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    IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

    Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown ...

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    Dakota Johnson to Play 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Heroine Anastasia Steele

    The search for Anastasia Steele, the female lead in the anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James' literary phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey," is over.

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    Jude Law Captains the Cast of Kevin Macdonald's 'Black Sea,' Now in Production in U.K.

    Focus Features and Film4 have kicked off the UK production of director Kevin Macdonald's maritime thriller "Black Sea." Starring Jude Law as an intrepid sea captain, the film sails into theaters in 2014.

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    Focus Features' Sixth Africa First Program Accepting Entries

    In 2008, Focus Features launched Africa First, conceived as a program meant to support the filmmaking community in Africa. The institution offers participating filmmakers the chance to be awarded up to $10,000 dollars to finance their narrative short films made in continental Africa.

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    Focus Features International Nabs Deals on Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner Passion Project, and on Amy Winehouse Documentary

    Focus Features International has announced multi-territory sales on writer-director Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, a long-gestating passion project starring Leigh regular Timothy Spall as the renowned Brit painter; and on Asif Kapadia's untitled documentary on troubled singer-songwriter Amy Wine...

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    First Look: Focus Unveils Summer Slate, 'The World's End' and 'Closed Circuit'

    Focus Features will release two films this summer as counterprogramming aimed at the smart demo.

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    Focus Features Ready To Sign Up For Matthew McConaughey's 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' For Fall Release

    For audiences and especially filmmakers, there is an aspect of deflated confusion in an actor’s misled sacrifices for an underwhelming film -- just ask Jared Leto in his role of Mark David Chapman in “Chapter 27.” Luckily, with the 2012 that Matthew McConaughey had, which saw “Bernie,” “Magic Mike,”...

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    Laika & Focus Features Announce New Animated Feature 'The Boxtrolls' For 2014 Release

    This has been a crazy week for animation news – Henry Selick's seemingly doomed “The Shadow King” got resurrected; DreamWorks Animation’s financial troubles became very public (leading to schedule shifts and the cancellation of one film); and now here’s another bit of animation world news to get the...

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    Berlin: Focus Features Reteams with Laika for 'Boxtrolls,' Snaps Up Rights for Upstairs-Downstairs Jane Austen Spin 'Longbourn'

    Focus acquisitions from Berlin include LAIKA's "The Boxtrolls" and Jane Austen-inspired "Longbourn"...

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    Focus Features Will 'Kill The Messenger' With Jeremy Renner

    Well, that didn't take long. Just a few short days after Jeremy Renner signed up for the very promising "Kill the Messenger," the project has now landed a great home.

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