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    Cannes Watch: First Reviews of Sleeping Beauty Directed by Julia Leigh

    From Sasha Stone on The Wrap:Much has been made of the supposed sexuality to be plumbed in Australian novelist and first-time auteur Julia Leigh’s "Sleeping Beauty." First, a teaser poster was released tantalizing the Cannes crowd with a shot of Emily Browning’s backside as she stared seductively into the camera. The film, which was the first of the 20 features competing for the Palme d'Or to screen, immediately shot to the top of everyone’s must-see list. The screening was packed, no doubt with many who were expecting to see “a haunting erotic fairy tale,” as the synopsis promised. Read more.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Polisse' A Gritty Police Procedural That Can't Avoid Soap Opera Theatrics

    On paper, a film investigating the inner workings of the police department seems like an odd choice for the Cannes Film Festival which prides itself on breaking new voices in cinema. Certainly, the film world has never lacked in depictions of a cop's life in all its difficult detail. But "Polisse" brings something slightly different to the equation. Inspired by a documentary the singularly named director Maiwenn saw on television about the Child Protection Unit, she set out to do her own research and based on that she's spun "Polisse." No, this isn't just a two hour episode of "Law & Order: SVU" (though at its worst, it does evoke some of the shriller moments of that show), instead, it's a largely unflinching look at the harrowing crimes this group of undersung officers investigate on a day to day to basis and the repercussions it has on their personal lives.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: First Look At Salma Hayek & Mathieu Demy In 'Americano'

    It's always said that when it comes to breaking into the film industry, it's not what you know, but who you know, and it's hard to deny that nepotism is rife in the industry. But when it's meant that talents like Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda, Drew Barrymore, John Huston and, uh, Clint Howard, to name but a few, it's hard to complain too much. Today we've obtained an exclusive first image of a project that utilizes a number of members of famous filmmaking families, and it's looking pretty promising.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jonathan Levine To Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi 'Legend' From 'Twilight' Producers

    Studio executives must have been over the moon when the first "Twilight" went massive at the box office. Not only where there was a new teen franchise, but, with a vampire as a protagonist, it was a theoretically endless one, vampires being, as everyone knows, immortal. But unfortunately for them, Stephanie Myers was inconsiderate enough to only write four books in the series (even more inconsiderately, the last one, once again, involves A WEREWOLF FALLING IN LOVE WITH A BABY), and so after next year's "Breaking Dawn Pt. 2," the franchise will come to an end, and the hunt has been on for some time for a replacement behemoth fantastical romance-infused young adult series.

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  • The Playlist
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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Pettyfer To Play A Young Channing Tatum, Opposite Channing Tatum, In Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

    Um, wow. The idea that Steven Soderbergh was sneaking one more film in before his long-promised retirement, other than the previously announced "Liberace" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," was a surprise. The idea that the bonus picture would be a drama about male strippers, starring part-man, part-tree trunk Channing Tatum, was an even bigger surprise. But further casting's been announced for the film, and it's a real eyebrow-raiser: the director has landed the young star of "I Am Number Four," Alex Pettyfer, to play opposite Tatum. Not only that, but it emerges that Pettyfer will essentially be playing a younger version of the real-life Channing Tatum.

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    Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' & 'Southern Rivals' Get 2012 Release Dates From Warner Bros.

    The world has paused briefly for the Cannes Film Festival, but sorry, it has not stopped the tentpole studio gears from churning. Warner Bros., in particular, is not sleeping. They have dropped three new dates on an unsuspecting audience.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Black X: African Diaspora Experimental Film Series In NYC This Weekend

    Black experimental filmmakers and films don't get a lot of love it seems... I remember, several years ago, an African American college professor of mine, sharing a story to us during a lecture, about his entries into an experimental film showcase, and being met with a perplexed reception when the organizers and audiences realized that the filmmaker whose films they were watching, was black... because, for some reason, black filmmakers aren't expected to be working within the experimental genre. I'm not telling the story as well as he told it, because I can't remember all the details; but his version of it had a lot more weight than my 1 sentence summary.

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    Shynola Music Video Directing Crew To Make Feature Debut On Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Novel 'The Red Men'

    After the likes of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and David Fincher, the stigma that once came with the idea of music video directors moving into the feature world has now disappeared, and it's seen as an effective training ground for directors, even if most of those who move into the cinematic world are closer to the Michael Bays and Dominic Senas of the world. Amidst a very ambitious Cannes slate (also including the now Jack White-aided Kinks musical "Schoolboys in Disgrace"), British production company Warp Films have announced that they're going to help a group of the most talented directors in the field to make their big-screen debut.

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