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Cannes 2012: Walter Salles and Sprawling Cast Recreate Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road,' Which is Cruising for an NC-17

"On the Road" is a two hour and 17-minute recreation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel. It's a serious thoughtful gorgeously mounted period art film and American travelogue, carefully researched and painstakingly crafted. Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera, the team behind "The Motorcycle Diaries," succeeded where many failed, over the three decades since producer Francis Ford Coppola optioned the property.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2012 11:58 AM
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Lionsgate Pacts with StudioCanal for Extended Global Partnership

At Cannes for the first time in their new roles as co-chairs of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, ex-Summit co-chiefs Patrick Wachsberger, long a major player on the international distribution and film sales scene, and Rob Friedman are wielding some muscle on the Croisette. Lionsgate and French distribution giant StudioCanal are enlarging their pre-existing partnership by renewing their library distribution agreement for Lionsgate to distribute more than 2000 StudioCanal titles, such as "Grand Illusion," "The Last Exorcism," "Terminator 2." Additionally, StudioCanal will also release "Catching Fire," the next installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise in German speaking territories, where the first film has grossed $24 million at the box office. "The Hunger Games" has grossed almost $400 million in North America and is closing on $650 million worldwide. “STUDIOCANAL exemplifies the global reach, market leadership and innovative thinking of the media companies with whom we are partnered around the world,” stated Wachsberger, Friedman and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. "Our StudioCanal partnership has been an important part of our growth around the world, and we believe that they will become an even more important part of our future.” Olivier Courson, Chairman of StudioCanal stated: “Lionsgate has always been a great partner to StudioCanal...In the UK we are partners in the leading independents home entertainment operation Elevation. And in Germany, we have a long term relationship on current films and are very happy to have "The Hunger Games." Strengthening our partnership with an even stronger Lionsgate on a long term basis is a great opportunity for StudioCanal." The StudioCanal library includes DVD, television, on demand and digital rights to titles from the Carolco and DEG libraries, including "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Total Recall," "Basic Instinct," "Rambo," "Tender Mercies," and "Evil Dead II" and French classics from "Rules of the Game" to "That Obscure Object of Desire" and "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2012 9:48 AM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 3: Critics' Week Yields Breakouts 'Aqui y Alla,' 'Sofia's Last Ambulance'

This is the best film yet to screen at Cannes' Critics' Week, confidently made without a single wasted scene. The quotidian reality of Guerrero village life is realized with lyricism and lack of sentimentality.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 23, 2012 9:03 AM
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Cannes Interview: John and Katrine Boorman Talk 'Me and Me Dad,' 'Excalibur' & '70s 'Lord of the Rings'

John Boorman has been in Cannes with daughter Katrine to talk up "Me & Me Dad," a documentary about the "Excalibur"/"Deliverance"/"The Tailor Of Panama" director that Katrine filmed over a period four years and that John jokingly says he hoped would never see the light of day...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2012 3:13 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 2: Wet Fest Yields Best So Far, 'Amour'

A storm blew through the city Sunday, and it is still cool and rainy. By the grace of whatever, I have yet to catch a cold. The dreary weather reminds me of San Francisco, so maybe I should see it as an antidote to my homesickness, which is beginning to settle in. I thought the rain would keep people from queuing up en masse for early morning screenings but, nope, I was wrong.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 22, 2012 7:49 AM
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James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain in Double Feature: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 21, 2012 9:57 PM
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New Poster for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Doesn't Need Pitt's Face

Check out the teaser poster for Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," the director's second collaboration with Brad Pitt (after "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") which screens tomorrow morning in Cannes. You can also check out a clip below, and a second one featuring Pitt from the Cannes opening ceremony. The Weinsteins release the film September 21.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 21, 2012 5:29 PM
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Cannes 2012: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Looks Like a Hard-Ass Sergio Leone Western [Updated]

The Majestic Salon Diane was packed with the top movie press in Cannes, notebooks poised, as the King of Cannes, Harvey Weinstein, introed and unveiled footage from three upcoming Oscar hopefuls that weren't ready for the Croisette this year: Paul Thomas Anderson's $35 million "The Master" (here's how the footage played; it's set for an October 12 release, which TWC is releasing globally, financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna), David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC, November 21) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a global partnership with Sony (slates for December 25, we'll see if it happens).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 3:41 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Schrader Talks Biopic of Legendary Tiny Dancer Kschessinska

While he didn't make the schlep to Cannes this year, writer-director Paul Schrader has some skin in the Cannes game. He's announced that he's writing an English-language biopic of Kschessinska, the legendary prima ballerina and mistress to the last Russian Tsar, for a film financed by the Kremlin-backed Culture & Arts Fund. Never before has an A-list American screenwriter written a Russian film about an iconic figure from Russian history. The film will star a mixed Russian and American cast. A director has not been signed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2012 2:32 PM
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Swarovski Launches Film Company: First Project is 'Romeo and Juliet,' Starring Hailee Steinfeld

Swarovski is a name fairly well linked to the twin bastions of cinema and glamour; over the years the crystal company has collaborated on costume and jewelry design for everything from "The Wizard Of Oz" to the recent "Mirror Mirror."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 20, 2012 2:04 PM
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