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Cannes News: FilmDistrict Buys Romantic Comedy Playing the Field, Starring Butler and Biel

Cannes News: FilmDistrict Buys Romantic Comedy Playing the Field, Starring Butler and Biel
FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes market project Playing the Field, Gabriele Muccino's romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robbie Fox wrote the script. FilmDistrict plans to release the film in spring 2012. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel describes Playing the Field as "a fun PG-13 romantic comedy." Synopsis is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2011 1:16 AM
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Polish Posters for American Westerns, from Winchester 73 to 3:10 to Yuma

Culture Clash alert: here's a selection of 22 Polish posters for American westerns. Winchester 73 is my fave. Check out the range here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 12:13 PM
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Cholodenko Hosts AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase

The AFI has long supported fattening the ranks of working women directors--still too thin--with its Directing Workshop for Women. Cari Beauchamp covered Monday night's showcase of recent grads, hosted by Lisa Cholodenko.Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right) opened Monday's AFI showcase at the DGA Theatre and soon had the audience laughing with the tales of serving as an assistant at AFI in the early 90s. She claimed she was totally inept at her job, but used the opportunity to thoroughly study the resumes and proposals of all the applicants to the DWW to learn how to “present” herself, Having learned her lessons well, she got into Columbia where she earned her MFA and was off and running.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 11, 2011 12:11 PM
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Transgender Cinema: Becoming Chaz, Gun Hill Road

Transgender Cinema: Becoming Chaz, Gun Hill Road
Transgender continues to be a hot topic in the media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:47 AM
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Woody Allen Talks Breaking Out with Cannes Hit Midnight in Paris: "Hey, Did You See Gertrude Stein?"

Woody Allen Talks Breaking Out with Cannes Hit Midnight in Paris: "Hey, Did You See Gertrude Stein?"
Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen's best movie since Deconstructing Harry in 1997.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:19 AM
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Cannes 2011: Fourplay: Tampa Debuts in Directors’ Fortnight

Debuting in this year's Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) is Kyle Henry's 17-minute short Fourplay: Tampa, which is the second of four Fourplay shorts set in different cities in Henry's omnibus film. Tampa premieres on May 20 at 11:30 am. Produced by Jason Wehling, the film's executive producers are REM frontman Michael Stipe and Jim McKay. Fourplay: San Francisco played at OutFest; in March, Henry sent Tampa to Cannes and then when it was accepted. he had to finish it in time. He hopes to assemble the four shorts into an anthology feature and sell it to a distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:15 AM
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The Dallas Buyers Club Joins the Cannes Selling Fray

The big foreign sales companies hawking their wares to Croisette buyers are operating on the assumption that the movies they are selling will get made. Well, some will, some won't. Distributors all over the world are deluged in the weeks before Cannes with scripts--now it's a flood. They have to cut through the sales rhetoric and decipher the template and possible casting--most names are "attached" until something better comes along--for what could be a commercial movie, or not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:00 AM
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Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"

Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"
While there will always be the odd dissenter, there's no question that Woody Allen's latest Midnight in Paris played well to audiences and press alike in Cannes. This is Woody Light, a sweet funny nostalgic romantic confection that proves a lively counterpoint to the dark and moody fare that tends to dominate the Cannes selection. (Australian newcomer Julia Leigh's brainy and formal Sleeping Beauty, starring Sucker Punch's Emily Browning as a lost soul who sells time with her sleeping body, would be one example. It proved divisive with critics and will be a marketing challenge.) And Owen Wilson and Allen turned out to be a perfect match, ably supported by Rachel McAdams as the ugly American you love to hate, Michael Sheen as a pompous blowhard, plus Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody as various denizens of the Paris Allen loves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 10:10 AM
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Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist
On the acquisition front, Harvey Weinstein is on the case. In advance of Cannes, he's trying to persuade producers and sellers to show him movies in advance so he can get ahead of his competitors. IFC was in Paris taking advance meetings. Cannes screenings start Wednesday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 7:35 AM
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News from Cannes: Firth & Blunt for Untitled Dark Comedy, Little Birds, Sleight of Hand, The Bleeder

Amidst the long-awaited festival premieres, starting with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Wednesday night, many projects, new and old, are selling in the Cannes market, which is humming with activity:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 11, 2011 7:33 AM
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