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Weekly Wrap: Women in Media, Cannes Lineup & Trailers, Weekend Preview, Interviews, Legends

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  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • April 15, 2011 8:35 AM
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Morgan Spurlock Talks Funding, Making, Selling Doc The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock Talks Funding, Making, Selling Doc The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
There's no question that Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is a high-concept brand-friendly crowd-pleaser. But the brand that comes out ahead on this breezily entertaining doc is Spurlock himself. At 40, he's that magic combo of canny producer-writer, visual director, and eager-to-please, comedic performer who somehow remains likably authentic and serious about engaging and educating his audience. This is hard to do! "If you make someone laugh, you make someone listen," he says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2011 7:48 AM
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Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo

Here's TOH's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy's Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE's Eric Kohn calls Divine.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 15, 2011 6:20 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Clip: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Premieres at Tribeca April 23

EXCLUSIVE Clip: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Premieres at Tribeca April 23
Director Dori Berinstein's Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, a look at the legendary performer's life, catches the vibrant 90-year-old Broadway actress both then and now, onstage and off. Berinstein co-wrote the documentary with Adam Zucker, which features many famous faces, from Barbara Walters to Debbie Reynolds to Lily Tomlin. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. Here is the NYT's take on the fest's 10th year. Check out the exclusive clip below, in which Channing shares an anecdote about Jackie and Caroline Kennedy:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2011 3:45 AM
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MGM Pacts with Twentieth Century Fox for Homevideo

It feels like things are on the up-and-up at MGM, as the studio renews its home entertainment deal with Fox. Wednesday, MGM announced its five-year co-financing deal with Sony, which plans to theatrically release worldwide and help fund the next two James Bond films. Peter Jackson has finally started production on MGM/New Line/Warner Bros. co-production the Hobbit in Wellywood, New Zealand, which will be released in two parts by Warner Bros. in 2012 and 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 10:56 AM
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Weekend Boxoffice Looks Up as Family Toon Rio Faces Horror Comedy Scream 4

Studios keep insisting that spring doldrums will give way to summer-level box office when the right product hits the marketplace. Well, that might be this weekend, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Looking to buck the box office blues, 20th Century Fox is banking that families will cha-cha into theatres for their 3-D toon Rio, while Dimension Films is planning to scare both old fans and new into its horror four-quel Scream 4. Per Box Office Mojo, the annual box office through yesterday is at $2.4 billion, off 22% from the January – mid April frame a year ago.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 14, 2011 10:53 AM
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Cleopatra's Infamous Original Poster Art Featuring Elizabeth Taylor Hits Auction Block

Original poster art for Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1963 film,Cleopatra, featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, will be auctioned off by Profiles in History on May 14-15 at Beverly Hills' Saban Theater. The artwork, by Howard Terpning, caused an upset when Rex Harrison was cut out for the final poster. More info on the poster, Terpning and additional auctions is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 14, 2011 9:28 AM
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Relativity Acquires House at the End of the Street, Starring Jennifer Lawrence

Continuing its buying spree, new distrib on the block Relativity has acquired horror film House at the End of the Street for stateside release in 2012. The film follows a just-moved-in teen (Jennifer Lawrence) who discovers that she and her mother (Elisabeth Shue) live across the street from the site of a double murder; they befriend the surviving son (Max Thieriot) who still lives there. Word is, House at the End of the Street hopes to be to Psycho what Shia LaBeouf’s 2007 Disturbia was to Rear Window. Glenn Basner's FilmNation Entertainment, which produced and reps the film around the world, closed the deal for U.S. rights well ahead of Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 8:59 AM
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Put Down Your Flip Cam! UCLA's First Barbie Video Girl Film Festival

Put Down Your Flip Cam!  UCLA's First Barbie Video Girl Film Festival
If Todd Haynes could make a Barbie Doll movie-- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (trailer below) broke him out at Sundance 1987, but was not cleared for theatrical release--why not UCLA film students?
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  • April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
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Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)

Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)
So we now know who will be walking up the red carpet steps of the Cannes Palais this year, and which world auteurs will be announced as they walk into the Theatre Lumiere. We already knew that Woody Allen is bringing Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen with opener Midnight in Paris on May 11, and that Croisette regular Gus Van Sant will open Un Certain Regard on May 12 with Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 7:34 AM
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