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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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    Paranorman—movie review

    'ParaNorman' is the first of three horror-movie-inspired animated features this year, to be followed by 'Hotel Transylvania' and 'Frankenweenie'. Laika, the studio that gave us 'Coraline', is responsible for this tale, which assumes that kids will get the “joke” and not be distressed by its macabre ...

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    The Social Network Team to Produce Fifty Shades of Grey

    Universal Pictures and Focus Features have picked The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti to shepherd E.L. James’ huge bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to the big screen.

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    Trailer Watch: Joe Wright's Sumptuous 'Anna Karenina' Waltzes Between Stage and Location

    The trailer for Joe Wright's likely Oscar contender "Anna Karenina" has landed, and it looks like Wright's decision to give the film a sumptuous stage setting is delivering in spades. Watch below as the characters (Keira Knightley plays the title role) waltz between gilded, illuminated amphitheatres...

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    Arthouse Audit: Massive Opening for "Moonrise Kingdom" Shows that Festivals Matter (UPDATED 4 DAY FIGURES)

    "Moonrise Kingdom" opened with some of the best platform grosses ever, even adjusting for inflation, but it isn't the only good news out there. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" had a terrific expansion, while the massive international hit "Intouchables" had a lesser, if still encouraging, NY/LA open...

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    Trailer Watch: Bill Murray is FDR in 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

    Bill Murray stars as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Roger Michel's "Hyde Park on Hudson," about the true story of a the President's country retreat on the Hudson when he, his wife (Olivia Williams) and mistress (Laura Linney) were joined by King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivi...

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    EL James Does 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Promo Tour (Video)

    Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a pr...

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    Focus Features' Africa First Celebrates its Fifth Year; Accepting Entries for 2012 Prize

    Focus Features' Africa First Celebrates its Fifth Year; Accepting Entries for 2012 Prize

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    'Pariah' Director Dee Rees To Helm Indie Love Story 'This Man, This Woman'

    Director Dee Rees hasn't been in any particular hurry to follow up the acclaimed and excellent "Pariah," but she's not without options. Earlier this year it was reported she was writing a new film entitled "Large Print," about a recently divorced, mid-50s insurance adjust...

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    'An Education' Director Lone Scherfig To Helm 'My Life In Orange'

    With Lone Scherfig breaking out with "An Education" in 2009 and discovering a star in Carey Mulligan, it made it all the more disappointing when she returned two years later with the relatively limp rom-com "One Day." It took a bit off our shine for the helmer, but we're stil...

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