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    Universal Gets Cold Feet, Bails On Backing Paul Greengrass' MLK 'Memphis' Film

    Director Paul Greengrass cannot catch a break it seems. Ever since the documentarian turned feature-length filmmaker bailed on the 4th 'Bourne' movie, he's had a string of bad luck. His Iraq war thriller, "Green Zone" ballooned around the $150 million mark (even though $100 million is the figure released) and the film pulled in a paltry $35 million domestically even with Jason Bourne-lead Matt Damon as the star. Universal took a beating on the film and the friction on that picture is part of what led Greengrass to leave 'Bourne' (though it should be said that, creatively, Damon and Greengrass were exhausted and would have left the franchise r...

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    THE BEST DIRECTOR: JEAN RENOIR

    Whenever I want to reassure myself that the movies have the potential to equal the sublime poetic heights of a symphony or concerto by Mozart, or a painting by DaVinci,Turner or Rembrandt, or a play by Shakespeare, I look at a film by Jean Renoir. From the mid-20s to the late-60s, he made a series o...

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    Another Twist In 'The Tree Of Life' U.K. Release Saga As Legal Battle Kicks Off

    A brief addendum to our piece yesterday on the story behind the surprise announcement of a U.K. release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" before its mooted Cannes debut -- and it's another twist in what's turned out to be one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes business stories of the ye...

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    "Restless," Indeed: The Long, Strange Trip of Gus Van Sant's Newest Film

    Before the production of Gus Van Sant's newest picture, "Restless" was deemed an awkward title. Eighteen months later, it seems like fate.

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    Is Jeremy Renner Going To Get A Call From His Agent For 'The Bourne Legacy'?

    There's no doubt that the Universal Bourne series spinoff "The Bourne Legacy" has been one of the biggest casting tickets in town. Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke...

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    filmswelike Acquires Four Documentaries For Canadian Distribution

    Ron Mann's filmswelike distribution label picked up four documentary films from Submarine Entertainment to release in Canada. The deal was put together for Submarine Entertainment by David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun, with the help of Ron Mann. The four purchased films include Richard Press' "Bill...

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    Ryan Reynolds Is Going To Play A Superpowered Snail In 'Turbo'

    Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to playing a superhero. As Deadpool he was the best part of the otherwise wretched "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," he's Hal Jordan in the upcoming "Green Lantern" and he was the imaginary Captain Excellent in "Paper Man." And while he's not quite a superhero in "Turbo," a fr...

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    Don't Wait: Get The SUPER App(s) Now

    Why wait until you see my latest film? You can get the iPhone app now for free. Our official one, produced by PUNY (the geniuses behind our great title sequence) is available for iPhone, Android, and Facebook. Get it here. If you have the gene where you need to be totally complete, there's even ...

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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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