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Isabelle Huppert & Michael Haneke On Their ‘Happy End’ – Cannes Studio

Teaming for the fourth time, Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Oscar winner Michael Haneke are back at the Cannes Film Festival where it all started. That was back in 2001 with The Piano Teacher, for which Haneke took the Grand Jury Prize and Huppert Best Actress. This year, their Happy End is in Competition, and were it to win the Palme d’Or, would make Haneke the only filmmaker ever to score three of those trophies. He last won in 2012 for Amour (in which Huppert… Read

Box Office

Deadheads High On ‘Long Strange Trip’; Teresa Palmer Stars in ‘Berlin Syndrome’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Ahead of a Memorial Day weekend likely to be dominated by the latest Pirates Of the Caribbean, there are a limited number of Specialties rolling out over the holiday weekend. Deadheads will be lining up for Abramorama's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead, opening in New York and L.A. in addition to some event screenings. The feature, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is nearly four hours, but will be showing on two screens at each of its regular theatrical… Read

TV

Red Nose Day Actually: ‘Love Actually’ Short-Film Sequel With Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy & More

We’ve gotten a look at the long-awaited Love Actually short film sequel which aired last night on NBC’s Red Nose Day special. The short, which originally aired two months ago as part of the UK’s Red Nose Day, features familiar faces from the original film, including Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster back on the Thames park bench. We see Keira Knightley opening her front door to Andrew Lincoln and his cue cards (“How do you like the beard?”; yes, the characters have… Read

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How Todd Haynes Became ‘Wonderstruck’ By Brian Selznick’s Script & Actress Millicent Simmonds – Cannes Studio

The last time Todd Haynes was here at the Cannes Film Festival with Carol two years ago, he delivered a best actress win to Rooney Mara for playing a precocious girl who has a forbidden lesbian affair during the 1950s. So, is it possible that Millicent Simmonds,who makes her cinematic debut in Haynes’ Wonderstruck here at the festival, could follow Mara? It’s not out of the question, especially in a year where Cannes has programmed a number of titles centered around child… Read

Business

‘Timeless’ Ripoff Lawsuit Looks To Be A Thing Of The Past

(UPDATED From May 25 PM) Having been cancelled and then resurrected, Timeless will be back for another season on NBC but the Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke executive produced series won't be facing any more time in federal court. Over eight months after plaintiff Onza Entertainment went after the EPs, the Comcast-owned net, and Sony Pictures Entertainment with claims that the not yet even debuted time travel drama was "ripped off" from their Spanish drama El Ministerio del Tie… Read

Film

Oscilloscope Lights Fuse On Fireworks Docu ‘Brimstone & Glory’ — Cannes

Oscilloscope Laboratories has made a safe and sane pickup at Cannes, lighting up North American rights to the fireworks documentary Brimstone & Glory. The distributor plans a 2017 theatrical burst. The details of director Viktor Jakovleski’s film: The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for 10 days… Read

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Cohen Media Lands Michel Hazanavicius’ Godard Film ‘Redoubtable:’ Cannes

UPDATE: That didn’t take long. Cohen Media Group has closed the deal on Redoubtable. I’m attaching the whole press release on the bottom of this morning’s break. EXCLUSIVE, 6:32 AM PST: The Cannes distribution deals are still coming. I hear that Cohen Media Group is nearing a domestic distribution deal for Redoubtable. That’s the Cannes premiere film by The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius-directed drama that stars Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, and Berenice Bejo. Florence… Read

Film

Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights To Aardman & Studiocanal Animated Comedy ‘Early Man’

Lionsgate has taken U.S. rights to Aardman and Studiocanal's animated comedy adventure Early Man. The film, which features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, will be released by Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label on February 16, 2018, following Studiocanal's European release. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the territory. Lionsgate previously released Aardman/Studiocanal's Oscar-nominated pic Shau… Read

TV

Jared Martin Dies: ‘Dallas’ Actor Was 75; Linda Gray Recalls “Beautiful Memories”

Jared Martin, the actor most remembered as the handsome cowboy Steven “Dusty” Farlow of the original Dallas series, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at home in Philadelphia. He was 75. His death was confirmed by his son Christian Martin on twitter. Martin’s Dallas co-star Linda Gray tweeted her condolences today (see it below), writing “I have such beautiful memories of working with you…” Martin was a familiar TV presence from the 1960s through  the ’80s, with guest or… Read

International

Eugene Jarecki On His Journey Through The ‘Promised Land’ – Cannes Studio

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When it comes to making a documentary about a road trip, it helps to already be on one. That’s what happened to Sundance Film Festival award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, who while touring America with his criminal justice doc, The House I Live In, was moved by those he spoke with about “how the American Dream lost its luster.” Jarecki drove on, and it just so happened the path he cut was when the 2016 presidential election was going on.  He learned that those in… Read

Awardsline

24th amFAR Cannes Gala Raises $20 Million As Harvey Weinstein Vows To Bring Silicon Valley To The Fight Against Aids

For nearly a quarter of a century now, amFAR’s gala Cannes event has been a cornerstone of the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. Although, because of this year’s 70th anniversary fest event and dinner earlier this week where Salma Hayek led a conga line of luminaries, it had to compete for the title of most star power. Nevertheless, raising $20 million in one night and having the legendary Diana Ross rip through “I Will Survive” is certainly notable (Nicki Minaj and… Read

TV

LA Screenings 2017: The Hottest New Series; Procedurals & Marvel In Demand

With TV ratings and ad revenue in the U.S. slipping, pushing down license fees, and the off-network marketplace, especially on the drama side, not as robust as it once was, international sales have become increasingly important for American TV studios. In hopes to lure foreign buyers, the international distribution forces of the major U.S. studios this week hosted representatives of hundreds of terrestrial, cable and digital networks, wining and dining them while giving… Read