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Roadside Attractions Sci-Fi Thriller 'Branded' Debuts in Cannes Market

While most of the media attending Cannes will be flocking to the morning press screenings at the Palais, some of the more intrepid will venture into the screenings in the market, which are more catch-as-catch-can--walking out is de rigeur.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2012 10:24 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The Hobbit,' Higher Frame Rates, and Virtual Production at FMX [Updated]

I'm in Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the FMX conference on animation, VFX, games, and transmedia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis at FMX is on virtual production, the hottest industry topic, thanks to the influence of "Avatar" and the lingering interest in last year's Oscar winner, "Hugo," among others.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 10, 2012 6:36 AM
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Cannes Market Watch: Solution Takes 'Grand Piano' with Elijah Wood, High Point Media Group Gets John Boorman Documentary

The Solution Entertainment Group acquired the international rights to "Grand Piano," starring Elijah Wood. The thriller from Spanish producing team, directed by Eugenio Mira ("The Birthday") tells the story of a piano virtuoso, crippled by stage fright, who fights to return to the stage. Currently Wood is filming Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." The Solution will be presenting the title to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:23 PM
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Pre-Cannes Buy: IFC and Sundance Selects Acquire 'On the Road' for Fall Release

While Walter Salles' "On the Road" was up for sale before Cannes, many of the bigger buyers chose to wait to see how it would be received in Competition at the Festival. Just before the fest, however, AMC Networks' IFC Films and Sundance Selects scooped up for seven figures all U.S. rights to the episodic two and half hour film...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 6:17 AM
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De Niro vs. Redford: After Sundance London, Tribeca Launches Rival Tribeca Firenze at Tuscan Sun Festival

The biggest name-brand film festivals are extending their reach overseas, from Sundance London to Tribeca Firenze. Not to be outshone by Robert Redford's successful --and high profile--London launch, Robert De Niro's rival Tribeca Enterprises is bringing Tribeca Firenze to the Tuscan Sun Festival in Florence, Italy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2012 10:21 AM
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Opening Night: 25 Years of Columbia's Film Festival at Tully Hall

The 25th anniversary of presenting Columbia University student films kicked off last night at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Since I was part of the first event in 1987, the celebration filled me with nostalgia, pride, and optimism. 25 years ago, our inaugural night at Symphony Space on upper Broadway consisted of four shorts...
  • By Annette Insdorf
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  • May 5, 2012 5:36 PM
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Cannes 2012: Fortissimo Films Acquires Foreign Rights to Bollywood-Set 'Miss Lovely' (Video)

Fortissimo Films has acquired the international rights to "Miss Lovely," a debut feature from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia. "Miss Lovely" will premiere at Cannes as part of the Official Selection, in Un Certain Regard. Three teasers for "Miss Lovely" are highlighted below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2012 1:18 PM
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Cannes: Wicks and Fisher Explain How John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Went Indie

One of the many Weinstein films on parade at Cannes this year, John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (August 31), started out its life in development with husband-and-wife producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon shingle at Sony. They brought in Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who wrote Hillcoat's Aussie western "The Proposition."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:17 PM
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Cannes Watch: Special Screening of Bernard-Henri Levy's 'Le Serment de Tobrouk' ('The Oath of Tobruk')

On Friday, May 25, the Cannes Film Festival will present a special screening of one of their Official Selection films, Bernard-Henri Lévy’s "Le Serment de Tobrouk" or "The Oath of Tobruk." French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy created the film during the eight-month conflict in Libya that put an end to the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2012 11:52 AM
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55th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Awards and Prizes at Golden Gate Awards Party

While the Golden Gate Awards party was going on at the Rasselas Jazz Club and Restaurant on Fillmore, I was some 33 miles south, at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, watching Howard Hawks’ “A Girl in Every Port,” accompanied by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2012 4:32 PM
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