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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes 2011: Jean-Paul Belmondo To Be Honored at Gala Screening of "Belmondo, The Career," Clips

    The Cannes Film Festival will honor Jean-Paul Belmondo on May 17 with a gala event celebrating the actor's career. French New Wave star Belmondo worked with directors Philippe de Broca, Henri Verneuil, Gérard Oury, Georges Lautner, Jacques Deray, Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais, Vittorio Sica, Alberto Lattuada, and - of course - Jean Luc Godard, whose 1960 Breathless helped launch his long career. Among his other credits are That Man from Rio, Pierrot le Fou, Léon Morin, Priest, Mississippi Mermaid, Le Magnifique, Stavisky and Borsalino.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ridley Scott Takes A Page From Werner Herzog, Now Chasing Gertrude Bell Biopic

    This might put a damper on Werner Herzog's day. While the eccentric helmer has been trying to get his own tale of Gertrude Bell off the ground -- last month he was said to be in serious talks with Naomi Watts for the part -- another director, with a bigger marquee cachet and easier access to financing is mounting his own picture on the same subject.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Web Series: Gender-Twisting Girls on Film, Michael Cera's Bad Dads, Hulu's Trailer Trash

    There's a rash of new content heading toward the Web. Two new episodes of Lionsgate's first web series from producer Hud:sun Media’s Max Benator and creator Todd Goldman, the raunchy animated Trailer Trash, debuted exclusively on Hulu this week (clips below). The hope, always, in this transmedia age, is to capture enough attention from viewers that the real revenue producing venues-- television and movies--come calling. Also online this March are a new Michael Cera CollegeHumor.com web series Bad Dads and a new twist on gender-bending, The Girls on Film (videos below).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Wolf Creek' Director Greg Mclean Heads To '6 Miranda Drive' For Low Budget Supernatural Horror Pic

    Aussie horror filmmaker Greg Mclean is something of an underdog in the current horror landscape. While he doesn't quite have the name recognition of a James Wan or Oren Peli, his pics "Wolf Creek" and "Rogue" have established a firm following for the director and he's currently lining up his next effort, a micro-budget affair with a big company behind it.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa Rosenberg to Write and Produce Earthseed

    Melissa Rosenberg the writer who wrote all five of the Twilight screenplays has been tapped by Paramount to write the script for Earthseed the first of what I'm sure the studio hopes is a trilogy. The film will be based on the novel by Pamela Sargent which was published in 1983. The Film(s) will be targeted at the same market as the Twilight franchise.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Helen Mirren: A Hollywood Dame

    Mirren and Russell Brand, costars of Arthur, clearly admire each other.

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    More: Journal
  • The Playlist
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    Review: Oscar Winner 'In A Better World' Morally Complex, Well Made, But Not Quite Transformative

    When you see Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” and people ask you if you had a good time at the movies, the answer will most certainly be “no.” Like Bier’s other work (notably “Brothers,” “Open Hearts,” “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “After the Wedding”), this 2010 Danish Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is a serious, emotional drama about how tragedy simultaneously unites and divides us. There’s little enjoyment or entertainment to be had--and there isn’t meant to be--but Bier has crafted another solid film, and it’s easy to see why “In a Better World” won the votes of the mind-numbingly traditional Academy Award voters, particularly against the jaw-dropping Greek oddity “Dogtooth.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? Not So Fast; Agatha Christie Rights Holders Say Deal Not Done

    So just yesterday, it was reported that Jennifer Garner had closed up a deal with Disney to star in a revamp of Agatha Christie's famed sleuth Miss Marple. Much to the dismay of fans of the author, these new film versions seemingly would keep the name only to change the spinster detective to a young, crime-busting woman in her 30s or 40s. Whether or not Garner would wear an accent was undisclosed at the time. Anyway, 24 hours later, it looks like it might not be signed, sealed and delivered just yet.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Mr. Dodd Goes to Las Vegas

    Chris Dodd, former Senator from Connecticut, took over as Hollywood's chief lobbyist as the head of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) about 10 days ago. Keep in mind that the former Senator is barred from lobbying himself for the next 18 months, but that should not prevent him from trying to raise the profile of the six studios who make up the MPAA.

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    More: MPAA, Business
  • SydneysBuzz
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    French Cinema in L.A. COLCOA April 11 to 18

    COLCOA (The City of LIghts, The City of Angeles) held a cocktail party at the home of the French consulate to announce the films, educational programs and other events, including an added eight day to show the award winners. L.A.'s annual showcase of new French films showcasing the latest in French film production: comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features (6) and films from confirmed writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films includes many high profile premieres. The event is always highly anticipated and still retains its intimacy as it did when it began 15 years ago. The gathering and mixing of L.A. film community and the larger French community is always a happy reconnecting of friends anticipating films personally selected from hundreds screened by Francois Truffart, L.A.' favorite Frenchman, Director of COLCOA and formerly the Cultural Attache to the French Consulate in L.A. (Favorite aside from Patrick, NIcolas, Martin, Laurent, Frederic et les autres!) The flms and the food, from delectable hors d'oevres and salade, to French cheeses and that piece de resistance, the French Macaroon...Oh la la!Another unique and distinguishing point of COLCOA is that it is produced by the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), a unique partnership of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America, West and the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music in France, with the support of the Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, L’ARP and Unifrance.Beyond the films which are all listed below the jump, a distinguishing quality of COLCOA are the academic aspects, from master classes, hosting films from the French film school La Femis to bringing in close to 3,5000 students from over 70 high schools, colleges and universities in California.Aside from the critical and popular Opening NIght comedy Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6eme etage) (ISA: SND) with those marvelous comedians Fabrice Lucchini, Sandrine Kiberlain and Carmen Maura, Low Cost (the French 'Airplane') (ISA: Films Distribution) and Monsieur Papa (ISA: Pathe Int'l) will have their world premieres. Cedric Klaphisch's international premiere My Piece of the PIe (ISA: StudioCanal) will screen with U.S. premiere Little White Lies (ISA: Europacorp) and North American premieres of Beautiful Lies, (ISA: Wild Bunch) A View of Love (ISA: Europacorp) by Nicole Garica ♀, the new Catherine Deneuve-starrer His Mother's Eyes, (ISA: Kinology), Jo's Boy aka Le fils a Jo (ISA: Gaumont) and Angele & Tony (ISA: Pyramide).The Sleeping Beauty by Catherine Breillat ♀Strand's Marcus Hu whose The Sleeping Beauty (ISA: Europacorp) will show, was proud to announce his acquisition of the opening night film Service Entrance aka Les Femmes du 6eme etage (ISA: SND) . Other U.S. distributed films include The Cohen Media Group's My Afternoon with Margueritte (ISA: StudioCanal), Music Box's The Names of Love (ISA: TF1) and Olive Films' Mammuth (ISA: Funny Balloons). The U.S. buyers have lots to see. Bertrand Blier's last film The Clink of Ice (ISA: Wild Bunch) will round out one of five series including Focus on a Filmmaker in his honor. The Tribute to Claude Chabrol will show an as-yet-unnamed film by Claude Chabrol to be presented by Martin Scorsese. Surprisingly, most prints of his films are no longer available. My personal wish list is Dirty Handss starring Romy Schneider and Rod Steiger, Quiet Days in Clichy starring Andrew McCarthy as Henry Miller or Madame Bovary starring Isabelle Huppert.

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