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    Coens Movie and Sicko Debut; Waiting for Jessica Simpson

    Last night's unveiling of No Country for Old Men lived up to all my expectations and more. It's one of the Coen brothers' most assured films, on a par with their Oscar-winning Fargo or Miller's Crossing, with a touch of the southwestern twang of Raising Arizona. The movie, which stars veterans Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem at their best and break-out hunk Josh Brolin, belongs with the Coens' bleaker films, but adds their trademark comic tone to Cormac McCarthy's tragic book. It's a faithful adaptation, a lean and spare cinematic rendering of McCarthy's western of inexorably doomed characters. The movie also touches the zeitgeist as it exp...

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    iW NEWS | Studio Grabs Gray's "Night" Ahead of Cannes Competition Debut

    A pair of private Cannes screenings in recent days have stirred buyers at the Marche du Film. On Saturday, Columbia Pictures acquired North American rights to James Gray's "We Own The Night," a Cannes competition film executive produced and financed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions. It was produced by Marc Butan and Nick Wechsler. Insiders close to the pact pegged the large deal at about $11 million. John Sloss' Cinetic Media exclusively handled North American rights to the movie and brokered the deal with Peter Schlessel, Sony Pictures' head of worldwide acquisitions. 2929 International is handling international sales. Starr...

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    Morning SICKO in Cannes

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    iW NEWS | High Point Picks "Rendition"

    Carey Fitzgerald's London based High Point Films has purchased worldwide rights (outside UK) for Jim Threapleton's debut feature "Rendition." The film, starring Omar Berdouni ("United 93") and Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings") and produced by Ultra Film's Andy Noble, follows the story of a Briti...

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    iW NEWS | Littles Tickled "Pink"

    Steve Shill, known for writing and directing episodes of HBO series such as "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood," will make his feature film directorial debut with "Silky Pink." Robbie Little and Ellen Little announced at Cannes that The Little Film Company will be representing the film, which Ellen remarks as "that rare mixture of high drama, biting humor, and nail-biting suspense." Chris Coen and Kelly McCormick are producing together along with Shill. Lorna Nowve, who brought the project to the Littles, will co-produce. It will mark the first collaboration of Mosaic Media and The Little Film Company. Little Film is introducing th...

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    iW NEWS | Foresight adds Kafka and "Hangman" to Lineup

    Foresight Unlimited has added two new additions to its Cannes slate, including an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella "Metamorphosis," and the murder thriller "Hangman," which is about a sex crimes detective whose mysterious childhood disappearance becomes her key to solving a series of murders.

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    iW NEWS | Relativity Media makes "Mary Queen" with Johansson

    Relativity Media has acquired the rights to produce the feature film "Mary Queen of Scots", starring Scarlett Johansson. The film about the epic Queen, who battles political enemies, scheming allies and affairs of the heart in order to reunite warring tribes of Scotland, will be produced by Relativi...

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