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Cannes Virgin Festival Diary 1: From 'Gatsby' to 'Heli' and Back

The first indication that things at Cannes weren’t going to be quite as I imagined them to be – red carpet and champagne, rinse and repeat – was the crush trying to get on the express bus from the Nice airport. The bus was 20 minutes late in arriving from Cannes, and there was a lot of jockeying going on, which is a nice way of saying butting in line, except there were no real lines, not to mention not enough seats. As the harried driver pulled away a woman in the back began yelling for him to stop, exclaiming, “You didn’t take my husband or my bags. I need both.” The driver stopped and the woman exited to general laughter.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 16, 2013 8:56 PM
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Image Entertainment Snaps Up 'Winnie Mandela' Starring Jennifer Hudson; Up Against Weinsteins' 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Image Entertainment has picked up all US rights to "Winnie Mandela," starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as Nelson Mandela's long-time partner. The film, which is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt from Anne Marie de Preez Bezdrob's biography, is slated for a fall 2013 release, which puts it up against the Justin Chadwick/William Nicholson biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba in the title role and "Skyfall" star Naomie Harris as Winnie (November 29, limited).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 16, 2013 1:27 PM
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IFC Goes On Cannes Buying Spree

IFC Films is on a buying tear. They happen to be at Cannes, but they obviously had been talking about acquiring U.S. rights to Ari Posin's "The Face of Love" since its well-received debut (under the title "The Look of Love") at SXSW. The romantic mystery stars Annette Bening as a widow who falls hard for an art teacher (Ed Harris) who doesn't know that he happens to be a dead ringer for her late husband.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2013 1:14 PM
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Cannes: Scarlett Johansson to Direct Adaptation of Truman Capote's Near-Lost Novel 'Summer Crossing'

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to helm an adaptation of Truman Capote's near-lost novel "Summer Crossing," which centers on a teenage debutante who falls in love with and pursues a Jewish parking attendant instead of traveling to Paris in the summer of 1945. This will be Johansson's first feature as a director.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 16, 2013 12:42 PM
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Spielberg and Competition Jury Tell It Like It Is in Cannes

"We're going to make this all up as we go. The good news is that I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful event," said jury president Steven Spielberg in Cannes. Introduced by the hosts of a festival-produced TV program that is broadcast throughout the Palais des Festivals as the "world's most famous film director," Spielberg along with fellow jurors (and fellow Oscar-winners) Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee as well as Cristian Mungiu (Romania), Daniel Auteuil (France), Vidya Balan (India) and Lynne Ramsay (Scotland) skirted the usual questions about how they will go about selecting this year's Palme d'Or winner.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 15, 2013 3:05 PM
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WATCH: James Toback's Cannes Documentary 'Seduced and Abandoned' Talks to Scorsese, Coppola, Bertolucci and Polanski (VIDEO)

Check out this clip from James Toback's Cannes documentary "Seduced and Abandoned," which follows the director and buddy Alec Baldwin as they adventure through the wilds of the Croisette, looking for funding for a new project. In the clip, Toback speaks with big names like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski on the state of film and the industry.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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'The Great Gatsby' Launches Cannes, Luhrmann Reveals Wrangling with Warners

After a solid opening in wide release Stateside, grossing over $50 million in over 3,500 theaters, Baz Luhrmann took his "The Great Gatsby" on the road to officially open the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first film in recent memory to open what is arguably the world's most important film event after a theatrical roll out in the U.S., but judging by the rush of press for the morning screening here and the pile-up to get into the press conference afterwards, enthusiasm for the film has only grown.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 15, 2013 11:58 AM
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Werner Herzog to Receive Locarno Film Fest's Lifetime Achievement Award

German director and voiceover enthusiast Werner Herzog will receive this year's Locarno International Film Festival's Pardo d'onore, the festival announced Wednesday.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 15, 2013 11:03 AM
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Cannes Market: Lionsgate Acquires Thriller 'The Quiet Ones,' Sets 2014 Release Date

Ahead of the opening of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has nabbed North American distribution rights to Hammer Films genre flick "The Quiet Ones," a supernatural thriller starring Jared Harris ("Mad Men," "Lincoln") and Sam Claflin ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). Lionsgate has booked an April 25, 2014 release date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 3:42 PM
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Cannes: American Pavilion Announces 25th Anniversary Programming Lineup

The American Pavilion has announced the programming for its 25th anniversary at the Cannes Film Festival. Guests will include actor Randy Quaid, screenwriter and filmmaker James Toback, comedic actor and "Nebraska" star Will Forte, director Stephen Frears, composer Cliff Martinez and many more, along with a special panel honoring film critic Roger Ebert.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 2:55 PM
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