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    TRIBECA '07 | Critics Notebook 1: Breaking Down a Carnival of Art and Politics

    Art and politics: two poles rightfully addressed by many of the selections in a film festival located (more and more virtually) near the festering hole that was the World Trade Center. The Tribeca Film Festival is so large (157 features) that this article covers those that most neatly fit into the "...

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    iW NEWS | Bacon Joins Katz' Directorial Debut for HBO Films

    Actor Kevin Bacon has joined the cast of Ross Katz' directorial debut "Taking Chance," from HBO Films. Based on the story of U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobel, the film follows (in the words of an announcement) "his poignant journey as the volunteer military escort officer who is assigned to accompany the body of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps (USMC), who was killed in action in Iraq, across America back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming in spring 2004." Katz was Oscar-nominated for both "Lost in Translation" and "In The Bedroom." He wrote the script with Strobel will executive produce with Brad Krevoy and Cathy Wischn...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES | Iwashina's Exit At CAA

    Recent buzz about Kevin Iwashina's departure from CAA is reported on a pair of industry blogs tonight. Nikke Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that the move may be part of an overall agency cutback, while The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog reports that Iwashina was released but indicates...

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    iW NEWS | Coens Set Up Two New Films at Focus

    Joel and Ethan Coen have signed a deal with Focus Features and Working Title Films for their next two films, "A Serious Man" and "Burn After Reading." "Burn," described as a dark spy comedy, will star George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and Brad Pitt, is set to head into production later this summer....

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    GUARDIAN | Hunger on the Croisette

    The untamed Cannes Film Festival remains cinema's best measure of, not success, but talent. Like most things in France, it was born out of protest. When Benito Mussolini set up the first film festival, Venice's Mostra, in 1932, to promote fascist and Nazi films, the birthplace of cinema rose to the challenge, pledging to create a film festival free from prejudices. The first was planned to run from September 1 to 20 1939, on the French Riviera, in Cannes. Louis Lumiere, le papa du cinema, agreed to be its president of honour. Elegant posters by a high society painter, Jean-Gabriel Domergue, publicised the event throughout the country. And the...

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    Ratliff Returns, 'Joshua' on the Horizon

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