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Rating Likely Candidates for Cannes

Rating Likely Candidates for Cannes
Of the 40 films on indieWIRE's Cannes wish list--a clever way of reporting what might be going without knowing for sure what will be announced on April 15--I hear that Oliver Stone's Wall Street Never Sleeps and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger are going, while Cannes negotiations for The Tree of Life are proceeding smoothly re: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn walking the red carpet and doing a press conference without the retiring director, which is a big concession for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2010 5:41 AM
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Gibson and DiCaprio Do Vikings

Mel Gibson the movie star returned to Hollywood with the routine thriller Edge of Darkness, which grossed a disappointing $42 million domestic. Next up, Gibson takes a riskier acting turn in Jodie Foster's indie The Beaver, about a man who talks to a hand puppet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2010 12:07 AM
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Weekend B.O.: In Seventh Week, Avatar Beats Edge of Darkness

At the weekend box office, Avatar grossed another $30-million, beating all comers for the 7th weekend in a row, including Mel Gibson's return to the screen in thriller Edge of Darkness, which despite earning mixed reviews scored $17 million. Avatar only needs a little more than $6 million to overtake Titanic as top domestic b.o.-grosser, and should do so by mid-week. Patrick Goldstein puts Avatar's grosses in perspective, adjusting for inflation. Another question: does Avatar's rolling b.o. success help or hurt with Oscar voters?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 6:52 AM
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Trailer Watch: HBO's Temple Grandin Stars Claire Danes

At the jam-packed Paramount pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont, I was talking with Jodie Foster, who is editing her Summit drama The Beaver, starring old pal Mel Gibson--"you've never seen him like this before," she promised. She also insisted that she will never change the title, which refers to a Beaver hand puppet who tells the Gibson character what to do.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 8:07 AM
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Mel Gibson Stars in Edge of Darkness

Mel Gibson acting in a movie again is big news. So here's a trailer for the revenge flick Edge of Darkness, his first starring gig since Signs in 2002.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2009 6:48 AM
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Guilty Pleasures: Beautiful People

Here's a preview of People Mag's Most Beautiful People 2009 list. Channing Tatum's on it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2009 6:32 AM
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