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    Casting Watch: Tom Hardy Takes on Elton John for Focus Features Biopic

    Brit actor on-the-rise Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") will channel Elton John in “Rocketman," a musical biopic for Rocket Pictures, with a planned fall 2014 shoot. And Focus Features's new chief Peter Schlessel, who picked up U.S. rights to the film for FilmDistrict in June, will release the mo...

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    FIRST LOOK: Meryl Streep as The Witch in Disney's 'Into the Woods' UPDATE

    UPDATE: The first image has arrived from Rob Marshall's adaptation of Sondheim's "Into the Woods." As first looks go, this is a great one: Meryl Streep as The Witch, with claws and all, who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty can be restored.

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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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    TIFF Buy: Open Road Acquires John Ridley's Must-See Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (TIFF VIDEO)

    John Ridley is having a good Toronto. Not only did "12 Years a Slave" leap to the top of the Oscar pack, for which he could well earn an adapted screenplay nomination, but his directorial feature film debut "All Is By My Side," a smart slice-of-life from the London launch of Jimi Hendrix's career, h...

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    Toronto Review: Does 'Once' Director John Carney's Melodic Keira Knightley Vehicle 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' Criticize the Music Industry Or Celebrate It?

    John Carney's low budget 2006 musical romance "Once" was a breakout hit that foregrounded the emotional complexities of its central lovers with delicate tunes. By contrast, "Can a Song Save Your Life?" -- which contains several high profile actors and landed a lucrative deal with The Weinstein Compa...

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    Check Out Bollywood Ten Best Lists and VIDEOS

    The Guardian (UK) does a good job covering Indian and Bollywood movies, which have a much higher mainstream profile in Britain than they do stateside. This week the paper published a juicy package around the on-going Centenary of Indian Cinema. Taken together, the pieces offer a solid overview of mu...

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    10 Things You Should Know About Indian Cinema

    Bollywood movies have been cracking the top 10 on U.S. box office charts a lot lately. That means now's a perfect time for a brief primer on Indian cinema in general. To get an idea of the basics, read on.

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center Kicks Up Its Heels with Summer Slate of Gene Kelly Musicals (CLIPS)

    Now, we've written before about how movie musicals these days often end up being partial or complete disappointments. But the 40s and 50s were the golden age of American film musicals: big, set piece-heavy stories that were written specifically to be films. In truth, they're a piece of our nationa...

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    Branagh's 'Magic Flute' Finally Opens In Theaters June 9 (TRAILER)

    Many movie lovers have seen Ingmar Bergman's magical 1975 version of "The Magic Flute." But few have had a chance to check out Kenneth Branagh's 2006 take on the most popular Mozart opera. Well, that one is coming to theaters for the first time in the U.S. on June 9th. Emerging Networks will presen...

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    Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Stanley Donen's Backwoods Musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

    Relationship Roulette! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing Stanley Donen's backwoods musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

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