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    Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson Lead The Pack For Gale & Peeta In 'The Hunger Games'

    With Jennifer Lawrence locked in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen for "The Hunger Games," the race began last week for the other main roles with a host of names vying for the two male leads, but it appears a couple names have emerged at the top of the pack.

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    New Video Bets that America's Audiences Want China's Blockbusters

    North American audiences have new access to Chinese blockbusters through New Video, which will be the exclusive distributor of China Lion titles across cable VOD, television, digital and DVD.

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    HBO, Tandem & Scott Free Team for Cinemax Crime Series The Sector, about Genetically Enhanced Humans

    HBO, Tandem Communications and Scott Free Productions are developing an action-crime series to run on Cinemax. The one-hour series is "in the vein of Blade Runner/District 9" and "tracks the commander of a paramilitary unit who pursues a dangerous new race of genetically-enhanced humans." Criminal M...

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    Saoirse Ronan Might Get Literary With Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

    If everything comes together as planned, Joe Wright will get his adaptation of "Anna Karenina" this fall and he's amassing one helluva cast. He's already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley on board, and Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are also vying for roles. Wright tends to be fiercely loyal to ...

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    Filmmakers Bewail Twilight: Breaking Dawn Photo Leaks: "Stop Posting"

    No leaked photos here. Summit has released a statement from Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment regarding leaked images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress ...

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    Working Title's Fellner Talks Slate, Oscar Bait Anna Karenina & Tinker Tailor, Bad Movies

    What a difference an Oscar season makes. Back during the crash of 2008, when the indie market was in free fall, a new set of rules emerged: no dramas. That's how a little movie called The King's Speech was turned down by most Brit and U.S. backers, except UK's Momentum and Harvey Weinstein, who didn...

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    Leighton Meester, James Caan & Vanilla Ice Say 'I Hate You, Dad'

    No, this is not an April Fool's Day gag. Vanilla Ice -- oh sorry, Robert Van Winkle -- is getting into the acting biz. Seriously. And just wait until you read the character he'll playing -- but we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

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    TV Over Movies: from Mildred Pierce and Nurse Jackie to Shameless and Justified

    Reading the papers Friday morning, I realized that I'm more interested in Camelot, The Kennedys, The Borgias, Mildred Pierce and the American version of Scandinavian hit The Killing than the new movie reviews. It turns out that I can skip Camelot and The Kennedys, which earned lousy notices. And I'm already watching Todd Haynes' gorgeously-mounted HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is well-acted by Kate Winslet, Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Mare Winningham, but judging from the draggy first two episodes, didn't need to be stretched to five installments. And David Ulin's review made me want to go back to my fave James Cain paperbacks, which ...

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    Exclusive: Trailer For The Nicolas Sarkozy Biopic 'The Conquest'

    Filmmakers taking on contemporary politicians seems to be a relatively new wave making the rounds of the moviegoing world. Oliver Stone delivered his take on George W. Bush in the appropriately titled "W," Paolo Sorrentino directed the scathing "Il Divo" about Giulio Andreotti just two years after h...

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    movie review: In A Better World

    In a Better World triumphed against strong competition to win this year’s Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Now that it’s opening theatrically in the U.S. you can see why. I became a fan and booster of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier when I saw her breathtaking Brothers (which is far superi...

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