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Annapurna Pictures teams up with Rooney Mara for A House in the Sky

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(Press release, Los Angeles, CA) June 25, 2014 – After a competitive pursuit, Annapurna Pictures, in tandem with actress Rooney Mara, has optioned the New York Times bestseller A House in the Sky by co-authors Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The memoir will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing…

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Casting Thoughts? Bill Condon Set to Direct Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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Very exciting Variety exclusive, this: With the recent release of “Maleficent,” which grossed more than $170 million worldwide in its opening weekend, Disney is working fast on its next live-action fairy-tale adaptation. Bill Condon is set to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney. Casting thoughts anyone? For Belle?

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Weinstein Co. Reveals Upcoming Slate at Cannes Gathering

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Today Harvey Weinstein and his team invited journalist and industry folks here in Cannes to announce their upcoming slate of films, and to talk up their new partnership with a Chinese production company. China’s vast market, of course, is being touted as the heir apparent to the future of film and Weinstein Co is getting in on that action now before doomsday. But the reason many of us were there…

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Summer Preview Part Two: Outsider Art

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by Jordan Ruimy A few weeks back I wrote a Summer Movie Preview in which I tried to pin down the studio films that looked the most promising this summer. That piece was met with mixed approval – some thought I should have included more big name blockbusters. It was indeed a mistake to leave out the new “Godzilla”, which finally gives Bryan Cranston a long overdue leading role in…

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New Poster for Tracks

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One of the few films with a central female character …full poster after the jump.

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Brolin Hints at Plot of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice

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Thanks to reader Bryce for point us to the news that Josh Brolin has let slip a few interesting tidbits from Anderson’s new film. The Film Stage got the story from Cigs & Red Vines, which got the story from The Independent. Here are a few choice quotes: “I just did a movie for P T Anderson that I didn’t understand. The writing of Thomas Pynchon is so Shakespearean. It…

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The Birds Remake – Maybe Naomi Watts?

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JustJared reports that there has been “talks” for Naomi Watts to possibly star in The Birds remake. Thank Christ Michael Bay is not directing the reboot, but instead it will be Diederik Van Rooijen. Supposedly this version will not adhere to Hitch’s interpretation, but rather more closely to the Daphne du Maurier short story [read online here]. I’m all for Naomi Watts in this version. There are so many up…

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Most Anticipated of 2014, or What We Talk About when we Talk About Oscar Predictions

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The blood is just about dried on this year’s Oscar race but throughout the web are predictions for next year’s race. Yes, already. Here’s the thing. It ain’t rocket science. Early Oscar predictions aren’t some kind of magic formula – so people who brag about those are just fooling themselves. The truth is, the Oscar race is an industry that supports another industry – the film industry.  There is a…

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First Look at Dane DeHaan as James Dean

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Anton Corbijn’s new film, Life, starring Dane Dehaan and Robert Pattinson. Says Indiewire, “The film tells the story of the relationship between renowned Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and Hollywood legend James Dean (DeHaan), chronicling a road trip the pair took which forever changed Stock’s life. And Corbijn is excited about the project, and collaborating with these actors: “When I see Rob I see an inner turmoil that is great…

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New Poster, Trailer for Will Gluck’s Annie

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The Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Here’s the trailer.