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    'Prisoners' Sounds Familiar: Dano Joins Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Leo

    Imitation is the usual form of Hollywood flattery. You can count on a movie like "Taken" to not only spawn a sequel (which opened well enough to reinforce Liam Neeson's misguided belief that chasing big paydays is the best career path) but a slew of imitators.

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    Drafthouse Films Acquires Rights to Golden Lion Winner and South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta'

    Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's "Pieta," the Alamo Drafthouse distribution arm announced Tuesday. The company plans a limited theatrical and multi-platform VOD release for 2013.

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    Oscar Street Fight: Michael Moore's War on Indie Docs

    Last week, news came out that new rule changes in the Academy Awards' Documentary category had created some unintended consequences: a huge deluge of eligible films, far more than members of the documentary branch would be likely to see. Michael Moore, the acclaimed docu-director, who was ins...

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    Call For Filmmaking Proposals ($19 Million Initiative, Open To African, Caribbean Filmmakers)

    Information you can use, courtesy of an email from our friends at Screen Africa; it sounds like a combo filmmakers lab/co-production, distribution market:

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    Aretha Franklin Says Taylor Hackford Is Directing Her Biopic; Wants Denzel Washington To Play Her Dad

    Unsurprisingly, an Aretha Franklin biopic is not exactly a new idea – it’s one that’s been tossed around for many years now yet has failed to get off the ground. As far back as 2008, Aretha herself was speaking out about the project, at the time expressing reservations about a non-...

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    UK Broadcaster Channel 4 Releases iPad App to Celebrate Film4's 30th Anniversary

    The British network Channel 4 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its film arm, Film4, with a new iPad app that brings together the trailers, images, posters, Q&As and film info of more than 500 titles supported by the label since 1982. "Slumdog Millionaire," "Sexy Beast" and "Down To You" will s...

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    Penske Buys Variety for $25 Million UPDATED

    Well, the early reports are true. After seven months of negotiations, Penske Media Corp., backed by hedge fund Third Point, has won 107-year-old trade paper Variety for $25 million. Just months ago Variety was thought to be worth $50 mlllion, which was still substantially lower than its pre-recessio...

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    Robert Johnson Talks Image Ent/Acorn Media Acquisition; Wants To Emulate Tyler Perry’s Appeal

    With the recent announcement that Robert Johnson's RLJ Acquisitions had formally completed the purchase of Image Entertainment and Acorn Media, creating RLJ Entertainment Inc., a "formidable" indie distribution company, as they labeled it, in an interview after the October 3rd ann...

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    'Hitchcock' Gets Nifty Old School Poster

    So, how has the Oscar race changed since last night's unveiling of the "unfinished" "Lincoln" at the New York Film Festival? Not much, except that Steven Spielberg's historical drama might not be the multiple-category, firebreathing contender some said it was on paper. Be...

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    Watch: Vintage Style Arcade Ad For 'Wreck-It-Ralph'

    With Pixar seemingly in a slump -- “Brave” had a mixed reaction, while the less said about “Cars 2” the better -- and other animation houses releasing their own solid films (last year’s “Puss In Boots” was better than it had any right to be) could the time b...

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