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    Cannes Review: 'The Kid With The Bike' Rides Into Trouble, Crashes Into A Savior

    All the books on parenting notwithstanding, it's always been pretty simple: kids not only want love, they need it. And in the latest from Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne that need is amplified into a mellifluous tone of desperation encapsulated in little Cyril (Thomas Doret) the titular 'kid with a bike.' When the film opens Cyril literally can't believe what he's hearing: left by his father in a children's home (it's hinted that his mother is dead), he calls the number he has for his Dad, only to hear that the line is no longer in service. He's told that his father has moved without leaving a forwarding address and, unconvinced, he leaves school one morning to go there himself where he not only finds an empty apartment but learns that his bike is gone as well. With the school counselors on his tail he ducks into a doctor's office and literally crashes into Samantha (Cecile de France, most recently seen by American audiences in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter") and hangs on to her. Surprised, but not fazed, the first words she says to him are, "You can hold me, but not too tight."

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    Ashton Kutcher Stops Pretending He Is A Movie Star, Signs To 'Two And A Half Men'

    Theoretical Hollywood leading man Ashton Kutcher has decided to take a knee on his big screen career. The former “Punk’d” creator is now gunning for those lucrative TV dollars by replacing Charlie Sheen on the show everybody watches and nobody likes, “Two and a Half Men.”

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    Watch Episode 2 Of Chiwetel Ejiofor's New BBC Crime Series "The Shadow Line"

    The series is not available for audiences outside the UK - not even on the BBC's website, but you can thank YouTube user "m4r71jn" for taking the time to get the first, and now the second episode online, for the rest of the world to watch.

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    Ti West, Nacho Vigalando, Many Others To Teach Us 'The ABCs Of Death'

    Directors Of 'Hobo With A Shotgun,' 'A Serbian Film,' 'The Kill List' & Many Others Also On BoardAre you ready to learn “The ABC’s of Death”? The good people at Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing are behind the anthology horror film, an unprecedented effort that will feature 26 vignettes from 26 directors each dedicated to a letter describing a manner of dying, while “a linking device will open, connect and close” each short, according to the official website.

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    Despite Decline In Viewership HBO Renews "Treme" For 3rd Season

    I still haven't watched a single episode of this yet. So little time with a lot to watch, read, listen to etc.

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    TWC Picks Up 'The Iron Lady' While FilmDistrict Nabs 'Playing The Field' And 'Arabian Nights'

    The Weinstein Company may have another Oscar darling on their hands. A year after grabbing $400 million worldwide and scads of major awards for “The King’s Speech,” The Brothers W paid $7 million for the domestic rights (via Deadline) to another film about British aristocracy, nabbing “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Producers only showed five minutes of the film before the bidding started between the Weinsteins, Summit and Relativity, though all someone had to say was “Streep as Thatcher” to ensure this would be a major purchase and, as planned by TWC, a high profile late ‘11 release. Expect it to be a big dog in the awards race.

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    Cannes Review: 'Wu Xia' Mostly A Period Melodrama Punched Up By A Few Fights

    The Weinstein Company has been on an acquisitions tear at the Cannes Film Festival this year and one of their pick ups, the Midnight Movie selection "Wu Xia," certainly reflects the kind of film that interested Harvey and Bob even back in their Miramax days. A genre film with an impressive pedigreed talent and sold on Donnie Yen kicking ass, "Wu Xia" seems ready made to be a niche hit. But with only three fights -- at the beginning, in the middle and at the end -- the film stretches into a far-too-long two-hour running time to tell an ultimately tired story about a man looking to reform himself and has to reckon with his past first.

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    Vertigo Films To Make Sequel To Gareth Edwards' Indie-Flick 'Monsters'

    But Edwards Won't Be Returning Behind The CameraGareth Edwards' "Monsters" was little-seen last year, even though reaction to the film from critics was wholly positive. The director made the film for a micro-budget and produced many of the special effects on his own computer. And while Edwards is already moving on to bigger, possibly better things with a "Godzilla" re-imagining, U.K. production company Vertigo Films has decided make a sequel to the original "Monsters" in the hopes of attracting a wider audience.

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    A Brief History Of African Films At The Cannes Film Festival

    Our own MsWOO (aka Wendy) is at the Cannes Film Festival right now, representing Shadow And Act, although she's run into a few unexpected hurdles in the early half of the festival, hindering how productive she's able to be; it's our first year covering the festival, so there are certain things we've learned via firsthand experience this time around, that will ensure we are better prepared for next year's installment of maybe the most significant festival in the world.

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    Director Paul Feig Developing Romantic Comedy For 'Bridesmaids' Break-Out Star Melissa McCarthy

    Plus 'Bridemaids' Writer Annie Mumolo & McCarthy Sell Comedy Pitch To ParamountEarlier this week, The Playlist's Drew Taylor spoke to director Paul Feig about this weekend's raunchy and funny R-Rated wedding-themed comedy "Bridemaids" (which looks like it's on track to be a $21 million opening weekend hit). While Feig was amiable and forthcoming, he would only tease two of the new projects he was working on and wouldn't really give details. One sounded like a bigger studio project that depended on actors' upcoming availability and the other was another Judd Apatow-produced project that could star members from the "Bridemaids" cast.

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