a black comedy featuring Katie O'Grady as a young married woman on a journey through embarrassment, emotional breakthroughs and rediscovery. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. The synopsis and poster are also below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:16 AM
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