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Cannes Update: Fair Game, Raavan, Biutiful, Tree vs. Tree

Cannes Update: Fair Game, Raavan, Biutiful, Tree vs. Tree
Cannes news and notes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 1:20 AM
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A Smart Note to Twilight Fans from Bill Condon

Writer-director Bill Condon is a smart cookie. On Saturday afternoon, he posted a note to Twilight fans on Facebook, beginning an engagement with them, letting them know he gets their world as he approached getting started on the final installment(s), Breaking Dawn. One of his tasks is going to be figuring out if he's going forward with one or two movies. Summit has not officially yet made that decision, they tell me. Word is, it's two--Condon turned down another movie for scheduling reasons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 5:36 AM
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Dreamgirls Condon Strong Choice to Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world has been watching with bated breath for any news, posting stories on directors who were under consideration, much less hired. Summit is not confirming whether or not the novel will be adapted into two films or one, or Condon's rumored involvement in a fifth installment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 5:39 AM
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Hollywood Loves Brand Names Like Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

One producer pal is shopping a commercial adventure that happens to be an original script. And nobody's biting, because these days Hollywood is terrified of the original screenplay. Even though Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, at this point you have to be James Cameron or Steven Spielberg to greenlight an original--unless it's a low-budget comedy. That's the last refuge of the original idea, because laughs always sell.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 2:27 AM
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Summit Talks Eclipse Reshoots, Sony Denies Bad Hornet Rumors

Pity the studio corporate flacks who have to keep straightening out the rumors that hit the internet--especially big-name movies that will build traffic as they spread like kudzu. For example, IESB reported that Sony Pictures is apparently "displeased with the results" they've seen so far of Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet film adaptation, citing claims that the "tone is too campy, they're not happy with the work from director Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen does not look the part. At all. In fact, the feeling at Sony is the movie is a disaster."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 12:43 PM
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Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone

Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone
Heading into its second weekend, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will continue to score big numbers. According to Flixster, the Tim Burton fantasy (which has a Tomatoscore of 52%) is pacing about five times ahead of this week’s new releases. That's not hard, because none of the newcomers are crossing over from their target demo. (Trailers are on the jump.) UPDATE: Box office watchers can now place bets on their predictions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:21 AM
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Oscar Video Round-Up: Opener, Chartier, Hurt Locker Victory Laps, Parties, Fashion

There's some juicy Oscar material out there about the most-watched show in five years. At the Governor's Ball, Sandra Bullock was among the nominees getting her Oscar engraved (everyone got their own statues engraved except Jeff Bridges; notable no-shows were Tivi Magnusson, producer of short The New Tenants, and Sandy Powell, costume designer of Young Victoria). Exhausted producer Bill Mechanic said that he and Adam Shankman had aimed for a more populist show (his red carpet interview is below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2010 1:19 AM
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Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?

Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?
The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier insists that he is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Late Wednesday night, drink in hand, pool side at Andaz above Sunset at a pre-Oscar party for The Cove, Chartier wasn't acting like a Hollywood pariah.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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Twilight's Pattinson Tests Marquee Value with Remember Me

A fellow-Hollywood scribe (who tends to like a lot) has seen Summit's Rob Pattinson romance Remember Me and says it's strong. (I'll see it soon but can't write about it yet). This "family" trailer (below) is much better than the last one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2010 1:19 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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