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    Ansari, McBride To Star in Rough House/Mandate Comedy

    Rough House and Mandate pictures are prepping an untitled comedy written by Harris Wittels (Parks & Recreation), based on an idea by Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation) and 30-Rock writer Matt Hubbard. Ansari will star alongside Danny McBride (Up In The Air), and will also executive produce with Mandate president Nathan Kahane. This is Rough House's second project with Mandate Pictures since their formation late 2009 with the joint goal to produce high-concept comedies.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

    Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

    Stephen Frears' Cannes entry Tamara Drewe is based on Posy Simmonds' well-reviewed graphic novel, which is in turn based on the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd (which inspired a fab 1967 movie starring Julie Christie). Gemma Arterton plays the title role in a very short shorts: see this amusing clip. UPDATE: Strangely, Arterton isn't coming to Cannes; she's working.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Veteran Sydney Levine Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

    I am delighted to welcome my old festival cohort, film industry vet Sydney Levine, to the indieWIRE family. When she left Film Finders behind at IMDb, she launched her SydneysBuzz blog, which just in time for Cannes is joining the burgeoning indieWIRE blog network, which houses not only TOH but critics Leonard Maltin and Todd McCarthy.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    On The Set With Lena Horne

    There are some days you just can’t forget. On March 13, 1993, I was given the opportunity to watch Lena Horne film her introductions for That’s Entertainment! III and interview her for Entertainment Tonight. The setting was the recording stage where Horne and all the MGM stars and musicians worked during the “golden age.” (Never mind that it was now the Sony Pictures lot; the stage itself hadn’t changed a bit.) The fabled hairdresser to the stars, Sydney Guilaroff, had come out of retirement to take care of Ms. Horne that day, and Roddy McDowall was there with his camera to take pictures of the historic happenings.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE Readies Cannes Coverage

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: First Looks, Ash Delays, Loach Add, Italian Controversy

    Cannes Update: First Looks, Ash Delays, Loach Add, Italian Controversy

    As weary transatlantic travelers straggle into Cannes hours late from flying around clouds of volcanic ash (word is, it's chilly on the Cote d'Azur), as predicted, the Festival has added one more movie to its 2010 competition line-up. Iraq film Route Irish comes from Cannes perennial Ken Loach, who showed Waiting for Eric last year and won the 2006 Palme d'Or for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, one of those well-reviewed films that barely moved the needle when IFC released it stateside. In anticipation, Loach has posted a selection of his films for free-viewing on YouTube. My fave of the lot: IRA thriller Hidden Agenda (which unfortunately has been pulled down by MGM). Loach was ahead of the cinema verite curve; you could argue that his naturalistic doc-style filmmaking approach has taken over indie cinema. Nobody does it better. Why isn't he more successful? He takes on local stories with local accents and doesn't pander. Some films cross over, most don't.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    No Cannes

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

    Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.

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