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    Producer Ben Smith Talks 'The Bourne Legacy' & The Status Of Robert Ludlum Adaptations In Development

    While the works of Robert Ludlum inspired a handful of movies through the '70s, '80s and '90s, it was the 'Bourne' series of films that truly brought his books to life on the big screen in a vital way. Jason Bourne has already become the basis for a certain kind of hero or thriller, and the trilogy of films starring Matt Damon have made an indelible mark on the action movie landscape. However, when Universal, Greengrass and Damon parted ways during the development of a planned 'Bourne 4,' the future of the franchise was a question mark. Enter Ben Smith. A former agent who represented the Ludlum estate, and a producer at Captivate Entertainment, he helped get 'Bourne' back on its feet, and the result is Tony Gilroy's upcoming "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner. The film arrives later this summer, adding a new chapter to the series Ludlum birthed.

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    Watch 6 Clips w/ Chris Rock & Julie Delpy In "2 Days In New York"

    Magnolia Pictures acquired release rights to Julie Delpy's dramedy sequel to 2 Days In Paris, 2 Days In New York, which she stars in along with Chris Rock - a film we've covered quite a bit, so I'll just skip to the new stuff... some new clips, which you can watch below.

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    Funny or Die Launches iTunes Magazine 'The Occasional'

    FunnyOrDie, the popular comedy video site, is launching a bi-monthly digital humor magazine, "The Occasional," on iTunes. "The Artist" Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin graces their first cover.

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    Guest Post: Highlighting New Directing Talent

    Tonight, AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women will have its 2012 showcase at the DGA. Each year this highly selective program offers eight talented women a tuition-free training program and the opportunity to direct a short. This year’s lineup includes women with previous successful careers in acting and playwriting, fashion, stop-motion animation, film editing and commercial producing.

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    Oprah Winfrey Network Hit With A $330 Million Loss

    I've said it before on S & A more than once, and I'll say it again. It ain't easy starting a TV network. It takes lots of time, patience and money. Lots and lots and lots and lots of money, as Oprah Winfrey is no doubt learning.

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    Ethan Hawke Reteams With Spierig Brothers For 'Predestination'; India Eisley Is Young Angelina Jolie In 'Maleficent'

    An actor proven to be versatile and eclectic with his role choices, there seems to be only one constant in Ethan Hawke's career: directors. The actor has re-teamed with several helmers over the years, including fellow Texan Richard Linklater, Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Brooklyn's Finest") and Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "Lord Of War"), and has a reunion with "The Woman In The Fifth" director Pawel Pawlikowski in the works. Hawke is now set to get together with "Daybreakers" directors Peter and Michael Spierig once more.

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    'Catfish' Directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Take On 'The Monkey Wrench Gang'

    Two years on and we're still none the wiser about whether Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's debut film "Catfish" was in fact a documentary or not. Regardless, few would argue that it’s anything but a compelling watch, and that’s more than you can say for their follow up -- “Paranormal Activity 3” -– despite their best efforts. Thanks to the mammoth box office haul of the latter, however, they were invited back to direct the fourth entry in the franchise (which is currently in pre-production) and that should keep them busy until its release around Halloween later this year.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Call for Entries

    For all female filmmakers-

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    Preview - Feature Film Based On The Life Of Torres Strait Islander/Activist Eddie Koiki Mabo

    Some *black Australian* history in an upcoming film based on the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo, known for his role in fighting for Indigenous land rights, and his involvement in a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that overturned what was then legal - the doctrine of terra nullius (meaning "land belonging to no one," used in international law to describe territory that has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state). 

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    Watch: Trailer For Ben Affleck's '70s Set Thriller 'Argo'

    So, Ben Affleck has made a movie about making a movie. Kind of. Part period drama, part thriller, part comedy, and all based on a wild true story, there are a lot of elements at play in "Argo." With the first trailer now landing, it looks like yet another solid flick from the actor turned director.

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