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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Girl From the Naked Eye

    Cannes - If you're look for action and intrigue, tragic romance, noir, The Girl From the Naked Eye is screening Monday May 16 here in Cannes at 1.30 pm or 13.30 H. In the Marche du Film / Market at Palais D screening room. All rights available.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Cannes Clip: A Somber Kanye Plays a Great Set, Including a Stevie Wonder Cover.

    Eugene Hernandez provides a nice summary of last night's Kanye West show and the context behind it. Here are few clips I took from my vantage point at the front:

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  • The Playlist
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    Ramin Bahrani Casts Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron In New Project; Also, Pigs Can Apparently Fly Now

    Ramin Bahrani is pretty ace. The Iranian-American director broke through with 2005's terrific "Man Push Cart," and then followed it up swiftly with 2007's "Chop Shop" and 2008's "Goodbye Solo." There's not a bad film among them, all three humane, touching and cosmopolitan, and he's one of the most interesting young filmmakers around -- Roger Ebert even went as far as to call him the filmmaker of the decade in 2009. But strangely, we've not covered the director that much here at The Playlist: his last film hit theaters in 2008, and sadly new work, aside from the Werner Herzog-featuring short "Plastic Bag," hasn't really been forthcoming.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'The Snow Of Kilimanjaro' Flirts With Big Ideas, But Lands On Easy Answers

    In Robert Guédiguian's "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro" shot in the beautiful town of Esthaqe deeper problems are roiling underneath the sunkissed sky. After thirty years, Michel (Jean-Pierre Daroussin), along with a number of other workers, has lost his job on the docks where he was one of the toppers. Essentially forced into early retirement, Michel mostly keeps a strong front, spending more time with his grandchildren and tackling projects he's always said he was going to do but never did. But he's also got his lovely wife Marie-Claire (Ariane Ascardie) at his side, and as it turns out, they've got an anniversary coming up. Gathering all their friends together -- including some of Michel's former coworkers, some of whom were also laid off -- they celebrate and are surprised with a gift of money and tickets from everyone for an African Safari. Despite the brief bump in the road, life seems very, very good.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

    When The Weinstein Company announced last week just before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as screening this morning for critics, not only did "The Artist" play like gangbusters to critics who applauded the film at various points during the film but more importantly, Hazanavicius' film is a pure joy. Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, "The Artist" is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Film Festival Rotterdam / Netherlands Film Fund

    Hubert Bals Fund Plus: Dutch co producers for films Celina Murga and Jazmín López Dutch film production companies Lemming Film and Waterland Film each receive € 50,000 in the Spring 2011 Round of Hubert Bals Fund Plus, a joint programme of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film Fund. Both companies will get involved in the co-production of Argentinean feature films.Hubert Bals Fund Plus was established in 2006 to promote the international involvement of Dutch producers with films already supported by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.Hubert Bals Fund Plus Spring Selection 2011:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Naturi Naughton In NBC's New Series "The Playboy Club"

    Naturi Naughton in one member of an ensemble cast in NBC’s upcoming drama pilot titled The Playboy Club – an hour-long drama about 1960s Playboy clubs, set in Chicago - which the network recently picked up for the fall season.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘Priest’ Is A Spot-the-Cliché Mishmash of Well-Worn Sci-fi Staples

    In the stark, humorless world of “Priest,” directed by former visual effects dude Scott Stewart and based on a popular Korean comic book by Min-Woo Hyung, violent fights break out almost all the time. Stewart, who also helmed last year’s tedious “Terminator” rip-off “Legion,” films these fights with sub-“Matrix” flourishes of extreme slow-motion or exaggerated physical performances by the actors (chief among them Paul Bettany). But the most violent clash in “Priest” is probably the way in which a long litany of science fiction and horror clichés rattle and clang against one another; it’s not a movie, it’s a checklist.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Thor' Holds #1 With $34.5 million, 'Bridesmaids' Surprises

    If you enter the blockbuster business in Hollywood, you essentially enter the $80 million opening weekend business. Which is to say, it’s part of a pray/hope/accept/die model. Considering most blockbusters cost $150-$200 million, with marketing sometimes adding up to $100 million, a 3x’s multiplier after an $80 million opening ($240 million) might be the best-case scenario, unless you‘ve released a much-better-than-expected film (not likely). You double that number with overseas receipts, you’ve potentially got $480-$500 million worldwide on a possible $300 million expenditure. The studio earns 55% of that take, meaning that you’ve approached profit, with DVD and merchandising expecting to take care of the rest.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 8th-May 15th

    It was a predictably big week at The Playlist as we experienced the second week of a busy month of May. In addition to greeting the beginning of Cannes, there were also aftershocks to last week’s "Django Unchained" announcements, as well as exciting news about the next films from Paul Thomas Anderson and Woody Allen, while “Tree Of Life” anticipation reached a fever pitch.

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