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    CinemaCon: Fithian Looks Back at 2012, Universal New Model Studio

    Every year CinemaCon rolls out the $100 Million Reel; it's a tradition to remind the exhibitors of the movies that scored in their theaters. "Something for everyone" is the theme that rang out Tuesday. The 2012 boom, said NATO chief John Fithian and others, was about delivering a diversity of high q...

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    Universal Moves Ahead With FBI Wedding Comedy Starring Steve Carell

    Since leading “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to box-office success, and being the best in the U.S. version of “The Office” for multiple seasons, Steve Carell has had a patchy record on the big screen, ranging from successes like "Date Night" to things no one saw like &quo...

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    William Friedkin Says 'Sorcerer' Finally Getting Digital Transfer, But Won't Be On Criterion

    2012 proved by turns an odd and triumphant year for director William Friedkin, who fashioned Matthew McConaughey's performance in the shockingly good “Killer Joe,” but also was forced into dealing with his troubled past, namely the 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Legal di...

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    Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' Releases in IMAX for First Time Ever on April 5

    Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" sees its rerelease on April 15, and to coincide with its return to the big screen, the dinosaur flick will have a one-week, worldwide IMAX 3-D run. T-Rex will tower higher than ever before.

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    Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

    Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.

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    Zemeckis to Warm Up 'Death Becomes Her' at Bravo. Why?

    NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis's 1992 Universal film "Death Becomes Her" as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for producer Universal Cable Prods....

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    Fifty Shades of a Porn Lawsuit: Universal Suing Over XXX Adaptation of E.L. James' Novel

    "Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation," from Smash Pictures and James Lane, is a porn adaptation of E. L. James' uber-popular novel that is in development at Universal.

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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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