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Cannes Opens with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

Cannes Opens with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
The Cannes Film Festival has selected its opening night film: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The period actioner will screen out of competition on May 12, the day it opens in France. Universal releases the Imagine film globally on May 14.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2010 5:38 AM
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National Geographic Films Plans July Restrepo Release

Already set to air on the National Geographic Channel in November, the Afghanistan doc Restrepo, winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival documentary grand jury prize, has also been acquired by National Geographic Entertainment. Under new president Daniel Battsek, National Geographic Films will release the film in theaters this July with an emphasis on reaching out to military families, something that the filmmakers, Vanity Fair contributors Tim Hetherington (a British photographer and cinematographer) and journalist Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm), had fervently hoped would happen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2010 1:00 AM
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Trades Jockey For Entertainment News

As the trades adjust to more competition and squeezed ad revenues, there's a whole lot of jockeying going on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2010 9:47 AM
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Academy, Producers Pick Award Dates

Academy, Producers Pick Award Dates
The 2011 awards season is coming into focus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2010 7:47 AM
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Disney/ABC To Close At the Movies Balcony

Disney/ABC To Close At the Movies Balcony
Driving another nail into the coffin of genteel film criticism, Disney/ABC is finally closing down the At the Movies balcony for good. Started by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, continued by Ebert and Richard Roeper, then a series of guest critics ending with Michael Phillips, At the Movies was cut off at the knees by the idiotic idea of putting two young would-be critics, Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz in the show. At the Movies came back to life--as far as I was concerned--with the return of Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott. But I guess these two gentleman critics couldn't turn the ship around in time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
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MPAA Fights Cantor Exchange

It does not surprise me that the MPAA is protesting Cantor Fitzgerald's launch of a Hollywood futures market, the Cantor Exchange.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 11:55 AM
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Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 10:14 AM
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Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed

Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed
Kevin Smith may be remembered not as a gifted screenwriter and not-so-great director and occasional comic relief player but as the guy who pioneered self-marketing on the internet. He was an early adopter, with movie-poop-shoot.com and other sites; his Twitter account @ThatKevinSmith logs over 1 million followers. He loves hanging out on Twitter, engaging directly with his fans. And they loyally show up to his movies. But there are only so many of them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 8:18 AM
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Millenium Trilogy Sequels will open in U.S. in 2010

Chicago indie distrib Music Box will open the two sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in current release) this summer. Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy kept me up late many nights in a row. So even though the first Swedish film adaptation disappointed me--it's a by-the-numbers thriller--I am still eager to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the strongest of the three books, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is a tough political attack on Swedish Intelligence. The three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist as bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and muckraking journalist Mikael Blomqvist are huge hits all over the world. And the first two books are also bestsellers stateside; the third one, which I purchased in London, is set for U.S. publication in May. (Trailers on jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 6:11 AM
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Titanic: The Sequel

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 5:47 AM
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