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First Look: Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are Back and Battered in "Only God Forgives"

After last year's brutal "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling joined forces again -- for an even more violent film: "Only God Forgives." Their upcoming feature takes place in the shady world of embezzlement and boxing in Thailand -
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:41 AM
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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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FilmFunds Brings Filmmakers & Financiers Together, Names Jason Scoggins New CEO

Following in the footsteps of online film services such as Amazon Studios and Kickstarter, filmmaker platform FilmFunds is moving to expand its reach.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 2:51 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.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 2:38 PM
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Screen Editor Mike Goodridge Ditches Journalism to Run Protagonist Pictures

Marking yet another journalist defecting to the film industry, Mike Goodridge is leaving his post as chief editor at Screen International to become CEO at London's four-year-old Protagonist Pictures, the international sales and financing company. Protagonist shareholders include Film4, Channel 4 Television’s feature film division ("Slumdog Millionaire"), producer/distributor Vertigo Films ("The Cove") and financial services group Ingenious Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 1:35 PM
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Weekly Wrap: the News from Cannes, Interviews, and Reviews

Our Weekend Preview here; it highlights "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo, August 31st," and France's "Intouchables." This week we were flooded by the news from Cannes. Tarantino's "Django Unchained" looks like a hard-ass Sergio Leone western.
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  • May 25, 2012 9:40 PM
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Cannes 2012: Directors' Fortnight Honors "No," "El Taaib," "Camille Rewinds" & Shorts

While films from the Cannes Directors' Fortnight are not given official festival awards, they are honored by organizations. This year, Pablo Larrain's "No," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, a surprise stand-out at Cannes...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2012 2:24 PM
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Mercurial Sacha Baron Cohen Takes on Freddie Mercury: Performance or Impersonation?

Trying to take the measure of Sacha Baron Cohen, who has played a Kazakh journalist visiting the US in "Borat," an Austrian fashionista voguing in "Bruno," a North African dictator demoted to ordinary US immigrant in "The Dictator." His Halloween parade of beards and costumes and accents makes it hard to tell if he’s an actor or an impersonator...
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • May 25, 2012 1:23 PM
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Sony Pictures Acquires Dark Comedy "Revenge for Jolly!"

Sony Pictures acquires "Revenge for Jolly!" for US and Canadian distribution - marking the first acquisition for the newly-formed affiliate company of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. "Revenge for Jolly!" premiered at the 2012 Tribeca FIlm Festival. The dark comedy examines the moral ambiguity of revenge as one man tries to avenge the suspicious death of his beloved dog. Directed by Chadd Harbold and written by Brian Petsos, "Revenge for Jolly!" stars Petsos and Oscar Isaac, and features cameos from a long roster of other actors and comedians including Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, and Kristen Wiig.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:16 PM
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Relativity Media Will Co-Finance Luc Besson's Next Two Films: "Three Days to Kill" and "Malavita" with De Niro

Relativity Media struck a co-production and co-financing deal with Luc Besson's ("The Lady," "Taken," "Transporter") EuropaCorp on his two upcoming action flicks, "Three Days to Kill" and "Malavita" with Robert De Niro...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:13 PM
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