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    Relativity Producing Pablo Escobar Story 'Silver or Lead' with Spanish Director Enrique Urbizu

    Relativity Media has taken rights to a script about the manhunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, called "Silver or Lead." The original draft is from Michael Kane, while Piers Ashworth's screenplay will serve as the basis for director Enrique Urbizu.

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    Andy Goddard to Direct Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 'The Blunderer'

    Andy Goddard will direct "The Blunderer" for Ted Hope and Christine Vachon's Killer Films and Sierra Pictures, who will also finance. The film is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1954 novel, penned by by Susan Boyd. Boyd's husband, screenwriter William Boyd, is exec producing.

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    Obit: Author Donald Richie Boosted Japanese Cinema

    Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

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    BBC Adapting Tolstoy 'War and Peace' Mini-Series, Slated for 2015

    The BBC has commissioned a six part mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"...

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    'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Joins Usual Suspects for Six USC Scripter Award Nominations

    "Perks of Being a Wallflower" joins usual suspects "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.

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    FINALLY! The Answers--and Winners--for David Thomson's 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz

    "Is it too hard?" David Thomson asked me when he submitted his 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz (to accompany his new Hollywood history, "The Big Screen"). I jumped into the rabbit hole for a few queries and thought if I gave it enough time I'd be able figure them out. Did I have that time? No. And when Se...

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    Lena Dunham vs. Gawker: Don't Post My $3.7 Million Book Proposal UPDATE

    UPDATE: Lena Dunham's legal team has subsequently had the 60-page proposal, which was originally published on Gawker, taken offline. The below lines from the proposal still appear on the Gawker site.

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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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    Richard Burton & His Diaries, 'The Great Actor Who Hated Acting'

    In The Great Actor Who Hated Acting, The New York Review of Books' Finton O'Toole looks at the late great Richard Burton. A new book, "The Richard Burton Diaries," delves in to the actor's mind and musings through his extensive personal diaries, published now for the first time...

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    DreamWorks Eyes 'Light Between Oceans'; Harry Potter's David Heyman Producing

    DreamWorks is in exclusive talks to acquire the rights to London attorney-turned-author M. L. Stedman's WWI-set debut novel "The Light Between Oceans."

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