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    Despite Decline In Viewership HBO Renews "Treme" For 3rd Season

    I still haven't watched a single episode of this yet. So little time with a lot to watch, read, listen to etc.

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  • The Playlist
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    TWC Picks Up 'The Iron Lady' While FilmDistrict Nabs 'Playing The Field' And 'Arabian Nights'

    The Weinstein Company may have another Oscar darling on their hands. A year after grabbing $400 million worldwide and scads of major awards for “The King’s Speech,” The Brothers W paid $7 million for the domestic rights (via Deadline) to another film about British aristocracy, nabbing “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Producers only showed five minutes of the film before the bidding started between the Weinsteins, Summit and Relativity, though all someone had to say was “Streep as Thatcher” to ensure this would be a major purchase and, as planned by TWC, a high profile late ‘11 release. Expect it to be a big dog in the awards race.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Wu Xia' Mostly A Period Melodrama Punched Up By A Few Fights

    The Weinstein Company has been on an acquisitions tear at the Cannes Film Festival this year and one of their pick ups, the Midnight Movie selection "Wu Xia," certainly reflects the kind of film that interested Harvey and Bob even back in their Miramax days. A genre film with an impressive pedigreed talent and sold on Donnie Yen kicking ass, "Wu Xia" seems ready made to be a niche hit. But with only three fights -- at the beginning, in the middle and at the end -- the film stretches into a far-too-long two-hour running time to tell an ultimately tired story about a man looking to reform himself and has to reckon with his past first.

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  • The Playlist
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    Vertigo Films To Make Sequel To Gareth Edwards' Indie-Flick 'Monsters'

    But Edwards Won't Be Returning Behind The CameraGareth Edwards' "Monsters" was little-seen last year, even though reaction to the film from critics was wholly positive. The director made the film for a micro-budget and produced many of the special effects on his own computer. And while Edwards is already moving on to bigger, possibly better things with a "Godzilla" re-imagining, U.K. production company Vertigo Films has decided make a sequel to the original "Monsters" in the hopes of attracting a wider audience.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Brief History Of African Films At The Cannes Film Festival

    Our own MsWOO (aka Wendy) is at the Cannes Film Festival right now, representing Shadow And Act, although she's run into a few unexpected hurdles in the early half of the festival, hindering how productive she's able to be; it's our first year covering the festival, so there are certain things we've learned via firsthand experience this time around, that will ensure we are better prepared for next year's installment of maybe the most significant festival in the world.

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Paul Feig Developing Romantic Comedy For 'Bridesmaids' Break-Out Star Melissa McCarthy

    Plus 'Bridemaids' Writer Annie Mumolo & McCarthy Sell Comedy Pitch To ParamountEarlier this week, The Playlist's Drew Taylor spoke to director Paul Feig about this weekend's raunchy and funny R-Rated wedding-themed comedy "Bridemaids" (which looks like it's on track to be a $21 million opening weekend hit). While Feig was amiable and forthcoming, he would only tease two of the new projects he was working on and wouldn't really give details. One sounded like a bigger studio project that depended on actors' upcoming availability and the other was another Judd Apatow-produced project that could star members from the "Bridemaids" cast.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ed Helms Hosts SNL, Pre-Hangover II

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  • The Playlist
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    Wakah Wakah: First Poster Arrives For 'The Muppets'

    There are plenty of films coming in the rest of the year that we're excited about. "The Tree of Life," obviously. "Hugo Cabret," "Drive," "The Skin I Live In," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and many, many more. But this writer has to confess that he's almost as excited about a somewhat less highbrow film: Disney's long-in-the-works reawakening of "The Muppets." And frankly, we hope you are too.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Here's the second in our continuing series of Cannes director profiles.Country: Belgium

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Two out of the three Cannes films that Simon Abrams reviews here may never be screened for stateside art-house audiences. But one is a must-see for everyone, he writes:The restored print of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Panic in Needle Park director Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 debut feature, is a must-see. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux introduced the screening of Puzzle, whose star, Cannes festival poster girl Faye Dunaway, attended tonight’s screening along with Schatzberg. The film is a knockout psychodrama about the inner life of a reclusive fashion model (Dunaway) and her doomed romances with men ranging from a wealthy and obnoxious playboy (Roy Scheider) to a modest photographer (Barry Primus). If the Criterion Collection or another equally important cultural institution (perhaps the Film Society at Lincoln Center) can give Puzzle’s impeccable new print a premiere or a release, the film could find an audience.

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