Cameron Diaz is set to star opposite Colin Firth in Gambit, Michael Hoffman's remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Producer Mike Lobell (Tears of the Sun) has worked on the project for several years with his partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris at Crime Scene Pictures, and the production is set to begin shooting in May from a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit).

Diaz' last film, The Green Hornet, is turning out to be a modest hit, having earned almost $140 million worldwide since its release on January 14. Meanwhile, the film will mark Firth's highest-profile commercial work since Mamma Mia!, although the actor is currently enjoying a considerable amount of attention thanks to his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated turn in The King's Speech. Firth will play an art curator who attempts to con a wealthy collector by enlisting the help of Diaz, who agrees to pretend to be a woman whose grandfather acquired the painting during WWII.


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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar®-winning actress Julia Roberts will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2011 Board of Governors Award. Roberts will be honored during the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 13 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

"Cinematographers and actors have a special rapport that begins with a mutual trust," says ASC Awards Committee Chair Richard Crudo. "Julia brings something extra to that relationship, and further elevates what we do with her beauty and grace. She's a gift to every cinematographer she works with."

Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in Erin Brockovich, and Oscar nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

Roberts' many other credits include Michael Collins, Everyone Says I Love You, My Best Friend's Wedding, Conspiracy Theory, Notting Hill, Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Mexican, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Charlie Wilson's War, Closer and Duplicity. She provided the voice of Charlotte in the animated film Charlotte's Web and made her Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain.

Most recently, Roberts starred in Eat Pray Love based on the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Her next film, Larry Crowne, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is scheduled for release in July 2011.

The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to individuals who have made extraordinary achievements to advancing the art and craft of filmmaking. Previous recipients include Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among others.

"In an industry that accords the respect of legendary stardom very infrequently, Julia Roberts has demonstrated continuously-by the strength of her performances and the perfection of her craft-that she has earned this distinction many times over," says ASC President Michael Goi. "She represents the best of Hollywood to the world."

In addition to the Board of Governors Award, the ASC will present its annual award for outstanding cinematography in a feature film. The nominees, who were announced earlier this year, are Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan);three-time ASC Award nominee Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception); Danny Cohen, BSC (The King's Speech); Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit).



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Anchor Bay snagged U.S. distribution rights to The Son of No One, a cop drama starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino.

* * * is reporting that Pariah, a coming-of-age tale about an African American teen from Brooklyn, has landed at Focus. The film is already earning comparisons to Precious. Director Dee Rees has also signed a deal to write a new script for Focus.

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THR is reporting that IFC/Sony Worldwide Acquisitions have teamed up to acquire Salvation Boulevard. The satire stars Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei and Ed Harris.

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Magnolia has picked up the rights to director Mark Pellington's thriller I Melt With You. The film stars Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey.

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Fox Searchlight has scooped up Another Earth from director Mike Cahill.

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up The Guard, a new cop flick starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson.

* * * is reporting Liddell Entertainment has acquired domestic and international--with the exception of UK, Scandanavia and the Middle East--rights to Silent House, a thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company are circling as potential distributors.

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Page One, a new documentary about working for The New York Times, will be distributed in North America by Magnolia and Participant.

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PARK CITY, UT -- Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the suspenseful drama MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Written and directed by Sean Durkin, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Maybach Cunningham and FilmHaven entertainment present a Borderline Films Production in association with This Is that. The film was produced by Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, Chris Maybach and Patrick Cunningham. Ted Hope, Matt Palmieri, Saerom Kim, Saemi Kim and Alexander Schepsman are executive producers with Andrew Corkin as co-producer. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.

"We were all captivated by the compelling performances and the expert craftsmanship of Sean Durkin," said Gilula and Utley. "We are excited to bring this gripping drama to audiences everywhere."

"Sean Durkin has crafted a riveting first feature," said Claudia Lewis, President of Production. "We are thrilled to be working with a director who has such an original voice. We hope to make many more films with Borderline Films, this exceptional team of young filmmakers."

"Josh, Antonio and I have had such an incredible experience at Sundance this year," said Durkin. "We are excited to be working with Searchlight, a company that has consistently embraced new voices and unique storytelling."

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight's Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O'Brien, Vice President of Acquisitions Ray Strache and Richard Klubeck, Rena Ronson and David Flynn of UTA's Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Borderline is managed by Melissa Breaux of Washington Square Arts.

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PARK CITY, Utah - National Geographic has acquired the U.S. rights to the global film project Life in a Day, executive produced by Ridley Scott, through his Scott Free UK banner, and directed by Academy Award© winner Kevin Macdonald. The pair, via YouTube, asked people around the world to capture their life in a day on July 24, 2010. Worldwide YouTube users responded with over 80,000 submissions from 192 countries, totaling over 4,500 hours of footage. Submissions were cut down to create one 90-minute documentary featuring over 1000 clips from YouTube users around the globe.

* * * is reporting that IFC has scooped up The Ledge, a new drama starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard and Christopher Gorham. Read our review of the film here.

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has landed at Fox Searchlight. The film stars Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore as two high school students who start dating after years of being friends.

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The Weinstein Company has scooped up My Idiot Brother, a new comedy from director Jesse Peretz. The film stars Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy and Elizabeth Banks.

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THR is reporting that Kevin Smith will take Red State out on the road and be responsible for distributing the film himself. Says Smith, "Indie film isn't dead, it just grew up. It is just indie film 2.0 now. In indie film 2.0, we don't let them sell our movie, we sell our movie ourselves."

* * * is reporting that J.C. Chandor's Margin Call has been picked up by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell and Stanley Tucci star in the film. According to IMDb, Margin Call is, "A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis."

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Culver City, Ca -- Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a playful yet thought provoking documentary examining the world of product placement, marketing and advertising through a film financed entirely by product placement, marketing and advertising. Sony Pictures Classics will open the film in North America this April. The announcement was made today by SPWA President Steve Bersch. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), The Greatest Movie Ever Sold was written by Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, and produced by Spurlock, Chilnick and Abbie Hurewitz through Spurlock's production company, Warrior Poets, alongside Snoot Entertainment producers Keith Calder and Jessica Wu. The deal was made by SPWA's Scott Shooman and Michael Helfand with CAA. The film is scheduled to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

From the billboards in Times Square to the barren streets of São Paulo, acclaimed documentarian Morgan Spurlock shines a light on the world of product placement, marketing and advertising through his new film, fully financed by the very product placement the movie explores on screen. With humor and insight, Spurlock unmasks the marketing process, bringing audiences directly into the pitch meetings and marketing presentations which inform our everyday entertainment decisions. From small, family-owned operations to multi-million dollar global brands, Spurlock uses his integrity as currency to sell out to the highest bidder, and garners the kind of large-scale marketing support and promotions customarily reserved for studio blockbusters in an effort to create a first - a "docbuster."

"We are thrilled to continue Sony's longstanding relationship with Morgan. He has made an extremely creative and original movie which we think audiences will really embrace," says Steve Bersch, President, SPWA.

"Sony Pictures is the greatest distributor a film could have. It's a dream come true to work with Steve, Tom and Michael on this movie," noted Spurlock. "Together, I think we're going to break new ground."

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- HBO has snagged all domestic rights to Project Nim, the new documentary about a family raising a chimp as a human child in 1970s Manhattan. The doc comes from Man on Wire director James Marsh.

- Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Australian and Latin American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Take Shelter. The new drama from director Jeff Nichols stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The story follows a man descending into madness.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Relativity Media, LLC announced today that it will theatrically market and distribute Smokewood Entertainment's feature film Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer in the U.S. on behalf of the producers. Directed by John Schultz (Like Mike, Aliens in the Attic), the film stars Australian actress Jordana Beatty (Superman Returns) as Judy Moody alongside Heather Graham (The Hangover).

The film chronicles Judy Moody's adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Graham). The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald's popular children's book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press. There are nine adventures in the bestselling series, with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide, and translations in 22 languages. McDonald has written a novel inspired by the film's script which will be published May 24, 2011.

Producing are Smokewood's Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness (Tennessee), the Oscar-nominated producers of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Bobbi Sue Luther and Andrew Sugerman are executive producing. CAA brokered the deal with Relativity on behalf of Smokewood. The project is set for a Summer 2011 wide release.

"Judy Moody has an enormous fan base the world over," said producer Siegel-Magness. "We are excited to partner with the savvy team at Relativity to bring this beloved character to the big screen."

Relativity currently has Golden Globe®-winner and seven-time Oscar®-nominee The Fighter in theatres, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. Relativity's 2011 slate also includes current release Season of the Witch starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. The hilarious Take Me Home Tonight debuts on March 4th starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Following on March 18th, is the much-anticipated Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro. Relativity recently announced its acquisition of the Untitled David R. Ellis 3D Shark Thriller which will release in theatres on September 2nd. Finally on November 11th, 2011 is Immortals starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.


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CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie®, the world leader in digital cinema projection, is the brand of choice for the first multiplex in Missouri that eliminates the traditional projectionist booth and requires no human operator, B&B Theatres' Wildwood 10. The groundbreaking multiplex's booth-less auditoriums, installed by Kansas-based Sonic Equipment Company, are powered by Christie SolariaTM Series digital cinema projectors. The projectors sit on platforms supported by 16-foot beams that moviegoers can walk under, with a control room on a lower level that is the heart of the digital cinema system. A total of 10 Christie Solaria CP2220 4K-ready DLP Cinema® projectors were installed with six of them set up for Real D 3D presentations.

"The booth-less auditoriums are a first for us. They create a ‘cool effect' that we believe is the way to go in our new theatres," said Dennis McIntire, Director of Strategic Planning for B&B. "We have a very strong track record with Christie. Since the projectors platforms are designed to be low maintenance, we needed a projection system of the highest quality and durability, and Christie was the best fit."

"Booth-fewer auditoriums are an exciting new development and, at Sonic, we thrive on being on the leading edge," said Eric Olson, Director of Operations, Sonic Equipment Company. "We needed digital projectors that would eliminate the fear of the unknown, and Christie took the fear factor out of the equation. Their projectors perform continuously, without worrying about frequent access for servicing. We have enormous confidence in the reliability of Christie projectors and wouldn't have attempted the booth-less auditoriums without them."

The Wildwood 10 Theatres represent the new face of the B&B brand. In addition to being Missouri's first, all-digital multiplex, it features two plush "Marquee Suites" for patrons who are over 21, as well as a spectacular 56-foot wide, wall-to-wall Grand Screen, also lit up by a Christie projector, that offers the latest in 3D video and audio technology. The building's façade incorporates an Art Deco spire and vertical signage that were built from the ground up on the site of a former bank, while the interior décor features murals of stylized Hollywood scenes. The Wildwood 10 had its grand opening in October, bringing the family-run chain's total digital screens to 62 and putting them on track to digitize all of their 204 screens within two years.

Sonic's Eric Olson noted that Christie Managed Services also played an integral role in his decision to recommend Christie projectors.

"The service allows us to offer our customer a wider range of support and maintenance to help them best manage their new high tech digital systems," he said. "Christie Managed Services blends seamlessly with our technical capabilities to provide a solid foundation of support that includes expertise in planning, procurement, logistics, pre-staging and integration, as well as implementation of system rollouts."

Olson added, "I am amazed with how little the theatre manager has to worry about, considering the sophistication of these projection systems. Christie Managed Services is like a full time projectionist continuously monitoring the systems."

"The best projection systems in the world are of little value if they are not also highly reliable," noted Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "Christie's strong reputation in the exhibition community is based on providing products of proven dependability, backed by unmatched technical expertise. B&B's new booth-less theaters are a tribute to the confidence they have in Christie projectors and our commitment to meeting the most challenging needs of our customers."


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