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Cannes contenders emerging

Cannes contenders emerging

In Todd McCarthy’s Cannes pre-lineup primer is word that Ang Lee‘s “Taking Woodstock” is highly likely to be slotted:

fest toppers only saw Lee’s “Taking Woodstock,” set during the fabled 1969 music event, this week and extended an immediate invitation to the Focus Features release. Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Emile Hirsch head the cast.

Word is that Francis Ford Coppola’s Argentine family drama “Tetro,” with Vincent Gallo, will be viewed imminently by the committee, and that Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant” makeover, starring Nicolas Cage, is jockeying for a special screening or midnight slot. An almost certain midnight attraction will be Sam Raimi’s horror-thriller “Drag Me to Hell,” a Universal release toplining Justin Long and Alison Lohman that was very well received in incomplete form at the recent SXSW Film Festival.

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