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    Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects

    Walking on the Croisette, I ran into Jane Campion, who was in town to support Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh. Campion said that her "challenging" film Sleeping Beauty would never have gotten made if she hadn't agreed, when approached by Screen Australia, to "mentor" the project. Cam...

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    Cannes Clip: A Somber Kanye Plays a Great Set, Including a Stevie Wonder Cover.

    Eugene Hernandez provides a nice summary of last night's Kanye West show and the context behind it. Here are few clips I took from my vantage point at the front:

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    Ramin Bahrani Casts Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron In New Project; Also, Pigs Can Apparently Fly Now

    Ramin Bahrani is pretty ace. The Iranian-American director broke through with 2005's terrific "Man Push Cart," and then followed it up swiftly with 2007's "Chop Shop" and 2008's "Goodbye Solo." There's not a bad film among them, all three humane, touching and cosmopolitan, and he's one of the most i...

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    Oscilloscope and Showtime Buy Punk-Rock Dad Doc "The Other F Word"

    Punk-rock dad doc "The Other F Word" has been jointly acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks.

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    "Looper" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis gets distribution from Film District and Endgame

    Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict will partner on the theatrical release of Rian Johnson’s "Looper" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

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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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