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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Signs Easy A's Will Gluck to Film and TV Production Deal

    Even before Screen Gems' domestic hit Easy A earned $75 million and broke out star Emma Stone, Will Gluck was a rising writer-director. With that film, he catapulted onto the hot list, and having seen Screen Gems' upcoming Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, Sony Entertainment's Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have nabbed him for a two-year film and television development and production pact.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kathryn Bigelow's "Kill Bin Laden" Film Gets Greenlight; Casting Begins

    Columbia Pictures made it all possible by picking up distribution rights to the long-in-development project, which Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal (who also won an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker), have reportedly been working on since 2008, 3 years before the mission that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Tuesday, After Christmas' Features Strong Performances In Otherwise Contrived Adultery Tale

    The following is a reprint of our review from the New York Film Festival in 2010.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BBC America Announces "Dramaville" Hour Hosted By Idris Elba + "Luther" Season 2 Official Debut Date

    Received the below press release earlier today... the gist of it... BBC America is launching an hour-long weekly programming slot it's labeling Dramaville, during which it plans to air a number of critically acclaimed drama series, including Idris Elba's Luther, and a set of brand new series, including The Hour, a 6-part espionage thriller set in the 1950s; and Whitechapel, a 6-part crime thriller.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?

    Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?

    The Academy's note to some 5800 members warning them that electronic balloting could be coming by the next awards season is surprising news. The letter from the Academy's director of membership Kimberly Roush asked members for a direct email that did not go through an assistant or intermediary. The Academy is chasing an earlier date for the show.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Will Battle 'Elysium' On March 8, 2013

    Update: Soon to be 12 year old Joey King is making her classmates jealous. After recently joining "The Dark Knight Rises," the child actress has also joined "Oz The Great And Powerful" in the role of China Girl reports Variety. In the film, her character is taken under the wing of Oz (Franco) after Evanora (Weisz) destroys her porcelain family.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 6 New Clips From 'X-Men: First Class' Invokes Lots Of Familiar Political Talk

    Also Shows First Real Look At Sebastian ShawSo, do you want to see "X-Men: First Class" without paying for it? Given the amount of stills, clips, TV spots and trailers Fox has dropped for the film, someone could probably put together a pretty decent chunk of footage from the film. At any rate, it certainly seems as if the studio doesn't care about holding anything back or saving some of the surprises for the big screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gabrielle Union Will Play John Slattery's Girlfriend In Indie Dramedy "Family Tree"

    Well, damn... it seems like we hadn't heard much from Gabrielle Union over the last few years, as far as her big screen movie career is concerned. She's done some TV since then, but the last time she was in a theatrically released movie was in 2008's Cadillac Records, although it feels like it's been longer than 3 years.

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  • Spout
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    "Tuesday, After Christmas" is a Stunningly Executed Romanian (In)Action Flick

    On the whole the Romanian New Wave and James Bond movies aren't mentioned in the same conversation. Certainly our recent outings with 007 and the similarly action-packed franchises of Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones or the superheroes that fill our cineplexes every summer hardly seem to qualify as film making even adjacent to “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” or “12:08 East of Bucharest.” Yet while watching “Tuesday, After Christmas,” the newest feature from director Radu Muntean, I couldn’t shake the feeling that these two areas have more than a little in common.

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    Fox Searchlight Picks Up Dayton/Faris Film 'He Loves Me'; Jeff Bridges Being Courted For A Role

    It’s been five years since 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” and while directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have had several projects in development, earlier this year it was finally revealed the duo were pushing forward with "He Loves Me." Written by actress Zoe Kazan who will co-star in the picture with her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, the project is a meta-strange sounding road-trip film that centers on a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. It has been described as a blend of “Adaptation” and “Weird Science,” as the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block. Here’s the strange part, through this odd exercise he ends up willing her into existence.

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