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    Submarine and Dakota Form Torpedo Pictures

    Just what we need: more indie genre films. Indie seller Submarine Entertainment and Dakota Group Ltd. have formed the aptly named Torpedo Pictures -- a new indie label to produce low-budget, high-concept sci-fi, thriller and horror films. The label's fund will go towards projects in the $500,000...

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    IN THE WORKS: 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Blanchett-Wasikowska Lesbian Romance, Paltrow for Picasso & Dujardin's Next

    Ridley Scott has an idea for a sequel to his classic 1982 film "Blade Runner," and the original's writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to put it into action on paper. Scott and Alcon Entertainment say only that the story would pick up "some years after the first film concluded."

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    Zaillian's Film Rites Banner Signs with Fox; Whither 'The Girl Who Played with Fire?'

    There's no reason why screenwriter Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List," "Gangs of New York") and his Film Rites banner with Garrett Basch shouldn't sign a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. The question is, why didn't Zaillian go with Sony, which backed his Oscar-nominated script for "Moneyball" ...

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    Cannes Market: Robert Altman Documentary In the Works, 'Bob would be happy'

    A documentary on director Robert Altman will be produced by Sphinx Productions and directed by Ron Mann ("Twist," "Comic Book Confidential"). The film will explore the life and work of Altman, who gave the world "M*A*S*H," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Nashv...

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    Lily Rabe to Play Mary Pickford in Untitled Biopic; Producers In Cannes to Cast Chaplin, Fairbanks, Griffith

    While producers Julie Pacino, Jennifer DeLia, and Said Zahraoui are at Cannes to cement the rest of the casting for their untitled Mary Pickford film, they've found their leading lady in Lily Rabe (“All Good Things,” “American Horror Story” ). The film is based on Eileen Whifield's biography, "Pickf...

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    Fisher Stevens Helming Adaptation of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'

    Fisher Stevens will direct "American Pastoral" for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. John Romano (Lakeshore and SKE's "Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the first novel in Philip Roth's post-war trilogy about the destruction of the American dream.

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    Cannes Market: 70mm Doc 'Samsara' Sells to Canada, Australia and New Zealand; Oscilloscope Has U.S.

    "Samsara," documentarian Ron Fricke's follow-up to "Baraka," was shot over five years on five continents on 70mm film. eOne Canada acquired rights to the film, which will be released in the US by Oscilloscope and in Germany by Busch Media Group on August 24.

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    Student Academy Award Winners Announced

    U.S. winners of the 39th annual Student Academy Awards are in: ten students from nine schools have been chosen in Alternative, Animation, Documentaries and Narrative categories.

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    Cari Beauchamp Named Resident Scholar at Mary Pickford Foundation

    Film historian Cari Beauchamp has been appointed Resident Scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation. Newly appointed Director of Archive, Elaina Archer, and Beauchamp will help the Foundation to establish an online clearing house and research center for the videos, writings, photos, film clips and oth...

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    Cohen Media Group to Release Italian Oscar-Entry 'Terraferma' (video)

    "Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13.

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