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Cannes Virgin Diary #1: Berkeley Grad Hits Critics Week

Cannes is a crazy place for a first-timer. There's the dicey wi-fi to contend with. The 7 AM queues of pushy cinephiles waiting outside the Grand Theatre. The possibility of not getting into a screening because you don't have the clout. The nagging urge to nod off during a film at the behest of jet-lag.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 18, 2012 7:12 PM
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James Toback Shoots Movie Starring Alec Baldwin in Cannes

In case you're tired of that old Cannes "Entourage" episode, director James Toback, who went to Cannes in 2008 for "Tyson," and Cannes rookie Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") are shooting "Seduced and Abandoned" during this year's Cannes Fest. It's a fiction drama (not mockumentary) about producers trying to raise financing for a political drama. They've already shot at the Carlton and have interviews lined up with Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, some of whom will be in Cannes, and gained permission to shoot at many glam events. ICM is selling North American rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 11:32 AM
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Cannes Market: The Weinstein Co. Continues Its Torrid Buying Pace

The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. rights to a political documentary on the fall of Gaddafi: 'The Oath of Tobruk.' Directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 10:30 AM
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Wes Anderson Talks 'Moonrise Kingdom' and Joining the Cannes Auteur Pantheon; "I'm not actually au courant"

Wes Anderson is a bit dazzled by the Cannes treatment. Having never come to the fest, he got word in Paris that "Moonrise Kingdom" was not only invited to the official selection, but for opening night. Sacre Bleu! And not just as an out-of-competition slot, but in the competition, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:53 AM
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EXCLUSIVE CANNES CLIP: Bronx Taggers in Adam Leon's 'Gimme the Loot'

I caught up with SXSW Narrative Grand Jury Prize-winner "Gimme the Loot" just before Cannes; it's playing in Un Certain Regard. What made this DIY film grab festival gatekeepers' attention? Well, it helps that director Adam Leon is the step-son of 42 West PR honcho Leslee Dart; but the guy's got chops. He has a good eye. Sundance Selects has acquired the film for summer release. See our exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:17 AM
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Cannes Market: Elizabeth Banks Stars in Alan Ball's 'What's the Matter with Margie?'

A hit like "The Hunger Games" lifts all boats, and comedic actress Elizabeth Banks is one of them. She's set to star in "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball's next dark comedy, "What's the Matter with Margie," which Myriad Pictures is selling at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 2:53 AM
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Cannes Market: Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Screens for Buyers; Butler, Worthington and McConaughey Get Funded for 'Thunder Run'

As the major studios focus on big-budget FX and brand-name tentpoles, and micro-indies spread like kudzu, the middle ranks of movies are being funded and produced outside the studio system. This is good and bad. 'Cloud Atlas' screened Tuesday at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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Cannes: Audiard's Anti-Romance 'Rust & Bone' Showcases Cotillard

While director Jacques Audiard says that he wanted to offer a love story for these harsh economic times, his follow-up to Oscar-nominated "A Prophet," "Rust & Bone," which screened for press on Thursday morning, is far from a romance. It's more of a survival tale about violence and healing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2012 6:50 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Hits the Croisette, Buys 'Love is All You Need'

Always a major North American presence on the Cannes Croisette, Sony Pictures Classics covers the official selection and market screenings like a blanket. In many ways it's the unfinished material that tests the mettle of the buyers. Which movies are ready to bid on, sight unseen, off bits of footage and scripts?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2012 12:58 PM
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Cannes Market, New Image: 'Emperor' with Tommy Lee Jones

"Emperor," Peter Webber's political thriller centers on the tensions and uncertainties in the days just after the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. It's currently at the Cannes Market. General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones, new picture above) is the de facto ruler of Japan, as the Supreme Commander of the occupying forces.  A member of his staff and leading Japanese expert General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? TOH's earlier write-up of "Emperor" explores director Peter Webber's career trajectory.  Webber previously directed "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," as well as episodes of HBO's "Six Feet Under."  
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 12:31 PM
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