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Cannes: Red Granite Hosts Performers Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper

What becomes a legend most?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 3:38 AM
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Cannes: Weinstein Chases Wettest County in New Indie Landscape

The leopard does not change its spots. Harvey Weinstein's TWC may be back on top, with streamlined financing and a $400-million worldwide Oscar-winner (that King's Speech take is not all TWC's, of course), but that doesn't help the man to curtail his voracious appetites.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 3:16 AM
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Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects

Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects
Walking on the Croisette, I ran into Jane Campion, who was in town to support Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh. Campion said that her "challenging" film Sleeping Beauty would never have gotten made if she hadn't agreed, when approached by Screen Australia, to "mentor" the project. Campion believes in this brainy writer-director, who came up with a fascinating way to confront moviegoers' comfort zone around female sexuality and prostitution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 1:02 AM
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BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig

Following up An Education and the upcoming romantic adaptation One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Focus, August 19), director Lone Scherfig is developing another book, Music and Silence, with BBC Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2011 5:29 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Femme Comedy Bridesmaids Rules New Openers

Weekend Box Office: Femme Comedy Bridesmaids Rules New Openers
Proving that a raunchy female comedy can be as potent at the box office as those for males, producer Judd Apatow's Bridesmaids led the field of new openers. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:A gaggle of satin-pink clad Bridesmaids were powerless against upsetting Thor’s $34.5 million hold at No. 1, but their gross-out shenanigans propelled female moviegoers to shell out $24.4 million this weekend, exceeding the studio's $15-$17 million estimate. Despite much PR fanfare and red band trailers exclaiming that R-rated Bridesmaids is the female Hangover, it didn't reach that level of box office, coming in under that film’s $45 million opening.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 15, 2011 5:15 AM
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Cannes: Jolie's Directing Debut Goes to FilmDistrict, Which Also Buys Looper, Starring Willis

Angelina Jolie isn't just coming to Cannes in support of partner Brad Pitt, who stars in Monday's debut of Terrence Malick's long-awaited The Tree of Life. She is also in the market to sell her debut as a director, the Bosnian war film In The Land of Blood and Honey. FilmDistrict, which has enjoyed a torrid three days of intense dealmaking, has picked up the Graham King production for December 23 domestic release the English-language version of the writer-director's film. Which makes sense, as King owns FilmDistrict. Bob Berney will mount a limited release holiday campaign for the film, which features local Bosnian talent, not Jolie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2011 4:35 AM
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Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?

Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?
What motivates a groggy, jet-lagged scribe to crawl out of bed for an 8:30 AM press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean? Schadenfreude. The word on the Croisette was that the fourth Pirates installment was lousy. Safe to say I wasn't expecting to have a good time. (I didn't even see Number Three, even though it boasted Chow Yun-Fat.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2011 10:48 AM
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Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Here's the second in our continuing series of Cannes director profiles.Country: Belgium
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 14, 2011 3:56 AM
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Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Two out of the three Cannes films that Simon Abrams reviews here may never be screened for stateside art-house audiences. But one is a must-see for everyone, he writes:The restored print of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Panic in Needle Park director Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 debut feature, is a must-see. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux introduced the screening of Puzzle, whose star, Cannes festival poster girl Faye Dunaway, attended tonight’s screening along with Schatzberg. The film is a knockout psychodrama about the inner life of a reclusive fashion model (Dunaway) and her doomed romances with men ranging from a wealthy and obnoxious playboy (Roy Scheider) to a modest photographer (Barry Primus). If the Criterion Collection or another equally important cultural institution (perhaps the Film Society at Lincoln Center) can give Puzzle’s impeccable new print a premiere or a release, the film could find an audience.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 14, 2011 3:38 AM
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Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double
Can J.J.Abrams' sci-fi Fringe earn serious Emmy love? Amy Dawes talks to the series' Aussie star Anna Torv.Fringe, the creepy, suspenseful sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams for Fox, has come into its own in season three. Once derided as an X-Files rip-off, it’s entered mind-bending new territory by introducing a parallel universe known as “Over There.” It now focuses on the struggles between its three main characters – noted fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his acerbic son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI investigator Olivia (Anna Torv) – and their sinister doppelgangers.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 13, 2011 8:50 AM
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