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    'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

    While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

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    Watch: Trailer for 'Horrible Bosses' Promises Some Twisted Summer Comedy Fun

    And finally a non-Cannes related clip of the day. The highly anticipated trailer for New Line's "Horrible Bosses" finally dropped today and all signs point to a comedy classic. Or well... at least a comedy worth our $13 bucks. Directed by "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon (who also directed "Four Christmases" but we'll try not to hold that against him), who has a host of episodes for "Parks and Rec," "Community," "The Office," and "Modern Family" under his belt, the film boasts a script by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley ("Freaks and Geeks") and Jonathan Goldstein. It was on our Anticipated Summer Flicks list based on the hilarious script and talent involved, and the trailer doesn't disappoint.

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    'Green Lantern,' 'Drive,' 'A Better Life' Lead New Los Angeles Film Festival Additions

    Guillermo Del Toro Announced As Guest Director, Will Premiere "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Considering it's the world center of the movie industry, it's surprising that historically speaking, Los Angeles never really had a film festival to rival the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. But a quarter of a century ago, things started to change: the excellent AFI Festival celebrated its 25th year in its most recent incarnation, while the Los Angeles Film Festival, goes from strength to strength every year.

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    Cannes Review: 'Midnight In Paris' Is A Classically Whimsical Woody Allen Treat

    Sometimes it feels hard to badmouth Woody Allen at all, even when he's in the creative doldrums. Movies like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Hannah and Her Sisters" aren't just masterpieces, they're benchmarks of American cinema. So when he lets off a largely forgettable trifle, like last year's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," you have to shrug in indifference rather than ball your fists in anger. After all, homeboy gave us "Love and Death."

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    Dan Rush Talks 'Everything Must Go' & The Influence Of 'Chungking Express,' 'Being There' & More

    While he's made his living playing characters in comedies who have names like Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, Jackie Moon, Chazz Michael Michaels and more recently on the small screen, Deangelo Vickers, Will Ferrell, like many comics before him, has dipped his toes into the dramatic world as well. He's turned in fine performances in films like "Winter Passing" and "Stranger Than Fiction," but perhaps nothing has challenged his non-comedic chops more to date than the upcoming indie "Everything Must Go."

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    "City of Life and Death" is a Depressing Spectacle That Should Make You Stop Liking War Movies

    Most war movies are considered to be, by nature, anti-war. Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" feels more anti-human, as its balanced depiction of the Nanking Massacre is so dauntingly depressing that I almost don't want to recommend it. Were it not also a remarkable technical achievement of epic filmmaking, I might actually dissuade you. But, I mean, more blockbusterized tragedies like "Pearl Harbor" and "Titanic" are also marvels of craftsmanship, in their own digitally spectacle-ized ways (this is not to say they're great movies as a result). And "City" doesn't shy away from action sequences as thrilling/harrowing as parts of "Saving Private Ryan." However, this film doesn't romanticize so much, or really at all, and while it has minor elements of hopefulness in the end -- thematically you might be surprised it doesn't end with a montage of subsequent holocausts, genocides and atomic bombs dropping (something akin to the terrible bit concluding "The Way Back," for instance) -- I think this quote from Lu from the film's production notes speak to what you can expect with his film's tone:

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    Watch Jamie Foxx & Wendell Pierce In First Trailer For "Horrible Bosses"

    Here's your first full trailer for the upcoming ensemble workplace comedy, Horrible Bosses, which centers on three best friends who decide to kill one anothers' bosses, when they become frustrated by their jobs. That’s exactly what I would have thought to do as well, if I were frustrated with my job :|

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    Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

    Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

    On the acquisition front, Harvey Weinstein is on the case. In advance of Cannes, he's trying to persuade producers and sellers to show him movies in advance so he can get ahead of his competitors. IFC was in Paris taking advance meetings. Cannes screenings start Wednesday.

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    News from Cannes: Firth & Blunt for Untitled Dark Comedy, Little Birds, Sleight of Hand, The Bleeder

    Amidst the long-awaited festival premieres, starting with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Wednesday night, many projects, new and old, are selling in the Cannes market, which is humming with activity:

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    Halle Berry & Others Officially Confirmed For Wachowski/Tykwer "Cloud Atlas" Project; Shooting Fall

    We’ve mentioned this previously (first announced back in June 2010, almost a year ago, on the old S&A site), but it had mostly been unconfirmed, with much speculation as to who was attached, and it/when it'll produced, etc.

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