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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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    Watch: First Part In Todd Field-Directed Trilogy Of Ads For Captain Morgan

    Sometimes a film director's choice of side commercial gigs poses a change that edges them outside of their usual boundaries. Just look at James Gray's Citroen commercial, with Ewan McGregor playing Bourne alongside Vinessa Shaw. But “Little Children” helmer Todd Field has outdone him wholesale, with...

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    Watch: Teaser For Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola's Prada Short Film Starring Lea Seydoux

    The first question that comes to mind is: how on Earth did they find time to do this? With Wes Anderson spending most of last year stumping for "Moonrise Kingdom," and now in production on "The Grand Budapest Hotel," while his frequent collaborator and pal Roman Coppola (who co-wrote 'Moonrise') als...

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    Still Waiting For The Trailer? Here's Some Bloody Claw Photos From 'The Wolverine'

    While we've talked a lot about "The Wolverine," and recently dove into the diverse array of influences James Mangold is bringing to the table, we're still yet to experience the saturated marketing that's been promised. In fact, we haven't seen a moving image from the picture yet, though a trailer is...

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    Penske's Moves: As Daily Variety Prints Last Edition, Adds Critic Foundas, Reduces Movieline

    Variety lovers are feeling mixed emotions. On the one hand, Penske Media Corp CEO Jay Penske is making changes that were long overdue. He has pulled down the firewall, modernized the website, added a troika of editors--LA Times import Claudia Eller (film), and Variety's Cynthia Littleton (TV) and An...

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    New Adaptation Of 'Count Of Monte Cristo' Coming (Still No Interest In The Real Black Count Apparently)

    Well, ok then... this is quite the coincidence because it was just last week Thursday that I posted THIS entry on Tom Reiss' novel, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, encouraging filmmakers/production companies/studios/whoever, to consider adapting the ...

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    Hugh Jackman To Star In Adaptation Of 'Tell No One' Author Harlan Coben's 'Six Years'

    Though an accomplished, best selling author with a shelf full of titles to his name, only one book by Harlan Coben has made it to the big screen -- Guillaume Canet's adaptation of "Tell No One." Not a bad start at all (though an American remake by Ben Affleck is brewing), and now another one of his ...

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    Tom Cruise May Be Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

    We've been over this ground before, but we'll make it brief. Once set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, with George Clooney attached to star, the helmer bailed on Warner Bros. "The Man From From U.N.C.L.E." in the fall of 2011, after an impasse over casting (among other things). Clooney wasn't ab...

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