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    Music Box Picks Up Cesar Nominee 'Augustine' for Spring 2013 Release

    Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Cesar nominee "Augustine," the debut feature by French writer-director Alice Winocour. The film stars Vincent Lindon, Soko and Chiara Mastroianni, and centers on the real-case story of the unusual relationship between 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin...

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    Lena Dunham Pushes Forward with Personal Shopping Memoir as Possible HBO Series

    EW and Interview cover girl Lena Dunham is pinching herself after back-to-back "Girls" wins at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild and even the Art Directors Guild. Her DGA speech included the classic line: "Steven Spielberg, I'm coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you."

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    SXSW 2013 - First Trailer For John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters' (Yolonda Ross, LisaGay Hamilton)

    SXSW 2013 - First Trailer For John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters' (Yolonda Ross, LisaGay Hamilton)

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    Paula Weinstein Joins Tribeca as Executive Vice President

    One of Hollywood's long-lasting conventions is that friends take care of each other. Thus, veteran Hollywod film producer Paula Weinstein will join Tribeca Enterprises as the company's executive vice president overseeing Tribeca's international partnerships, and managing studio relations...

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    The Controversial 'Because I Love You' Coming On VOD, iTunes And DVD

    Those of you who are regular S & A reader will remember this independent film I profiled last year, titled Because I Love You, written and directed by Joseph Elmore, which created quite a brouhaha.

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    Good Films Picks Up Rights to L.A. True-Crime Investigative Book 'LAbyrinth,' Implicating LAPD with Notorious Bank Robbery

    UK production house Good Films has acquired the rights to Randall Sullivan's investigative book "LAbyrinth," detailing the true events surrounding detective Russell Poole's investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery. The book was originally serialized in Rolling Stone magazine.

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    Brett Ratner & The Rock Get Competition As Renny Harlin Signs To Direct Rival 'Hercules' Movie In 3D

    There was a point about two decades ago when Renny Harlin threatened to become the next James Cameron. Harlin, the most/only famous person to come out of Finland, started out on the "Nightmare On Elm Street" franchise before having back-to-back action smashes with "Die Hard 2" and "Cliffhanger." Wit...

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    Adaptation Of Japanese 'Kite' (Starring Samuel L. Jackson) Gets New Director, Shoots This Month

    In my interview with Samuel L. Jackson in December, ahead of the release of Django Unchained, he mentioned that one of the projects on his slate was a live-action adaptation of a Japanese anime film called Kite (Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 work), which was to be directed by David R. Ellis (who ...

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    'Downton Abbey' Writer & Star To Reunite On 'The Chaperone,' From 'My Week With Marilyn' Director Simon Curtis

    With the principal cast of “Downton Abbey” already beginning to break up as they (particularly its younger stars) look for the next step up career-wise, you can forgive Julian Fellowes and some of his older cast-members for also pursuing other projects and setting themselves up for a life after 'Dow...

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    'LAbyrinth' Adaptation Announced (Investigations Into Death Row Records, Tupac & Biggie Murders)

    Randall Sullivan’s LAbyrinth, which exposes reaers to the real-life events that surrounded LAPD detective Russell Poole’s investigation into a notorious LA bank robbery, has been optioned for a big screen adaptation by British production company Good Films.

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