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The Other Cannes: What's For Sale at the Market? Hathaway, Timberlake, Troubled 'Jane' and a Bollywood Remake of 'Rambo'

As the Cannes Film Festival begins its 11-day run, the Cannes Market is busily bombarding foreign buyers with a host of films -- some completed, some only exist as footage, some don't exist at all and may never come to fruition. First up, films boasting big names like Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet. Meanwhile, "Jane Got a Gun" struggles to convince buyers. Plus, a Bollywood remake of "Rambo"!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 2:38 PM
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IMDb Releases Top Ten List of Most Popular Cannes Competition Films, Quentin Tarantino Dominates

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway today, IMDb has released its list of the 10 most popular films to have been screened in competition for the Palme d'Or, based on user votes. Unsurprisingly, Quentin Tarantino makes a good showing on the list, dominating in the top three spots with 1994's "Pulp Fiction" 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" and 2005's "Sin City" (for which he's credited as "special guest director" following Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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'The Great Gatsby' Launches Cannes, Luhrmann Reveals Wrangling with Warners

After a solid opening in wide release Stateside, grossing over $50 million in over 3,500 theaters, Baz Luhrmann took his "The Great Gatsby" on the road to officially open the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first film in recent memory to open what is arguably the world's most important film event after a theatrical roll out in the U.S., but judging by the rush of press for the morning screening here and the pile-up to get into the press conference afterwards, enthusiasm for the film has only grown.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 15, 2013 11:58 AM
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Cannes Market: Lionsgate Acquires Thriller 'The Quiet Ones,' Sets 2014 Release Date

Ahead of the opening of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has nabbed North American distribution rights to Hammer Films genre flick "The Quiet Ones," a supernatural thriller starring Jared Harris ("Mad Men," "Lincoln") and Sam Claflin ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). Lionsgate has booked an April 25, 2014 release date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 3:42 PM
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Cannes: American Pavilion Announces 25th Anniversary Programming Lineup

The American Pavilion has announced the programming for its 25th anniversary at the Cannes Film Festival. Guests will include actor Randy Quaid, screenwriter and filmmaker James Toback, comedic actor and "Nebraska" star Will Forte, director Stephen Frears, composer Cliff Martinez and many more, along with a special panel honoring film critic Roger Ebert.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 2:55 PM
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CANNES EXCLUSIVE: Ari Folman Talks Fortnight Opener 'The Congress,' Which Predicts Hollywood's Chilling Future (TRAILER)

The Cannes International Film Festival gets under way Wednesday with the international premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a perfect opening night choice given its already established hit status stateside (TOH review here). And on Thursday the edgier Cannes sidebar Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine) will open with Israeli director Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action/animation hybrid starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston, which is being screened for the first time not only for Cannes audiences and critics but North American distributors as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 1:22 PM
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Cannes Market: Michael Nyqvist of the 'Millenium Trilogy' Stars in Dramedy 'My So-Called Father'

Actor Michael Nyqvist, who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films, has been cast in the dramedy "My So-Called Father." The Swedish production is written and directed by Ulf Malmros, and co-stars Vera Vitali.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Cannes 2012 Box Office Led by 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Will Strong Fest Sales Repeat in 2013?

Led by a recent year (and possibly all time) record of 21 of 22 official competition films gaining U.S. distribution (including some yet to play), 2012's Cannes line-up (from all sections) shows 58 total -- much above average -- out of 100 titles that were presented ending up with domestic rights acquired, most of them after their festival showings.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 13, 2013 2:06 PM
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Cannes Watch: Intriguing Portrait of a Teen Prostitute in Teaser Trailer for Francois Ozon's 'Young and Beautiful'

Check out this teaser trailer for French director Francois Ozon's latest, 'Young and Beautiful," which premieres in competition at Cannes on May 16. In the trailer, we see a nubile teen girl (played by Marine Vacth) entering a hotel room, while calmly discussing in voiceover her reasoning for becoming a prostitute.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 11:53 AM
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From Antonioni to Lynch, BAMcinematek Takes a Second Look at Films 'Booed at Cannes'

Wednesday, the BAMcinematek in Brooklyn kicks off a new series of films "Booed at Cannes," from David Lynch and Martin Scorsese to Antonioni and Fellini.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:09 PM
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