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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: M - R

    m-appeal ♀ licensed Sasha to Strand for U.S. The film played in official selection at the Frameline Festival and the San Francisco International LGBT film festival and will screen at Outfest in Los Angeles in July.

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    Lincoln Center Film Society's Manus is Out, Kuo is In

    The AFI Fest's ex-artistic director Rose Kuo was originally up for the job of executive director at the august Film Society at Lincoln Center, which mounts the New York Film Festival every year. But two years ago the board picked Mara Manus, who had toiled both in Hollywood at a major studio (Univer...

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    Ari Emanuel vs. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson is not having a good month. His ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, fighting him in court, taped him saying nasty racist things and went public with them. He's being investigated for domestic abuse. His beloved agent of 32 years, Ed Limato, passed away last weekend after a long illness. An...

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    Miramax Going Forward: What Will Happen?

    So it appears that Disney is dead-set on selling its asset Miramax Films, a library of about 611 titles that generates $350 million a year, to a group led by billionaire Ronald Tutor including James Robinson's Morgan Creek, Thomas Barrack's Colony Capital, Abu Dhabi's Gulf Capital and David Bergstein's Pangea Media. Yes, the legally beleaguered Bergstein is still in the mix, although Disney would like to sweep the disreputable businessman under the rug. The Guilds have been protesting any deal that includes Bergstein, who is still in bankruptcy court. THR reports that he will have no active role in Miramax going forward if the deal goes throu...

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    Sorcerer's Apprentice: Early Reviews are Dismissive

    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who released The Prince of Persia on audiences this summer, isn't out of the dog house yet. Early reviews are negative on Disney's latest, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, directed by Jon Turtletaub and starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and ubiquitous villain-du-jour Alfred M...

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    DocuWeeks 2010 Unveils Oscar-Qualifying Lineup

    In its fourteenth year, DocuWeeks, a three week exhibition of documentary films in Los Angeles and New York will screen seventeen feature films and five shorts from July 30 to August 19. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the ArcLight Hollywood, and the New York screenings will take plac...

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    film review: The Kids Are All Right

    Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are worth the price of admission to The Kids Are All Right all by themselves, as far as I’m concerned. That the film is so smart and entertaining is icing on the cake.

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    FUTURES | "Kisses" Director Lance Daly

    Irish director Lance Daly had something to prove with his latest feature "Kisses," which is getting a limited theatrical and VOD release next Friday. With two projects under his belt ("Last Days in Dublin" and "The Halo Effect"), Daly was set on upping the ante by ...

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    As American As It Gets

    Like many others who grew up with his work—something that applies to virtually any American who was sentient between World War I and the Vietnam War—I always had conflicted feelings about the artist Norman Rockwell. Many of his ultra-realistic paintings charmingly and amusingly evoked poignant truths about the American experience, particularly regarding childhood and aspects of our political culture. At the same time, his numerous pictures featuring gee-whizzing boys, eager dogs and earnest young people of all stripes smacked too much of Middle American homilies and Father Knows Best acceptance of the norm, without much acknowledgment of iron...

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