Paris, France -- Film director Michel Gondry is to head up the short film and Cinéfondation jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, following in the footsteps of Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.

With his seven feature films, several shorts and seventy-odd music videos, Michel Gondry, who is also a musician, has created an incredibly original body of work coloured with dreamscape qualities and Utopian ideals. A master craftsman, a modern day Méliès, he is a cinemagician who constantly reinvents the technical effects and enchantments of the medium of film.

In 2001, his first feature, Human Nature was selected for the Festival de Cannes. He was back in 2008 with the Tokyo! triptych at Un Certain Regard, and presented out of competition the documentary The Thorn in the Heart in 2009.

The Academy Award winning screenplay in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was followed in 2006 by The Science of Sleep and Be Kind, Rewind in 2008. The Green Hornet, on general release in France since January 2011, has been his biggest box office hit thus far.

At the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Michel Gondry has just been opening his Amateur Film Factory (Usine de films amateurs) as part of the Nouveau Festival. It is part creative studio think-tank and part DIY laboratory - a space offering anyone the chance to make a short film in three hours.

This gifted illusionist will, alongside his fellow jury members, award the three Cinéfondation prizes on Friday 20th May, and then the Palme d'Or for the best short film at the Closing Ceremony on May 22nd 2011.


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Source: The Telegraph

In yet another example of irrational movie theater violence, a 42-year-old Latvian man was shot dead on Saturday evening after a screening of Black Swan in Riga, the Latvian capital. The 27-year-old male perpetrator was apparently angered by how loud the victim was chewing his popcorn.

America has seen similar incidents. Last March, a male moviegoer was stabbed with a meat thermometer after asking a woman to silence her cell phone during a screening of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.



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A deal could be in place early this week that will make Chris Dodd Hollywood's new chief lobbyist.

Bob Pisano is currently the interim leader of the MPAA. He has been running the organization since Dan Glickman stepped down last April.

Dodd will face some tough issues such as the current release window controversy and piracy. The gig comes with a reported $1.2 million a year salary.


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blackswan.pngInternational Grosses:

Black Swan: $17.2 million from 3,735 screens and 39 locations. International total: $98 million. Worldwide total: $199.5.

Tangled: $12.1 million in 52 territories representing a little more than 88% of the international market. International total: $328 million. Worldwide Total: $522.1 million.

True Grit: $10 million from 2,534 locations in 37 markets. International cume: $29 million. Worldwide cume: $194 million.

No Strings Attached: $10 million from 1,820 locations in 32 territories. International cume: $21 million. Worldwide total: $87 million.

Yogi Bear: $10 million from 4,300 screens in 44 territories. International total: $76 million. Worldwide total: $172 million.

Paul: $9.2 million in the UK and Ireland. Doesn't hit theaters in North America until March 18.

Gnomeo & Juliet: $7.4 million. Worldwide total of $62.2 million.

The Rite: $6.2 million from 1,500 screens in 15 territories. International total: $10.7 million. Worldwide total: $42 million.

Unknown: $4.7 million 1,0000 screens in 11 territories. Worldwide total is an estimated $30 million.

Hereafter: $4.5 million from over 1,800 screens in 34 territories. International total: $62.8 million. Worldwide total: $101.5 million.

TRON: Legacy: $4.4 million from 54 territories representing the entire international market. International total: $219.8 million. Worldwide total: $390.2 million. 

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: $4.2 million from 727 screens in 10 markets. Worldwide total of $24.2 million.

I Am Number Four: $3.3 million from 8 territories representing 10 percent of the international market. Worldwide estimated total of $46.1 million.

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Source: The Playlist

Baz Luhrmann has decided to film The Great Gatsby in 3D. Detractors of the format will be out in droves to shoot the idea down. Gatsby will represent a big test for 3D. If it succeeds, more traditional dramas could go that route.


Warner Bros. is reportedly nearing a deal that with give the studio worldwide rights to Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaption of The Great Gatsby.


Baz Luhrmann has now official chosen Carey Mulligan to play Daisy in The Great Gatsby.

Source: The Vulture Blog

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby is reportedly very close to locking down its Daisy. Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan (An Education) has emerged as the leading contender for the coveted gig. Scarlett Johansson was also being considered by Luhrmann and star DiCaprio, but she recently committed to Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo.

Mulligan will have big shoes to fill. Even though the 1974 version of Gatsby is seen largely as a failure, Mia Farrow's performance as Daisy has always been praised.


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