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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Fest Tastes "Blueberry" and Wong Kar Wai Reworks "Ashes" As 60th Cannes

    Not surprisingly, director Wong Kar Wai was in the Festival de Cannes spotlight today (Wednesday) as his "My Blueberry Nights" opened the 60th anniversary this evening (and he announced a key deal for a new version of an old film). An overflow crowd of journalists warmly greeted Wong, Jude Law and acting newcomer Norah Jones after the first press screening of the film at the Palais des Festivals. New York Times critic A.O. Scott sat in an aisle on the floor during this afternoon's conference, while North American distributor Harvey Weinstein stood beside the stage while Wong smiled broadly several times during the press conference. Joking ear...

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    iW NEWS | "300"'s Gerald Butler Gets "Game"

    Lakeshore Entertainmentannounced at Cannes that "300" star Gerald Butler will star in the high concept thriller "Game." Lakeshore's chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg announced that Lakeshore will re-team for the third time with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on the film, which Neveldine and Taylor wro...

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    iW NEWS | Handmade, Impact Make "Good Friday"

    Handmade Films and Impact Pictures announced that they will partner in the production of the contemporary US remake of 1980 British crime thriller, "The Long Good Friday." Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil") will write and directed the reported $50 million production. Patrick Meehan and Jeremy Bo...

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    iW NEWS | Future For "Vivaldi"

    International producer and financier Future Films will back Hand Pick Films and Mechanik's production of "Vivaldi." The film will shoot this fall with Celsius Entertainment on board as the sales agents, it was announced at Cannes today. To be directed by Boris Damast and written with Jeffrey Freedm...

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    iW NEWS | Jacobi Gets "Resurrected"

    Ehud Bleiberg, Chairman and CEO of Bleiberg Entertainment, announced today that Sir Derek Jacobi will star in Paul Schrader's epic drama "Adam Resurrected." The film will be based on Isreali author Yoram Kaniuk's novel and will co-star Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.

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    iW NEWS | The Edge and Echo Bridge Form Alliance

    Arriving at Cannes with nearly $100 million in new productions, Echo Bridge Entertainment has expanded considerably since its formation in 2003. Formed by Michael Alexander, Michael Rosenblatt and Lucie Salhany, the company has positioned itself by acquiring six to ten theatrical feature films per ...

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    iW NEWS | Award Winning Short Filmmaker to Direct New Zealand Feature

    New Zealand backed film "The Strength of Water" will be directed by award winning short film director Armagan Ballantyne, it was announced in Cannes today. Hopscotch has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights for the film about a young boy who finds his own way of dealing with an unexpected trag...

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    iW NEWS | Mischa Barton Joins Cast of "St. Trinian's," Rights Sold in Germany and Benelux Territorie

    Ealing Studios announced today that they have sold the German and Benelux rights to the British comedy "St. Trinian's," which will be produced and directed by Oliver Parker ("The Importance of Being Earnest") and Barnaby Thompson ("An Ideal Husband.") The story about schoolgirls who attempt to pull off a heist to save their school for 'young ladies' is newly set to star Mischa Barton (TV's "The O.C."), joining the ranks of others such as Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. The film has already commenced with principal photography on location in and around London and is the first of three films, including "From Time to Time" and "I Want Candy," br...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Fest Poster Boy, WKW, Set for Cannes Close-Up; New Market Faces; IETFF

    Typically quiet Cannes in the South of France perked up on Monday and Tuesday as workers with trucks and cranes placed signage, banners and large movie billboards along the Croisette in time for Wednesday's opening night. The Festival de Cannes is set to kick-off its 2007 edition with Wong Kar-wai's "My Blueberry Nights," the anticipated English language debut from the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker who is such a favorite of the festival that his image -- arms held high -- graces the Cannes poster this year (and a still from his "In the Mood for Love" served as last year's poster). On a warm Tuesday afternoon, Wong walked along the Croisette, se...

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    iW NEWS | DocFactory Sets Second Project

    DocFactory, the new documentary film production company founded to champion and produce films focusing on world issues, has announced their second project, "News For Sale." "Sale" presents the state of American news media industry, expressing a drastic need for reform. Rules for media ownership ha...

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