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    Sony Pictures Classics Changes Title of Woody Allen Film--Again

    Woody Allen is having serial title issues. Remember "Anhedonia"? That was the first title of Allen's "Annie Hall," which went on to win the 1977 best picture Oscar. Last year, Allen changed the title of his upcoming Rome comedy from "The Bebop Decameron" to "Nero Fiddled."

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    Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' is Head of the Class with $35 million; 'John Carter' Drops to $13 million

    Sony’s “21 Jump Street” took a seat at the head of the class at the North American box office as the re-imagined buddy-comedy racked up a hefty $35 million on its first weekend in theaters.

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    Weekend Indie Box Office: 'Footnote' and 'Salmon Fishing' Deliver

    As the Oscar winners quickly recede from attention, two impressive Sony Classics films – one continuing, one new – stand out, while two potential cross-over films which premiered at Toronto openings survived mix reviews to show some modestly positive grosses.

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    Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Jacques Audiard's recently wrapped romantic mystery "Rust and Bone," from Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.

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    Sundance 2012 Buyers Guide: A Primer

    Every year the Sundance acquisition landscape changes as buyers come and go.

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    Will Roth & Fincher Deliver Jolie's Cleopatra?

    Let us count the ways that Sony's "Cleopatra" could go wrong. But hiring Eric Roth to write the script for the Angelina Jolie epic (possibly with David Fincher at the helm) is a good sign. We can thank Roth for "Forrest Gump," "The Insider," "Munich," &quo...

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    AFM News: Sony Takes 1890s Paris Tale Bel Ami, with Pattinson, Thurman, Scott Thomas & Ricci

    At AFM, Sony has acquired North American rights to Bel Ami, which stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci. The film, now completed, was co-directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod (the pair worked together on 1992 short The Big Fish, which must have be...

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    Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

    Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in...

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    John Orloff Talks Anonymous, Shakespeare, Emmerich, Ifans, Redgrave, Stratford vs. Oxford

    One of the surprises of the season is Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, which opens Friday amid ongoing controversy over its premise: that William Shakespeare did not write his plays and poems, and the Earl of Oxford did. Screenwriter John Orloff has been obsessed with this mystery since his college days; the screenplay served as his ticket of admission to Hollywood. First, Shakespeare in Love put Anonymous on the back burner, to be resurrected decades later by German digital master Emmerich, best known for such action adventures as Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Emmerich helped, for better or for worse, to turn Orloff's identity crisis into a rip-...

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    AFI FEST Books Polanski's Carnage as Gala Centerpiece, Adds Screenings

    Following the lead of Venice and the New York Film Festival, this November's AFI FEST has booked Roman Polanski's four-hander comedy Carnage (December 16) as its gala centerpiece at Mann's Chinese on November 5th. Adapted by Polanski and Yasmina Reza from her hit play God of Carnage, the movie star...

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