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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Paillard Chat; TWC's "Swords", CMG Sells "Treatment", EFP On The Move, And

    With festival and market screenings still a day away, attendees made their way to the South of France Tuesday for the 2006 Festival de Cannes and the Marche du Film. The 2006 event opens Wednesday with Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code," which screened for festival press during a late evening showing ...

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    Cannes's Surprising Currents: Italy, Australia and Romania May Make Strongest Waves at '06 Fest

    Italy, Australia and Romania are the hotbeds of world cinema, with Spain and Mexico not far behind, while Middle Eastern and Asian movies have lost their luster. That is, of course, if you believe the films chosen to screen at next week's Cannes Film Festival can be taken as a sign of cinematic pros...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: indieWIRE at Cannes '06 - Online, In Print, Daily

    This year in Cannes, indieWIRE will be publishing daily film festival coverage both online and in print (May 17 - 28, 2006).

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    TRIBECA '06: The Doc Is In: "Toots" and "Rock The Bells"

    There has been considerable griping among buyers again at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with industry-types maintaining that there simply are not enough quality films to warrant the size of the festival's program. In the case of the event's doc programming, though, insiders and audiences alike seemed to connect with a number of films this year. Michael Moore was spotted at a raucous screening of "Jesus Camp" in the East Village the other day, while Woody Allen made it to a showing of "Toots" yesterday at the festival. The latter, a doc about the legendary New York restaurant owner Toots Shor, directed by his granddaughter Kristi Jacobson...

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