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  1. 'Fifty Shades': EL James Welcomes Jamie Dornan to Cast

    9:35 am 10/25/2013

    The author's tweet confirms the actor will be playing Christian Grey.Read more

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  2. Jamie Dornan in Talks for 'Fifty Shades': Hollywood Reacts on Twitter

    9:01 am 10/24/2013

    Bret Easton Ellis, Lena Dunham and Kate Mara were among those sharing their thoughts about Wednesday night's big casting news.Read more

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  3. Focus Layoffs Begin, Foreign Sales Arm Likely to Close

    6:12 pm 10/21/2013

    As FilmDistrict's Peter Schlessel takes over Universal's specialty division, the unit's New York and London offices are expected to shutter.Read more

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  4. 'Fifty Shades': Charlie Hunnam's Script Showdown and the Chaotic Final Days

    7:00 am 10/16/2013

    Why the star got cold feet and the studio's wish list of actors willing to step in, as a deadline to start shooting the sexy book adaptation looms.Read more

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  5. 'That Awkward Moment' Trailer: Zac Efron Strips Down, Struggles to Stay Single (Video)

    2:24 pm 10/15/2013

    The film, co-starring Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, will be released by the new Focus Features on Jan. 31, 2014.Read more

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  6. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel Names New Executive Team

    1:36 pm 10/15/2013

    UPDATED: Schlessel has tapped several of his FilmDistrict colleagues to join him at Focus, which is undergoing a major transformation following the exit of ousted chief James Schamus. Read more

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  7. Focus Co-CEO Andrew Karpen Elects to Leave (Exclusive)

    12:19 pm 10/15/2013

    Karpen was asked to stay on by new Focus chief Peter Schlessel, but did not want to make the move to Los Angeles for family reasons. Read more

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  8. 'Fifty Shades' Movie Hires Writer for Script Work (Exclusive)

    12:45 pm 10/14/2013

    Universal/Focus brings on Oscar-nominated Patrick Marber ("Notes on a Scandal") to do a polish as possible replacements for Charlie Hunnam include "The Fall" actor Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard of "True Blood."Read more

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  9. James Schamus Parts Ways With Focus: 4 Films That Defined His Vision

    5:39 am 10/3/2013

    The co-founder gravitated to director-driven films, with a touch more edge and innovation than standard awards-season fare.Read more

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  10. Inside the Focus Shakeup: Universal Plotted Peter Schlessel Move for Months (Analysis)

    5:00 am 10/3/2013

    Why Universal's Donna Langley is charting a new, broader course for the specialty label as James Schamus exits and the veteran FilmDistrict exec takes over.Read more

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