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Why the Tale of 'Doc Holliday's Woman' Remains Unseen

4 November 2012 1:49 PM, PST

HBO's announcement that they are developing a one-hour series from Ron Howard about Doc Holliday immediately brought up bittersweet memories of the Doc Holliday miniseries my former partner and I had set up at ABC in the late '90's. Following William Morris, I had opened offices around the corner from the agency with a former ICM agent and named our company Benchmark Pictures. To get the attractive 860 square-foot office on Beverly Drive, we readily agreed to prepay for a year. With one assistant, one printer and two laptops, we found »


- Arthur Axelman

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'Skyfall' Adds Another $156M in Second Week at Overseas Box Office

4 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST

"Skyfall," the 23rd film in the James Bond series, grossed a staggering $156 million abroad this weekend, bringing the overseas total to $287 million after just 10 days.  Also read: At $49M, 'Wreck-It Ralph' Gets Boost From Storm Regions; Domestic Box Office Soars 15 Percent Sony will open "Skyfall" in the U.S. on Nov. 9. The next biggest overseas earner was Paramount's "Paranormal Activity 4," according to box office tracking service Rentrak. The low-budget horror film took in $14.3 million from 32 markets, raising its overall foreign gross to $68 million and its »


- Todd Cunningham

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Independent Box Office: 'Searching for Sugar Man' Surges, Storm Closures Limit Openers

4 November 2012 11:50 AM, PST

With several popular New York indie venues including the Angelika, the IFC Center and Film Forum shut down in the wake of Hurricane Sandy for at least part of the weekend, several specialty releases sputtered in their debuts. While the wide releases were able to absorb the loss of venues, the closures surely cut into the grosses for several films opening in limited release. The best news came from two holdovers. The Sony Pictures Classics documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" surged in its 15th week of release, taking in $162,675 over the »


- Todd Cunningham

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'SNL': Louis C.K. as Lincoln, and Meet Chris Christie's Sign Language Interpreter (Video)

4 November 2012 9:39 AM, PST

"Saturday Night Live" delivered a strong episode from a city digging its way out of hurricane damage, with a look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's sign-language interpreter and host Louis C.K. as Abraham Lincoln. You've seen Mayor Michael Bloomberg's animated interpreter -- but she had nothing on Christie's, played by Nasim Pedrad. Story continues after the video: C.K. did his monologue standup style, delivering a story about an old woman he met while stranded at an airport. Later he reimagined his FX sitcom, "Louie," as the story of a befuddled president with »


- Tim Molloy

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The 2012 Election: Will California Kill the Death Penalty?

4 November 2012 9:26 AM, PST

This weekend I got to vote against the death penalty. Prop 34 was one of the big reasons I drove an hour to Norwalk to exercise a civic duty early, since California's choice for president is not going to be swayed by me. But on the death penalty, every vote can make a difference. The proposal itself, offering to replace capital punishment with life without parole, is a moment to celebrate. It is a chance to consider what to do about a 35-year-old penalty that is both brutal and wasteful, senseless and, »

- Sharon Waxman

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Party Photos: Eddie Murphy Gets His Oscar Night After All

4 November 2012 8:47 AM, PST

Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry, Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence and Arsenio Hall all used the word "genius" to celebrate 30 years of the red leather suit, "the laugh" and bananas in tailpipes in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. A rowdy crowd of diehard Eddie Murphy fans – some of whom had won essay writing contests to gain entrance -- filled the Saban Theatre balcony above the cocktail tables full of top comic talent for Spike TV's taping of a tribute special "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only."   Right: Keenen Ivory Wayans, »


- Mikey Glazer

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Will Ferrell Wants You to Vote, Promises to Eat Toenails (Video)

3 November 2012 3:37 PM, PDT

How desperate is Will Ferrell for you to vote? With days and hours to go in the presidential campaign, the self-described "comedian, actor, founder of Facebook" has released a public appeal to get you to vote. And by 'you' he probably means all those twenty-somethings who showed up at the polls in 2008 and not so much in 2010. In a new video Ferrell, dressed in velvet smoking jacket finery, makes a series of tantalizing offers to get you to vote: "If you agree to vote in this year's election, I »


- Wrap Staff

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Viola Davis Joins 'Prisoners' Cast (Exclusive)

3 November 2012 3:12 PM, PDT

Viola Davis has joined the cast of "Prisoners," which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, TheWrap has learned. Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Help," also joins Paul Dano, Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in the thriller to be directed by Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies"). Written by Aaron Guzikowski ("Contraband"), the story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against Detective »


- Liza Foreman

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eOne Picks Up 'Stung' for Multiple Territories

3 November 2012 11:12 AM, PDT

Independent distributor Entertainment One has picked up rights from Xyz Films and Celluloid Nightmares to sell the film "Stung" for multiple territories, including the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa  and Scandinavia. The film, written by Adam Aresty and to be directed by Benni Diez, is produced by Xyz Films. It is currently casting and is scheduled to shoot in Europe in the spring of 2013. Foreign sales are being handled at Afm by Celluloid Nightmares, the partnership between Xyz Films and Paris-based Celluloid Dreams. The film tells the story of a fancy »


- Liza Foreman

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Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis Head to Myriad With 'Relanxious' (Exclusive)

3 November 2012 10:44 AM, PDT

The Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis relationship comedy "Relanxious" is moving forward for the Allegiance Theater, with Myriad Pictures distributing internationally and selling the film this week at the Afm. Brie Larson and Fred Armisen are also attached to star in the film, which was written and is to be directed by Christopher Storer. The Allegiance Theater's Daniel Dubiecki along with Myriad's Kirk D'Amico are producing. In the film, an anxiety-ridden Barrett (Wilde) meets agoraphobic George (Sudeikis) and the two engage in a courtship over the phone, discussing the dates they would go »


- Liza Foreman

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European Film Awards Show Love to 'Amour'

3 November 2012 9:35 AM, PDT

"Amour," Michael Haneke's wrenching story of old age, was the most nominated film for the European Film Awards, which were announced on Saturday in Seville, Spain, by the European Film Academy. "Amour," the Cannes winner that  will be released in the U.S. in December by Sony Pictures Classics, picked up six nominations, including European Film 2012, writing and directing nods for Haneke, and acting kudos for Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. Thomas Vinterberg's "Jagten" ("The Hunt"), about a small-town schoolteacher accused of child molestation, and Steve McQueen's sexually explicit "Shame" (which qualified »


- Steve Pond

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'Wreck-It Ralph' Running Up $48M Box-Office Score

3 November 2012 9:20 AM, PDT

Disney's "Wreck-it Ralph," an animated homage to classic video games, set off bells and whistles at the box office Friday and is on its way to a $48 million weekend. The PG-rated family film from Disney Animation took in $13.4 million from 3,752 screens in its first day of release. That's a roughly $3,570 per-screen average and puts "Wreck-it Ralph" on pace to match the opening weekend of Disney Animation's last film, "Tangled." That film debuted at $48 million in November 2010 and went on to make $200 million domestically and »


- Todd Cunningham

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Johnny Depp Starrer 'Transcendence' Gives Summit Afm Hit (Exclusive)

2 November 2012 10:27 PM, PDT

Who says that you can't sell a $100 million movie at the American Film Market? Summit has taken on sales duties for "Transcendence," a sci-fi /fantasy feature budgeted at $120 million, and is selling the film to international buyers this week at the annual film market. The film has created the biggest buzz of the week, in a market where buyers say there are few notable titles. "Transcendence" stars Johnny Depp and is being directed by Wally Pfister. It was   written by Jack PaglenBroderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Kate Cohen, Annie Marter, »


- Liza Foreman

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Christian Slater Feature 'Stranded' Picked Up for U.S. Release

2 November 2012 5:39 PM, PDT

Image Entertainment has picked up all U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller "Stranded," starring Christian Slater, the company announced on Friday at the Afm. Directed by Roger Christian and produced by Minds Eye Entertainment in association with Moving Pictures Media, the film also stars Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio and Michael Therriault. "We're happy that Image will be our partner once again," Kevin DeWalt, Minds Eye Entertainment CEO and producer said in a statement.  "We look forward to working with them on the sci-fi suspense thriller that is Stranded."  The story follows four astronauts »


- Liza Foreman

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'Searching for Sugar Man' Tops Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

2 November 2012 5:21 PM, PDT

"Searching for Sugar Man" secured its second major documentary-award nomination on Friday afternoon, landing a nod for the Cinema Eye Honors' top award 11 days after earning the same from the International Documentary Association. The film about the resurrection of '70s rocker Rodriguez was the only film to be nominated for best documentary by both the Cinema Eye Honors and the Ida, the two major organizations that honor non-fiction filmmaking. Other nominees in the Cinema Eye category of Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking are "5 Broken Cameras," "Detropia," "The Imposter," "Marina Abramovich: »


- Steve Pond

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Jude Law Joins 'Queen of the Desert' Cast

2 November 2012 5:17 PM, PDT

Jude Law has joined Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in "Queen of the Desert," a period drama written and directed by Werner Herzog, the filmmakers announced on Friday at the American Film Market. Nick Raslan will produce through his Palmyra Films banner, along with Cassian Elwes and Michael BenaroyaBenaroya Pictures will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales. The film stars Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché   who is credited with helping catalyze the formation of the modern Middle East at the dawn of »


- Liza Foreman

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Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Rohan Chandz Join Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words'

2 November 2012 5:13 PM, PDT

Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz have joined the cast of "Bad Words," Jason Bateman's directorial debut. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, an embittered 41-year old high school dropout who enters the National Quill Spelling Bee thanks to a loophole. Even though the competition is meant for kids in eighth grade or younger, he makes it to nationals. Janney will play the organization's director, Dr. Bernice Deagan, who is outraged by the whole situation. Chandz will play Chaitanya, a socially awkward fellow contestant unfazed by Trilby's antics. The two ultimately »


- Lucas Shaw

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New York Marathon Canceled Because of Sandy

2 November 2012 4:16 PM, PDT

The New York Marathon has been canceled amid complaints it was diverting city resources from the relief effort after Hurricane Sandy. The event was to have aired on Espn Sunday, when the network planned to air PSAs calling on viewers to donate money to the Red Cross. "We have decided to cancel the NYC marathon," Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office tweeted Friday afternoon. "The New York Road Runners will have additional information in days ahead for participants." It was a difficult decision: The race brings money into the city from runners resting up in »


- Tim Molloy

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Bac Films Shops Gael Garcia Bernal Starrer to Afm Buyers

2 November 2012 3:50 PM, PDT

Bac Films International has picked up sales duties on "The Ardor," an Amazon-set feature from director, Pablo Fendrik. Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Alice Braga will star in this modern day Western, which is being sold at this week's American Film Market. Bernal will play an Amazon shaman who seeks revenge in the jungle after witnessing an attack. The film is due to start filming in March. Bac's Afm slate also includes Baltasar Kormakur's real life survival tale "The Deep," which is Iceland's entry for the 2013 foreign film Oscars. Other films that »


- Liza Foreman

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Paramount Taps Sierra/Affinity to Sell Robert Zemeckis, Michael Bay Films at Afm

2 November 2012 3:38 PM, PDT

Sierra/Affinity has been tapped by Paramount Pictures to handle its international distribution on films from Michael Bay (below) and Robert Zemeckis, the company announced Friday at the American Film Market. Sierra/Affinity will license the distribution rights to Paramount's Zemeckis film, "Flight" internationally in select territories. The film was released Friday in North America. Deals were recently closed on the film in a number of territories including Germany and  Switzerland with StudioCanal, and in Spain and Spanish speaking Andorra with Tri Pictures. Sierra/Affinity will also be representing the rights to Paramount and Michael Bay's »


- Liza Foreman

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