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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Ursula Meier: "I wanted to change the perspective, to look at things

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    Ang Lee Signs On To Direct Another Focus Features' Film

    Focus Features CEO James Schamus announced today in a release from Cannes that Ang Lee, the award-winning director of "Brokeback Mountain," has agreed to make his second consecutive film, "Lust, Caution," with Focus Features. The film is described by the release as an "espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai," and is being adapted from a short story by the late Chinese author Eileen Chang. Bill Kong, who worked with Lee on his film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will produce the film and Schamus will executive produce it. Production is scheduled to begin in the fall, the release states. "I'm delighted that Ang is back with all of us h...

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    Reuters: Director Winkler Gets Real With Iraq War Film

    Acclaimed U.S. director Irwin Winkler did not wait for U.S. troops to leave Iraq to make "Home of the Brave," a movie that looks not only at the horror of war but also at the lives that soldiers left behind. When finished later this year the film will join a long list of films on a similar theme, including the Vietnam-era tales "Coming Home" and "Born on the Fourth of July." But while those films were made well after the fighting was over, Winkler has chosen to comment on the impact of the Iraq war while the conflict is still in progress."I felt very much that I had to tell a story that was deeper than what you see on TV," Winkler told Reuter...

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    Reuters: Cannes Market Proves Buoyant For Industry

    While stars like Tom Hanks and Penelope Cruz grabbed the limelight on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival this week, deal-making for global movie rights proved fast and furious, industry players said. To the general public, images of the A-listers as they are dazzled by walls of paparazzi and TV crews are what the world's biggest film shindig is best known for. Behind closed doors, or over a bottle of champagne aboard a luxury yacht, the money does the talking, although more than ever this year players are having to grapple with technological changes on the Internet and devices like the iPod. Even though worldwide box offices suffered ...

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    The Heartbreakers: "A Lion in the House"

    [indieWIRE's weekly reviews are usually written by critics from Reverse Shot. This week, they've handed their column over to Steve Ramos who takes a look at Reverse Shot's first theatrical release. ]

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Sony Classics to Release Satrapi's "Persepolis" Memoir; IFC Picks Up "Destr

    In a deal with Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics announced Tuesday it will release "Persepolis" (based on Marjane Satrapi's best-selling graphic novel autobiography) in North America. Satrapi co-wrote and is co-directing the project with Vincent Paronnaud. Executive produced by Kathleen Kenne...

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    Cast Set for Wong Kar Wai's "Blueberry"

    Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, president of the competition jury here at the Festival de Cannes, willl begin pre-production on "My Blueberry Nights" following the festival. Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and Norah Jones will star in his first English-language effort, Studio Canal has conf...

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    Cannes '06 Critics Notebook: World Auteurs and American Mavericks: Bold Visions and Taking Risks

    Over the last three days, a trio of international auteurs has crashed the Cannes competition that could upset any predicable outcomes in this year's race for the Palme D'Or. While the films, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Climates," Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," and Bruno Dumont's "Flandres," don't r...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. Thre...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Christina Andreef: "Nikki Gemmell's book jumped off the page wanting

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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