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Cannes Deal Update: Music Box Acquires Sarkozy Drama The Conquest

Cannes Deal Update: Music Box Acquires Sarkozy Drama The Conquest
Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Xavier Durringer's political drama The Conquest, about the ambitious political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Based on documents and first person interviews, The Conquest reveals Sarkozy's personal drive, backstage manipulations and emotional conflicts with rivals and family. In winning the highest political office, what did Sarkozy lose?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2011 11:24 AM
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Tree of Life Update: Staying Power, Malick's Next Moves

While The Tree of Life continues to score at the specialty box office--although not as well as Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, his biggest hit in years--we're not only looking forward to Terrence Malick's next film, an untitled romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, but the often slow and deliberate filmmaker may be ramping up another one as well.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 9:18 AM
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Alamo Drafthouse's 2011 Rolling Roadshow: Best Texan Films in Iconic Locations, Posters (UPDATED)

The state of Texas is the lucky host of Alamo Drafthouse's 2011 Rolling Roadshow during the month of June, in collaboration with Texas Monthly. The state's ten best films will screen (free) in iconic Texas locations. The films include The Searchers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blood Simple, Hud, Red River, Bonnie and Clyde, Tender Mercies, No Country for Old Men, Giant and The Last Picture Show. More details, posters created for the series by Jason Munn, and the screening schedule are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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In the Works: Jackie Robinson, J. Edgar, Girlfriend Equation, Master, Baumbach, Great Expectations

Several intriguing projects are getting off the ground and expanding their casts, from Legendary's Jackie Robinson biopic to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Disney's The Girlfriend Equation. Updates on these projects and more are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 6:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Official Green Band Version, French Poster

The fact that Sony left the "unofficial" red band trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo up so long over the Memorial Day weekend suggests that they went along with for the promo ride--and now the official green band trailer is up (below). No nudity, natch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2011 5:26 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary about feminism in the art world of the 1960s, !Women Art Revolution, will make its theatrical debut at NYC's IFC Center June 1, followed by showings across the country (schedule below, along with the trailer) via Zeitgeist Films. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and also screened at Sundance and Berlin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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The Hobbit Pics Get Official Titles and Release Dates

As is his wont, filmmaker Peter Jackson has posted news on The Hobbit's Facebook page of the two-parter's release dates --December 14, 2012 for Part One of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and December 13, 2013 for Part Two.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 12:44 PM
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New York Asian Film Fest: Final 2011 Lineup

New York Asian Film Fest: Final 2011 Lineup
The lineup of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema's 2011 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which runs July 1 -14, includes 45 features and one short film each from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:40 AM
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Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades

Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades
While some of us were gallivanting around the south of France, others caught screenings of Matthew Vaughn's crack at the X-Men franchise, First Class, which boasts an appealing cast led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and --for starters--strong reviews. The movie opens wide on Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:34 AM
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38th Telluride Film Festival: Maira Kalman's Poster Art Revealed

38th Telluride Film Festival: Maira Kalman's Poster Art Revealed
The Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5) chose Maira Kalman as the poster artist for its 38th year. New York-based Kalman has been working as a designer and illustrator for over 30 years. Of the poster she says:“High in the San Juan Mountains people gather each year to experience the unexpected: moving images from around the world that take them on journeys they may never have imagined. I wanted to capture some of these cinematic dreams directly on to the poster, the dreams I myself might encounter at the Festival.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 7:39 AM
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