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Paul Thomas Anderson's Producer Tips 'The Master' for Cannes? UPDATE: It Was Pitt-Starrer 'Killing Them Softly'

"Cannes," reads the cryptic tweet at @annapurnapics, the Twitter account for the production company, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, behind Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." "Uh oh, just tell us now if we should book our ticket...," tweets Anderson-affiliated @cigandredvines.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 3:46 PM
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Cannes Fest Closer Is Late Claude Miller's Last Film 'Therese Desqueyroux,' Starring Audrey Tautou

The Festival de Cannes pays tribute to the late director Claude Miller by booking his last film "Thérèse Desqueyroux," starring Audrey Tautou, for closing night. The director died on April 4 after finishing the final edit of the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 2:16 PM
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Tribeca Watch: Felicity Jones in 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'

Felicity Jones can do Shakespeare ("The Tempest") or indie romance ("Like Crazy"). Warren Beatty cast her in his new Howard Hughes movie--which may or may not get made. Next up: Donald Rice's 1930s period comedy "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" debuts at Tribeca on April 20 and seeks a North American distributor.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
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  • April 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Scoops Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Before Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 5:52 PM
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James Cameron and Vince Pace Forecast Future of Broadcast 3-D at NAB 2012

Las Vegas...If anybody deserves to brag, it’s James Cameron and Vince Pace. And that is exactly what the two 3-D giants did for the first 10 minutes of their panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
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  • April 17, 2012 3:26 PM
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COLCOA 2012 Opening Night, From New "My Way' to 'A Trip to the Moon' and 'Breathless'

Opening night at the City of Lights City of Angels French film week at the Directors Guild always features sweet champagne and pastries, a mediocre French movie that the French consider to be the kind of commercial film American distributors should embrace but never do...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 1:10 PM
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Cannes Announces 2012 Short Film Selection: 'The Chair,' 'Night Shift,' 'Yardbird,' 'Souffle,' 'Silent' & More

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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Ashland Independent Film Festival: From Taymor and Kashmir to the Kennedys

The Ashland Independent Film Festival, an 11-year-old intimate spring fest nestled in Oregon's Rogue Valley, reminds me of the early days of Sundance and Telluride.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2012 9:24 PM
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Tribeca 2012: Irwin Winkler to Preside Over Star-Packed Jury

Producer-director Irwin Winkler ("Rocky," "Goodfellas," "Life as a House") will serve as President of Tribeca 2012's (April 18-29) jury, which includes thirty-nine industry folks and many actors, from vets Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon to Olivia Wilde and Shailene Woodley, as well as filmmakers Michael Moore, Mike Newell, Stuart Blumberg, Lucy Walker and Brett Ratner. Divided into six competitive caterogies, the jurors will chose winners to be announced on April 26 at the Awards Night ceremony hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The awards will be live streamed here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 12:59 PM
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