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    CANNES '07 | Cuaron, Del Toro, and Inarritu Form 'cha cha cha'; Trio Ink 5 Film Pact With Universal/

    Acclaimed filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men"), Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") are forming cha cha cha, a unique production partnership debuting with a Cannes market project. Cha cha cha is partnering with Universal Pictures and its Focus F...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Meet The Jury, IM Global Hits the Marche, Seinfeld Flies, "Blueberry" Nig

    No sooner does the Festival de Cannes open than attendees start buzzing about the potential award-winners. Last year, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver," which screened early in the festival became the instant odds on favorite to win the top prize, the Palme d'Or, which it famously lost to Ken Loach's "The ...

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    iW NEWS | Moodysson To Make "Mammoth"

    Swedish director Lukas Moodysson will begin principal photography on his first English-language film, "Mammoth" this October. Moodysson's previous films, "Fucking Amal," "Together," and "Lilya 4-ever" have all received international acclaim and won numerous awards.

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    iW NEWS | De Niro and Pacino Team Up for "indie" Cop Thriller

    Actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are teaming up on a film to be directed by Jon Avnet ("88 Minutes") titled "Righteous Kill," a $60 million project to be produced by Nu Image's Millennium Films. Set to begin shooting in Connecticut and New York August 6, the film was described by producers Avi Le...

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    iW NEWS | Little Film, Egoli Tossell Team For Two

    L.A. based The Little Film Company and leading German production outfit Egoil Tossell ("Black Book") are partnering again on two films being introduced at Cannes: "Helen" and "Menchem and Fred." They previously partnered (along with Zephyr Films) on "The Last Station," starring Meryl Streep and Ant...

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    iW NEWS | "Aftermath" To Start Production

    Dreamachine announced at Cannes that Academy Award winner Caroline Kink ("Nowhere in Africa") will start production on the contemporary drama, "Aftermath." The film is co-produced by Constantin Film and Bavaria Film and will be shot on location in Germany. Dreamachine will handle worldwide sales.

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    iW NEWS | Corsan Making "Singularity"

    Belgium-based production, financing, distribution and international sales company Corsan announced that it is teaming up with Indian production company Neelmudra Entertainment to produce the epic romantic adventure "Singularity." Golden Palm winner Ronald Joffe ("The Killing Fields") will direct an...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: "It is a film that reasserts our

    A view of war outside and in is the subject of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's Atelier project "I Can't Go Home", about a pregnant Lebanese filmmaker stuck in Paris as war breaks out back home, while her doctor husband struggles at the center of it. Directors of numerous short films, Hadjith...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Pablo Aguero: "My town is in the mythical valley of Argentinean Patag

    From Argentina, Pablo Aguero brings his project "Salamandra" to The Atelier, where as a first-time filmmaker his project will be among the few given priority. Described as a "conjunction of opposites", the story is of a mother struggling to raise her son in Patagonia and uses much of the director's...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Fest Tastes "Blueberry" and Wong Kar Wai Reworks "Ashes" As 60th Cannes

    Not surprisingly, director Wong Kar Wai was in the Festival de Cannes spotlight today (Wednesday) as his "My Blueberry Nights" opened the 60th anniversary this evening (and he announced a key deal for a new version of an old film). An overflow crowd of journalists warmly greeted Wong, Jude Law and acting newcomer Norah Jones after the first press screening of the film at the Palais des Festivals. New York Times critic A.O. Scott sat in an aisle on the floor during this afternoon's conference, while North American distributor Harvey Weinstein stood beside the stage while Wong smiled broadly several times during the press conference. Joking ear...

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