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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agent of The Day: Bavaria and Co-Pros, Co-Financing

    Bavaria Film International is part of the Bavaria Film Group which is the largest integrated Media Company in Germany. The very new Bavaria Film Partners GmbH was founded this year to conduct service driven co-productions at the Bavaria Film Studios. Besides the wide range of services in different German locations, Bavaria Film is connected to a large international network of financing partners. Bavaria Film Partners offers the ideal co-production and co-financing requirements for national and international movie producers. The company has offices in Munich, Berlin, Los Angeles and Moscow, led by Managing Director Markus Vogelbacher, former Head of Sales & Service – Bavaria Film Group. In 2011 Bavaria Film International presents a number of high-profile English language features such as Superhero (starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster) andI, Anna (starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne), with Sandra Nettelbeck’s Michael Caine-starrer Mr. Morgan’s Last Love in active pre-sales.Bavaria Film Partners is at Cannes Film Festival from May 13th until May 18th, in the Bavaria Film Booth: Palais de Festival, Riviera H 9.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Habemus Papam' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

    Early word on Nanni Moretti's "Habemus Papam" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "Habemus Papam" is less about a newly elected Pope overcoming his fears to serve the church, but more about the expectations we put on these figures and in its own quiet way, it questions -- without condemning -- the Vatican's staunch rules that keep much of the higher cardinals and officials out of reach from the everyday world.

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  • The Playlist
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    Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass & Jake Johnson To Star In 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

    We probably don't need to tell you about our admiration for Aubrey Plaza, and we're glad to see the actress rightfully getting her due with the lead role in the upcoming "The Hand Job" featuring a wealth of comedic talent. But another project, also featuring Plaza, will mount first and she's joined once again with some strong players at her side.

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: VMI

    VMI is the international sales agnet of quality independent film, documentary and music content. Originally founded in 2003, in Sherman Oaks, the company has recently moved its base to the heart of Hollywood. VMI prides itself on its lasting and loyal relationships with its producers where the goal is to promote not only the current production, but also upcoming projects. The company has an extensive network of buyers and has cultivated longstanding direct relationships with the top networks, distributors and releasing companies throughout the world. To the end, VMI attends and exhibits at all major film and television markets including: NATPE, Berlinale, Hong Kong Filmart, MIPTV, the Cannes Film Festival, LA Screenings, DISCOP, MIPCOM, AFM and ATF in addition to regular sales trips throughout the world.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Weinstein Co. Picks Up Meryl Streep Film The Iron Lady

    Looks like we will have a Meryl Streep film in Oscar contention this year. At Cannes, the Weinstein Co. has secured the US rights for the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Derek Luke Joins Cast Of Sci-fi Romance "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World"

    Derek Luke, who, coincidentally, we'll be interviewing soon for his role in the upcoming new season of Jada Pinkett's TNT series, Hawthorne, has joined that ensemble cast of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode To Star In Pierre Morel-Produced Action-Thriller 'Overdrive'

    For a brief time after the release of surprise hit, "Taken," it seemed as though the world was Pierre Morel's oyster. The one-time DoP had cult success with "District 13," and his follow-up, the Liam Neeson starrer, was an enormous worldwide hit, landing the French director at the top of action/sci-fi wishlists, and giving him the plum job of replacing Peter Berg on the adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel "Dune." But things haven't been so smooth since: "Dune" was canceled by Paramount, he didn't land the job of directing Universal's tentpole "Ouija," and his third directorial effort "From Paris With Love" disappointed commercially.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes: Weinstein Co. on Buying Spree, Acquires Iron Lady, Starring Streep as Thatcher

    The Weinstein Co. is on a Cannes buying spree. Having acquired distribution rights to The Artist and Wu Xia, they have now picked up US rights for under $7 million from Pathe International to market title The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep (star of Lloyd's Momma Mia!) and Jim Broadbent as UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Denis.Thatcher broke gender and class barriers to rise to power as Britain’s Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. The distrib is hosting several celebratory Croisette parties Friday.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anika Noni Rose Joins Cast Of Coming-Of-Age Drama "As Cool As I Am"

    Anika Noni Rose will co-star alongside Claire Danes and James Marsden in the film adaptation of the Pete Fromm coming-of-age novel, titled, As Cool As I Am, with Max Mayer directing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Big Bang' Starring Antonio Banderas Is More Like A Bad Lay

    Why is it that all hard boiled detectives in movies have to have the standard-issue growly deep-voiced monotone? Are there no soprano private investigators? The throat lozenge market would make a killing catering their ads specifically to people like P.I. Ned Cruz, the hero of this Friday’s “The Big Bang,” a silly noir pisstake hitting DVD soon after its theatrical run.

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