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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes: Weinstein Chases Wettest County in New Indie Landscape

    Cannes: Weinstein Chases Wettest County in New Indie Landscape

    The leopard does not change its spots. Harvey Weinstein's TWC may be back on top, with streamlined financing and a $400-million worldwide Oscar-winner (that King's Speech take is not all TWC's, of course), but that doesn't help the man to curtail his voracious appetites.

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Pine Could Star In 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols's Next Film, Coming-Of-Age Tale 'Mud'

    A film that made a splash at Sundance is now getting its due at Cannes, with "Take Shelter," the widely-praised sophomore feature from "Shotgun Stories" director Jeff Nichols, aired as part of the Critic's Week strand of the festival. And hot on its heels, the LA Times reports that the helmer is working on a new project, entitled "Mud." The paper's source indicates that Aaron Ryder, a producer of "Memento," will also be involved as the film moves forward. Sarah Green, a long-time producer of Terrence Malick's movies, including "The Tree of Life," will also produce.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Trailer For Michael Jai White’s Directorial Debut “Never Back Down 2"

    I didn’t care a whole lot for Never Back Down, and so I can’t say that I’ll be rushing to see Never Back Down 2; though it’s great to see Michael Jai White stretching himself and trying his hand at directing.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Kevin' Director Lynne Ramsay Working On 2 New Projects, Trashes Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

    Filmmaker Says The Period Working On 'The Lovely Bones' Was A "Horrible Time," Calls The 2009 Version "Absolutely Awful"Contrary to popular belief, Playlist writers are not always on the same page, but one recently (re-)acclaimed filmmaker does bind most of us. Coming off her triumphant return with Cannes-approved hit, the psychological motherhood horror, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" -- which looks like one of the two or three current Palme d'Or frontrunners and could likely earn Tilda Swinton the Best Actress prize -- Ramsay is finally back in the saddle (read our Cannes review here).

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  • The Playlist
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    'An Education' Director Lone Scherfig Signs On To Direct 'Music And Silence'

    One of the big brouhahas coming out of Cannes is, happily, that female directors have a much bigger place in the festival, including four rolling out their films in competition for the Palme d'Or. Since Kathryn Bigelow won her Best Director Oscar in 2009, a huge deal has rightfully been made of the meager number of female directors finding success in Hollywood. One counter-example seems to be Lone Scherfig, a Danish director who had an indie hit with "An Education" in 2009, the film that made Carey Mulligan a star. She went on to direct "One Day," an adaptation of the best-selling novel with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, set to release this year; Focus Features is behind the film, making this Scherfig's big Hollywood debut. Now, Screen Daily reports that Scherfig will take on a historical epic set in the court of Danish King Christian IV titled "Music and Silence."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tickets Available to LA Screening of No Woman, No Cry

    More Magazine has made available several tickets to a special screening of Christy Turlington Burns' documentary No Woman, No Cry.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'L'Apollonide' A Preposterous, Misguided, Sensationalist Bore About Prostitution

    They say prostitution is the world's oldest profession and if that's true, then the discussion about legalizing it has been around just as long. Certainly the argument for doing so is not a bad one, and if done properly, it would create a safer environment for the women in the trade and their clients alike. For director Bertrand Bonello, "L'Apollonide" serves as his thesis on why prostitution needs to be legal but in championing the women he presumably made the movie for in such a woefully misguided, preposterous and exploitative piece of filmmaking, he undermines any point he's trying to make. Add to that a director who substitutes style for substance and you have one of the most tedious experiences so far on the Croisette this week.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Watch: Reviews of Polisse directed by Maiwenn

    From Jordan Minzer in the Hollywood Reporter:A powerhouse of emotional jolts, free-wheeling comedy and socially-minded storytelling, Poliss (Polisse) reps an admirable step up for writer-director-actress Maiwenn, and one which should finally expand her audience beyond French borders. This extensive portrayal of officers working in a Parisian Child Protection Unit is packed with raw energy and visceral performances from an accomplished cast, and despite an unwieldy episodic structure, the film touches where it matters most. Read more.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    It's "Tree of Life" Day!

    The indieWIRE review you've all been waiting for. I'm honestly trying to read as little as possible and see for myself in 2 weeks (and curb my jealousy for not witnessing the excitement on the Croisette today by pretending it's not even happening), but clearly I'm in the minority...

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Clips From NBC's Most Promising New Series

    This week the networks, one by one, introduce their new shows at the spectacle for advertisers and the press called the Upfronts, and NBC goes first, on Monday. It's best to greet the Upfronts with low expectations: cable channels like HBO, Showtime and AMC have most of the best, innovative shows on TV. But somehow good shows sneak onto the networks too. Here's a look at NBC's most promising or just its weirdest for the fall.

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