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Cannes Fest Taps Kusturica as Jury President of Un Certain Regard

The Festival de Cannes has tapped Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. Each year Un Certain Regard, which runs alongside the official competition, showcases about twenty films from around the world. Cannes has awarded Kusturica two Palmes d’Or, in 1985 for his second film When Father Was Away on Business, and ten years later, for Underground. The Prix Un Certain Regard is given out on the closing weekend of the fest; last year it went to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 4:18 AM
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Weekend Preview: Sucker Punch and Wimpy Kid vs. Indies

The weekend brings few mainstream releases -- just Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (each mark 27% of Fandango's pre-sales, as of Thursday). If you are seeking something new, you may want to check out indie offerings from well-reviewed doc My Perestroika to Francois Ozon's delightful 70s feminist comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 25, 2011 1:52 AM
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Actress Watch: Williams' Monroe, Green's Dark Shadows, Winslet the "Only Actress" for Mildred Pierce

- One of Michelle Williams's co-stars in The Weinstein Co.'s My Week With Marilyn, Dougray Scott, tells the Irish Independent that she is "amazing" portraying Monroe. He adds, "I can imagine [Michelle felt pressure] but she was amazing. She's a wonderful actress and lovely girl as well. I had great fun working with her." Simon Curtis directed the film, which is based on the diary of an assistant, Colin Clark, who worked on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956. Of his own role, that of Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, Scott says "[he is] such an iconic, interesting, enigmatic character, I had great fun researching and filming that."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 25, 2011 1:47 AM
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Tribeca Films to Release Movies During Festival, Including Bang Bang Club

This year Tribeca Films is going forward with its long-term experiment to release some films day-and-date with the Tribeca Film Festival, in its 10th year (April 20-May 1). While some industry insiders question the wisdom of any filmmaker putting a movie on video-on-demand--much less streaming it-- before its theatrical options have been explored, Tribeca's Geoffrey Gilmore fervently believes that this sort of experimentation has to take place, while admitting that branding and marketing new films from less-known filmmakers, even with American Express advertising, is a continuing challenge. We spoke at a Tribeca party this week at the W in Hollywood that brought together L.A. filmmakers and indie execs to celebrate the upcoming fest, from David O. Russell and Gregg Araki to Roadside's Eric D'Arbeloff and Strand's Marcus Hu.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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Breaking Dawn Will Not Be First R-Rated Twilight Movie, Summit Confirms

During his promotional rounds for Water for Elephants, E.W. and Vanity Fair cover-boy Rob Pattinson talks about life beyond Twilight -- "I literally feel like we’ve been doing it my whole life" he says, and the upcoming Breaking Dawn movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 7:24 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Family Drive-In, Festival Street Fair, Sports Day Soccer with Pele and Pros

This year's Tribeca Film Festival free events include the return of their drive-in, a family festival street fair and sports day with ESPN. The Tribeca drive-in will feature The Muppets Take Manhattan, Fame and Haitain documentary When the Drum Stops Beating (including a live performance of Haitian-Caribbean-Jazz fusion band Septentrional) between April 21-23. For the first time, NYFest, on April 23, will have NYC's first film and entertainment soccer tournament (organized by Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner), a partnership between Tribeca and Umbro, featuring a five-on-five game with film, music, entertainment and sports pros -- all kicking off with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele (pictured).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 24, 2011 5:51 AM
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Sucker Punch Early Reviews: Feminists, Choose Your Weapons

Sucker Punch Early Reviews: Feminists, Choose Your Weapons
Judging from early reviews (below), if Warner Bros. has any hopes of luring a female audience to Sucker Punch, they may be in trouble. It looks like plenty of red-blooded American males will soak up the latest hyper-stylized entry from writer-director Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) which critics are variously describing as "spastic," "humorless" and "psychosexual." TOH will weigh in tomorrow. (Check out the trailer below.) The film stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jenna Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, and Carla Gugino.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 24, 2011 4:40 AM
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Actor Watch: LaBeouf in Wettest County, Ramirez for Superman, Damon in Zoo, Gyllenhaal as Director?

Check out Shia LaBeouf on the set of prohibition gangster thriller The Wettest County in the World (hat tip: /Film). The film, based on Matt Bondurant's novel and directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), is currently filming in Georgia. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain co-star.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 24, 2011 3:48 AM
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Paramount Screens Super 8 Footage in NYC, ShoWest/CinemaCon

Rumors have been rampant that Paramount was going to screen a film at next week's CinemaCon (ShoWest is no more) exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. Well, the studio screened the first 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 to positive response to assorted media in New York Wednesday, and will show the same footage to theater owners, along with a 2011 sizzle reel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 1:55 AM
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Adult World Wants to Cast Galifianakis With Roberts

Word is out that actor-writer-director Scott Coffey (Ellie Parker) has attached Emma Roberts to play a post-Stanford poet working in a bookstore in his coming-of-age Adult World. I also hear that Coffey has an offer out to in-demand Zach Galifianakis for a juicy role in the pic, written by Andrew Cochran.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 1:01 AM
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