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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Reviews, Oscar Talk is Back, Trailer Watch, and Industry News

Weekend Preview - it's slim pickings ahead but we steer you right. We give "Snow White and the Huntsman" a review and review round-up: it wants to everything it's not. Our review and review round-up for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" in case you're planning ahead, this one promises stunning eye candy.
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  • June 2, 2012 8:17 PM
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Which Fall Films Will Land at Venice? Michael Mann President of Jury; Fest Directors On the Move

One Cannes hot topic: which fall films will show at Venice, Telluride, New York or Toronto on the fest circuit that kicks off award season? Harvey Weinstein showed footage from two key titles, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and David O. Russell's comedy "The Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2012 1:39 PM
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Columbia Film Festival Comes to Los Angeles with Grad Shorts

The Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program is taking its show on the road and bringing its film festival to Los Angeles. The LA version will feature industry networking events, panels, parties, and screenings of the graduate film program’s student work.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 6:36 PM
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Which Stars Came Out Ahead at Cannes? Who Should Have Stayed Home? From Pitt, Kidman & Mikkelsen to Hardy, Cotillard, Pattinson & Stewart

Cannes can have a huge impact on careers--as the world media watches. That walk up the red carpet can be dazzling for talent, but boos and reviews can be deadly, too. Ask Lee Daniels, who had to pull out the race card to explain the devastating pans for "The Paperboy," which Avi Lerner's Millennium may wind up releasing itself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 1:08 PM
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Best Dressed at Cannes 2012: Chastain, Kruger, Cotillard, Bejo & Watts

It must be easier to get attention for a hideous dress than a knockout one at Cannes, which accounts for all the fashion disasters. But these ladies lit up the red carpet - some of them more than once. Juror Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts and Berenice Bejo are our Best Dressed of the festival. In the men's department, it's a very close tie between Ewan McGregor and Bill Murray.
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  • May 29, 2012 5:44 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Sets December 19 Date for Cannes Winner "Amour," Signals Oscar Chase

The big question coming out of Cannes is whether Sony Pictures Classics can push Michael's Haneke's somber end-of-life Palme d'Or winner "Amour" all the way to major category Oscar nominations beyond best foreign film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 5:40 PM
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The Russians Are Coming! Russia Film Lures Industryites to Screenings During Moscow Film Fest

Making their mark at Cannes, setting up a film commission in Beverly Hills, and inviting a cadre of industryites (including me) to a series of screenings during the upcoming 34th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia's film industry is putting down money on raising its global profile.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 4:03 PM
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Los Angeles Film Fest Announces Panels & Conversations, Keynote Speaker Chris McGurk

The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-24), which will open with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" and close with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," has booked Cinedigm's Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk as its keynote speaker. The LAFF also reveals its schedule of Coffee Talks, Poolside Rants, Spotlight on the Craft, panels and conversations.
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  • May 29, 2012 2:38 PM
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Cannes Review: Cronenberg's Dystopian "Cosmopolis" Stars Pattinson as Dissolute Master of the Universe

"Life is too contemporary," Didi Fancher (Juliette Binoche) tells Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) after they've just had sex in the back of his limousine. That seems to be the global concern in "Cosmopolis," a headlong plunge into a dystopian urban milieu of greed, corruption, technology, nihilism, you name it.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 2:05 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 5: Post-Festival Reflections, "Holy Motors"

Cannes is over, and I'm writing this on a train to Paris. Today, all the films in the main competition were screened once more so had I elected to stay another night in Cannes, I could have seen everything I wanted. But instead, I chose to end my time at Cannes with one film: Leos Carax's "Holy Motors."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 1:40 PM
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