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    Cannes: The Artist vs. Murder 101

    Gee, given the choice to see a movie acquired by The Weinstein Co. that many critics rave about--The Artist--and Murder 101 (invite below), which would you choose?SCREENING: "Murder 101"Wednesday 18 May 14:00 hrs GRAY 5 Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor) plays FBI Agen...

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    Only Nicole Kidman Left: Lasse Halstrom & Rachel Weisz Are Officially Out Of 'The Danish Girl'

    When Swedish director Lasse Hallström ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" "The Cider House Rules") announced he would be directing the Sweden-set crime thriller “The Hypnotist” this year, we asked, ok, what did this mean for Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films' developing transgendered drama “The Danish Girl”...

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    Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut Gets a Name and a Date

    Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, a love story set in Bosnia War in the 90s finally has a title - In the Land of Blood and Honey. The other news is that it will be released on December 23rd by Film District putting it right into the awards mix. Jolie also wrote the script.

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    Matté! Phillip Noyce Reaches Career Trough As Director Signs To Remake 'Bloodsport'

    Director Phillip Noyce has always embodied the word "workmanlike." Not quiet an auteur, but not a faceless hack either, Noyce has succeeded in making above-average or at least financially successful studio fare like "Patriot Games," "Salt," "Clear And Present Danger" and "The Bone Collector." Every ...

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    Kubrick's 'The Killing,' Cocteau's 'Orpheus,' Polanski's 'Cul-De-Sac' Head Up August Criterion Slate

    Plus The Complete Jean Vigo, Lee Chang-Dong's 'Secret Sunshine,' And 'The Battle of Algiers,' 'If...' & 'Orpheus' On Blu-RayPut the kids to bed. Turn off your cellphones. Feed the cat whiskey until it goes to sleep. Yep, it's our favorite time of the month again: Criterion announcement time! Our fav...

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    The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

    Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an Amer...

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    More Pilot Pickups Created by Women

    NBCUntitled Parham/St. Clair - Jessica St. Clair and Lennon ParhamAre You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea - Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson

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    Trailer Watch: Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs Remake, Starring Marsden, Skarsgård, Bosworth

    Check out the trailer for Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs, starring James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth. Dustin Hoffman starred in the controversial 1971 Straw Dogs, based on Gordon Williams' 1970 novel, The Siege of Trencher's Farm (directed by Sam Peckinpah). The film is in theat...

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    Cannes Review: 'The Tree Of Life' Is Terrence Malick's Universe-Spanning Search For God

    It's a bit unfair, after years of waiting and anticipation and with a world of expectation weighing on the film, to begin writing a review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" just minutes after leaving the screening this morning. With nearly as much time spent in line waiting to get in as watching the actual film, we would have preferred a bit more of a chance to let it linger and marinate (and perhaps more thoughts will follow in the coming days). But let's get a couple of things out of the way to start with. Firstly, "The Tree Of Life" is not the cinema-changing, soul-shattering masterpiece it has been built up into. That said, it's a h...

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    Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick

    In all my years coming to Cannes, I've never seen the 8:30 AM Palais press screening fill up so fast. Guards were turning people away by 8 AM, who literally ran across the grass to queue for the back-up 9 AM screening at the Soixantieme. I decided not to wrestle my way in and took the path of least ...

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