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    TIFF Deals: Sundance Selects Takes Winterbottom's Trishna; Hot Sales on Gosling-Cooper's Pines

    Michael Winterbottom's Tess of the D'Urbervilles adaptation, Trishna, has gone to Sundance Selects for North American distribution. They call it his "most beautiful and sensual" film. Starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed, it is a modern take on the classic. Synopsis is below. Winterbottom wrote and d...

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    TIFF Deals: The Lady, Wuthering Heights, Last Day on Earth, Your Sister's Sister

    The late Toronto fest deals are flying fast and furious. Now IFC has closed two deals, for North and Latin American rights to Lynn Shelton's well-reviewed relationship comedy Your Sister's Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and North American rights for Abel Ferrara's 4...

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    Focus Features Adds Jeb Brody, VOD Label

    One might be tempted to blame the egregious miscasting of Anne Hathaway as a working class Brit in book-to-film adaptation One Day for the departure of Focus Features production chief John Lyons; he's moving on to produce his own films. In any case, Focus has now replaced Lyons with Vendome Pictures...

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    Relativity Raises Chinese Backing for Global Studio to Produce and Release Films in and Out of China

    Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh doesn't sit around. The guy has pacted with a Chinese equity firm and a China-focused investment entity to back a production/acquisition/distribution company geared toward Chinese language films with global appeal.

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    No Budget Film School August 20-21: Bellflower Case Study with Glodell & Grashaw

    No Budget Film School began in 2005 to give filmmakers the know-how that was lacking from other traditional schools and workshops, and to teach them how to make films with only the resources they currently have available--embracing their limitations to focus on the most important elements, rather th...

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    Kenny Ortega to Direct Lionsgate Dirty Dancing Remake

    We haven't heard too much of Kenny Ortega since This Is It, his 2009 Michael Jackson documentary, but Lionsgate announced today that it will be producing a remake of Dirty Dancing with Ortega at the helm.

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    Los Angeles Screenplay Competition: Deadline August 15

    The deadline for the Los Angeles Screenplay Competition is August 15. The mission of the competition is "to find high quality screenplays" that can be produced and screenwriters who can be contracted to write new screenplays. President of of the LA Screenplay Competition, Rafael Primorac, has brough...

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    Hitchcock Footage Unearthed: Academy to Show Found Reels from First Feature White Shadow

    It's been a big year for Hitchcock devotees. First, there was the latest unveiling of the 12-hour audio file from Hitchcock's famous interview with French critic and director Francois Truffaut. Now, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive have announced their disco...

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    Spurlock Takes Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope to Toronto, Starts Hulu Day in the Life Series

    It's a good day in the eventful life of Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). In July he promoed his latest book and documentary Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope (2012), starring such fan-friendly fanaticals as Kevin Smith, Harry Knowles, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen, Stan Lee and Joss Whedon at Comic-Con's ...

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    Drafthouse Films Acquires Post-Apocalyptic The FP, Names Evan Husney Company Director

    Alamo Drafthouse distributor Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to its its second indie release, The FP at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. The film is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost, and exec produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insi...

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