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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: The Return of MGM; Strand's "Dolls"; Fortissimo Pacts; New Celluloid Label

    MGM COO Rick Sands hosted an informal breakfast with journalists early Sunday morning to tout the future line up and viability of the legendary Hollywood studio. As previously announced, MGM will be handling the U.S. distribution rights to "Rocky Balboa," written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone. Sands, a former Miramax exec, plugged the film to the attending journalists, saying he expected the film to be a contender during awards season. "What happens will very much depend on the mood of the [U.S.] come awards season, but there's nomination potential for actor, and directing," said Sands, who also noted the film's release will be ti...

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    Reuters: Penelope Cruz keeps Hollywood at arm's length

    Penelope Cruz, one of the few European actresses able to command major roles on both sides of the Atlantic, will always consider herself a Hollywood outsider. The 32-year-old, who critics say is at her best in "Volver," her latest collaboration with fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodovar, has nothing again...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: New U.S. Films Aiming At America: "Shortbus," "Fast Food Nation" and "An

    Four new American films in Cannes are taking aim at politicians and policies back home. These films are shocking, scaring and provoking audiences here at the Festival de Cannes in the hopes of stirring sentiments and perhaps changing viewpoints. John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," Richard Linklater'...

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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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