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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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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Marche Madness; Oh, Canada!; Alan Ball's Latest; Penguins, and Many More De

    Once the second day of the Marche du Film came to a close, some of the nearly 10,000 attendees made their way to the nearby beach at the Majestic Hotel for the annual kick-off bash. Not surprisingly, expectations were high for this year's Cannes Market. As is often the case, some buyers and sellers ...

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    AP: France Gives Sidney Poitier Top Arts Honor

    France gave Sidney Poitier its highest arts honor Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the culture minister praised the Oscar winner for tearing down barriers for black actors in Hollywood. Poitier, 79, was named a commander in France's order of arts and letters. In 1964, he became the first ...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: As Festival de Cannes Kicks Of..."The Da Vinci Code," The Jury, and More

    At an opening ceremony hosted by French actor Vincent Cassell, the 2006 Festival de Cannes kicked off Wednesday night in France, with the actor presenting the jury, including its president Wong Kar-wai. The esteemed auteur, a favorite of the festival, was greeted with a clip from his film, "2046" and a live operatic performance. He responded with a few words in Chinese. Actor Sidney Poitier officially opened the event and the cast and crew of the opening night film "The Da Vinci Code" were welcomed to the festival. Unfortunately for those involved with the movie, however, the high spirits of the evening may have been dampered a bit by the tep...

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    Variety: Cannes Classic fetes Canuk

    This year the Cannes Film Festival will pay tribute to Canadian animator Norman McLaren in their Cannes Classic retrospective series in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada. Founded by McLaren in 1941, the NFB animation studio in Montreal has put forth a multitude of short animated fil...

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    BBC: Spain Honors Director Almodovar

    Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar has won his country's prestigious Asturias Prize for art. The director, whose films include "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" and "All About My Mother," said he was "overwhelmed" by the honor. The annual prize is awarded in eight categories, including ...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Dev Benegal: "I spent a year traveling with a touring cinema, which

    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: Focus Features In Spotlight; Goldwyn/Fox Go With "God", Kaufman's Latest, A

    The recent promotion of David Linde to the co-chairman post at Universal Pictures has paved the way for a bit of a re-alignment at Focus Features, the international production, financing, and worldwide distribution label that Linde formed five years ago with Good Machine business partner James Schamus. The company, planning to introduce new leadership at a breakfast for buyers and sellers, is touting what its leaders are calling its strongest slate ever at the Marche du Film. Newly named CEO James Schamus and new company president Andrew Karpen sat down with indieWIRE (with new Rogue Pictures co-president Andrew Rona on the phone from the U.S...

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    Reuters: China censors delay approval for Cannes contender

    Chinese director Lou Ye seems ready to go ahead with the Cannes premiere of his film "Summer Palace" on Wednesday even though he may face reprisals at home because the movie has yet to receive official approval. Chinese censors on Tuesday refused to review the Palme d'Or contender, alleging flaws wi...

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