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    Cannes '06 Critics Notebook: Almodovar and Actresses Out in Front; "Fast Food" Undercooked

    Much adored, and justifiably so, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" has emerged as the early frontrunner in this year's race for the Palme d'Or. No other film in the festival's competition has so far drawn such universal praise from Cannes attendees. A return to Almodovar's favorite topics -- women, motherh...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Teboho Mahlatsi: "I love the contradictions of being African and dea

    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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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Paramount Re-Brands Specialty Unit; Brazilian Effort; "Solo Dios" Deal; Sev

    After an extended interim period following his appointment to lead Paramount's specialty division, John Lesher announced Friday in Cannes that the company's new name is Paramount Vantage. The group's former name, Paramount Classics, will remain a label within the specialty division, releasing an exi...

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    AP: Chinese Director Says He'd Bow to Censors

    Chinese director Lou Ye flew to Cannes for the black-tie premiere of his love story set amid the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, but his movie's producers stayed home. Someone had to deal with the censors. Lou was still awaiting word Thursday on whether his film, "Summer Palace," would clear the ...

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    NY Times: At Cannes, Foreign Art Films Mix With Politics

    "With the manufactured hysteria over 'The Da Vinci Code' now little more than a fast-fading hangover, the 59th Cannes Film Festival has begun in earnest. And just as they do every year, the programmers have proved that in between the critical grandstanding and the public-relations hyperbole there actually is room for art, or at the very least some satisfying films. The first few days here have not yet produced any revelations, but filmgoers have again been able to tour the cinematic world, passing through Paris on the way to Paraguay and Tiananmen Square, where the politics are almost as hot as the sex." Manohla Dargis reports.[Free subscript...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: In "Volver," Almodovar Explores His Past and Considers His Future

    The Festival de Cannes loves Pedro Almodovar and audiences seem to love his new film. At this morning's first screening of "Volver," some journalists in the Lumiere Theater clapped when his name came on screen and at the end of the movie; even more of them broke out in applause. If attendees were w...

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    Paramount Vantage Unveiled; Unit Will Include Paramount Classics

    Today in Cannes, Paramount officially unveiled Paramount Vantage, its new speciality division that will include the Paramount Classics label. The unit, run by John Lesher, will release 8 - 10 films per year, ranging from house films to smaller budgeted comedy and horror films, according to the annou...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Bernard Bellefroid: "When you are living in a world full of violence

    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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    AP: Rebel Director Takes on Irish Cause

    Ken Loach, Britain's cinematic patron saint of the downtrodden, is taking on a piece of history he believes has been played down in his native land the country's history of imperialism in Ireland and elsewhere. A regular at the Cannes Film Festival with such films as "My Name Is Joe," "Sweet Sixteen...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Marche Madness; Oh, Canada!; Alan Ball's Latest; Penguins, and Many More De

    Once the second day of the Marche du Film came to a close, some of the nearly 10,000 attendees made their way to the nearby beach at the Majestic Hotel for the annual kick-off bash. Not surprisingly, expectations were high for this year's Cannes Market. As is often the case, some buyers and sellers ...

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