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Roger Michell Attached To Write And Direct ‘My Cousin Rachel’ For Fox Searchlight

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Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is attached to write and direct My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel, for Fox Searchlight. The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell. The… Read

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Oscar-Snubbed ‘Force Majeure’ Wins Record Kudos From Swedish Academy – Video

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Although he made the Foreign Language Academy Award shortlist, in a shocking turn of events earlier this month, Ruben Ostlund failed to score a nomination with the lauded Force Majeure. At home, however, he earned a record six Guldbagge Awards last night. At Sweden's equivalent to the Oscars, Ostlund's existential comedy/drama scooped prizes for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography (Fredrik Wenzel), Supporting Actor (Kristofer Hivju), and Editing (with Jacob… Read

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Magnolia Bites Into ‘Tangerine’ – Sundance

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Magnolia Pictures bought world rights on Tangerine, the pic directed by Sean Baker that premiered in the NEXT section of the Sundance Film Festival last Friday. Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez make screen debuts as two working girls seaerching for a wayward pimp on a fateful Christmas Eve in Hollywood. The Duplass Brothers executive produced. Magnolia also bought the Guy Pearce-Cobie Smulders comedy… Read

Business

IMAX Stock Buoyed By ‘Mission: Impossible’ Switch And Box Office Sales

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What’s up with IMAX? Just about everything over the last week or so, it seems — contributing to an 11.7% spike in the stock price since last Wednesday. It touched a 52-week high this morning ($33.88) bringing it to its highest level since mid-2011. IMAX likely will benefit from Paramount’s announcement yesterday that it will release Mission:Impossible 5 on July 31, ahead of the previous plan for Christmas Day. The move takes the Paramount action film out of the way of Star… Read

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Oscars: ‘Frozen’ Songwriters To Write Musical Number For Neil Patrick Harris

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The songwriting team behind the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from Frozen have been tapped to write a musical number for host Neil Patrick Harris which he will perform during the show on February 22. The multimedia sequence by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez is titled “Moving Pictures”. "We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year's show we said, 'Yes!' before he could finish the… Read

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Actress Zhao Wei Helps Alibaba Pictures Regain Ground Despite Profit Warning

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A box office star in Asia whose directorial debut, So Young, broke Chinese records in 2013, Vicki Zhao Wei has helped Alibaba Pictures Group regain some ground after it stumbled following revelations of accounting irregularities last year. The actress and helmer has taken a 9.18% stake in the Hong Kong-based film division of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings. The $400M investment reportedly makes Zhao the second largest shareholder and is seen as good news for a… Read

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Hot Teaser: ‘The Fantastic Four’

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20th Century Fox has released a teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four, the studio’s youthful reboot of the Marvel Comics franchise. Now, we’ve heard the whispers that this one has been a challenge to put together, but it has Chronicle helmer Josh Trank making his first big-budget effort, and it’s got a great cast of up and comers in Whiplash‘s Miles Teller as Reed Richard/Mr Fantastic, Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, House Of Cards… Read

Box Office

‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl BO

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2ND UPDATE, TUESDAY 4 AM PT: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a… Read

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Berlin Announces International Jury, Matthew Weiner And Audrey Tautou Among Line-Up

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The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky. This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer… Read

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Russian Spy Ring News Blends Into ‘The Americans’ & ‘Allegiance’ Marketing

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It is as if the feds are working for the marketing departments of FX and NBC. Two days before the third season premiere of FX’s The Americans and 10 days before the debut of the new NBC drama Allegiance, as the promo campaigns for both shows are in full swing, the Department of Justice today announced the arrest of an alleged Russian spy posing as a Manhattan banker as part of a Russian spy ring-busting operation. The criminal complaint felt straight out of the Cold War… Read

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Bear Grylls Set For New ITV Series; Keshet Preps Annual INTV Event: Global Showbiz Briefs

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ITV has commissioned a new Bear Grylls adventure series. He will star in Mission Survive, in which he takes eight celebrities into the depths of one of the most unforgiving Central American rainforests, where they will be competing in a 12-day survival mission. Grylls will guide the celebrities on their punishing assignments, assisted by survival experts Megan Hine and Scott Heffield. One contestant will be eliminated at the end of every episode until there are three… Read

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UPDATE: Lionsgate Closes Eli Roth-Keanu Reeves Thriller ‘Knock Knock’ At $2.5 Million

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UPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed it has a closed deal for the Eli Roth-directed Knock Knock, the sexy thriller that stars Keanu Reeves as a married man whose dalliance with a couple of young beauties becomes a nightmare for him. Sources close to the distributor peg the final value of the deal at $2.5 million. There are still numerous strong titles that have deals percolating, including Copcar and Brooklyn, the latter of which just screened. There is still a lot more… Read