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Flicklaunch: Indie Distributor Builds on Facebook

Berkeley entrepreneurs Craig Tanner and Erik Moore are building Flicklaunch.com, which they call the first indie film distributor platform to build atop Facebook. Filmmakers can pay $250 to set up, reports FilmNewBriefs:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 4:36 AM
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Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees

It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine in Mike Mills' Beginners, and in rookie Richard Ayoade's Submarine the "excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection, Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy throws a pity party. Stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give as much as they can, but their audience will be severely limited by this grief-stricken drama that labors more than it elevates.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 4:27 AM
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Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD

Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD
Sony knew that Gus Van Sant's Restless was a tweener. It's neither an art film that plays for highbrow critics looking for discovery or depth, nor a mainstream entertainment aimed at teens. The movie is what it is: a sweet unpretentious coming-of-age love story that doesn't over-reach.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 2:15 AM
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X-Men Writer Kinberg Talks First Class Secrets, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Blomkamp's Elysium

X-Men Writer Kinberg Talks First Class Secrets, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Blomkamp's Elysium
The fate of an entire franchise was at stake with X-Men reboot First Class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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Auction: Golden Age of Cinema Costumes Worn by Monroe, Hepburn, Grant, Sinatra, Brando and More

The Debbie Reynolds Collection of Golden Age of Cinema memorabilia, props and costumes (worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando and Clark Gable) goes up for auction at the Paley Center for Media on June 18. Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History is putting on the auction of over 3,500 items, which has been costing collector Reynolds far too much money to maintain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 2, 2011 6:30 AM
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Greengrass May Commandeer Hanks in Somali Pirates Adaptation, Caribbean #5 Considers Next Director

Ahoy, pirates!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 2, 2011 5:27 AM
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Scorsese's Furious Love for Taylor & Burton: The Impossible Casting, Love Letters, Video

Martin Scorsese and Paramount have won the bidding to develop a film about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's tumultuous and passionate romance, based on Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book, Furious Love. Should Taylor's estate give its blessing (as Burton's has), Scorsese will then choose a screenwriter to kick things off. Deadline says others who chased rights to the book include Oscar-winners Natalie Portman and screenwriter David Seidler (The King's Speech). [Deadline]
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 2, 2011 4:19 AM
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Universal Moves Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to Focus Features for November 18 Release

Universal Pictures had the first look at acquiring U.S. rights to Working Title's John Le Carre adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and did so out of Berlin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2011 11:58 AM
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Cannes Deal Update: Music Box Acquires Sarkozy Drama The Conquest

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Xavier Durringer's political drama The Conquest, about the ambitious political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Based on documents and first person interviews, The Conquest reveals Sarkozy's personal drive, backstage manipulations and emotional conflicts with rivals and family. In winning the highest political office, what did Sarkozy lose?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2011 11:24 AM
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Tree of Life Update: Staying Power, Malick's Next Moves

While The Tree of Life continues to score at the specialty box office--although not as well as Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, his biggest hit in years--we're not only looking forward to Terrence Malick's next film, an untitled romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, but the often slow and deliberate filmmaker may be ramping up another one as well.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 9:18 AM
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