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68th Venice Film Festival May Feature Polanski, Cronenberg, Solondz, McQueen, Winterbottom, Arnold

68th Venice Film Festival May Feature Polanski, Cronenberg, Solondz, McQueen, Winterbottom, Arnold
Cannes' loss is Venice's gain as departing director Marco Muller heads into either his ultimate year or a contract extension.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 8:00 AM
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Oz: The Great and Powerful: All Star Cast of Williams, Franco, Kunis, Weisz, Braff, Spencer (UPDATE)

The acting chops of Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful are looking good. Michelle Williams is joining the already stellar cast to play the good witch, Glinda. James Franco is Oz, Weisz and Mila Kunis are sisters Evanorah and Theodorah (evil witches of the East and West, respectively). Zach Braff will play Oz's assistant.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2011 7:55 AM
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Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Lineup: Opens with Perfect Family; Honors Aronofsky, Farmiga, Maysles

Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Lineup: Opens with Perfect Family; Honors Aronofsky, Farmiga, Maysles
The Provincetown International Film Festival lineup of over 50 features, panels and events opens June 15 with The Perfect Family and closes with Master Harold and The Boys.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2011 6:05 AM
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MGM and Sony Partner on Bond, Dragon Tattoo and Now, 21 Jump Street

MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering on several projects, from James Bond 23 (November 9, 2012) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to 21 Jump Street. MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, had announced that they would partner on several projects over five years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:52 AM
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Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign

Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign
While Cannes is thinning out after the first week--the crowds at The Grand are diminished---buyers expect to announce a raft of sales over the next few days. One of the films still being hotly debated--and tipped for a well-deserved best actress prize here for Tilda Swinton--is Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin. It's a polarizing love/hate kind of thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:47 AM
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First Look: Adventures of Tintin Teaser and Poster Revealed

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3-D motion-capture extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, finally has an international poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 1:51 AM
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Cannes Update: Film Society Celebrates New Lincoln Center Cinemas with Free Programming

The Film Society of Lincoln Center director Rose Kuo threw a Cannes party at the Stella Artois beach attended by New York Film Festival director Richard Pena (pictured), Film Comment editor Gavin Smith and columnist Amy Taubin, former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson, Film Society and Snagfilms consultant Bingham Ray, festival players such as Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam, San Francisco's Rachel Rosen, Venice's Giuilia d'Agnolo Vallan, SXSW's Janet Pierson, Telluride's Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger, critics Todd McCarthy, Melissa Anderson, Stephanie Zacharek, John Powers and Karina Longworth and Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 11:24 AM
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Cannes Tree of Life Update: Malick Shows Up For Big Night

Terrence Malick did come to Cannes, even if he didn't show up for The Tree of Life press conference, having asked Brad Pitt to do his heavy lifting for him. Fox Searchlight did not beg the director to walk the red carpet for the photographers, as did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (pictured), but Malick did enter the Palais right before the movie in order to hear the announcer boom the magic words: "L'auteur, Terrence Malick!"-- amid thundering standing applause. Per usual, the film played far better than at the press screening, which elicited an equal measure of clapping and boos. At the official screening, Malick won a sustained standing ovation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 10:19 AM
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The Capital's Annual GI Film Festival Honors US Armed Forces

The Capital's Annual GI Film Festival Honors US Armed Forces
The GI Film Festival was held May 9-15 in Washington, DC. In its fifth year, the fest showcased films honoring our US Armed Forces and gave audiences a glimpse at and appreciation for military life. Awards were given to Lou Diamond Phillips (GI Spirit Award) and William Devane, the star of Flag of My Father (GI Choice Award). Among the premieres were the documentary The Real M.A.S.H. (US) and Paul Giamatti’s 13th century set feature Ironclad (DC)(pictured). Here's more from festival sponsor MPAA.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2011 5:09 AM
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PGA Announces ProShow Competition Winners, To Get Exclusive Produced By Conference Access

The Producers Guild of America announces the winners of its Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition, in conjunction with their Produced By Conference. The ProShow aims to "help film producers initiate business relationships, co-develop compelling projects and spearhead investment involving the producing community, a panel of financiers, as well as local and international film commissions."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 4:42 AM
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