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    Sea, Sun, Yachts, Champagne, Penelope Cruz... Is there a Recession?

    "Is the recession effecting the film industry?" This was the big question for a panel at the American Pavilion on Monday, and the answers seemed pretty consensual: "If you don't need a lot of money don't wait on us, go make your movie, and make it great...it will be seen."

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    ROUND UP VI: "Antichrist" In America; "Basterds," "Folles" Find Mixed Reactions

    The frenzy surrounding the Cannes premiere of Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" culminated today, with IFC acquiring the film for U.S. release. "IFC Films goes for two Wednesday with its second Cannes acquisition announcement of the day. Lars Von Trier's much ballyhooed debated "Antichrist" will come to...

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    Tarantino: "I am God..."

    Ebullient as usual on stage, Quentin Tarantino met the press today shortly after the overwhelmingly packed first screening of his new film, "Inglourious Basterds" this morning at the Cannes Film Festival. He praised Cannes as the holy land and declared himself god. But, there's more to the story.

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    Falling Short of Tarantino's Own High Bar, "Inglourious" Goes Bubblegum

    Given what the world expects from Quentin Tarantino - the man, the myth, the pastiche-driven movie machine - his latest feature, "Inglourious Basterds," stands out for its seemingly low ambition. Talked about for years by the filmmaker as his epic "guys-on-a-mission" movie, the final product, unveil...

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    Bellocchio Exposes Mussolini's Dirty Little Secret in "Vincere"

    Almost a century on, Italy is acknowledging the tragic stories behind one of the 20th century's most notorious leaders in director Marco Bellocchio's Cannes competition film, "Vincere."

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    Roadside Smiles on "Happy Tears"

    U.S. rights to Mitchell Lichtenstein's family comedy "Happy Tears" have been picked up by Roadside Attractions. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Berlinale, stars Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Rip Torn, and the company plans a first quarter 2010 release.

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    ROUND UP V: Pedro on Pedro, "Vincere" Premieres, and Sundance in Cannes

    "Cinema plays a very important role in all my films," Pedro Almodovar said in an essay on his latest film, "Abrazos Rotos," and its influences. "I don’t do it as a pupil revering those directors who have preceded him. I don’t make films 'in the style of'. When a director or a film appears in one of ...

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    "Broken" Record: Almodovar's Latest Repeats His Greatest Hits

    Pedro Almodovar offers nothing new in his latest feature, "Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Embraces"), but that's probably enough for his devout followers. With solid performances and a script that's never too hard on the ears, Spain's superstar director merely repeats the themes and conflicts of his greate...

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    A Retooled Sundance? Fest Heads Tease Changes

    The times, they are a changin'. The highest profile film festival in the U.S. is planning on a major change within the next few years to reflect the "changing times in the arena of film." John Cooper, the newly appointed Director of the Sundance Festival, and Trevor Groth, Director of Programming (a...

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    Almodovar: Cinema is an Irrational Passion

    "Broken Embraces" (Abrazos Rotos) the new film by Pedro Almodovar is premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival. This essay, entitled "Declaration of Love," is one of twelve written by Almodovar discussing his new film and its influences.

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