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Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

I'm sitting in a JFK airport restaurant charging my computer, my BlackBerry and my iPod, steeling myself for another long flight. I flew into NY a month ago, so I have to fly back to LA from here, too. Sigh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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Rotten Tomatoes Integrates with iTunes

As of May 20, Rotten Tomatoes is integrated with Apple’s iTunes Store. Thus the Tomatometer scores that aggregate reviews from hundreds of critics are now part of the information page for movies across the web on the iPhone iTunes application. Users can click for more info directly from the iTunes Store to Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:51 PM
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Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?
In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:50 PM
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Quaid and Sheen Play Clinton and Blair in Morgan's Special Relationship

HBO premiered the third latest installment in Granada's series starring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, The Special Relationship, Wednesday night at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, where Amy Dawes spoke to star Dennis Quaid and writer Peter Morgan.
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  • May 20, 2010 10:28 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Bier's In a Better World

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Susanne Bier’s In a Better World from TrustNordisk, which has sold the film to more than 30 countries. I am a huge fan of Bier's Brothers and After the Wedding, both also co-written by Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen. This is the intensely emotional drama of two Danish families. Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced the film for Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with Memfis Film International, DR, SVT, Film i Väst and Trollhättan Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 7:54 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Poaches Associate Publisher from LA Times

Richard Beckman, CEO of e5 Global Media, owner of The Hollywood Reporter, has poached the LAT's movie advertising director, Michaela Apruzzese, to be associate publisher, entertainment of The Hollywood Reporter. She sounds like she has the right skill set for the job. Apruzzese will oversee entertainment industry advertising for THR's print, event and digital platforms. She starts in early June and reports to new publisher Lori Burgess, who replaced Erik Mica. “Michaela’s rich array of advertising and marketing experience across print, broadcast and digital in both trade and consumer media will be an important asset to The Hollywood Reporter,” stated Beckman. Prior to the LAT, Apruzzese was publisher of Law.com and National Law Journal and west coast sales director for Robb Report.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 2:40 AM
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Godard Must-See: Breathless Trailer

Run don't walk to see New Wave critic-turned-filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. I screened this movie for my USC Film Criticism students and they scarfed it up. This black-and-white Godard film, at least, which introduced the disjunctive jump-cut editing that inspired Arthur Penn and Dede Allen's Bonnie and Clyde, is still a breath of fresh air, even 50 years later. (See the trailer below.) On May 28 Rialto is releasing a pristine 35 mm print with new subtitles struck from a restored negative supervised by Godard's director of photography, Raoul Coutard, who used a held-held camera with mostly natural light.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 1:14 AM
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Cannes Starts Buying: Another Year, Heartbeats, Prey

Cannes Starts Buying: Another Year, Heartbeats, Prey
American buyers are finally opening up their pocketbooks. As expected, the two first buyers are Sony Pictures Classics, which has picked up critics' fave Another Year, from Oscar perennial Mike Leigh, who has delivered yet another exquisitely acted meditation on the middle-aged human condition. Lesley Manville is tagged for Oscar consideration, especially with SPC behind her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2010 11:45 AM
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Match Factory Picks Up Miranda July's The Future

It's a sin that it's been five years since Miranda July won the Camera d'Or for her first feature, Me You and Everyone You Know at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2010 11:16 AM
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Phase 4 Acquires SXSW Audience-Award Winner Brotherhood in Cannes Market

Phase 4 Acquires SXSW Audience-Award Winner Brotherhood in Cannes Market
Rising indie distributor Phase 4 Films, in Cannes for the second time, has scooped up North American rights from the Cannes Film Market to SXSW audience-award-winner Brotherhood. Berry Meyerowitz, president & CEO of the year-old distrib, plans a late 2010 release for rookie director Will Canon's college fraternity hazing thriller starring Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Arlen Escarpeta, and Lou Taylor Pucci. The film is based on Canon's NYU film school short Roslyn, which aired on HBO, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. Canon participated in the new Directors Lab at Fox Searchlight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2010 4:51 AM
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