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Cannes Deal UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics Gobbles Up 'The Lunch Box,' Critics Week Audience Winner

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American distribution rights to Ritesh Batra's "The Lunchbox," starring Irrfhan Khan ("The Life of Pi"). The film centers on a mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, and the budding relationship between a young housewife and an older stranger that this mix-up brings. The film won the Viewers Choice Award, the Rail d'Or, at Cannes Critics Week.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 12:58 PM
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Cannes: Winners Announced for Critics Week, Cinefondation and Europa Cinemas Label Prize

A number of awards are being announced out of Cannes. "Salvo," a Mafia romance co-directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, has nabbed the Critics Week Grand Prize; UK director Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," an update of the Oscar Wilde short story focusing on the friendship between two boys, has taken the Europa Cinemas Label prize as Best European Film in the Directors Fortnight section; and the Cinefondation and Short Films Jury, headed by Jane Campion, has awarded the 2013 Cinefondation prizes. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 11:52 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'Invasion of the Bee Girls'

Femme Fatales Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "Invasion of the Bee Girls," which centers on a bevy of sultry sirens turned mutated insect women. Trailer below is NSFW.
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  • May 24, 2013 11:29 AM
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival's July Program of Classics Stars Brooks, Garbo, Fairbanks and Films by Pabst, McCay, Ozu and More

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival ticks all of my boxes when it comes to enjoyable filmgoing experiences: it's brilliantly programmed, takes place in a dazzling and comfortable setting, unspools over a compact and encompassable time span, and has a respectful and joyous audience that enriches the experience. And (bonus) it's located in a neighborhood full of enticing and affordable eateries.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 23, 2013 11:17 PM
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Rock Center: Brian Williams Grills The Emanuel Brothers (VIDEO)

Brian Williams digs into the three remarkable Emanuel brothers who grew up outside of Chicago. WME chief Ari Emanuel was the model for Ari Gold on "Entourage." Rahm was chief of staff for President Barack Obama, and now is facing the heat as Chicago Mayor for closing down some 40 schools. Zeke the doctor wrote a memoir "Brothers Emanuel"about the family.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2013 4:58 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Before Midnight' a Must-See, 'Fast & Furious 6' Nabs Good Reviews, 'Hangover' a Headache

Memorial Day Weekend is bringing well-reviewed films both big and loud, and small and thoughtful (if also a bit loud: see a certain knock-down argument in "Before Midnight"). That film, Linklater's brilliant third installment in his romance trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, is receiving the best reviews of the bunch and rightly so. It's an observant, sharply realistic and gut-splittingly funny portrait of the demands on long-term romance.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 3:10 PM
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Cinedigm Acquires Reggio/Glass/Kane's 'Visitors,' Presented by Soderbergh, to Debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Fans of the Godfrey Reggio/Philip Glass "Qatsi" trilogy can look forward to a fourth movie, "Visitors," which Cinedigm has acquired for North America. The black-and-white digital film will world premiere with a live Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Glass's score at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this September. Cinedigm plans to release "Visitors" theatrically in 4K throughout Fall 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2013 3:08 PM
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WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Takes a 'Shower of Evil' in Deleted Scene from 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

After getting some heat for Alice Eve's lingerie scene in "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams talked to Conan O'Brien about his belief in equal opportunity skin-showing, and screened a deleted scene from the film of Benedict Cumberbatch's baddie taking a "shower of evil." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 1:20 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Diary: Le Dernier Jour

“Carey Mulligan is an oyster.” So said a French photographer outside a cafe on the rue Hoch. Five of us were sitting around, with Christine in the middle, which is to say that everyone knew her; the photographer was a colleague from Paris, and was just coming from the red carpet at the Palais. He shoots conflict zones normally, but the red carpet pays, especially in Cannes. The photographer was particularly happy about a shot he got of Nicole Kidman french-kissing her husband Keith Urban. Someone asked him if he yells at the celebrities the way some photographers do. “Sometimes you have to,” he said. “ It’s so that they look at you.” Much more saleable. And that’s where Carey Mulligan came in. “She’s an oyster, she gives you nothing.” He makes a face, to give an idea of what Carey Mulligan looks like as an oyster. She is not smiling; she is impassive; she is closed. In fact she looks a little like her character in “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 23, 2013 1:18 PM
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Cannes Market: Weinstein Co. Nabs Stephen Frears' 'Philomena,' Starring Dench and Coogan

More news is coming in from the ever-busy Cannes Market. The Weinstein Company has snapped up the latest Stephen Frears film, "Philomena," a drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, with plans for an Oscar-friendly fall 2013 release.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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