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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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    SF Film Fest: Starstudded Tributes, "Brothers of the Head," "Half Nelson," and "The Bridge"

    The second week of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival was packed with tributes and special events, luring crowds diverse enough to be equally starstruck by Werner Herzog and Ed Harris. (Not as diverse, alas: all of the honorees -- not to mention their on-stage interviewers -- were middle-aged white guys.) Still, all the kudos were well-deserved. April 25, the Persistence of Vision Award, previously given to the likes of Kenneth Anger and Faith Hubley, went to wildly creative Canadian Guy Maddin, who sheepishly accepted his award with an anecdote recalling his first visit to SFIFF back in 1989 (punch line: "You don't get a hang...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unacademic angle -- this is not your high school biology class film -- the film aims for the style of Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me," or a Michael Moore film to try to make science interesting. Olson, an evolutionary ecologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard, tackles the current debate in the United States over intelligent design and looks at its place in...

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