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    iW NEWS | Littles Tickled "Pink"

    Steve Shill, known for writing and directing episodes of HBO series such as "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood," will make his feature film directorial debut with "Silky Pink." Robbie Little and Ellen Little announced at Cannes that The Little Film Company will be representing the film, which Ellen remarks as "that rare mixture of high drama, biting humor, and nail-biting suspense." Chris Coen and Kelly McCormick are producing together along with Shill. Lorna Nowve, who brought the project to the Littles, will co-produce. It will mark the first collaboration of Mosaic Media and The Little Film Company. Little Film is introducing th...

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    iW NEWS | Foresight adds Kafka and "Hangman" to Lineup

    Foresight Unlimited has added two new additions to its Cannes slate, including an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella "Metamorphosis," and the murder thriller "Hangman," which is about a sex crimes detective whose mysterious childhood disappearance becomes her key to solving a series of murders.

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    iW NEWS | Relativity Media makes "Mary Queen" with Johansson

    Relativity Media has acquired the rights to produce the feature film "Mary Queen of Scots", starring Scarlett Johansson. The film about the epic Queen, who battles political enemies, scheming allies and affairs of the heart in order to reunite warring tribes of Scotland, will be produced by Relativi...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Michael Moore Unveils Kinder, Gentler "Sicko"; JA Media Announces Major

    "I decided to make a different film this time," director Michael Moore told a room full of journalists about "Sicko," his new film which screened for the first time this morning. "I wanted a different tone (and) to say things in a different way." Indeed, "Sicko" marks a distinctly different approach...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Vimukthi Jayasundara: "'Ahasinwitai' is a kind of climax of the idea

    In The Atelier entry "Ahasinwitai" ("The Fallen"), a young Sri Lankan man flees the violence of the city, venturing to a village where myth and legend still keep a strong hold on the inhabitants. Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara previously won the Camera d'Or in Cannes 2003 with his first ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Semih Kaplanoglu: "Time is the raw material of cinema."

    In Semih Kaplanoglu's Atelier project "Milk", a young man who sells milk with his mother watches his world change dramatically as their Turkish town faces globalization and his mother falls in love. Kaplanoglu already has a distinguished record in film. His first feature "Herkes Kendi Evinde" won ...

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    Reuters: Grim Romanian tale lights up Cannes Film Festival

    A hard-hitting Romanian film set towards the end of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's rule is making the early running at Cannes Film Festival, with critics calling it a favorite only three days into the competition. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," directed by Cristian Mungiu, is set in a single day and ...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Sex and Emotion in "Love Songs"; Marche Soiree; and More

    One year ago here in Cannes the American film "Shortbus" captured sex, love and music among a group of New Yorkers. This year, a new French film hits some similar notes. While not as graphic in its depiction of sex, Christophe Honore's "Love Songs" (Les Chansons d'Amour), which premiered Friday nigh...

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    iW NEWS | Salles on Board to Co-Produce Upcoming Trapero Pic

    "Central Station" director Walter Salles has joined on to co-produce Argentine director Pablo Trapero's ("Rolling Family") upcoming project, tentatively titled "Misencounter," Korea-based Cineclick Asia announced Thursday. Trapero's fifth feature, the film is the story of a beautiful university girl...

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    iW NEWS | "How To Lose" Begins Shooting

    Number 9 Films announced that director Bob Weide's "How To Lose Friends and Alienate People" has started principal photography. The romantic comedy, starring Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz"), Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, and Gillian Anderson, was adapted by Peter Straughan from Toby Young's best-selling mem...

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