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Cannes Diary Day Three: Wall Street 2, The Housemaid, Chatroom, Beach Parties

Cannes Diary Day Three: Wall Street 2, The Housemaid, Chatroom, Beach Parties
A welcome surprise was Im sang-Soo's South Korean remake The Housemaid, a taut, stylish thriller about a fetching naive housemaid (Jeon Do-Youn) in a wealthy household who gets involved with her handsome Master of the Universe boss (Lee Jung-Jae)--with disastrous results.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2010 9:06 AM
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Cannes Update: Fortnight, Critics Week, Carlos, Tree of Life

Cannes Update: Fortnight, Critics Week, Carlos, Tree of Life
The Cannes Film Festival is still in motion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 8:09 AM
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Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell

Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell
Finally, months after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in a rare performance in his native dialect. (The film scored eight nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards.) According to Movieline's Stu VanAirsdale, the final cut of the Paramount Vantage leftover will be different from the one screened in Toronto:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 3:06 AM
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Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"

Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"
Bright Star was brilliantly reviewed on the film fest circuit from Cannes to Toronto. But some critics praise its undeniable visual style and directorial panache (the film won a special cinematography prize from the National Board of Review) but find the 19th-century period drama lacking in deep emotion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 6:26 AM
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Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers
Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi World War II movie Inglourious Basterds, which was a sleeper summer hit. UPDATE: The NYT's A.O. Scott addresses Jewish history as interpreted by Tarantino and the Coens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 5:15 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station
Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy for Oscar nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2009 2:51 AM
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Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?

Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?
Ever since the Indie Summit last week, something has been nagging at me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2009 3:58 AM
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Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins

Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins
Festival News:The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who Stare at Goats). The bad news: the star has to promote them all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2009 8:27 AM
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Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

Toronto WatchHot off their fab launch of A Serious Man at Toronto, the Coens swear they have no interest in returning to The Big Lebowski, even if audiences do. A Serious Man won the updated IndieWIRE critics poll for 34 new Toronto films that did not play Sundance or Cannes. Magnolia has picked up North American rights to Tilda Swinton-starrer I Am Love.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2009 5:19 AM
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Toronto Deals: Art of the Steal, Lebanon, Get Low

Toronto Deals: Art of the Steal, Lebanon, Get Low
The smaller Toronto deals are starting to flow. In addition to IFC's pick-up of Valhalla Rising and Sony Worldwide Acquisition Group's genre-film buy Defendor, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Samuel Maoz's Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon, which is expected to be Israel's submission for the Oscars. The movie is based on Maoz's experience as a tank driver. (SPC acquired Israel's Waltz with Bashir last year.) And Sundance Selects, IFC-owner Rainbow Media's other theatrical and VOD label, acquired North American rights to Don Argott’s art-world documentary The Art of the Steal, set for 2010 theatrical release. Both films are set to play the NYFF.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2009 4:19 AM
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