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Cannes Photo Call Round-Up: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Hams It Up, Animating 'Madagascar' and 'Rise of the Guardians,' Sacha Baron Cohen Falls Off a Camel (Almost)

Photo calls at Cannes give all manner of talent an opportunity to grin, gloat, mug, and pose to promo their upcoming feature. Some are adorable: See "Moonrise Kingdom." Some are pranksters: See Sacha Baron Cohen. His strutting in 2006 in a dayglow green mankini to promote "Borat" outshined this year's camel stunt for "The Dictator." (Below.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 19, 2012 6:30 AM
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Cannes Virgin Diary #1: Berkeley Grad Hits Critics Week

Cannes is a crazy place for a first-timer. There's the dicey wi-fi to contend with. The 7 AM queues of pushy cinephiles waiting outside the Grand Theatre. The possibility of not getting into a screening because you don't have the clout. The nagging urge to nod off during a film at the behest of jet-lag.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 18, 2012 7:12 PM
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James Toback Shoots Movie Starring Alec Baldwin in Cannes

In case you're tired of that old Cannes "Entourage" episode, director James Toback, who went to Cannes in 2008 for "Tyson," and Cannes rookie Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") are shooting "Seduced and Abandoned" during this year's Cannes Fest. It's a fiction drama (not mockumentary) about producers trying to raise financing for a political drama. They've already shot at the Carlton and have interviews lined up with Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, some of whom will be in Cannes, and gained permission to shoot at many glam events. ICM is selling North American rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 11:32 AM
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Cannes Market: The Weinstein Co. Continues Its Torrid Buying Pace

The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. rights to a political documentary on the fall of Gaddafi: 'The Oath of Tobruk.' Directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 10:30 AM
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Wes Anderson Talks 'Moonrise Kingdom' and Joining the Cannes Auteur Pantheon; "I'm not actually au courant"

Wes Anderson is a bit dazzled by the Cannes treatment. Having never come to the fest, he got word in Paris that "Moonrise Kingdom" was not only invited to the official selection, but for opening night. Sacre Bleu! And not just as an out-of-competition slot, but in the competition, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:53 AM
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EXCLUSIVE CANNES CLIP: Bronx Taggers in Adam Leon's 'Gimme the Loot'

I caught up with SXSW Narrative Grand Jury Prize-winner "Gimme the Loot" just before Cannes; it's playing in Un Certain Regard. What made this DIY film grab festival gatekeepers' attention? Well, it helps that director Adam Leon is the step-son of 42 West PR honcho Leslee Dart; but the guy's got chops. He has a good eye. Sundance Selects has acquired the film for summer release. See our exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2012 8:17 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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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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Cannes Market: Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Screens for Buyers; Butler, Worthington and McConaughey Get Funded for 'Thunder Run'

As the major studios focus on big-budget FX and brand-name tentpoles, and micro-indies spread like kudzu, the middle ranks of movies are being funded and produced outside the studio system. This is good and bad. 'Cloud Atlas' screened Tuesday at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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