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Bankable Names Spin Gold at Cannes

30 May 2013 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fake gunshots, a $1 million jewel heist and torrential rains generated more drama and excitement at the Cannes Film Festival than most of the movie projects that were offered in this year’s market section.

While Hollywood’s most colorful movie aficionado, Harvey Weinstein, was by far the most active U.S. buyer at the 12-day annual event, overall sales lagged behind last year’s market. And many buyers remarked on the lack of commercial product available.

In the words of one Los Angeles-based buyer’s rep, there was quantity, but not the kind of quality that would guarantee a wide U.S. theatrical release. Still, there were a number of notable transactions.

Sony Pictures bought multiple foreign territories for “Spinning Gold,” a biopic of late music mogul Neil Bogart to star Justin Timberlake, who was in Cannes to wow foreign distribs. Director Martin Scorsese’s 20-year-old pet project “Silence,” a »

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