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    Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

    I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensembl...

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    Rebel Wilson Sells Comedy Pitch To Universal That She'll Write & Star In

    Coming off a great performance in “Pitch Perfect,” which is performing solidly in theaters at the moment, Rebel Wilson’s career looks in pretty great shape. She’s got a lead role in Miguel Arteta’s brewing indie comedy “Unicorn Store,” "Glee" star ...

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    Disney Screenwriter Kelly Marcel to Write 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Adaptation

    Moving from "Mary Poppins" to erotic fiction overnight, screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been hired to write the adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." Universal and Focus Features have the rights to all three books. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti ("A Social Network") are produ...

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    Academy Programs 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Screening Series, with del Toro, Landis & Hedren In Person

    As part of Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Academy unveils the "Universal's Legacy of Horror" film series in October, with director-cinephile Guillermo del Toro hosting the kickoff double feature screening of "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" on October 2. Tippi Hedren w...

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    Universal Confirms 'Ted' & 'Bourne' Sequels

    It's simple math folks. "Ted" was the biggest and most surprising comedy smash hit of the summer, hauling in just under $395 million dollars worldwide. Not bad for an R-rated movie not based on a pre-existing property. Hell, those are great numbers any way you slice it. And even though the $180 mill...

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    Universal Shooting for 'Bridesmaids' Gold with Early 'Pitch Perfect' Buzz Release

    Universal will be releasing "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick, on September 28 in select cities, a week earlier than originally announced. The college acapella comedy has been tracking incredibly well, according to Universal, with the most extensive tester screening campaign in the studio's hi...

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    Universal Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 25-Film DVD & Blu-Ray Set, from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to 'Bourne'

    As Universal's centennial celebration continues, the studio announces the release of the "100th Anniversary Collection" on Blu-ray and DVD. The 25-film box set includes...

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    Studios Rethink Tentpole Strategy Amid Reshoots and Postponements, from 'World War Z' to '47 Ronin'

    Is Hollywood ready to change its tentpole strategy? I'm hearing that yes, studio heads are realizing that placing too many big bets on too few potential tentpoles--which when they work, do return the most money--is a foolish strategy. The conventional wisdom was always that you spread your risk over...

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    Universal Sets Release Date for 'Kick Ass 2,' Bumps Back '47 Ronin,' Moves Up 'Jurassic Park 3-D'

    Universal has been moving around its release slots. We already detailed changes on the release dates for Ron Howard's Chris Hemsworth NASCAR vehicle "Rush," Tom Cruise in sci-fi epic "Oblivion," and Guillermo del Toro's horrific "Mama" here. Now the studio is giving "Kick Ass 2" a release date of Ju...

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    Trailer Watch: Judd Apatow's Fear-Mongering 'This Is 40'

    It's hard to determine whether we are meant to be depressed or uplifted watching the trailer for Judd Apatow's "This Is 40." Regardless, the film goes back to the "Knocked Up" characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann, the best part of "Knocked Up" by ...

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