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Dardennes' Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards

Dardennes' Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike (from Belgium) has won several awards in Italy. The filmmakers will be presented with the Fiesole Award to Film Masters (Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema) on July 8, the Flaiano International film Prize (Premio internazionale Flaiano del cinéma) on July 10 in Pescara, and in September the Robert Bresson Award in Venice. The film is currently playing in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland. There is currently no US release date, though it was picked up by Sundance Selects out of Cannes, where the Dardennes won yet another prize, the Grand Prix.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 4:33 AM
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Winklevoss Twins Can't Stop

As THR film editor Gregg Kilday tweets: "Somebody should give them a copy of Bleak House." The Winklevoss twins, who earlier this week appeared to have given up their Quixotic quest to wrest justice from The Social Network subject Mark Zuckerberg, have not yet cut their losses. As they have failed to improve on their 2008 Facebook cash and stock settlement, now worth more than $100 million, they're just abandoning one approach to pursue another.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2011 5:02 AM
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Ebert's Tweet Was Right: Crashed Jackass Star's Blood Level More Than Twice Legal Limit

Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me. The pushback was immediate, and a hot topic was born.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 9:23 AM
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Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection

Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair Lady Ascot Race dress for Audrey Hepburn. They made their actresses smaller then.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator

Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator
Elvis Mitchell lands on his feet yet again. One thing about having been a film critic at the New York Times, visiting professor at Harvard, documentary filmmaker, and KCRW host of The Treatment: you get plenty of cred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 4:32 AM
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Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Hit Hollywood for BAFTA's First Brits to Watch Event; Names Announced

UPDATE 7/1: The forty-two Brits have been named and are listed below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 5:39 AM
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Madonna's W.E. Goes to Weinsteins for 2011 Release

W.E., Madonna's sophomore directorial outing, will be released by The Weinstein Co. this year. Madonna also co-wrote the romantic comedy with Alek Keshishian, who co-directed Miramax's Truth or Dare, which Harvey Weinstein memorably debuted at Cannes in 1991. Madonna co-produced W.E. with Scott Franklin (Black Swan). Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Dormer, Richard Coyle, James Fox and Laurence star. IM Global handled foreign sales.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 7:24 AM
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Academy Receives Record Number of Entries for Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a record number of entries for the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. From the 6,730 entries, up to five winners will be selected to receive $30,000 this November.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 5:55 AM
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Alamo Drafthouse's 2011 Rolling Roadshow: Best Texan Films in Iconic Locations, Posters (UPDATED)

The state of Texas is the lucky host of Alamo Drafthouse's 2011 Rolling Roadshow during the month of June, in collaboration with Texas Monthly. The state's ten best films will screen (free) in iconic Texas locations. The films include The Searchers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blood Simple, Hud, Red River, Bonnie and Clyde, Tender Mercies, No Country for Old Men, Giant and The Last Picture Show. More details, posters created for the series by Jason Munn, and the screening schedule are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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SnagFilms Launches 150 Free Documentaries on Roku

SnagFilms announces its launch on Roku. A collection of 150 of Snag's award-winning docs are available to stream on the internet TV platform. Snag CEO Rick Allen says that SnagFilms is continuing to fulfill their "mission of creating virtual movie theaters wherever film fans have high-speed connections, and making the best independent films available to the widest possible audience.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2011 5:15 AM
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