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Film Banned In Thailand No. 1 In France

Only days after it was banned by the Bangkok Film Festival, the animated film Persepolis made a sensational debut in France over the weekend, coming in ahead of a slew of Hollywood blockbusters to earn...

Bangkok Yanks Iranian Film After Protest By Iranian Officials

A controversial animated film by two Iranian filmmakers that drew complaints from Iranian officials when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival last month -- but nevertheless went on to win the Jury Prize...

Handmade Films Reports Better-than-expected Cannes Results

HandMade PLC, the British film company founded by the late Beatle George Harrison, outfaced a falling London Stock Exchange Thursday as it posted a 5.2 percent gain on a report that it had returned from...

Iran Denounces Cannes Winner

A primitively animated black-and-white satirical feature about a girl's experiences growing up in Iran following the overthrow of the shah by Islamic fundamentalists has been denounced by Iranian officials after it won a top prize...

Jury, Critics Agree On Cannes Winner

For a change, the jury at the Cannes Film Festival found itself in agreement with critics as it voted the prestigious Palme d'Or for best film Saturday to the Romanian entry 4 Months, 3 Weeks...

Scorsese Reveals Controversial Film Set In Japan

Martin Scorsese has disclosed that he is planning to direct a movie, set in 17th-century Japan, that may have implications related to the war in Iraq. In an interview with the Associated Press at the...

Rough Sailing For Ocean's 13 On China Sea

A light-hearted news conference with the producer, director and cast of Ocean's 13 at the Cannes Film Festival today (Thursday) turned defensive when a Hong Kong television reporter objected to the character portrayed by Shaobo...

Company Offers To Sabotage Pirates

A Paris-based company is distributing flyers to producers at Cannes, exhorting them to "watch in real time the illegal download of your films" at the company's booth at the Cannes Film Market, held in conjunction...

Friedkin Casts Marina Hands To Play Coco Chanel

French actress Marina Hands, who won the best actress award at this year's Csars ceremonies for her performance in Lady Chatterley -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- has been cast by director William...

Kurt Russell Criticizes Grindhouse Breakup

Kurt Russell, who starred in the Death Proof segment of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez horror "double feature" Grindhouse, has expressed disappointment over the decision to release Death Proof as a separate feature for European audiences....

Drama At Press Conference For Film About Slain Reporter

In the film A Mighty Heart, a reporter is seen asking Mariane Pearl (played by Angelina Jolie), the wife of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, whether she had seen the tape of her husband's...

Moore Receives Cheers At Cannes, Boos From Canadian Crtics

Michael Moore received a standing -- and sustained -- ovation following the screening of his latest documentary, Sicko, at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday. But some critics suggested that in censuring the U.S. health system,...

Van Sant Says Filmmakers Using Myspace For Casting

Director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Psycho) has indicated that casting directors are increasing turning to such social networking sites as MySpace to cast movies. He said that for his latest film, Paranoid Park,...

How Green Is Shrek?

If, as it is said, it's not easy being green, the producers of the third animated movie about a green ogre suspect that it's especially not easy being greener than the third movie about a...

De Niro, Pacino Team For Indie Movie

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino will co-star in the indie film Righteous Kill from Nu Image's Millennium Films and Emmett Furla Films, Daily Variety reported from the Cannes Film Festival today (Thursday). The trade...

Opening Cannes Of Blueberry

The 60th annual Cannes Film Festival opens tonight with the screening of director Wong Kar-wai's English-language My Blueberry Nights, starring Jude Law, Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz. A bevy of top Hollywood stars...

Michael Moore Responds To Government Probe

Michael Moore has hit back at the Bush administration, which has launched an investigation of his recent trip to Cuba, during which he took 9/11 responders to hospitals for treatment. The trip was filmed for...

U.s. Launches Probe Of Moore's Trip To Cuba

Appearing to bestow on him the kind of free publicity that has made Michael Moore the best-known and best paid documentary filmmaker in the business, the U.S. Treasury Department has notified the filmmaker that it...

Tarantino Grinding Out New Version Of Horror Flick

Grindhouse, the Robert Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino homage to the horror films of the 1960's and '70s faces the prospect of a DVD release only in Britain, following its box-office failure in the U.S., the London Independent...

New Production Center Unveiled In Hong Kong

Hoping to revitalize Hong Kong's moribund film industry, producer Wellington Fung announced the creation Wednesday of a new production company, Big Media, that he said will make 20 movies in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese over...

Cannes Market Tosses Out Screeners; Substitutes Online Video

The Cannes Film Market, which is held annually in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival, plans to replace traditional DVD screeners with a broadband video-on-demand (VOD) tool this year through its cinando.com website, Executive Director...

300 Is Still Counting

It may have seen a 56-percent drop in ticket sales from last weekend, but Warner Bros.' 300 nevertheless remained far ahead of its rivals at the box office in its second weekend with an estimated...

Ocean's To Launch On Mediterranean

Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen will have its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Daily Variety reported today (Thursday), calling the screening "the latest evidence that the Hollywood-Cannes romance is in full bloom."...

Liberal Pundit Schlesinger Dead At 89

Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., one of the most visible faces of American liberalism on U.S. television news programs since the late '50s, died Wednesday in New York, the New York Times reported on its website...

Frears To Head Cannes Jury

British director Stephen Frears has been selected to preside as president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May, festival organizers announced Thursday. Frears, whose latest film, The Queen, has received numerous awards...

Movie Reviews: Marie Antoinette

When Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinettewas screened for critics at the Cannes Film Festival last May, it was greeted by a thunder of boos, followed, after a pause, by a smattering of applause. That's pretty much...

Award-winning Chinese Film Director Barred From Making More Films

For premiering his latest movie Summer Palace at the Cannes Film Festival last May without receiving permission from the Chinese government, the country's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has barred award-winning director Lou...

Studios Spending Big On Film Marketing Abroad

Sony spent some $70 million to market The Da Vinci Code overseas, the New York Times reported today (Monday). The newspaper noted that marketing personnel at studios are studying carefully the cultural attitudes in foreign...

Abc Critic Siegel And Director Kevin Smith Clash Over Clerks Ii

Today's (Wednesday) New York Post prints director Kevin Smith's online rant over ABC critic Joel Siegel's noisy departure from a press screening of Smith's Clerks II. According to the newspaper's "Page Six" column, Siegel rose...

Toronto Film Fest: Cannes Ii?

Organizers of the 31st annual Toronto Film Festival, which opens on Sept. 7, unveiled a slate of films Tuesday that gave the Canadian festival the appearance of a rerun of May's Cannes Film Festival. Nearly...

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