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    Reuters: Grim Romanian tale lights up Cannes Film Festival

    A hard-hitting Romanian film set towards the end of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's rule is making the early running at Cannes Film Festival, with critics calling it a favorite only three days into the competition. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," directed by Cristian Mungiu, is set in a single day and ...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Sex and Emotion in "Love Songs"; Marche Soiree; and More

    One year ago here in Cannes the American film "Shortbus" captured sex, love and music among a group of New Yorkers. This year, a new French film hits some similar notes. While not as graphic in its depiction of sex, Christophe Honore's "Love Songs" (Les Chansons d'Amour), which premiered Friday nigh...

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    iW NEWS | Salles on Board to Co-Produce Upcoming Trapero Pic

    "Central Station" director Walter Salles has joined on to co-produce Argentine director Pablo Trapero's ("Rolling Family") upcoming project, tentatively titled "Misencounter," Korea-based Cineclick Asia announced Thursday. Trapero's fifth feature, the film is the story of a beautiful university girl...

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    iW NEWS | "How To Lose" Begins Shooting

    Number 9 Films announced that director Bob Weide's "How To Lose Friends and Alienate People" has started principal photography. The romantic comedy, starring Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz"), Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, and Gillian Anderson, was adapted by Peter Straughan from Toby Young's best-selling mem...

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    iW NEWS | Firth, Davis and Keener In Michael Winterbottom's "Genova"

    Michael Winterbottom's follow-up to "A Mighty Heart," Film 4 backed "Genova," has confirmed Colin Firth, Hope Davis, and Catherine Keener as its stars. Relative newcomers Willa Holland ("The O.C.") and Perla Haney-Jardine ("Spiderman 3") will co-star.

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    iW NEWS | Paramount, Vantage, and Overture Announce Partnership

    Overture Films, Paramount Vantage and Paramount Pictures International announced that they have signed a comprehensive global distribution deal. As part of the deal, Overture will have access to Vantage's new international sales division as well as to Paramount Picture International's distribution ...

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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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