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Scorsese Honored with Moth Storytelling Award

On Tuesday May 8 at the Bowery's Capitale in New York, Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") accepted the Moth Ball's 2012 Storytelling Award. That's because the folks at Moth consider him to be, said artistic director Catherine Burns, "a master storyteller," who is known as "a great raconteur by those lucky enough to share a dinner table with him."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2012 4:15 PM
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Cohen Media Group to Release Italian Oscar-Entry 'Terraferma' (video)

"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 4:05 PM
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Oscar-Winner Joins Reality TV Lunacy with 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company': We Ask Why

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is the reality show starring Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood, their two daughters, and the all-male vocal ensemble from South Africa that lives with them. It premieres May 20th on E! "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is a half hour, 10 episode series. Those are there facts. Here are the questions: Why?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:21 PM
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Laika Names Mary Sandell Head of Production

Laika, the Portland-based animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline," has named Mary Sandell as its new head of production.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:19 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Principal Photography Begins on Erotic Thriller 'Therese' with Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Lange

Principal photography has begun in Belgrade, Serbia, and Budapest, Hungary on Charlie Stratton's "Therese," an erotic thriller based on Emilie Zola's novel "Therese Raquin."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:17 PM
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'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Debuts in Cannes and on HBO: Kidman & Owen Talk Sex and Hemingway's Boots

Philip Kaufman's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" will premiere out of competition in Cannes before its Monday, May 28 debut on HBO. It stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen as the titular pair, as well as Peter Coyote ("Erin Brockovich"), David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck"), Molly Parker ("The Road"), and Parker Posey ("A Mighty Wind").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 4:02 PM
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Cannes Market Watch: Polanski to Direct Period Thriller 'D,' on Dreyfus Affair

Roman Polanski's next indie-financed film will be the political thriller “D,” based on the 19th century political scandal Dreyfus Affair in France.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 3:35 PM
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CSI Creator Anthony Zuiker's 'Cybergeddon' Project Takes on Cybercrime, Identity Theft, and Other Internet Woes

Anthony Zuiker, the creator of the C.S.I franchise announce the director and full cast for his "Cybergeddon" project, a digital program that focuses on cybercrime and identity theft. Oliver Martinez ("Unfaithful") will star as the elusive cybercriminal Gustove Dobreff, with Missy Peregrym ("Rookie Blue") opposite as FBI agent Chloe Jocelyn. Diego Velasco ("The Zero Hour") will direct the feature.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 12:05 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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Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart's 'Cali'; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Nick Cassavetes, known best for delivering one of the greatest chick flicks ever -- "The Notebook" -- is back to some grittier material; the "Alpha Dog" director is set to helm "Cali," reports Variety. Kristen Stewart will star (and co-exec produce) as one of a pair of lovebirds (the other half is yet to be cast) who sell a fake snuff film and escape the San Fernando Valley with the cash. But then the girl must "return from the dead" in order to save her younger sister from the life she abandoned. Michael Diliberti wrote the script. Voltage Productions and New School Media are producing with their eye on a late summer start, assuming the Cannes market is agreeable for the project. With Stewart attached, it will be.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:59 PM
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