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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review
Friday morning's 8:30 AM press screening for Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps was packed and earned applause as journos ran out of the Lumiere before the movie had finished to get into the press conference. Stay to the end and you had no shot of getting in. The Robin Hood press conference was less imperative.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2010 8:54 AM
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The Auteurs is Now Mubi

The Auteurs is Now Mubi
It had to happen. The cinephile site The Auteurs has changed its name.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2010 5:09 AM
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Searchlight Buys Murdoch-Produced Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Fox Searchlight acquires only a few films each year. So one reason why Fox Searchlight Pictures co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula picked up Wayne Wang's 19th-century drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan can be found in the producing credits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2010 2:03 AM
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Cannes Diary: Robin Hood Opening Ceremony and After-Party, Carlton Billboards

Wednesday began bright and early with a breakfast confab on the Grand Hotel terrace with indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Eric Kohn, who was meeting new indieWIRE family members Todd McCarthy and Sydney Levine for the first time. We mapped our plans--indieWIRE is doing a smart daily timeline-- downed our espressos and croissants and went our separate ways. I saw Robin Hood and covered the press conference. Here's some video of the waiting press (one) and the arriving stars (two)--note Crowe's butt taunt. (USA Today's Anthony Breznican calls it a "moon.")
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2010 1:51 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Berney Leaves Apparition, Seeks New Gig in Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Berney Leaves Apparition, Seeks New Gig in Cannes
Bob and Jeanne Berney are back in Cannes, staying in the same Croisette apartment overlooking the Palais as they did last year. Only this time, they are the subject of much conjecture about why they abruptly pulled out of their year-old distribution company Apparition, funded by River Road producer Bill Pohlad. Contrary to some reports, Berney is neither back in bed with Newmarket (where he enjoyed his greatest freedom and success, now aligned with Lionsgate) nor shacked up with Harvey Weinstein, although the mogul has called him and they will probably meet during the fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 10:33 AM
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Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn

Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn
With Ridley Scott recovering from knee surgery, that left Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Imagine's Brian Grazer to field the press conference for the 63rd Cannes opener, Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 3:10 AM
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Vulture Offers Free Wi-Fi at Cannes

In a smart marketing gambit designed to up its profile in the entertainment community, New York Magazine's online site Vulture is providing free wireless at this year's Cannes Film Festival. From May 13-18, Vulture will offer a free digital connection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 2:38 AM
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Robson Takes Over New Movie Initiatives at MTV

As I previously reported, AOL Moviefone editor-in-chief Scott Robson has landed on his feet at MTV as VP of New Movie Initiatives. Robson will oversee new movie-related projects at MTV Music Group’s MTV.com and VH1.com to enhance and expand movie-related content. He reports to MTV Networks Music & Logo exec vp Dermot McCormack.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 2:35 AM
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Bonjour Cannes: Ramping Up

Finally, I got out of JFK four hours late on a nine-hour non-stop to Nice, along with Oliver Stone (sporting a neat mustache), USA Today's Anthony Breznican, the NYFF's Richard Pena, Richard and Mary Corliss, Village Voice's Jim Hoberman, Moving Pictures Magazine critic Aaron Hillis, indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, Wash. Post critic Ann Hornaday, Boston Globe's Wesley Morris, and Screen's Howard Feinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 9:14 AM
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Regards to Broadway, En Route to Cannes

Regards to Broadway, En Route to Cannes
On the way to Cannes every year, I stop somewhere to break up the long journey, usually London or Paris (where the Cinematheque Francaise museum is a must-see). This year I stopped in Manhattan to catch the tail end of the Tribeca Film Fest (for the first time) and relax a bit before heading to the Riviera. It worked like a charm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 7:22 AM
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