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    Coppola: Auteur Aspiring to be an Amateur

    Tears and tales from one of Hollywood's biggest directors, in front of a standing room only crowd, was a highlight for many yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The director talked about everything from animation, films of the past, the politics of Hollywood, self-distribution, and to of course h...

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    Ang Lee: "I hate to be characterized"

    "I miss the spirit of can do innocence," offered Ang Lee today, reflecting on some of the motivations for his new film, "Taking Woodstock," playing in competition here in Cannes. "I am not saying I am a hippie wannabe, but I do enjoy that period of time."

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    Regent Worldwide Partners with CineTel Films in International Alliance

    Regent Worldwide Sales, the sales affiliate of Regent Entertainment, and CineTel Films have entered into a 'strategic alliance' for international sales of television and DVD rights, the companies announced Friday from Cannes. Under the agreement, the two sill jointly attend international sales marke...

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    No Sense or Sensibility: Lee's "Woodstock" Undercooked

    Considering the iconic event at its center, the most surprising aspect of "Taking Woodstock" lies with the decision to make it into a rather flat comedy. Even with the ever-versatile Ang Lee behind the camera, this messy historical fiction plays like a two hour "Saturday Night Live" sketch, and not ...

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    Picking a Fight with the Vatican? Park's "Thirst" Oozes Blood

    The Roman Catholic Church has been getting into the film biz again lately, and the Catholic Church may have more on its holy plate then just Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons." Korean director Park Chan-Wook's ("I'm a Cyborg") latest thriller involves a priest (of the Catholic variety), blood sucking, a...

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    Campion's Prudish "Star" Needs More Sizzle

    This might sound horribly simplistic, but Jane Campion's "Bright Star" desperately needs a sex scene. The movie puts such prominent focus on the romantic attraction shared by two characters -- early nineteenth century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his neighbor, budding fashion designer Fanny Bra...

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    Jane Campion, Where Have You Been?

    In broken English, an international journalist asked filmmaker Jane Campion quite simply this morning, "Why do we have to wait so long for a Jane Campion film?"

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    Scorsese Saves The World (Cinema)

    Making a powerful statement in support of international cinema, Martin Scorsese stepped into the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival this afternoon to launch an array of partnerships and news aimed and preserving and promoting films from around the world.

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    The discovery of Cannes (so far)? Katie Jarvis.

    Katie Jarvis was having an argument with her boyfriend across a train platform at Tibury Town station in the East of England when she was approached by a casting director for Andrea Arnold's second feature, "Fish Tank." Jarvis, who'd never acted before, didn't believe she was actually being approach...

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    ROUND UP II: "Fever," "Fish," and Francis Ford

    The 62nd Cannes Film Festival continued in the south of France today, with Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and Lou Ye's "Spring Fever" kicking off the fest's official competition.

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