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    Mary Pickford Film Gets a Title -- 'The First'; Producers to Host Party at TIFF

    The first feature film on Hollywood legend Mary Pickford has revealed its name: "The First." Producers Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia of Poverty Row Entertainment made the announcement Thursday along with additional producer Said Zahraoui. Lily Rabe ("All Good Things," "Ame...

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    'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger To Direct First Installment Of New Young Adult Trilogy 'Divergent'

    Earlier this year, we dipped into the world of young adult fiction and drummed up a list of 15 properties could be the next "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight." And among the titles mentioned, just at the end, was "Divergent." We noted work started on it a couple years ago, but there didn't seem to be ...

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    Damon, Krasinski & Van Sant's Fracking Drama 'Promised Land' Hits Theaters December 28 for Oscar-Qualifying Run

    Focus Features will release Matt Damon and John Krasinski's anti-fracking movie "Promised Land," which the pair co-wrote and star in together, in NY and LA theaters December 28 for an Oscar-qualifying run, followed by a January 2013 expansion.

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    Film Movement Discovers Argentinian Drama 'Clandestine Childhood'

    Film Movement has acquired the debut of Argentinean filmmaker Benjamin Ávila, “Clandestine Childhood” (“Infancia Clandestina”), which screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at Cannes in May. After showings at the San Sebastian and Toronto film festivals, th...

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    Preview 'Les Pirogues Des Hautes Terres' (Rail Workers Strike In Senegal, That Marked Start Of Decolonization)

    The short story goes... On October 10, 1947, the African rail workers of the French colonies in West Africa went on strike for 5 months. The main focus of the strike was Thiès, a railway junction in Senegal that served the rest of the continent. The railway's European managers sternl...

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    'Trade of Innocents' Chosen for Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative

    Christopher Bessette's "Trade of Innocents" has been selected for the The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative, which picks up to ten films a year, aims to expand indie films to a broader audience of leaders in the arts, entertainment, business and policy.

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    In the Works: River Road Acquires 'Fordlandia' Rights, Ben Coccio Adapting

    Screenwriter Ben Coccio will pen the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize finalist Greg Grandin's "Fordlandia: The Rise And Fall Of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City." River Road Entertainment has acquired the writes and engaged the "Place Beyond the Pines" scribe to reimagine ...

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    New 'Killing Them Softly' Poster Blandly Reminds You That Brad Pitt Stars In The Picture

    Ok, the creative marketing gurus over at The Weinstein Company were not working overtime when they created this new poster for "Killing Them Softly." Then again, maybe they were going for a much-less-is-more approach and making sure -- in case you were unaware -- that good ol' A-lister Brad Pitt sta...

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    11 New Sundance Supported Films Now Streaming

    Now available on SnagFilms, Hulu and Netflix are eleven new films supported by the Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program, which launched in February. Artist Services gives filmmakers exclusive opportunities to self-finance, market and distribute their films. Films from the program are also av...

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    Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski Gets December 28th Release Date

    Just when you thought the Venice and TIFF lineups had solidified what we could expect in theaters through the end of year (and into 2013), and what the Oscar race would look like, here comes Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" to shake things up.

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