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Cannes: Market wrap

20 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stx’s $50m play, Amazon Studios’ charm offensive and other takeaways from this year’s market.

The sunlight at the recent Cannes Film Festival may have confounded early forecasts of interminable rain but the outlook for the film business remains stormy.

While several Us companies with points to prove strutted their stuff and international buyers circled must-have titles, the struggle to survive in a dynamic post-2008 landscape remains the most urgent narrative.

That was reflected in a Croisette that seemed quieter than usual, although attendees responded to opportunities when they arose. Market attendance was up year-on-year by several points according to Jerome Paillard, executive director of the Marche du Film, although there was anecdotal evidence of several companies sending leaner teams.

The paucity of foot traffic seemed to indicate that the threat of terror attacks had weighed heavily on the mind of tourists, who by and large stayed away - although to what extent it was not »

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Elijah Wood Calls Hollywood a Pit of ‘Vipers’ Preying on Young Actors

23 May 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Elijah Wood, the British actor best known for his role as Frodo in “Lord of the Rings,” charges in a new interview that Hollywood is rife with high-powered pedophiles who prey on child actors. The allegations aren’t new, but Woods claims are damning nonetheless. His charges come on the heels of renewed allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused stepdaughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old. Allen was investigated but no charges were brought. ...Read MoreElijah Wood Calls Hollywood a Pit of ‘Vipers’ Preying on Young Actors was first posted on May 23, 2016 at 11:51 am.

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Elijah Wood Says Hollywood Has a Pedophilia Problem

23 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before Elijah Wood starred as Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he was a child actor — and now he’s making some explosive allegations about the state of Hollywood.

The actor, in a new interview with the Sunday Times, is accusing Tinseltown of having a pedophilia problem, saying “a lot of vipers” are preying on children in the business.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” he said. “There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”

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Elijah Wood on Pedophilia in Hollywood: ‘There Are a Lot of Vipers in This Industry’

23 May 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Elijah Wood managed to navigate his early years in Hollywood as a child star without suffering any sexual abuse, but doesn’t think others are so lucky. “There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” the actor told the U.K.’s Sunday Times while discussing pedophilia in the entertainment industry. “You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating,” Wood said, comparing child abuse allegations in America to Jimmy Savile’s scandal in the U.K. “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. »

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Cannes 2016: I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'Or

22 May 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

The 69th Cannes Film Festival was a strange menagerie of beasts. Front-loaded with perhaps too many of Thierry Frémaux's usual suspects - Woody Allen, Ken Loach, the Dardenne brothers, Pedro Almodóvar - their contributions were often simply whelming: not over, not under, just there. Even some of the younger directors in competition are now becoming seasoned regulars. Nicolas Winding Refn showed his third film in a row in Cannes and Xavier Dolan returned once again having done his Jury service last year and sharing a Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard the year before.

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From Gaga to Shia: 10 Biggest Stories at the Cannes Film Festival

22 May 2016 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the 69th Cannes Film Festival draws to a close, here’s a look back at some of the biggest scandals, trends and other worthwhile tales from the Croisette.

Ken Loach Wins Another Palme d’Or

Ken Loach can now boast a rare distinction among filmmakers–more than one Palme d’Or trophy. The director’s “I, Daniel Blake” picked up the top prize at Sunday’s closing ceremony, following his 2006 victory for “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” The win also marked a great day for IFC Films, whose sister label Sundance Selects acquired the movie about a disabled carpenter (Dave Johns) trying to hold on to his British welfare benefits.

American Honey” Soars

Andrea Arnold’s drama about a group of kids hustling for money on a road trip across the country was another beloved English-language movie to premiere at Cannes this year, and it took home the jury prize. »

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Peekaboo! The Movies Of 2016 At Halftime

22 May 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Nearing the halfway mark of the movie year and teetering, as we all are, on the edge of another summer movie abyss which holds only the thinnest promise of providing strong reason to tread amongst the mall-igentsia in search of air-conditioned escape, I find myself feeling far less regret than usual over the movies I’ve missed so far in 2016. Usually by this point I’m bemoaning having had to sideline 20 or 30 interesting pictures because I couldn’t get out to a theater. This year I’ve whiffed on about the same number of movies of interest, but only nine or 10 of those misses have anything like real regret attached to them. It does actively annoy me that I will have to catch up with the likes of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor, the foodie doc City of Gold, Jeff NicholsMidnight Special, Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue, »

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Critic's Notebook: Why Cannes' 'Elle' is the Most Empowering "Rape Movie" Ever Made

22 May 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This year's Cannes Film Festival kicked off with a rape joke, aimed at Woody Allen, by master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte. But who would have guessed that the misguided stab at humor would be a sign of things to come onscreen? Whether by accident or programming design, the competition indeed featured three films where rape, or attempted rape, was central to the plot, or the “inciting incident” as they like to say in screenwriting jargon: Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (co-starring Lafitte, strangely enough). Other films in the main slate also touched on

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- Leslie Felperin

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Don't Do the Cancan in Cannes and 10 Other Lessons We Learned at This Year's Film Fest

20 May 2016 6:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

1. The Cancan Is a No NoFrench actress Laure Calamy's enthusiastic Cancan rendition made headlines on the second night of the festival, when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the Palais des Festivals. The actress, whose film Staying Vertical showed in competition, went a little overboard when she and her costars locked arms for a rendition of the famous French jig. While most of her fellow actors opted for modest low kicks, Calamy decided to show off her flexibility, extending her leg in such a way that an entire row of red carpet photographers got more of a flash than they were bargaining for. »

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Don't Do the Cancan in Cannes and 10 Other Lessons We Learned at This Year's Film Fest

20 May 2016 6:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

1. The Cancan Is a No NoFrench actress Laure Calamy's enthusiastic Cancan rendition made headlines on the second night of the festival, when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the Palais des Festivals. The actress, whose film Staying Vertical showed in competition, went a little overboard when she and her costars locked arms for a rendition of the famous French jig. While most of her fellow actors opted for modest low kicks, Calamy decided to show off her flexibility, extending her leg in such a way that an entire row of red carpet photographers got more of a flash than they were bargaining for. »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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“The Salesman”: Asghar Farhadi Confirms His Mastery of the Family Suspense Genre

20 May 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Asghar Farhadi’s “Forushande” or “The Salesman” was a last-minute addition to the official competition and it is a refreshing, intelligent watch coming in the wake of the vampire-top-model hokum of “The Neon Demon” and the mawkishness of “The Last Face” this late in the festival. Unlike most of the other competition entries, “The Salesman” boasts a tightly structured cause-and-effect narrative that keeps an ongoing suspense throughout most of its running time. This is the kind of kitchen-sink suspense plot that Farhadi has established himself the master of and unlike many of the high-expectation disappointments this year, “The Salesman” delivers on its promise.

Forushande” revolves around a couple of part-time theatre actors Emad (he is also a literature teacher) and Rana, whose apartment building suffers structural damage, precipitating their hasty move to alternative accommodation. An actor colleague offers his rental apartment which still has the furniture of the previous occupant, »

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Cannes Launches Oscar Buzz for ‘Loving,’ Shia Labeouf and Kristen Stewart

20 May 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just the most glamorous venue on the planet to debut a movie, with its sea of tuxedos and ballgowns on the red carpet. It also has a recent history of being an excellent platform for launching Academy Award contenders. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol,” “Inside Out” and “Son of Saul” all premiered at last year’s Cannes and went to score a boatload of Oscar nominations.

But the competition at this year’s festival has been at its weakest in years — especially after such a dud as Sean Penn’s “The Last Face.” Critics were also disappointed by Nicolas Refn’s “The Neon Demon” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and underwhelmed by out-of-competition titles like Woody Allen’s “Café Society” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg.”

Now that the dust is settling on Cannes 2016, it’s very »

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Maggie’s Plan Review

20 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a modern take on the classic remarriage comedy, Maggie’s Plan follows its titular heroine (Greta Gerwig) as she tries her best to duck and dodge cupid’s arrows as she dashes toward a dream of single motherhood, a decidedly tricky endeavor. Maggie’s only met with folly and frustration as she tries to shape life and love to her liking, and things take a turn for disaster when a family of four become victims to her outrageous schemes.

Writer/director Rebecca Miller proves to have a sharp screwball sense with a comedy that channels Woody Allen neurosis to lightheartedly lampoon millennial angst and faux-intellectualism. There’s a post-feminist vibe permeating the film as well, but any weightiness or pretension that brings to the fold is counterbalanced by Gerwig, whose performance is characteristically disarming and delightfully vapid. The surging actress’ bubbly eccentricities are her greatest asset, and Miller’s »

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‘Homeland’s’ Ran Telem Joins Spain’s Mediapro as Head of Intl. Content Development (Exclusive)

20 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ran Telem, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer on “Homeland” and longtime V.P. of programming and content at Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting, has joined Spain’s Mediapro Group in the newly-created post of head of international content development.

Taking up his position this week, he will responsible for furthering the development of original scripted and non-scripted at Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest TV-film groups, as it turns ever more to international-market content as a strategic growth priority.

Telem’s oversight takes in identifying and developing ideas, whether in-house or from writers, through to international formats, tying in broadcaster partners, tapping writers and working with creatives at Mediapro offices around the world. He will work closely with Mediapro’s international arm, Imagina Intl. Sales (Iis). Telem will be based out of Spain and Israel, he said.

Mediapro’s competitive advantages, Telem said, are “first of all passion. Although it is »

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Cannes Buzz: Watch Kristen Stewart in First 'Personal Shopper' Trailer

19 May 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Last week Kristen Stewart walked the red carpet for the opening night gala presentation of Woody Allen's period comedy Cafe Society at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The film drew quite a bit of buzz. On Tuesday night she again walked the Cannes red carpet, this time for a very different sort of movie. Stewart plays Maureen, the title character in Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas. (The two previously collaborated on Clouds of Sils Maria.) Maureen has taken a job caring for the wardrobe of a celebrity. She hates the job, but it pays for her expenses in Paris, where she wants to stay until she receives a sign from the spirit of her recently deceased twin brother. Like her brother, Maureen is a medium and suffers from a heart condition. Anticipating the worst...

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Susan Sarandon Plans Porn Career Post-Retirement (Report)

19 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Some people work through their golden years by slapping on the blue vest and greeting customers at Walmart. Susan Sarandon apparently has other plans. Appearing at the Cannes Film Festival, “Thelma & Louise” star Sarandon reportedly revealed that, when she hangs it up in the acting world, she’s considering directing porn. From a female-friendly perspective, of course. Also Read: Susan Sarandon Slams Woody Allen Over Past Abuse Allegations “I have threatened, in my 80s, to direct porn,”  Sarandon said, according to the Times of London (via the Guardian). Sarandon admitted that there would be a learning curve involved in her new profession. »

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Kate Winslet's The Dressmaker Joins the Amazon Studios Family

18 May 2016 8:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Daniel Crooke here. In the past eight months we’ve seen Kate Winslet in her most peppery Polish accent pin a lifetime of parenting flaws on Steve Jobs, and rule a Mob roost with Russian verve in Triple 9. Audiences down under have already feasted upon her new film The Dressmaker, which won Best Actress honors for Kate, and Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor to Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving, respectively from the Australian Film Institute. Yet despite making its North American debut last year at Tiff, U.S. audiences have unfortunately been kept in the dark. A crying shame, once you’ve seen the splashy hats and dresses, striking desert landscapes, and simmering performances on display in its bold trailer so memorably exalted in Nathaniel’s Ynms.

Now, thanks to Amazon Studios, we will finally witness her smolder with a cigarette as an Aussie farmhouse carelessly blazes over her shoulder. »

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Amazon to release The Dressmaker theatrically in North America

18 May 2016 3:44 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jocelyn Moorhouse and Sue Maslin on set.

Amazon Studios has bought U.S. rights to Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker.

As first reported by Variety, Amazon will release the film theatrically in the States in the second half of the year.

While Universal had some foreign rights, Amazon swooped on the film for North America, no doubt encouraged by the boffo box office it has done in its home territory and the marquee value of Winslet.

Amazon is muscling into the film space aggressively, buying up films like Manchester by the Sea at Sundance and bringing five of their own films - including Woody Allen's Cafe Society and Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon - to Cannes.

Amazon has also been actively acquiring packages.on the Croisette in recent days, picking up Lynne Ramsay's new project with Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here, among other titles. »

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Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned.

The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. The streaming service will release the film theatrically in the U.S. this fall.

The Dressmaker” centers on a woman who returns to her hometown in rural Australia to care for her ailing mother and to exact her revenge on the community that exiled her at a young age. In addition to Winslet, the film stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”) directs.

Universal had certain foreign rights. The film debuted last year in Australia where it was the second-highest grossing Australian film after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It also scored 13 Aacta Awards nominations, the equivalent of Australia’s Academy Awards, and won several, including a best actress statue for Winslet. »

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Amazon Studios Takes Cannes ‘On Its Own Terms’

18 May 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios rolled into Cannes with five major Festival titles: Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and his Iggy Pop documentary “Gimme Danger” and Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden.” The presence of so many top contenders and high-profile auteur works from the streaming services was not lost on some Cannes observers, who’ve touted this as a “revolution,” a notion quickly dismissed by Cannes fest chief Thierry Fremaux as well as Jason Ropell, Amazon Studios’ worldwide head of motion pictures.

Ropell said Amazon was not coming to the South of France “looking to disrupt Cannes,” adding, “You have to approach Cannes on its own terms.” This includes, says Ropell, “the traditional elements of the business such as negotiations and meeting with filmmakers. The truth is, we are there pretty much like everyone else, competing in the existing eco-system.”

That “eco-system” is, »

- Steven Gaydos

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