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    Strand Takes Rights to ND/NF's "Attenberg"

    U.S. rights to the recent New Directors/New Films title, "Attenberg" by Athina Rachel Tsangari have been picked up by Strand Releasing. Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing negotiated the pack with Michael Weber of The Match Factory. Strand plans a late 2011 theatrical roll out.

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    Contest Giveaway: Chemical Brothers 'Hanna' Soundtrack & Prize Pack

    Update: Contest is now closed. Winners will be contacted by email.

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    Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson Cast As Gale & Peeta In 'Hunger Games'

    Finally, the wait for fangirls (and boys) everywhere is over. Lionsgate announced today that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are officially cast -- after being outed as frontrunners last week -- as Peeta and Gale, respectively, in the company's huge tentpole adaptation "The Hunger Games." The boys join female lead Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss; Hutcherson plays Lawrence's love interest when she's placed in an arena to fight for her life, while Hemsworth is Lawrence's best friend waiting at home. The decision comes at the end of a long wait for casting choices. Other candidates for the parts included Hunter Parrish of "Weeds" and Lucas Till ...

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    Tony Kaye's 'Detachment' With Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & More Added To Tribeca Lineup

    Kings Of Leon Documentary Also AddedOver a decade into his career, Tony Kaye is likely still wondering what it feels like to shoot a movie, edit it and then release it easily into theaters, no fuss no muss. "American History X" found him battling with Edward Norton over the cut of the film. He would return eight years later with "Lake Of Fire," a documentary about abortion that no one saw. Then there's the New Orleans thriller "Black Water Transit" starring Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow that is still presumably being haggled over in the mess that David Bergstein created with Capitol Films. But last year, Kaye shot "Detachme...

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    Indie Box Office Quarterly: The Big Winners So Far for 2011

    Hollywood continues to complain of box-office doldrums amidst a 20% dropoff from last year, but the specialty market seems to be in much better shape. Buoyed by a remarkable batch of low-budgeted Oscar players ("The King's Speech" and "Black Swan" in particular) and then by a few March breakouts ("J...

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    Casting Watch: Hemsworth & Hutcherson Cast In Hunger Games, Renner vs. Evans for Bourne

    - UPDATE: The Hunger Games's Jennifer Lawrence now has two male co-stars: Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson have just been cast as characters Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, respectively. The former is Katniss Everdeen's (Lawrence) hunting partner and the latter is her competitor in the fight-to-the-death televised competition. Hemsworth and Hutcherson were included in THR's March 25 short list of actors being considered. Hutcherson was also on Moviefone's March 8 list of Five Actors Better Than Alex Pettyfer for the Lionsgate franchise. The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novels is slated to start shooting with director Gary Ross in ...

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    Oscar-Winner In a Better World's Box Office Slashed by Harsh Reviews UPDATED

    Since when is winning an Oscar a bad thing? In his disparaging NYT review of In a Better World, A.O. Scott uses its recent foreign Oscar win as a warning sign: β€œIn a Better World,” directed by the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen, is an elegant, somber scourge for th...

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    The Originals: "Arthur" Wasn't Even Good the First Time

    How did I never see "Arthur" as a kid? Was it never in HBO's regular rotation in the early 80s? Somehow I watched "Mickey + Maude," "Like Father Like Son," "Crazy People" and even "Santa Claus: The Movie" multiple times each growing up, yet Dudley Moore's most well-known and possibly most popular fi...

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    Dumb Governator Comic Will Also Be Dumb Movie, Good Luck With That

    Larry King To Be A Recurring Character On The Cartoon ShowOh hey, so in case you forgot, Arnold Schwarzenegger's first project out of office is incredibly lame sounding "The Governator." First announced last week, the brewing franchise (seriously) will span comic books and television with Arnie reimagined as a crime-fighting former politician (sigh) who has his own Bat-cave sort of thing under his mansion, is assisted by a techie security guy named Zeke Muckerberg and squares off against Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short). It sounds like Stan Lee, who is helping develop this thing, did...

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    REVIEW | "Hanna" is the Ass-Kicker that "Sucker Punch" Wanted to Be

    In "Hanna," director Joe Wright successfully recycles almost every action movie trope of the past decade. From the seamless hand-on-hand combat to the appropriately frenzied soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers, the resulting adrenaline-packed vehicle delivers a multi-directional sugar rush. It moves...

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