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    Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): IM Global

    The international film business shifted gears when Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment acquired a majority shareholding position in Stuart Ford’s L.A. and London-based sales and financing company IM Global (founded in 2007) last month. Reliance has already invested US$500 million in DreamWorks which allowed that company to move on its own current slate. Now RBP is working on several new projects from its Hollywood alliances, Jim Carry's Saturn Films, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks' Playtone, Brad Pitt's Plan B, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment, Julia Roberts' Red Om Films and Brian Glazer and Ron Howards' Imagine Entertainment. Sounds like they are replacing the major studios for development deals and going at investing in Hollywood in the best possible way. And reaching into the U.K. the new entity will be financing DNA Films’ 3D movie Judge Dredd as well.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Love Ranch: Early Reviews

    Love Ranch: Early Reviews

    So far, Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, which the director rescued from David Bergstein limbo, is not faring too well with early reviewers. They tend to like Helen Mirren (who is married to Hackford) more than her co-stars or the film. The movie will need more ardent love before it opens June 30.

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    Twilight Eclipse Sets Sights on Spider-Man 2 July 4th Weekend Record

    What's going to happen this July 4th weekend? Moviegoers are going to wake up and recharge the box office, thanks to the potent power of the Twilight franchise, writes Anthony D'Alessandro, who digs deep into the Twilight numbers. Yes, Eclipse, the third Twilight Saga installment, could challenge Spider-Man 2's $180.2 million opening record, set back in 2004.

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    Naomi Klein's Speech To Toronto Police

    Please watch this. In front of Police Headquarters in Toronto yesterday, Naomi Klein rightfully tore into the Toronto Police for choosing to "play public relations" instead of doing their job. 900 often ill-considered arrests - the most in Canadian history (and almost exactly 30 years after the same police department arrested hundreds of gay men from bathhouses in a pivotal and horrific moment in Canada's LGBT history - and the previous benchmark for that record) - cannot be ignored... Serious kudos to all of those I know back in Toronto who are currently fighting the good fight.

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    Stewart Does Letterman, Likely Can't Do Girl with Dragon Tattoo

    It looks like Twilight star Kristen Stewart is too busy to even chase after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She'd love to do the role, but hasn't talked to David Fincher about it and may not be able to squeeze it into her crazy schedule anyway. (Meanwhile, in The New Yorker, Nora Ephron channels Lisbeth Salander.)

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    Carell Leaves The Office, Forbes' Most Powerful Celebs, Top Gun Sequel, Paramount Breaks Records

    -It will be a sad day in TV history when Steve Carell ends his reign as Michael Scott when the 2010-2011 season of The Office wraps in May. While walking the red carpet for the premiere of Despicable Me last night, he confirmed to E! that the end was in sight. "I just thought it was time for my character to go," he said, now that his seven season contract is almost up. He doesn't see it as a "huge deal." He actually believes it is a good thing, a chance to add "new life" to the show. With the strong ensemble cast and writers, he has no doubt "it'll continue as strong if not stronger than ever." Sorry Steve, but the Michael Scott faux-humility has no place here. Without you, the show should end. Pajiba lists the seven most likely candidates to replace him.

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    Festival Premiers Go Online

    The up-coming launch of Festival Scope, a new Paris-based facility for industry professionals offering simultaneous on-line screening access to films as they receive their festival world premiere, was announced on the opening day of the Cannes Market. Festivals that have signed up already include Melbourne, Sarajevo, Taormina, Hamburg and Paris Cinema. Festival Scope is a new independent company founded by Alessandro Raja, formerly of Celluloid Dreams, in collaboration with Lucie Kalmar, formerly of Wild Bunch and Mathilde Henrot, formerly of MK2. It is financed by private equity, sustained by the Research and Innovation in Audiovisual and Multimedia (RIAM) network, and cofinanced by France’s Centre National du Cinema (CNC) and French body Oseo. Michelle Carey, head of programming at the Melbourne International Film Festival, summed up the benefits offered by Festival Scope: Being so geographically far away can pose a challenge in accessing the latest and most innovative festival, films and filmmakers in person. Festival Scope will allow us to link in to a select network to better achieve this, while providing the opportunity for us to also champion smaller films we think are particularly special “Julian Newby, Cannes Market News May 13, 2010.

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