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    SPC To Release Roman Polanski's Carnage; Based on Play God of Carnage, at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre

    Sony Pictures Classics will release Roman Polanski's Carnage in North America in late 2011. The film, which wrapped in Paris last month, is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony-Award winning play, God of Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Carnage takes place in Brooklyn, NY, and follows two sets of parents who meet to calmly discuss their children's playground fight but end up behaving like kids themselves.  Sony states: “In today’s world of moviemaking, Roman Polanski, his screenwriting partner Yasmina Reza, his cast, his crew, and his producer Said Ben Said represent the best of the best....

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    Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

    The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the ...

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    True Story Oranges & Sunshine Goes to Cohen Media Group; Stars Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

    Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, wh...

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    LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is partnering with L.A.'s Film Independent on a new film series, sponsored by the New York Times, starting in September. And they are starting the search for a new film curator to run that screening program. Together. "We're helping to hire that person," ...

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    Will Smith & Son Jaden Smith Join M. Night Shyamalan for Futuristic Sci-Fi

    Father-son pair Will and Jaden Smith will co-star in Columbia Pictures' untitled futuristic sci-fi adventure for M. Night Shyamalan. Overbrook Entertainment (Will and Jada Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz) will produce along with Shyamalan--which is unusual for the headstrong Philadelphia filmm...

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    HBO, Tandem & Scott Free Team for Cinemax Crime Series The Sector, about Genetically Enhanced Humans

    HBO, Tandem Communications and Scott Free Productions are developing an action-crime series to run on Cinemax. The one-hour series is "in the vein of Blade Runner/District 9" and "tracks the commander of a paramilitary unit who pursues a dangerous new race of genetically-enhanced humans." Criminal M...

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    Summit Takes Icon UK to a Los Angeles Arbitration Tribunal Over Tree of Life

    It just didn't make sense that Icon would release The Tree of Life ahead of all the other distributors before Cannes. There had to be a back story. Summit had told me that there was no way that Icon would release the film before Cannes. What I heard from London sources today is that Icon nabbed the title by paying a typically high minimum guarantee, and after seeing the film, was trying to get out of releasing it. (My queries to Icon have been ignored.) Hence the release date stand-off. The question is, how does Summit protect what is surely a delicate art-house flower that needs serious critical acclaim from starting to look like tainted goo...

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    Ridley Scott Takes on Follett's World Without End; Cast includes Nixon, Richardson, Chaplin, Firth

    UPDATE 6/29: Principal photography will begin July 11 on World Without End, with actors Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, Megan Follows and Sarah Gadon and more. The eight-hour series has a $44 million pricetag, and exec producer Rola Bauer says; "Our stra...

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    CinemaCon: New MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Makes First State of the Industry Speech

    Not that former Senator Chris Dodd, with his impressive shock of white hair, can be considered an expert on Hollywood after just nine days on the job as the new CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. But the chief lobbyist in Washington for the six Hollywood studios went ahead and deliver...

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    FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

    It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with t...

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