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    Duplicity: Gilroy Reunites Roberts and Owen

    Two or three things you should know about Tony Gilroy's new film Duplicity, which opens March 20:

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    Sunday Night Sneaks: Sam Raimi, Sacha Baron Cohen Stir SXSW

    "Thanks folks, for wanting it to be good," director Sam Raimi told a raucous crowd well after midnight in Austin late Sunday, moments before the work-in-progress screening of his return to horror, "Drag Me to Hell." For two hours, a full house inside Austin's Paramount Theater screamed, squirmed and...

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    Duplicity: Gilroy Directs Roberts and Owen

    While Duplicity isn't as good as Michael Clayton, you can tell that it comes from the mind of Tony Gilroy. According to his recent profile in The New Yorker, he's a man who likes to surprise. Gilroy reminds me of Steven Soderbergh: he's trying to outsmart audience expectations so much that he someti...

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    SXSW: Berney, SnagFilms, IMDb

    originally posted on Variety.comEx-Picturehouse chief Bob Berney is chasing financing for a planned new distrib outfit--still unnamed. He did try to retrieve his Picturehouse name, but it was impossible. Here at SXSW, he's tracking possible later acquisitions. Here's what Berney told John Pierson at...

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    Nowhere Boy: Weinstein Backs Young Lennon Biopic

    New Weinstein Co. honcho Tom Ortenberg has scored his first big buy, Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy, a UK feature about the early days of Beatle John Lennon. The picture has been filming for about two weeks; Ortenberg and Harvey Weinstein targeted the pic for a pre-buy in Berlin. They see the film as a possible year-end awards contender. Kristin Scott Thomas plays Lennon's Aunt Mimi, who helped raise him along with his mother Julia. The movie also details young Lennon's close relationship with Quarrymen bandmate Paul McCartney and ends when the early Beatles leave Liverpool for Hamburg, Germany to conquer the world. (I love Malcolm Gladwell's ...

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    How To Speak Geek

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    Weinsteins Acquire "Nowhere Boy"

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    Cannes Workshop Announces 15 New Projects

    The Cinefondation Atelier, the production workshop of the Cannes Film Festival, has announced the 15 directors and projects it will be sponsoring in 2009. The list includes directors from 14 different countries including Uzbekistan, South Africa, and Egypt.

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    Sci Fi Channel Rebrands Itself as "SyFy"

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    Senator Takes "The Greatest"

    Marco Weber's Senator Distribution has acquired North American rights to Shana Feste's Sundance entry, "The Greatest." The film stars Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, and Carey Mulligan, and centers around the Brewers, family whose lives are shattered by the death of their teenage son, Bennett, in a...

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