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    Cannes Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

    When The Weinstein Company announced last week just before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as screening this morning for critics, not only did "The Artist" play lik...

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    Sundance Selects In Bed with Cannes' "Sleeping Beauty"

    Sundance Selects has picked up U.S. rights to Julia Leigh's controversial Cannes competition film, "Sleeping Beauty."

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    First Look At Naturi Naughton In NBC's New Series "The Playboy Club"

    Naturi Naughton in one member of an ensemble cast in NBC’s upcoming drama pilot titled The Playboy Club – an hour-long drama about 1960s Playboy clubs, set in Chicago - which the network recently picked up for the fall season.

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    Review: ‘Priest’ Is A Spot-the-Cliché Mishmash of Well-Worn Sci-fi Staples

    In the stark, humorless world of “Priest,” directed by former visual effects dude Scott Stewart and based on a popular Korean comic book by Min-Woo Hyung, violent fights break out almost all the time. Stewart, who also helmed last year’s tedious “Terminator” rip-off “Legion,” films these fights with...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Thor' Holds #1 With $34.5 million, 'Bridesmaids' Surprises

    If you enter the blockbuster business in Hollywood, you essentially enter the $80 million opening weekend business. Which is to say, it’s part of a pray/hope/accept/die model. Considering most blockbusters cost $150-$200 million, with marketing sometimes adding up to $100 million, a 3x’s multiplier after an $80 million opening ($240 million) might be the best-case scenario, unless you‘ve released a much-better-than-expected film (not likely). You double that number with overseas receipts, you’ve potentially got $480-$500 million worldwide on a possible $300 million expenditure. The studio earns 55% of that take, meaning that you’ve approached...

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 8th-May 15th

    It was a predictably big week at The Playlist as we experienced the second week of a busy month of May. In addition to greeting the beginning of Cannes, there were also aftershocks to last week’s "Django Unchained" announcements, as well as exciting news about the next films from Paul Thomas Anderso...

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    Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut Now Titled 'In The Land Of Blood and Honey'

    FilmDistrict To Release Bosnian-Set War/Romance Picture On December 23rdAcademy Award-winning Actress, U.N.-approved humanitarian, prodigious international baby adopter, geographical coordinate tattoo enthusiast, partner to one of the sexiest men on the planet and now director. Is there anything Ang...

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    Weekend Box Office: Femme Comedy Bridesmaids Rules New Openers

    Proving that a raunchy female comedy can be as potent at the box office as those for males, producer Judd Apatow's Bridesmaids led the field of new openers. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:A gaggle of satin-pink clad Bridesmaids were powerless against upsetting Thor’s $34.5 million hold at No. 1, but t...

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    Exclusive: First Look At Willem Dafoe In Abel Ferrara's Latest "4:44 Last Day On Earth"

    The idea of the end of the world is an endless mine for filmmakers. Principally, of course, they're big-budget action fests, whether showing the disaster in progress, like the many, many examples in Roland Emmerich's career, or showing the aftermath, like "Mad Max" and his plentiful rip-offs. But sometimes, you get lower-key takes on the same subject matter, which are inevitably infinitely more insightful about an idea that, let's be honest, hangs around the back of most of our minds. From Don McKellar's "Last Night" to the upcoming Steve Carell/Keira Knightley drama "Seeking A Friend At The End of the World," it's surprisingly easy to make t...

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    Box Office: "L'Amour," "Everything Must Go" Lead Slew of New Releases; "Beaver" Continues To Bomb

    As most of the industry was busy at the Cannes Film Festival, a slew of indie films hit theaters Stateside this weekend. The widest release among them, Roadside Attractions got mild results from the first weekend of Dan Rush's "Everything Must Go." The film - which had premiered at the 2010 Toronto ...

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