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  1. It's Official: Focus Features International Will Close Doors Dec. 31

    10:41 am 11/6/2013

    UPDATED: The closure of the London office follows a major shake-up at the Universal specialty division that put Peter Schlessel in charge.Read more

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  2. Box Office Preview: 'Ender's Game' Eyeing $25 Million-Plus North American Debut

    11:46 am 10/31/2013

    UPDATED: Overseas, "Thor: Dark Word" begins its assault, grossing just north of $8 million on Wednesday as it opened in the U.K. and France, among a handful of other territories; high-profile openings at the North American specialty box office include "Diana" and doc "Casting By."Read more

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  3. '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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. '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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  7. '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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. '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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