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Cannes Adds Jurors Denis, Garcia Bernal, Mezzogiorno, Egoyan

The Festival de Cannes announces that filmmaker Claire Denis (White Material) will preside over the Un Certain Regard jury. I have also learned that Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (whose new Spanish film Even the Rain is tagged for possible inclusion in the fest) and Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Vincere) will join Tim Burton's competition jury, while Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan (Chloe) will preside over the Cinefondation Jury. UPDATE: Cannes announced that Garcia Bernal will head the jury for the Camera d’Or, honoring the best first features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 1:22 AM
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Disney Weighs Three Miramax Offers

Disney Co. is weighing three offers for Miramax Films. The company could decide not to accept them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 1:19 AM
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Kick-Ass Stars Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, Moretz Talk Super Heroes

Lionsgate previewed Kick-Ass Monday night in L.A. with a cast-and-writer Q & A to follow. David Lewis was there:Hollywood got a short preview of Comic-Con madness last night at an advance screening of Lionsgate's kinetic comic book adaptation Kick-Ass at the Mann Chinese 6. Fanboys (and a few fangirls) lined up for hours beforehand, hoping to grab the good seats for the film and the lengthy, raucous Q&A moderated by the LAT's Geoff Boucher. On hand were Aaron Johnson and co-stars Clark Duke, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz, plus co-writer Jane Goldman and the comic's co-creator John Romita Jr.
  • By David Lewis
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  • April 6, 2010 12:45 PM
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Kino Releases Must-See Complete Metropolis

If you've seen Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi masterwork Metropolis, you know that it's not only one of the great movies ever made, but also among the most influential. Its DNA is all over subsequent sci-fi flicks from Blade Runner to The Matrix. Now Kino is releasing the restored 147-minute The Complete Metropolis--with 25 extra minutes of footage and the original Gottfried Huppertz score--that debuted at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 10:14 AM
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Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog

Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog
The well-praised Ramin Bahrani Plastic Bag short has been making the festival rounds, most recently, at SXSW. It stars the word-perfect Werner Herzog as the voice of a plastic bag. More details here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 8:27 AM
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Star Twitpix: Hanks and Fonda

Jane Fonda and Tom Hanks know what it takes to maintain stardom and these days, it's about Twitter and Facebook. @janefonda blogged about her appearance on Larry King Live this week. While promoting a World Fitness Day concert (below), she admitted, "three's enough!" She won't be marrying boyfriend, music producer Richard Perry, who presumably grabbed this intimate photo of her blogging on her BlackBerry (hey, even I don't do that) in her bubble bath (wearing shades!).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 7:02 AM
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Court Sets Back FCC Jurisdiction Over Net Neutrality

In a blow to the FCC's ability to require net neutrality by expanding broadband and barring internet service providers from favoring their own content at the expense of others, on Tuesday a three-judge Federal Appeals court panel ruled against the FCC. Here's The Wrap and THR:The court tossed out an Aug. 2008 cease and desist order by the FCC against Comcast, which had slowed transfer speeds for peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 4:42 AM
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L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir

L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir
Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.'s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine's Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton's neo-noir, The Square.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 3:40 AM
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Media Watch: Waxman vs. Wolff and the Decline of Old Media

It's tough times in the media business, even for online start-ups.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 3:06 AM
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More: Media

Watch It and Weep: Will the iPad Blend?

They did it with the iPhone and iPod. Now they ask the same old question of the iPad. Will it blend?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2010 12:25 PM
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