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    Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

    Sony Pictures Classics has always leaned heavily on foreign acquisitions in advance of the awards season. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are often betting on the likely submissions for the best foreign film entry, and can be counted upon to wind up with more than one in the final five. At the same t...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'The Patience Stone' Out of Toronto

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Atiq Rahimi's sophomore feature "The Patience Stone," adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name. The film recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, which wrapped today. Sony plans to release it in 2013.

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    'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins TIFF Audience Award

    "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "American Beauty"...as the pre-screening ads at TIFF this year reminded viewers, the Audience Award at the festival has usually been a strong augur of Oscar potential, and in 2012 it looks like the season may belong to David O. Russell's latest effort.

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    Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn-Directed Ad For Yves Saint Laurent Starring Jessica Chastain

    While we continue to wait patiently for "Only God Forgives," Nicolas Winding Refn seems to be spending a good part of his 2012 shooting beautiful women in fashion spots. Nice work if you get it. As you know, he's already dropped his Gucci ad with Blake Lively (watch here) and now he...

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    Watch Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson Out To Destroy America In Trailer For 'Last Ounce of Courage'

    NO! Say it ain't so Hammer!  Below is the trailer for the film Last Ounce of Courage released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, which opened in 1400 theaters this weekend. It's another one of those independently made Christian conversative films that have been made lately.

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    First Look: Set Pictures Reveal Sleek New Futuristic 'RoboCop' Suit

    So yeah. Put on your Bad Idea Jeans, we’re about to delve right back into the world of the “RoboCop” remake. With a summer '13 release date slotted, the film is currently shooting in Toronto, and with it comes the very first on-set pics of a sexy, sleek, futuristic robot c...

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    Samuel L. Jackson To Ask Voters To 'Wake The F@#% Up' For Obama

    The ad hasn't premiered yet and people are already asking that it not be shown.

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    SPC Buys Haifaa Al-Mansour's 'Wadjda," the First-Ever Feature By a Female Saudi Filmmaker

    Sony Pictures Classics has bought all North American rights to "Wadjda," the first-ever feature directed by a female Saudi Arabian filmmaker.

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    Hollywood & Crime: Byron Allen Facing $35 Million Lawsuit In Sammy Davis, Jr Life Rights Battle

    I haven't done one of these Hollywood & Crime posts in some time; although I don't know if I'd say that a *crime* has been committed here; that's for a court to decide.

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    HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe...

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