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Cohen Media Group Acquires Cannes Opening Night Film ‘Standing Tall’- Cannes

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13:  Director Emmanuelle Bercot, actor Rod Paradot and actress Sara Forestier  attends the opening ceremony and premiere of "La Tete Haute" ("Standing Tall") during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2015 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to Cannes opener Standing Tall, written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. The film was only the second helmed by a woman to open the fest after Diane Kurys in 1987 with A Man In Love. Cohen Media Group, which also acquired Turkish Directors Fortnight drama Mustang, is planning an early 2016 release for the film, a social justice drama. It follows a volatile and violent teen delinquent, (Rod Paradot in a breakout turn)… Read

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Bart Simpson Hits The Croisette — Vocally, That Is: Cannes Video

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Days after Harry Shearer announced he wasn’t returning to Fox’s The Simpsons for a 27th season, Nancy Cartwright and all her voices, including Bart Simpson, showed up at Deadline’s Cannes Film Festival studio at Nikki Beach’s Le Petit Bar at the Carlton Hotel. We asked her about Shearer’s sudden exit, to which she responded, “The only one who knows about it is Maggie and she’s not talkin!” It was Cartwright’s first visit to Cannes, but it wasn’t Bart’s first visit to… Read

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amfAR Raises €30M At Glittery Cannes Gala; Harvey Weinstein Salutes France

(From L) Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls, British model Jourdan Dunn, Dutch model Lara Stone, Czech model Karolina Kurkova, French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Dutch model Doutzen Kroes stand on stage during the amfAR 22st Annual Cinema Against AIDS on the sidelines of the 68th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on May 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

An estimated €30 million ($33.4 million) was raised at the 22nd annual amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala in Cannes on Thursday night, an event that again proved to be the most glamorous and star-studded of the festival. The lavish auction is always the highlight of this dinner, and it didn’t disappoint, led by the €12 million for Jeff Koon’s Coloring Book. Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik was the winning bidder, just as he was for last year’s big item. It was expected… Read

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TLC Mulls ‘19 Kids And Counting’ Future As Josh Duggar Apologizes For Having “Acted Inexcusably”

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Just It was just seven months ago that TLC managed to wipe some of the ick off its image caused by the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo child molester storyline with a record-setting rating for a super-wholesome 19 Kids And Counting Duggar family wedding episode. Today the network was “no comment”-ing press inquiries about the future of the latter series when molestation allegations surfaced about one of its regulars. Josh Duggar today resigned from Family Research Council and… Read

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‘World War Z 2′ Commences In Summer 2017

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Paramount now knows when those speed-burning zombies will attack next. The studio has set a June 9, 2017, release date for World War Z 2, the follow-up to the 2013 hit that became the biggest domestic grosser of Brad Pitt’s career. The move sets up an action-sequel slugfest between director J.A. Bayona’s WWZ2 and Fox’s Fantastic Four 2. Of course, just how anticipated the latter will be won’t be determined until Fantastic Four bows in August. World War Z was able to shake… Read

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Jessica Rovins Moves To Paramount TV As EVP Communications

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Jessica Rovins is moving to the TV side of Paramount. Currently SVP Publicity at Paramount Pictures, Rovins will segue to EVP Communications for the TV studio, where she will oversee publicity and communications, reporting to Paramount TV President Amy Powell. Rovins will continue to manage theatrical publicity campaigns for Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Terminator: Genisys, both set for release this summer, and transition into her new role over the… Read

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2′ Gets Spring 2016 Release Date

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Universal has slotted My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 for a March 25 release. The sequel to the smash 2002 indie romantic comedy from writer-star Nia Vardalos will face off against Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Warner Bros’ anticipated sequel to Man Of Steel starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Right now it’s just those two pics on that date. Kirk Jones directs Greek Wedding‘s next chapter. Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be back to… Read

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‘Carol’s Quest: Lesbian Drama’s 15-Year Journey To Cannes

Director Todd Haynes (left) and  Cate Blanchett (center) on the set of CAROL

Fifteen years ago, playwright Phyllis Nagy adapted her first screenplay Carol from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price Of Salt about the love affair between an alluring older woman and a twentysomething department store clerk. But the world wasn’t quite ready for it. “I would hate to think, but it’s possible that the love story could have stalled the project,” says Nagy. But, really, that wasn’t all. “Think about the climate 15 years ago for female-driven films… Read

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David Letterman & Twitter: How #ThanksDave Did In The Past 24 Hours

David Letterman at the end of the final taping of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.  Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS �©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

David Letterman fans and detractors took to social media to express well wishes/good riddances in the hours leading up to, during and after last night’s Late Show bow-out, wrapping a 33-year career hosting broadcast late-night TV. According to social web tracker Topsy.com, 145,578 tweets in the past 24 hours used the hashtag #thanksdave. Also, 216,000 tweets were sent… Read

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Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled

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NBC has won the 2014-15 TV season in the 18-49 demographic for a second consecutive year, thanks to Super Bowl XLIX. Though if you subtract Super Bowl Sunday, CBS notes, it has a slight edge for the season — which is like a trick question because, of course, there is no universe in which there is no Super Bowl Sunday. Anyway, you’ve probably heard the one about NBC dropping 11% compared to last year, Fox’s 24% crash from No. 2 to No. 4 despite freshman hit Empire, and CBS… Read

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IATSE’s New Film & TV Contract Includes 3% Annual Raises, Pension Increases

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A month after IATSE reached a tentative three-year film and TV agreement with producers, details of the deal finally are emerging. The union has yet to disclose the terms publicly, but Deadline has learned that it calls for 3% pay raises in each year of the contract, which is in line with the deals Hollywood's other major unions got in their recent rounds of collective bargaining. Covering some 38,000 of the union's Hollywood-based members, the new pact with management's… Read

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Paradigm Signs Swedish Helmers Off Hot Short ‘Reset’

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Paradigm emerged from a competitive situation by signing Markus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom, the Swedish writer-director team that made a splash on these shores with a short called Reset (watch it above). That short, unveiled here at Cannes, has studios and producers buzzing about its trippy story line and compelling visuals. These well-executed short films have become the best possible calling card for new talent to crack Hollywood. Jon Kanak is their manager. The duo… Read