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Weekly Wrap: Interviews, In the Works, Trailer Watch, and Everything Cannes

Weekend Preview this week highlights "Dictator," "Polisse," pregnant movie stars and vibrators. Everything Cannes: Wes Anderson goes camping with his 1960s-era Cannes opener, "Moonrise Kingdom." Our TOH interview with the director is here; he talks "Moonrise Kingdom" and joining the Cannes auteur pantheon.
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  • May 19, 2012 7:33 AM
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Duplass Brothers Kidnap Hollywood and The New York Times Magazine

They call each other Dupes and keep their brotherly spirit at the fore. In a New York Times Magazine profile of the Mark and Jay Duplass, Gavin Edwards details the pair's evolution from a budget of $3 (2002's "This is John") to $40 million comedies. Their partnership is thrilling to watch (our video interview with Jay and Mark here). As Edwards writes, "While rock ’n’ roll brothers (the Davies, the Gallaghers) seem to thrive on fistfights, filmmaking brothers (the Coens, the Farrellys) often achieve a state of mind-meld."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 18, 2012 7:21 PM
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John Waters is Hitchhiking; Indie Band Picks Him Up in Ohio

Baltimore's own indie auteur John Waters ("Pink Flamingos") likes the occasional hitchhike.  An indie band called Here We Go Magic recently picked him up in Ohio and took him on a six hour road trip as Waters entertained the group telling stories. He has hitchhiked with Patty Hearst, he wears a hat that says "Scum of the Earth," and he treated everyone to breakfast at an Italian deli. Here We Go Magic bassist Jen Turner reported to DCist about their journey.  Excerpts of her interview are below:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 18, 2012 6:32 PM
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IN THE WORKS: 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Blanchett-Wasikowska Lesbian Romance, Paltrow for Picasso & Dujardin's Next

Ridley Scott has an idea for a sequel to his classic 1982 film "Blade Runner," and the original's writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to put it into action on paper. Scott and Alcon Entertainment say only that the story would pick up "some years after the first film concluded."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2012 6:23 PM
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Zaillian's Film Rites Banner Signs with Fox; Whither 'The Girl Who Played with Fire?'

There's no reason why screenwriter Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List," "Gangs of New York") and his Film Rites banner with Garrett Basch shouldn't sign a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. The question is, why didn't Zaillian go with Sony, which backed his Oscar-nominated script for "Moneyball" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 3:28 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: Robert Altman Documentary In the Works, 'Bob would be happy'

A documentary on director Robert Altman will be produced by Sphinx Productions and directed by Ron Mann ("Twist," "Comic Book Confidential"). The film will explore the life and work of Altman, who gave the world "M*A*S*H," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Nashville," "The Player," "Short Cuts," "Gosford Park" and "A Prairie Home Companion."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 5:18 PM
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Michael De Luca will Produce 2013 Producers Guild Awards, Set for January 26

Michael De Luca will produce the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards, which have been shifted to January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. PGA presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon state: “Michael is an original, creative producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business and we’re thrilled he has accepted our invitation to produce the 2013 Producers Guild Awards show.” De Luca is excited to get to work and “energized to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers." His many credits include "Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Mask," "Seven," "Boogie Nights," "Pleasantville," the first two installments of "Austin Powers," "Anchorman," "Moneyball" and "The Social Network." Here's a recap of the 2012 awards.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 4:08 PM
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Lily Rabe to Play Mary Pickford in Untitled Biopic; Producers In Cannes to Cast Chaplin, Fairbanks, Griffith

While producers Julie Pacino, Jennifer DeLia, and Said Zahraoui are at Cannes to cement the rest of the casting for their untitled Mary Pickford film, they've found their leading lady in Lily Rabe (“All Good Things,” “American Horror Story” ). The film is based on Eileen Whifield's biography, "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 4:01 PM
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Fisher Stevens Helming Adaptation of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'

Fisher Stevens will direct "American Pastoral" for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. John Romano (Lakeshore and SKE's "Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the first novel in Philip Roth's post-war trilogy about the destruction of the American dream.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 3:56 PM
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