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    Weinsteins VOD Label Lands 'Pusher' Remake; IFC Films Goes Into 'Room 237' & Tribeca Gears Up 'The Giant Mechanical Man'

    Have a think about these two important questions: 1) Will a remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher" be any good? 2) What is the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"? Well, here's some news that should bring the answers to both of those questions a little ...

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    Can "Rampart" Lead Millennium into New Era?

    Whenever a company I don't expect comes along and picks up a film that I admire -- say when Fox Searchlight acquired "Shame" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" last year or when some years back, Miramax picked up "In the Bedroom" or Fine Line took out "Dancer in...

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    Jessica Brown-Findlay, James Frecheville & More To Star In Smiths Comedy 'Shoplifters Of The World'; Russell Brand Also Eyed For Role

    Ah, The Smiths. Who among us, at least those born after 1965 or so, can say they didn't have moments of adolescent angst, confusion and heartbreak soundtracked by the acerbic lyrics of Morrissey and the chiming guitar lines of Johnny Marr? And yet, their influence on film has never quite matched...

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    Roadside Attractions and SPWA Will Release David Mackenzie's 'Tonight You're Mine'

    Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films will release David Mackenzie's "Tonight You're Mine" in theaters May 11. SPWA originally acquired the film under the title "You Instead" after its world premiere at the 2011 Glasgow Fi...

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    Guardian's First Film Award Goes to Ireland's 'The Guard'; Director McDonagh 'Pretty Surprised and Very Pleased'

    John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleeson, has won the Guardian's First Film Award (in its fourth year). Guardian awards judge and film critic Peter Bradshaw says, "This was an exceptionally good year for debut work and our shortlist was packed with excellent work...

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    Amazon Studios Announces Best Movie and Best Script Awards for 2011 Contest

    Amazon Studios, the open source-inspired studio run by Roy Price with a mission to find new films and screenwriters and offer them first-look deals with Warner Studios, has revealed the winner of its "Best Test" movie and best-script awards.

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    TWC's Radius Snaps up Sundance Comedy 'Bachelorette' and Thriller 'Pusher' -- Remake of 'Drive' Director Refn's Original

    In its second pick-up this week, following acquisition of writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” The Weinstein Company’s new Radius-TWC shingle has grabbed US and Caribbean-basin rights to the English-language film “Pusher,” a remake of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 origina...

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    Canada Revisited

    A year ago in Sundance we interviewed Telefilm Canada’s Carolle Brabant who had taken the reins of Telefilm the previous March. While often the Canadian films are waiting to premiere at Cannes or Toronto. This year the number of upcoming greats which might make it to Cannes include Xavier Dolan’s l...

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    Crazy Brilliant? DreamWorks and Working Title To Remake Hitchcock Classic 'Rebecca'

    Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller "Rebecca"? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") to write the screenplay.

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    Vincent Cassel & Lea Seydoux To Star In 'Beauty & The Beast' From Director Christophe Gans

    As you already know, fairy tale films are the new hot thing. We've already had "Red Riding Hood" test the waters, and this year we'll see "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," followed by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Jack T...

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