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Cannes Update: Tim Roth's Un Certain Regard Jury Finalized

Brit actor-director Tim Roth heads this year's jury for the Cannes official selection sidebar Un Certain Regard; his final jury of five is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 10:12 AM
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Columbia's Women Filmmakers, from Holofcener to Cholodenko: Not as Easy As It Looks (Video)

The elephant in the room at last week's oddly titled Columbia University Film Festival panel "What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia's Women Filmmakers," showcasing filmmakers Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener, Shari Springer Berman and Cherien Dabis was how tough it is for these indie filmmakers to be successful at all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 6:42 AM
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Cannes Market: Radiant Films Snags 'Madame Bovary' with Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Ezra Miller

Radiant Films acquired the international rights to "Madame Bovary," starring Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "The Kids Are Alright"), Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), and Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 10:47 AM
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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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