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Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz

Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz
This year at Cannes, fest veteran Lars von Trier picked a hell of a way to became a household name. In the days following the notorious Cannes Film Festival Melancholia press conference during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody (except the Iranian culture minister) by calling himself a Nazi, he apologized repeatedly for his "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival and insisted, "I am not a Nazi."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 2:24 AM
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Cannes Le Havre Reviews: "Endearing, Enchanted Port in the Storm, Best Film to Date"

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Oscar-nominated Man without a Past) is an acquired taste--he brings a mix of arch humor and warm humanity to the table. He's hip and square at the same time, a bit like David Lynch, or Charlie Chaplin. Some people get him and some people--like this year's Cannes competition jury---do not. While I figured Sony Pictures Classics would snap this one up, the film still awaits a signed U.S. distribution deal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 8:25 AM
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Production Watch: Dark Tower, Bigelow's Bin Laden, Reeves, Fukunaga

- Ron Howard has dropped a few nuggets about his planned Stephen King Dark Tower adaptation, for which Javier Bardem is still unconfirmed.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2011 7:40 AM
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Sundance Selects Takes Cannes Critics' Week Opener, The "Live Affirming" Declaration of War

Declarations of War (La guerre est déclarée), which opened Cannes Critics' Week, has gone to Sundance Selects for U.S. distribution. Valérie Donzelli wrote, directed and stars in the film alongside Jérémie Elkaïm (who also co-wrote). Based on their own true love story, the movie follows Romeo and Juliette, a couple battling against their child's illness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 7:24 AM
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Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks

HBO Films put another big dog into Emmy Awards contention this week with the premiere of Too Big To Fail, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, about the very recent banking crisis and its ongoing implications. Amy Dawes reacts to the movie and talks to actor Bill Pullman, who portrays banker Jamie Dimon:
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  • May 25, 2011 7:15 AM
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Searchlight Loves He Loves Me, Little Miss Sunshine Team's Next Project with Dano, Kazan

Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's He Loves Me has been picked up by Fox Searchlight. Real life couple Zoe Kazan and Sunshine's Paul Dano will star: Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is being wooed to join them. Kazan also wrote the script. Here are more project details and the synopsis. Production is slated for a July start.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:51 AM
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Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty Celebrates Band's 20-Year History This September

Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty is a feature-length retrospective of the band in celebration of their 20-year history. The doc was put together from over 1,200 hours of never-seen footage, band interviews and performances, from before and after their mega-stardom. The film will have a limited release through Abramorama in September, and a DVD release in October. Crowe says:“When I set out to make this film, my mission was to assemble the best-of-the best from Pearl Jam’s past and present and give audiences a visceral feeling of what it is to love music and to feel it deeply—to be inside the journey of a band that has carved their own path. There is only one band of their generation for which a film like this could even be made, and I’m honored to be the one given the opportunity to make it.”
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:46 AM
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Sony Launches Dragon Tattoo Red Band Teaser Trailers, Review, Plummer Talks Mara as Salander

It may seem early for Sony to be releasing two teaser trailers of David Fincher's American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. The red band version launched overseas, starting in Sweden (where the film is set and was filmed) and France, and then widens to other countries, including the U.S. this weekend. The green band version goes out wide in theaters and online on Thursday, June 2. One trailer was attached to one exhibitor's print of The Hangover Part II.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:35 AM
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Sony Signs Easy A's Will Gluck to Film and TV Production Deal

Even before Screen Gems' domestic hit Easy A earned $75 million and broke out star Emma Stone, Will Gluck was a rising writer-director. With that film, he catapulted onto the hot list, and having seen Screen Gems' upcoming Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, Sony Entertainment's Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have nabbed him for a two-year film and television development and production pact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:09 AM
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Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?

Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?
The Academy's note to some 5800 members warning them that electronic balloting could be coming by the next awards season is surprising news. The letter from the Academy's director of membership Kimberly Roush asked members for a direct email that did not go through an assistant or intermediary. The Academy is chasing an earlier date for the show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 4:48 AM
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