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    Cannes Watch: The First Female Saudia Arabian Director Hits Cannes

    Haifaa Al Mansour may not be able to drive in her country but she seems to have accomplished something no other woman -- or man -- has done in Saudia Arabia -- directing the first feature film shot in the country.

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    Sony Pictures Classics Hits the Croisette, Buys 'Love is All You Need'

    Always a major North American presence on the Cannes Croisette, Sony Pictures Classics covers the official selection and market screenings like a blanket. In many ways it's the unfinished material that tests the mettle of the buyers. Which movies are ready to bid on, sight unseen, off bits of footag...

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    Cannes Market, New Image: 'Emperor' with Tommy Lee Jones

    "Emperor," Peter Webber's political thriller centers on the tensions and uncertainties in the days just after the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. It's currently at the Cannes Market. General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones, new picture above) is the de facto ...

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    Terrence Malick "Status" Report: One-Time 'Lawless,' 'To the Wonder,' 'Knight of Cups'

    Cannes would be happy to have anything from Terrence Malick; the fest bestowed upon him their Palme d'Or last year for "The Tree of Life," which went on to top many ten-bests of 2011 and even landed a coveted spot on Roger Ebert's greatest films of all time.

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    Cannes Chases Stars, Polanski, Documentaries, Jury Press Conference Addresses Women Directors Issue

    The competition jury at Cannes, as always, gave a press conference on opening day. Part of the jury's function is to provide the fest some badly needed star power--as well as a vacation from their day jobs, Ewan McGregor confessed.

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    Alec Baldwin & James Toback Team Up For Secret Cannes Documentary 'Seduced and Abandoned'

    Cannes. Cannes, Cannes, Cannes, Cannes, Cannes. CANNES! Okay, now that I’ve gently eased you into it, here's some news from everyone’s favourite film festival - you know, the one that kicked off today. This piece of news comes from Cannes, and is about a film that’s being made at Cannes, which is ab...

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    Cannes Review: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Is A Tender Triumph Of Design, Decor & Rich Emotion

    Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" seems like an odd choice to open the 65th Cannes Film Festival, with its deadpan Americanism, retro-set timeline and movie-star cast; at the same time, Anderson is clearly influenced by the New Wave, both cinematically and personally, he's a distinctive authorial vo...

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    CANNES 2012: Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM

    "Moonrise Kingdom" is a great success, both within the context of Wes Anderson's body of work and as a work unto itself. Initially, however, its Wes- Anderson-y-ness is almost off-putting.

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    Wes Anderson Goes Camping with 60s Cannes Opener 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    As I entered the Palais this morning, Wes Anderson and his entourage were climbing the escalator in the Palais to embark on their first round of press and photo calls. For my money, Wes Anderson can be hit or miss. Sometimes his arch artificiality is winning ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox"), others, irrita...

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