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Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?
Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, which will open the 64th Cannes Film Fest May 11 with Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent presiding over the opening ceremony, stars Owen Wilson, who graces this new Van Gogh-inspired poster without any of his fellow cast members, who include a blonde Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, not to mention French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. For the first time when the film opens on 400 screens in France on the same night, the Cannes Fest will supply theaters with a live stream of the opening ceremony.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2011 5:53 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Cooper's Limitless Tops Weak Openers; Lincoln Lawyer and Paul Vie for Fourth

The box office continues to be depressed, no matter what distributors throw at audiences. Adults and families are still turning up at the mutliplex, but where is that old reliable target demo, young males? Anthony D'Alessandro reports. No matter how many wide releases Hollywood booked in theaters this weekend, none could bail out Hollywood’s box office doldrums.  Relativity Media's Bradley Cooper drug thriller Limitless outperformed its $15 million estimate, tripping out with $19 million in number one – a bright spot for the production company whose self-distribution efforts have skidded since unspooling Warrior’s Way back in December.  The frame's other two wide entries battled in fourth place: Lionsgate’s Michael Connelly lit adaptation Lincoln Lawyer with $13.4 million and Universal/Working Title's sci-fi satire Paul with $13.2 million.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 20, 2011 4:50 AM
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Trailer Watch: Working Man's Comedy Larry Crowne Stars Hanks and Roberts

Tom Hanks directs himself and Julia Roberts in blue-collar romantic comedy Larry Crowne (July 1). The script by Hanks and Nia Vardalos starts off with him getting fired, then taking a public speaking class at a local college taught by an uninspired Roberts. Yes, somehow, he wins her over.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 8:02 AM
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Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 6:25 AM
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SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community

SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community
Warning: walking while reading one's smart phone can be hazardous to your health. Tuesday night on my way home from the SXSW Awards party on Austin's dark and crowded 6th Street, I tripped and split my lip on the sidewalk, gushing blood. My BlackBerry was unharmed. I hailed a pedicab to the local ER, where I needed no stitches, but looked like someone had punched me in the face.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 1:31 AM
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Taxi Driver, New York

Starting this Friday, New York City’s Film Forum will screen a newly restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Simon Abrams reports on the restoration and takes a look at Martin Scorsese's New York, then and now. Martin Scorsese’s seminal film was restored by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to film preservation that Scorsese is actively involved in. Now 35 years old, Taxi Driver looks more and more like an expressive time capsule of pre-Giuiliani Manhattan. The most salient sign of the changing times is the fact that the Lyric Theater, the porn house where Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes his date to see Swedish skin flick The Swedish Marriage Manual, is now the Foxwoods Theater, the Broadway auditorium where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is playing. Like the Lyric Theater, many of the film's more unsavory locations are gone, replaced by more upscale, tourist-friendly attractions.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • March 18, 2011 12:53 PM
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PR Changes: Julie Fontaine Goes to Lionsgate to Replace Sarah Greenberg, Now at Weinstein Co.

As the indie world keeps turning, more execs keep moving. Following the exit of long-time Lionsgate publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who went to work for Harvey Weinstein in New York where her husband is based, Julie Fontaine is taking her place, reporting to Lionsgate marketing president Tim Palen. The PR veteran Fontaine had handled publicity for Miramax's Daniel Battsek, then moved over to big Disney, where she worked on Miramax leftover The Tempest as well as Oscar campaigns for Tron: Legacy, Secretariat and Toy Story 3. She also took on campaigns for upcoming DreamWorks pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 11:29 AM
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SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson
A new print of Italian classic, La Dolce Vita, will screen at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival through the support of Gucci and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. The film, from director Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, will screen at the Castro Theatre, May 1. More information is here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Hunger Games, SXSW Interviews, Actresses Directing & Producing, Japan, Taxi Driver

Weekly Wrap: Hunger Games, SXSW Interviews, Actresses Directing & Producing, Japan, Taxi Driver
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:26 AM
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SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality

SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality
Jodie Foster had a problem. After completing production on her third feature film, The Beaver, her old pal Mel Gibson, who she had adored since they first worked together in 1994's Maverick, was in terrible trouble. At the end of reshoots on the film, she watched helplessly as he suffered through a career-destroying tabloid crisis of leaked phone tapes during his break-up battle with model Oksana Grigorieva.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 9:15 AM
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