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'Amour,' 'The Master' Lead London Film Critics Noms; Toronto Critics Fete 'The Master': Biz Break

'Amour,' 'The Master' Lead London Film Critics Noms; Toronto Critics Fete 'The Master': Biz Break

Michael Haneke's Amour and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master lead London critics' nominations. Also in Tuesday's news round-up, Toronto critics name their picks for 2012; Richard Gere is among more honorees at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival; Bully is set for Producers Guild honors; and Ricky Gervais is eyeing the Muppets sequel.
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Richard Gere Considering Counter-Islamophobia Pic; Ewan McGregor Eyes Australian Crime Thriller: Biz Break

Richard Gere arriving to the 19th Annual American Museum of the Moving Image Benefit Salute to Richard Gere at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on April 20, 2004.

Manhattan, New York

Photo © Matt Baron/BEImages

Also in Friday morning's round-up of news briefs: Ridley Scott gives the low-down on a Blade Runner sequel. Michelle Williams is eyeing a role in a WWII-era drama and a run-down on the weekend's new specialty release offerings.
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Richard Gere's Agent Says He's 'A Better Actor Than A Hunk' At Q&A With Alec Baldwin

Richard Gere's Agent Says He's 'A Better Actor Than A Hunk' At Q&A With Alec Baldwin

The scene outside East Hampton's usually civilized Guild Hall was almost as frenzied as a mosh pit on Saturday night when an overflow crowd turned up to watch Alec Baldwin interview fellow leading man Richard Gere. The spirited conversation, which focused mostly on Gere's pre-Pretty Woman career, was a precursor to the Arbitrage actor receiving the Hamptons International Film Festival's 2012 Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting. more »

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Judge Sides With James Cameron In Avatar Copyright Case; Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct Ezekiel Moss: Biz Break

Judge Sides With James Cameron In Avatar Copyright Case; Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct Ezekiel Moss: Biz Break

Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs, Charlie Kaufman has turned to crowd funding (seemingly quite successfully) for a stop motion animation project. Richard Gere's Arbitrage is set to open a Middle Eastern film festival. And Park Chan-wook is set to direct a Corsican mafia story.
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WATCH: Richard Gere's Arbitrage co-stars pimp him out for an Oscar nomination!

WATCH: Richard Gere's Arbitrage co-stars pimp him out for an Oscar nomination!

Fittingly, Richard Gere's new Wall Street thriller Arbitrage had a screening this week hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Brioni, and high-end jeweler Piaget.

But the Peggy Siegal Company fete was hardly a frivolous bacchanal.  Gere and his fellow stars Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling wondered out-loud why more investment bankers weren't in jail, and writer/director Nicholas Jarecki noted his goal was to turn a "paper crime into a blood crime".

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Richard Gere To Receive Honors At Upcoming Hamptons Film Festival; Twilight Tix To Go On Sale October 1st Online: Biz Break

Richard Gere arriving to the 19th Annual American Museum of the Moving Image Benefit Salute to Richard Gere at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on April 20, 2004.

Manhattan, New York

Photo © Matt Baron/BEImages

Also in Thursday evening's round-up of news briefs, the Academy names a director for the 85th Oscars telecast. And a slew of Venice and Toronto titles find homes, leading them to U.S. theaters in the coming months.
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REVIEW: Money, And Richard Gere, Fuel Fatalistic Financial Thriller Arbitrage

REVIEW: Money, And Richard Gere, Fuel Fatalistic Financial Thriller Arbitrage

Billionaire Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a cheat. He cheats on his wife (Susan Sarandon) with his mistress, and on his mistress (Laetitia Casta) with his job. And for his job as CEO of one of those mysteriously mighty hedge funds that control the world in Arbitrage, he'll cheat everybody: the IRS, his daughter and business partner (Brit Marling), the buddy who loaned him $412 million, and the fellow mogul Miller wants to acquire his company so he can, of course, spend time with his family, even though the idea confuses them. “I'm just trying to imagine what we would do?” laughs Marling.
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TRAILER: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling and the New Greed in Arbitrage

TRAILER: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling and the New Greed in Arbitrage

Richard Gere gets the golden line in this trailer for Sundance 2012's drama-thriller Arbitrage, the feature directorial debut from Nicholas Jarecki (The Outsider). "World events all revolve around five things, M-O-N-E-Y," he says, perhaps taking a cue from Wall Street's own philosophy courtesy of Gordon Gekko (though he preferred the more direct g-r-e-e-d).
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Richard Gere Renounces, Misses Point on Pretty Woman

Richard Gere Renounces, Misses Point on Pretty Woman

"'It’s my least favorite thing. [...] People ask me about that movie, but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy. [Arbitrage] is a much more serious movie that has some real cause and effect.' Incredibly, the grumpy star also claims his Pretty Woman character Edward Lewis helped contribute to the global financial crisis, as he glorified greedy and selfish Wall Street types. 'It made those guys seem dashing, which was so wrong,' Richard explains. 'Thankfully, today, we are all more skeptical of those guys.'" Except for hookers! Some things never change. [Woman's Day via Big Hollywood]

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SUNDANCE: Richard Gere Wall Street Thriller Arbitrage Leads Latest Deals (Updated List)

SUNDANCE: Richard Gere Wall Street Thriller Arbitrage Leads Latest Deals (Updated List)

Our Sundance bidding-war preview may have foreseen only part of the fervor around the John Hawkes/Helen Hunt drama The Surrogate, but how's this for compensation: As predicted, the Richard Gere/Susan Sarandon Wall Street thriller Arbitrage went to Roadside Attractions (with its partners at Lionsgate) for just over $2 million. Bam! That's not it for deals, either: Get the updated roster of Sundance pics -– and see which offerings earned raves, and which didn’t -- after the jump.
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The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

No matter how many gifting suites, D-list "celebrities" and/or head-splitting parties the malevolent forces of modern commerce may stuff into the wintry idyll of Park City over the next week, we'll always have the movies. And as usual, "we" also means studios and distributors with money to burn and release slates to fill. Let the Sundance bidding wars begin!
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Stephen Moyer on His Double Jail Time, True Blood's Camera Tricks and the Reason He Won't Do a Rom-Com

arrives at the 3rd Annual TeenNick HALO Awards at Hollywood Palladium on October 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

American audiences came to love English actor Stephen Moyer as sexy, small-town vampire Bill Compton on HBO's hit show True Blood. But when the award-winning Alan Ball series goes on hiatus -- as it is now between its fourth and fifth seasons -- the accomplished stage actor fits in as many film projects as he can. The latest being The Double, Michael Brand's directorial debut which co-stars Moyer as a Soviet psychopath assassin who is locked behind bars with only a gruesome facial scar and a secret -- a secret that Richard Gere and Topher Grace try to wheedle out of him as they investigate the murder of a senator in this political thriller.

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