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Ex-Universal Co-Chief David Linde Closes Deal for Reliance-Backed Company with Global Output Pacts

David Linde has finally closed his long-in-the-works film production and finance company backed by India's Reliance Entertainment, which also backs DreamWorks. Linde has lined up an all-important first-look distribution deal with his former studio, Universal, plus key foreign output deals. The new company has not yet cleared a name-- Linde has been calling it Lava Bear Films. Ex-CAA agent and MRC Film Group president Tory Metzger will be his production head, with ex-Universal digital strategist Adam Rymer as chief operating officer, overseeing financial operations and day-to-day business affairs. Linde plans to both produce and finance projects with a recognizable brand identity for the worldwide marketplace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:43 AM
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Trailer Watch: Torchwood Fans Rejoice! Starz Debuts Spin-Off Series Miracle Day July 8

Starz has a new ten-episode spin-off series premiering July 8: Torchwood: Miracle Day, produced by BBC Worldwide. The BBC launched Torchwood back in 2006. Its stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen now join new headliners Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins. Check it out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan

Salvation Boulevard premiered at Sundance--one of the funnier pictures on display there-- and was picked up by IFC. Check out the new trailer below. George Ratliff directs and co-wrote the adaptation based on Larry Beinhart's 2009 book (Beinhart also wrote American Hero, upon which 1997's Wag the Dog is based). Here is IFC's trailer for the religious comedy, starring Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:03 AM
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Cannes Update: Euro-American Mash-Up This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn, Misfires

Cannes Update: Euro-American Mash-Up This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn, Misfires
One of the trends on display at Cannes was more European and American movie culture mergers with felicitous results. Most movies at Cannes were preceded by a series of logos from multiple global sales, production and distribution companies that backed the films. That's how they get made these days. (A sampling of reviews and a trailer are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 3:44 AM
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Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews

Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews
Hollywood is not always kind to actors with foreign accents. It's tough to cross cultures if you're not an action star like Schwarzenegger or Van Damme. Spanish star Antonio Banderas made the move across the pond after a series of movies with Pedro Almodovar, who he thanks for turning him into an international star. Walking up the red steps of the Palais with wife Melanie Griffith for the gala debut of The Skin I Live In, Banderas still looks the part, but truth is he's been making Hollywood movies like Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots, which he promoted here (arriving by water with Salma Hayek at a photocall in a huge pair of floating black boots) and could use a good shot in the arm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2011 10:47 AM
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Cannes Update: Oscilloscope Buys We Need to Talk About Kevin, Swinton Gets Oscar Push

Cannes Update: Oscilloscope Buys We Need to Talk About Kevin, Swinton Gets Oscar Push
One of my favorite Cannes' competition films, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, was deemed too tricky to handle by the bigger specialty distributors, who worried about the cost of an Oscar campaign for Tilda Swinton--a prerequisite for Luc Roeg's Independent Film Company.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2011 9:18 AM
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon's World Premiere at Moscow Film Festival with Linkin Park

Transformers: Dark of the Moon's World Premiere at Moscow Film Festival with Linkin Park
Oddly, Paramount is taking Transformers: Dark of the Moon to Moscow for its world premiere at the 33rd Moscow Film Festival on June 23, followed by a live outdoor performance by Linkin Park in Red Square in celebration of the film. Director Michael Bay will present the film along with his producers and stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich. More details and the riveting synopsis for Dark of the Moon are below:



  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 9:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Muppets: Wait, Are Amy Adams And Jason Segel In This Movie?

Disney's The Muppets, directed by James Bobins and produced by Mandeville Films, comes out November 23. The film stars Amy Adams, Jason Segel, and the voices of many familiar faces, including Zach Galifianakis, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms, Jack Black and Ricky Gervais.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 9:13 AM
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What Comparing Bridesmaids and The Hangover Reveals About Hollywood's Gender Problem

How many people are calling Bridesmaids "The Hangover for women"?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 8:48 AM
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LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala

LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala
The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Bernie on June 16 and close with Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark on June 26. Bernie - which fest director Rebecca Yeldham calls a "delicious black comedy" - stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. "Remembering Sidney Lumet," a conversation between Quincy Jones and Frank Pierson is also announced, as well as additional films joining the already announced lineup. Synopses for the fest's offerings are below. The Gala screening of Ryan Gosling's Drive, for which Nicolas Winding Refn just took the Cannes Best Director prize, is sure to be one of fest's hottest events. Refn is already planning a sequel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 7:28 AM
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