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    Mike Leigh Will Make His Long-Planned Turner Biopic, Helped By Sony Pictures Classics

    Mike Leigh is finally going to make his passion project, a biopic on painter J.W.W. Turner: "I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. But what fascinates me most is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world ...

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    Latest Behemoth 'Godzilla' Starts Production, As Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Heads for July 12 Release

    Principal photography began March 18 in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars alongside Japanese Ken Watanabe, French Juliette Binoche and Americans David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston as well as indie darling Elizabeth ...

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    Chris Rock Sets Up Showbiz Rom-Com To Star In & Direct This Summer

    Deadline is reporting this as an *exclusive* today, but, really, we posted the news almost a month ago, when Showbiz 411 first reported it, also as an *exclusive* to them. Showbiz411 is obviously not as big an industry news site as Deadline is, so I think many missed the initial announcement last mo...

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    Laurence Fishburne Leads In First Trailer For Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Colony'

    I haven't noticed much press for this film, other than what we've written about it since we started following it, a year or so ago.

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    Exclusive: Scams & Cans In Clip From SXSW & Spirit Award Winning 'Gimme The Loot'

    For his debut feature "Gimme The Loot," writer/director Adam Leon could not have asked for things to go better. After premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012 where it won the the Grand Jury prize for Best Narrative Feature, the movie took off, hitting Cannes, London, Deauville and more in a 'ro...

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    New Poster For Malcolm D Lee's 'Scary Movie 5'

    From director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Roll Bounce, Undercover Brother) comes Scary Movie 5, which will see several real-life *troubled* celebs make fun of themselves (like Katt Williams, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Heather Locklear and Charlie Sheen) in a continuation of the popular spoof franc...

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    Watch: The Complete 1955 BBC Series 'Orson Welles' Sketch Book'

    Scattered throughout Orson Welles’ storied career are lost fragments of TV appearances: insightful outtakes mixed with revealing audio fragments. He was a deft raconteur on any subject -- as the BBC series “Around the World with Orson Welles” and “Orson Welles’ Sketch Book” show -- but while the for...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Mike Leigh's Untitled J.M.W. Turner Biopic For 2014 Release

    Generally speaking, Mike Leigh's films have usually leaned toward the realistic, with dramas that feel almost like documentaries thanks to an approach that emphasizes rehearsals to find new and authentic notes for the characters the writer/director has put on the page. But could his next picture see...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Takes On Mike Leigh's "Most Ambitious Film Yet"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North/Latin American and Eastern European rights to Mike Leigh's upcoming biopic of British artist J.M.W. Turner, staring Leigh regular Timothy Spall. The film, which is currently untitled, has been in development for over a decade. Sony dubbed it "his most am...

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    movieScope Launches Women in Film Issue

    In super cool news, movieScope, a magazine looking at the film industry, has launched their inaugural Women in Film issue.

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