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Another Lead Role for Quvenzhané Wallis

2 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret here to talk about what's new with everyone's favorite collector of puppy purses: Quvenzhané Wallis is on a roll. Her breakout performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild could have easily put her in the pantheon of one-hit wonder child actors, but the way she's been lining up projects makes that look unlikely. Now 11 years old, Little Q is two months out from the release of her first big studio film in the musical Annie which, with the Columbia promotional muscle behind it, might make her a real star. She has also just signed on to star in an adaptation of best-selling middle grade novel "Counting by 7s."

In the Holly Goldberg Sloan story, Quvenzhané will play a 12-year-old genius named Willow Chase who loses her adoptive parents in a car crash and has to push past her grief to find a new community of support. Said Quvenzhané to »

- Margaret de Larios

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An Ugly Betty Reunion? Salma Hayek Would Love to See It Happen

13 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If Married With Children can spawn a spin-off, Ugly Betty surely could at least do a reunion show, don't you think? "I would love to," says Salma Hayek, who produced the series starring America Ferrera. Even though Betty has "such a special place in my heart," Hayek sadly said she doesn't see a reunion happening anytime soon. I caught up with the Oscar nominee at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was promoting her labor of love, an animated adaptation of poet Kahlil Gibran's bestseller The Prophet. It's told through eight chapters, each directed by a different director. "I had a vision for something that I thought was original, to have »

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Toronto Film Festival: Too Many Gems, No Sole Standout

10 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As this year’s Toronto Film Festival hits its midpoint, the headlines are that sales have been slow and that Oscar prognosticators are still looking for The One — that mythical, anointed cinematic being that will appear before them (like Neo in “The Matrix” or the giant mechanical claw in “Toy Story”) and reveal itself to be this year’s odds-on best picture favorite. Meanwhile, for those of us who care more about the art of movies than the hype and the business, this over-programmed, over-scheduled but nonetheless essential festival of festivals has (as usual) been an embarrassment of riches. Of course, those who stick to Toronto’s starry, red-carpeted world premieres (here, as at most North American fests, milquetoast sops to the deep-pocketed donor-sponsor crowd) are bound to go home disappointed, though at least one of those much-buzzed titles, Chris Rock’s outrageously funny “Top Five,” was »

- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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Review: Salma Hayek's passion project brings 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' to beautiful life

9 September 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival for me this summer was a presentation of selected clips from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," an ambitious animated film that adapts one of the most beloved works of poetry of the 20th Century, and I wrote in that piece that I hoped the final film would live up to the segments that I saw out of context. It is safe to say that is the case. Ultimately, this is a very simple, very direct film. There are plenty of movies playing at this festival that want to make you work for whatever meaning you take from them, but this feels like the opposite. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" has been designed to be as emotionally direct as possible, easy to understand and very, very clear in its storytelling, and the result is a film that I would feel comfortable showing to my »

- Drew McWeeny

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Salma Hayek Talks About Joan Rivers

7 September 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Salma Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault may own the luxury fashion houses that dress Hollywood's elite, but that doesn't mean the actress didn't mind Joan Rivers' fashion take-downs.

"She's an icon," Hayek told me at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new animated adaption of poet Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "It won't be he same without her.red carpets will not be the same without her."

Pinault's holdings include Gucci, Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.

"It was of course Ok," Hayek said of Rivers' Fashion Police commentary. "She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion. We're going to miss her."

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Salma Hayek Talks About Joan Rivers

7 September 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Salma Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault may own the luxury fashion houses that dress Hollywood's elite, but that doesn't mean the actress didn't mind Joan Rivers' fashion take-downs.

"She's an icon," Hayek told me at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new animated adaption of poet Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "It won't be he same without her.red carpets will not be the same without her."

Pinault's holdings include Gucci, Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.

"It was of course Ok," Hayek said of Rivers' Fashion Police commentary. "She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion. We're going to miss her."

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Salma Hayek Talks About Joan Rivers

7 September 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Salma Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault may own the luxury fashion houses that dress Hollywood's elite, but that doesn't mean the actress didn't mind Joan Rivers' fashion take-downs.

"She's an icon," Hayek told me at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new animated adaption of poet Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "It won't be he same without her.red carpets will not be the same without her."

Pinault's holdings include Gucci, Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.

"It was of course Ok," Hayek said of Rivers' Fashion Police commentary. "She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion. We're going to miss her."

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Joan Rivers: ''Red Carpets Will Not Be The Same Without Her,'' Says Salma Hayek

7 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Salma Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault may own the luxury fashion houses that dress Hollywood's elite, but that doesn't mean the actress didn't mind Joan Rivers' fashion take-downs. "She's an icon," Hayek told me at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new animated adaption of poet Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "It won't be he same without her—red carpets will not be the same without her." Pinault's holdings include Gucci, Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. "It was of course Ok," Hayek said of Rivers' Fashion Police commentary. "She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion. »

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Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater To Step Down

5 August 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater is stepping down in the latest development that raises questions about the Dfi’s future plans, especially in the film festival field.

Al Khater, who joined Dfi in 2012 after holding several senior banking positions, was expected to reconfigure and relaunch the Qatari government-backed entity’s activities which, besides organizing the now scrapped Doha Tribeca Film Festival, also comprise year-round film funding and training initiatives.

In 2013 after severing ties with Tribeca Enterprises, the Dfi at Cannes announced it had brought Palestinian auteur Elia Suleiman on board as artistic advisor and re-invented its festival activity by splitting it into two separate events: the Qumra Doha Film Festival for first and second-time directors from around the world, and the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

But Ajyal is the only fest they’ve had since then, headed by Fatma Al-Remaihi, who will now step in as acting Dfi CEO »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Tiff 2014: Complete 2014 Toronto Film Festival Lineup Announced

22 July 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning the first wave of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup was announced and so far it's an impressive list of films including films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, David Dobkin and many others. One surprising detail is there was no announcement of an opening film so along with everything below there is still at least one biggie on the way, and while they say it has nothing to do with their "premiere" mandate, I wouldn't be surprised if it might be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and they're waiting to see if it will be the North American premiere. Then again, could Birdman open both Toronto and Venicec But what else could it bec Maybe David Ayer's Furyc No chance for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... or is therec Probably the films announced so far »

- Brad Brevet

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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

22 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Bill Plympton Takes Annecy Animation Fest by Storm

5 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some people go on vacation in June. Bill Plympton goes to Annecy. The man dubbed the King of Indie Animation is a popular draw at the famed French animation festival, which he’s attended since 1985.

“That’s when I started discovering the potential of Annecy. As soon as my short film ‘Boomtown’ screened there, I was bombarded by people who wanted to buy it. I had no idea that I could make a living doing animated shorts. It really turned me around in terms of the power and the marketability of Annecy.”

Plympton hopes this year’s fest will focus attention on his seventh hand-animated feature “Cheatin’” (see the signed frame above) — a noir tale of infidelity that will screen in competition. He’s twice won Annecy’s feature Grand Prix — in 1998 for “I Married a Strange Person,” and in 2001 for “Mutant Aliens.”

Plympton’s fans are primed for “Cheatin »

- Ellen Wolff

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Cannes Video: Salma Hayek Talks Turning Philosophy Into Animation for 'The Prophet'

17 May 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Salma Hayek hit the Cannes Film Festival to present a work-in-progress screening of The Prophet, based on Khalil Gibran's philosophical novel. To share the story of the 1923 best-seller, director Roger Allers worked with Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Paul and Gaeton Brizzi, Michal Socha, Nina Paley and Mohammed Saeed Harib, as each helmed a different thematic section of the animated film. Photos: The Party Scene at Cannes "We have nine directors that have worked on this project, really hard, and we have amazing voices in this too, amazing actors," she told The

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- Rebecca Ford, Ashley Lee

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Cannes: Salma Hayek Presenting ‘The Prophet’ as Work-in-Progress

13 May 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes Film Festival has set an Official Selection work-in-progress screening of the animated feature “Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet” on Saturday.

The screening will feature highlights from the film and be presented by producer Salma Hayek-Pinault and director Roger Allers (“The Lion King”).

The story portrays the unlikely friendship between a young mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet.

The event will also include animation directors involved with the film: Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Joan Gratz (“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”), Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat”), Bill Plympton (“In Your Face”), and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”). Composer Gabriel Yared will also participate.

Wild Bunch International is handling international sales at Cannes, excluding North America, which will be sold by Participant Media.

The film includes the voices of Hayek-Pinault, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis. Producers are Hayek-Pinault, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes sets Prophet screening

13 May 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes organisers have scheduled a screening of official selection work-in-progress animation Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet on May 17.

Salma Hayek-Pinault and director Roger Allers will present the event alongside other animation directors involved with the film who include Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton and Paul and Gaeton Brizzi.

Composer Gabriel Yared will attend to discuss the film’s music, which includes cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma and original songs by Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, and Glen Hansard.

“I am thrilled to share with the Cannes audience a glimpse of our film and a chance to meet some of the remarkable artists who contributed their unique talents,” said Allers.

“For the last three years, this film has been my passion,” said produce and voice actor Hayek-Pinault. “But I have loved the book since my childhood, when I discovered it by my grandfather’s bedside, where he kept it. I am extremely »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Quentin Tarantino to help close Cannes

13 May 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-maker will host the screening of A Fistful of Dollars on May 24.

Quentin Tarantino will host the screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars at Cannes’ award ceremony on May 24.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western, the film will be screened after the prizes have been awarded, in a new restoration done by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film.

Meanwhile, there will also be a tribute to animated films with a screening of extracts from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (working title) on May 17, presented by the film’s producer Salma Hayek.

This year’s Cinéma de la Plage screenings will include the premiere of Frédéric Auburtin’s United Passion, starring Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Sam Neill. Auburtin, Depardieu and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, will be in attendance. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Tarantino to help close Cannes

13 May 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-maker will host the screening of A Fistful of Dollars on May 24.

Quentin Tarantino will host the screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars at Cannes’ award ceremony on May 24.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western, the film will be screened after the prizes have been awarded, in a new restoration done by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film.

Meanwhile, there will also be a tribute to animated films with a screening of extracts from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (working title) on May 17, presented by the film’s producer Salma Hayek.

This year’s Cinéma de la Plage screenings will include the premiere of Frédéric Auburtin’s United Passion, starring Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Sam Neill. Auburtin, Depardieu and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, will be in attendance. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Tarantino to attend Cannes

13 May 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-maker will host the screening of A Fistful of Dollars on May 24.

Quentin Tarantino will host the screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars at Cannes’ award ceremony on May 24.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western, the film will be screened after the prizes have been awarded, in a new restoration done by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film.

Meanwhile, there will also be a tribute to animated films with a screening of extracts from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (working title) on May 17, presented by the film’s producer Salma Hayek.

This year’s Cinéma de la Plage screenings will include the premiere of Frédéric Auburtin’s United Passion, starring Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Sam Neill. Auburtin, Depardieu and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, will be in attendance. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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John Travolta and Salma Hayek Pinault To Star In A Three Dog Life

8 February 2014 1:21 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault (Savages, upcoming The Prophet) will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced today by producers J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster).

The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini’S First Time), who also produces.

The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin.  CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.

When Abigail Thomas’ (Hayek Pinault) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. »

- Michelle McCue

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