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    Post-Cannes Fest Landscape: What's Real?

    The Cannes Film Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself--and what happens afterwards.

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    Despicable Me Tops Box Office; Family Titles Offer Counter Programming

    Things are looking good for family films and 3D. The same goes for alien hunters and Adrien Brody. Reporter Anthony D'Alessandro has tallied the numbers for this weekend's box office.

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    Wright, Working Title Take on Live-Action Little Mermaid

    Here's welcome news you've all been waiting for: a live action adaptation of the Little Mermaid is in the works. The script is by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) and director Joe Wright is partnered with Working Title (who also brought us Wright's Atonement and Pride and Prejudice). This is no Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella (just to name a few of the fairy tales in development or production). It's the original Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid - which is more darkly beautiful adult horror story than children's sing-a-long (a stage play adaptation at Little Angel Theatre Company, founded by Wright's father, was part of the ins...

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    Trailer Watch: Charlie St. Cloud Stars Zac Efron

    Universal has released the trailer for weepie Charlie St. Cloud (below), due in theaters July 30.

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    Streep and Bridges, Burton and Kong, Damon at the Zoo, Mischer on Betty White as Oscar Host

    - Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges - yes, please! Production Weekly says the pair, a pinnacle of Oscar clout, are finalizing deals to star as a couple undergoing marriage counseling in dramedy Great Hope Springs. ThePlaylist also notes that Philip Seymour Hoffman was suggested to play the couple's doct...

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    LAFF: Kids Are All Right Scores During Lakers Riot, 30 Films to See

    The Thursday night opening of the LA Film Fest was not quite what the organizers had hoped for, with the NBA final game right next door at the Staples Center. That was one risk the LAFF took this year by moving the festival downtown. Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson insists that the influx of apar...

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    Coppola's Somewhere Heads for Venice

    We know that Sofia Coppola is talented--she already won an Oscar for writing Lost in Translation for chrissakes--but her identity as a filmmaker is still emerging. She has style up the wazoo, on ample display in Marie Antoinette, but what is she capable of? This question is fueling the intense curio...

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    Bullock Reunites with Reynolds on Action Comedy Most Wanted

    Sandra Bullock knows what she's doing. Tired of all the crazy tabloid crap, she's moving the conversation on to kissing Scarlett Johansson on MTV and possibly co-starring with her husband Ryan Reynolds on a new comedy, Most Wanted. Looks like she's following my career advice and getting back to work...

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    First Universal Tour of Rebuilt New York Street; Spielberg Talks

    On the morning of June 1, 2008, Steven Spielberg was sound asleep when the phone rang with horrible news: "The lot is burning down again." Spielberg jumped out of bed and drove 28 minutes to Universal City, waving his ID at roadblocks until he got to scene of the fire. "It was a wall of flame," he r...

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