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Millennium Will Release Lee Daniels' Sweaty 'Paperboy' After All, on October 5

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 3:18PM

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" made quite a splash at Cannes, causing a range of reactions, including a 16-minute standing ovation and our own found poem made from its vividly-worded reviews. It sits at 50% Rotten, and will be judged by a much broader audience when it is released October 5 by Millennium Entertainment...
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'The Paperboy'
'The Paperboy'

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" made quite a splash at Cannes, yielding a range of reactions, including a 16-minute standing ovation. (See our found poem made from its vividly-worded reviews.) Its 50% Rotten rating caused Indiewire to wonder if it's So Bad It's Good. The overheated Southern drama will be judged by a much broader audience when it is released October 5 by Millennium Entertainment. They shopped it at Cannes for outside distributors, but didn't receive acceptable offers, so they'll release the erotic thriller themselves.

Daniels states: "I feel so blessed that Millennium will be releasing 'The Paperboy' in the U.S. They have been with me since the very beginning of this journey and I know they will make sure this movie gets the best possible exposure." Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Zac Efron's names will help attract audiences, and the heavily stylized, sweaty romp could find a devoted cult following.

Here's our look at which stars came out ahead at Cannes (and who should have stayed home.)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.