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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Festive Fest; Lunch With Pedro; American Directors and Gena Speaks

    At the midpoint of the Festival de Cannes, only a few fest titles have buyers buzzing so far, but action at the Marche du Film has been brisk, primarily focused on companies announcing previously signed pacts (see indieWIRE's related daily biz coverage). Meanwhile, critics, journalists, fest programmers and other attendees have been talking a lot about John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus" in recent days, while competition titles like Andrea Arnold's "Red Road," Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Iklimler," and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" seem to be the best received movies thus far. We'll have more on films from the last few days in Tuesday's critics notebook...

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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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    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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    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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