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    "Dreamgirls" casts spell over Cannes audience

    "The Da Vinci Code" may have fizzled with critics at Cannes, but the second major Hollywood movie to sweep into the festival, "Dreamgirls," cast a spell over audiences that led to early Oscar buzz. Movie studios Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks showed 20 minutes of their film, which is set for a December release, to a standing room only crowd late on Friday night at a side venue at the world's largest gathering of movie makers and stars. U.S. pop singer Beyonce Knowles and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who star in "Dreamgirls," were on hand, as were major celebrities like Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman and Britain's Sir Ian McKellen. Reuters r...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Cruz Angeles: "When you're a little kid riding the big yellow school

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: With Greater U.S. Focus, Fortissimo Takes Solondz' Latest; Medieval Movie D

    Citing the deal as proof of its further expansion into English language, U.S. filmmaking, Fortissimo Films has announced a pact for Todd Solondz' next film. Currently only described as "The New Todd Solondz Film," the movie will be produced by Ted Hope ("21 Grams"), Mike Ryan and Derrick Tseng with ...

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    Cannes '06 Critics Notebook: Almodovar and Actresses Out in Front; "Fast Food" Undercooked

    Much adored, and justifiably so, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" has emerged as the early frontrunner in this year's race for the Palme d'Or. No other film in the festival's competition has so far drawn such universal praise from Cannes attendees. A return to Almodovar's favorite topics -- women, motherh...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Teboho Mahlatsi: "I love the contradictions of being African and dea

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Paramount Re-Brands Specialty Unit; Brazilian Effort; "Solo Dios" Deal; Sev

    After an extended interim period following his appointment to lead Paramount's specialty division, John Lesher announced Friday in Cannes that the company's new name is Paramount Vantage. The group's former name, Paramount Classics, will remain a label within the specialty division, releasing an exi...

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    NY Times: At Cannes, Foreign Art Films Mix With Politics

    "With the manufactured hysteria over 'The Da Vinci Code' now little more than a fast-fading hangover, the 59th Cannes Film Festival has begun in earnest. And just as they do every year, the programmers have proved that in between the critical grandstanding and the public-relations hyperbole there actually is room for art, or at the very least some satisfying films. The first few days here have not yet produced any revelations, but filmgoers have again been able to tour the cinematic world, passing through Paris on the way to Paraguay and Tiananmen Square, where the politics are almost as hot as the sex." Manohla Dargis reports.[Free subscript...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: In "Volver," Almodovar Explores His Past and Considers His Future

    The Festival de Cannes loves Pedro Almodovar and audiences seem to love his new film. At this morning's first screening of "Volver," some journalists in the Lumiere Theater clapped when his name came on screen and at the end of the movie; even more of them broke out in applause. If attendees were w...

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    Paramount Vantage Unveiled; Unit Will Include Paramount Classics

    Today in Cannes, Paramount officially unveiled Paramount Vantage, its new speciality division that will include the Paramount Classics label. The unit, run by John Lesher, will release 8 - 10 films per year, ranging from house films to smaller budgeted comedy and horror films, according to the annou...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Bernard Bellefroid: "When you are living in a world full of violence

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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