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    Penske Promotes Variety's Sobrino-Stearns to Publisher

    Jay Penske has promoted Variety's veteran ad-sales exec Michelle Sobrino-Stearns to publisher of Variety. Never in the showbiz publication's 107-year-history has it been headed by a woman.

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    David Fincher Wants Brad Pitt To Star In '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

    We're almost a full year from when "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" hit theaters, and we're still no closer to figuring out what David Fincher's next feature film will be. Of course, not that he's been sitting around idle -- he has spent the bulk of 2012 producing and dire...

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    Open Road Picks Up 'Machete Kills' For 2013 Release

    With "Killer Elite," "The Grey," "Lockout" and "End Of Watch" among the titles of the nascent distributors Open Road, it's safe to say they specialize in a particular niche. Low to modest budget genre fare with a touch of star or brand power (ie. "Sil...

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    Is Shailene Woodley The Next Jennifer Lawrence Or Kristen Stewart? Actress Closing In On YA Flick 'Divergent'

    There is no doubt stardom is coming for Shailene Woodley. After breaking out in last year's "The Descendants," she has lined up two indies with acclaimed filmmakers Gregg Araki and James Ponsoldt ("Smashed"), and just over a week ago, it was revealed she was in talks to play ...

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    Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills' Will Be Released in 2013 by Open Road

    The cast for "Machete" -- the second film in an intended trilogy that began with the 2010 "Machete" -- includes Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Willia...

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    Chris Webber Teams w/ Emmy Winning Director/Producer Peter Gilbert To Form Webber Productions

    Speaking of professional athletes and their post-career financial lives... he retired from the NBA 4 years ago, due to problems with a surgically repaired knee. And, according to basketball-reference.com, earned almost $180 million in salary alone, during the 15 years he played in the league...

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    Breakdown of Women Nominees for 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards

    The nominees for the 22nd Annual Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced today. A total of 26 Films were nominated in six categories. Actress Marion Cotillard will be honored with a career tribute.  And for the second year in a row, the IFP will prese...

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    BBC Working w/ 70 Global Broadcasters For 8 Ground-Breaking Documentaries On World Poverty

    BBC Storyville, working with more than 70 broadcasters around the world, is hosting a debate about contemporary poverty with Why Poverty? – a set of 8 ground-breaking international documentaries screening in November in 180 countries, that will explore why, in the 21st century, 1 billi...

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    'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland Adapting Penelope Fitzgerald's 'The Beginning Of Spring'

    Between 2009’s brutal thriller “Katalin Varga” and this year’s audio-based horror-thriller “Berberian Sound Studio,” British director Peter Strickland has found himself receiving no end of critical praise. The latter, his most recent feature, was released in the U...

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    'Live Free Or Die Hard' & 'Total Recall' Writer Mark Bomback Tackling Matt Reeves' 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

    Even though they apparently had a script from Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa that they liked, once a new director boards a project, tweaks happen, and so that's what's going on with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes." Surviving a brief scare after Rupert Wyatt bailed, Matt Re...

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