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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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Mubi's Big Move is Sony PlayStation 3

Mubi's Big Move is Sony PlayStation 3
Mubi CEO Efe Cakarel has made a major move: partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to put the global online cinema site Mubi (nee The Auteurs) on Sony PlayStations in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. Cakarel made the announcement at a Majestic press conference, along with Andrew House (CEO of SCEE), Hengameh Panahi (CEO of Celluloid Dreams) and director Agnès Varda. Mubi will be available on PS3s in the U.K., Ireland, France, and Germany this fall, but will not broaden to 18 more countries until spring. House says he is taking a wait and see attitude about when to launch in the U.S. and Japan. Talks are ongoing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2010 9:53 AM
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Gilliam Restarts Don Quixote with McGregor

Gilliam Restarts Don Quixote with McGregor
I ran into Terry Gilliam on the Croisette, surrounded by admirers. He had been doing meetings at the Majestic to fill some gaps in the financing for his Don Quixote movie. I find it slightly depressing that world-class filmmakers like Gilliam and Julie Taymor are forced to hawk their wares at Cannes to raise financing for their films. Gilliam laughed. "I'm whoring from one hotel to the other," he said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2010 4:49 AM
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Page Stars in Nyswaner's Freeheld

Endgame Entertainment is financing writer-director Ron Nyswaner's Freeheld, based on Cynthia Wade's Oscar-winning documentary short about New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree (Page) and her detective partner’s struggle to obtain pension benefits after she is diagnosed as terminally ill. The feature has lined up Juno star Ellen Page (Gawker's shameless headline: Ellen Page is a Lesbian). Endgame's James Stern (Every Little Step) will produce with Wade, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher and Vie Entertainment’s Kelly Bush.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2010 4:08 AM
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Cannes No-Shows: Scott, Penn, Godard

Cannes No-Shows: Scott, Penn, Godard
The Festival d'auteurs was willing to bend over backwards to get Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life--to the point of not forcing him to do any press, which is not their usual practice. But he still said no.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2010 11:21 AM
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Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib

Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is nothing if not consistent. Over his career--until now, working closely with non-linear novelist/scenarist Guillermo Arriaga--he has crafted a series of films (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) about people in trouble who behave badly, who are in terrible pain. His camera (in this case, wielded by frequent collaborator Rodrigo Prieto) moves freely, swirling around his characters and boring in on their inner thoughts, seeking emotion, emotion, emotion. That's Gonzalez Inarritu's great passion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2010 4:10 AM
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Walter Hill Returns to Features with St. Vincent

Walter Hill is one of Hollywood's most neglected master action directors, mostly because he has directed more classics (48 Hours, The Long Riders, The Warriors, Broken Trail) than commercial hits. So it's good news that his indie-financed St. Vincent appears to be moving forward, with a July 12 start of production in Detroit. The crime thriller written by Cameron Young stars Pierce Brosnan as a hitman who disguises himself as a priest to kill a gangland traitor (Billy Bob Thornton). Giovanni Ribisi and Maria Bello also star. Financed by Premier National Studios and Quickfire Films and produced by Claudio Castravelli, Irish Dreamtime’s Beau St. Claire and Jon Turtle, the film is being sold by IM Global at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2010 12:40 PM
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Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour
Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungrily filling his head with knowledge and churning out movies. Saturday Stone sat with a group of international press and expounded on his fave obsession, the dysfunctional world financial system--and he also excoriates the International Monetary Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2010 10:40 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Robin Hood Takes Second Stateside, Number One Abroad

Iron Man 2 held onto number one as Ridley Scott's costly period epic Robin Hood took second in North America, but scored big overseas, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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