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    Focus Features' Africa First Program Accepting Entries

    In its fourth year, Focus Features' Africa First Program is accepting entries May 16 - August 22. The initiative gives grants of up to $10,000 to emerging African filmmakers making narrative short films within continental Africa, and seeks to unite filmmakers with each other as well as advisors and ...

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    Weinsteins Get PG-13 for King's Speech, Appeal R-Rating for Schnabel's Miral

    The Weinsteins are known for grabbing publicity with their ratings battles for such films as Blue Valentine, which earned an R PG-13 on appeal, and likely Oscar-winner The King's Speech, which just landed a PG-13 rating after the Weinsteins amended its volley of the F-word. Now Biutiful producer Jon...

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    Ted Hope Brings Hope for Film to IndieWIRE Blog Network

    Ted Hope defines today's indie producer: lean, smart, creative, prolific and always questing for useful intelligence about where our crazy film industry is going to go. The producer of 70 films in 20 years is also a sharer, which is why he blogs, constantly asking questions and throwing out possible...

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    Casting Coup: Maria Bello Lands Helen Mirren Role in NBC's Prime Suspect Remake

    After a rigorous search for the right actress to play the lead detective originated by Helen Mirren in NBC's remake of the hit Brit series, Prime Suspect, Universal Media Studios and the team behind Friday Night Lights has hired veteran dramatic actress Maria Bello (The Cooler, A History of Violence...

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    Sony Negotiating MGM Distrib and Financing Deal, Including Bonds

    Sony and MGM have been in bed together for some time. One of many investors in the company, Sony has released the last two Bond films, and wants to release the next two as well, reports the the LATimes. Streamlined MGM has been strapped for cash for some time, come through bankruptcy, and now has tw...

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    Jonathan Glickman Named MGM Production Chief

    MGM co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have brought over 12-year Spyglass president Jonathan Glickman as new prexy of MGM's Motion Picture Group.

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    Superman Reboots with Henry Cavill: Who is He? He's Brit and 27. Check the Video.

    Producer Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder have gone overseas for their new Superman: to Henry Cavill, 27. His name came up some time back as a possible Bond. But he lost the role to another more experienced British actor, the rugged Daniel Craig.

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    Exec Watch: Relativity Adds Steve Bertram as COO, CFO

    As he continues to beef up his burgeoning company, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired Steve Bertram, who was president of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainment for five years, as Relativity's new COO and CFO, supervising day-to-day company operations. He will oversee Relati...

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    Chasen Murder: Case Closed

    Songwriter Diane Warren dedicated her Golden Globe award to her long-time publicist Ronni Chasen, who was shot and killed in the wee hours of November 16 by a lone bicycle-riding gunman, Harold Martin Smith, on Sunset and Whittier after the premiere of Warren's film, Burlesque. Smith later killed hi...

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    Anne Hathaway Rises as Catwoman in Nolan's Next Dark Knight: Right Pick?

    Versatile actress on-the-rise Anne Hathaway just nabbed one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. She'll play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman, previously played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry) in The Dark Knight Rises across from Christian Bale and bad-guy Tom Hardy.

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