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Grabbing Scoops: Who Gets Credit?

With Comic-Con looming, movie sites are pushing to get scoops on new movies of interest to the fan community. A sequel to 300, which broke big at Comic-Con, is a big deal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2008 1:59 AM
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Cannes Update: Tarantino, Soderbergh's Che, Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Egoyan's Adoration, Hame

At the Adoration dinner-party on the roof of the Palais Thursday night, Sony Pictures Classics execs were huddling in the corner talking deals. But producer Robert Lantos and Cinetic Media's John Sloss were relaxed and enjoying the balmy moonlit evening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2008 4:44 AM
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Cannes: Che Meets Mixed Response

"A folly." "A mess." "Great." These words came from critics coming out of Steven Soderbergh's four-hour 18 minute Spanish-language Che Wednesday night. At the end there was slight applause; no boos. My own description: noble failure. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2008 4:41 AM
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Cannes Day Seven: Eastwood Talks Changeling

Clint Eastwood's Changeling screened well Tuesday, although the press conference was slightly muted, partly because so many of the world press had already interviewed Angelina Jolie for Kung Fu Panda. Here's Todd McCarthy's review, which hit the web within minutes of the end of the press screening, because Todd saw the film in L.A. and prepared the review in advance. And here's Kenneth Turan's LAT feature. Here's a collection of reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2008 4:39 AM
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Cannes: Two Lovers Rocks the Palais

It is not the slightest bit unusual for a Cannes gala premiere to get a standing ovation, and Two Lovers did--with the glowing Gwenyth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw and James Gray on hand accepting kudos--if anything, when a movie doesn't get applause it's an issue. But Two Lovers played well not only for the black tie crowd at the Lumiere but for the U.S. buyers who haven't been rocked by anything so far and have been looking bedraggled (by constant rain) and gloomy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2008 4:37 AM
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Cannes Opening Day

Kung Fu Panda star Jack Black woke up this morning knowing he had to cavort on the Carlton pier with 40 overstuffed pandas. Mike Jones did the honors with his Nikon Coolpix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2008 4:34 AM
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Cannes Watch: Indiana Jones

I saw it coming. Ever since Paramount announced that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would not screen for anyone before its May 18 unveiling at Cannes (in advance of its worldwide launch May 22), I felt that Spielberg and Co. might be setting themselves up. The anticipation of this film is too great, the pressure for information is wrecking havoc on the internet. As the NYT reports, several exhibitor screenings have added to the din surrounding this film. So far the PR strategy has been to dole out interviews to press who have not yet seen it; Vanity Fair, EW, the LAT and others have played ball.
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  • May 12, 2008 4:31 AM
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Clooney Turns 47; Bello Grabs SFIFF Acting Award

Happy Birthday, George! Clooney turns 47 today, and Marc Malkin reports on the birthday party attended by girlfriend Sarah Larson, David Beckham and others --complete with two birthday cakes--Monday night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2008 5:31 AM
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Los Angeles Film Fest: Preview

The Los Angeles Film fest is looming large; tickets went on sale Monday. Fest director Rich Raddon and programmer Rachel Rosen are offering a wide swath of entertainment designed to pull in moviegoers of every stripe.
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  • April 6, 2008 5:35 AM
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Santa Barbara Fest: Producers Panel

I went to Santa Barbara--rainy again, like last year--to recover from Sundance. At Patrick Goldstein's thoughtful producers' panel, Jim Brooks admitted that The Simpsons Movie was his first time being part of "an event movie where the studio is supporting you," he said. "On my other films I was always going against the wind. It made me depressed about all my past experiences. All the producers were also working on the script, the way we do the TV show as well. The big deal is to believe that in order to do the picture, if you're directing and writing it, you have to have some true temporary insanity that makes you believe that it's the most important thing in the world, you'll die if it isn't going to work. As close as a producer gets to that mindset is how valuable you can be to the person making the film."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2008 8:07 AM
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