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    'Me Before You,' Jojo Moyes' Bestselling Story of Love and Redemption Goes to MGM for Film Adaptation

    MGM has acquired film rights to "Me Before You," Jojo Moyes' novel which has sold over half a million copies and landed on the NYTimes' bestseller list. The book is available in 31 translations. The story centers on Lou, a small town girl amidst dead-end jobs and Will, a high profile success until h...

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    Gore Verbinski To Bring North Korea To The Big Screen In Graphic Novel Adaptation 'Pyongyang'

    While his methods may keep studio accountants up at night, there's no denying that Gore Verbinski knows how to put spectacle on the big screen. Over the course of three "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies he's made a lot of people a lot of money, while "Rango" showed he'...

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    Gore Verbinski and New Regency Bringing Graphic Novel 'Pyongyang' to Life

    New Regency has acquired "Pyongyang," set up at director Gore Verbinski’s Blind Wink transmedia banner which also produced "Rango." The film is about a young animator sent to North Korea who is then accused of espionage.

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    Music Box Has Plans for 'Le Weekend,' Starring Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum

    Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to "Le Weekend," directed by Roger Michell ("Hyde Park on Hudson"). The film stars veteran Brit actor Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.

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    Exclusive: Jon Brion Scores Pixar's 'The Blue Umbrella' Short

    While we first mentioned back in the summer of 2012 that producer and composer Jon Brion would be scoring what was then "the untitled umbrella short" for Pixar (to play ahead of this summer's "Monsters University"), it was never confirmed by the studio… until now. The short, now entitled "The Blue U...

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    Watch: Gaspar Noé Brings Back The Strobe Lights For Animal Collective's 'Applesauce'

    Gaspar Noé fans were a bit unfairly dismissive when earlier this month the director's video for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' "We No Who U R" dropped. Many wanted more of the director's trademark kinetic camerawork and less wandering around the woods following a sh...

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    Vanity Fair's Hollywood Edition 'A Celebration of Friendship,' Featuring Bruce Weber's Photos of Affleck, Stone, Cooper and More

    Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber, includes 75+ stars, from Tom Hanks and Amy Adams to Quvenzhané Wallis and Eddie Redmayne. The cover stars Ben Affleck, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Kung Fu Hustle' Star Stephen Chow's Latest Effort 'Journey To The West'

    It has been quite a few years since the last Stephen Chow film hit the United States (that would be the charming kids flick "CJ7"), and for those who have been missing his wackiness, here’s a little treat for you. A new English-subtitled trailer for Chow’s upcoming movie &ldquo...

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    Call For British Documentary Producers To Submit Proposals For 'Focus On Britain' Initiative

    Information some of you could use (I know we have lots of British readers) courtesy of the British Council on Film:

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    Watch: New TV Spot For ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ Plus Super Bowl Teaser & Behind-The-Scenes Pics

    Much of the mystery surrounding Sam Raimi’s upcoming “Oz The Great and Powerful” seems to have dissipated. With two trailers that pretty clearly delineated the story and provided a generous glimpse at the film’s look, all that’s left is to see the darn thing! But, with ...

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