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May 13, 2013 1:44 PM
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HBO Picks Up Alec Baldwin and James Toback's Cannes Meta-Doc 'Seduced and Abandoned' Ahead of Its Premiere at the Festival

'Seduced and Abandoned' HBO

HBO has snagged the North American television rights to the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" ahead of its premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it'll play as a special screening.

Directed by James Toback ("Fingers," "Black and White," "Tyson"), "Seduced and Abandoned" was actually shot during last year's Cannes festival, and explores, according to HBO, "cinema art, money, glamor and death."

Toback and Alec Baldwin, who produced the film alongside Michael Mailer, serve as the film's onscreen guides as it offers up profiles of Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger and James Caan.

According to HBO's Michael Lombardo, "When James and Alec set out to make this documentary, it took a different turn. What resulted is something uniquely special and wonderfully entertaining." The deal for the film was negotiated with HBO by Jeff Berg at Resolution on behalf of the filmmakers, and a premiere date has yet to be announced.

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