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Celeb Sightings: The Daily Mail snapped some pics and shot video of Juliette Binoche in tears after hearing the latest update about Jafar Panahi's imprisonment (see indieWIRE Love, below) and J.Lo doing the yacht scene. Skimming through photos, I mistook cropped-haired Michelle Williams for Carey Mulligan. And I guess Ryan Gosling has kind of the same look as Shia LaBeouf, too. Of course the Hilton sisters are in town. They wouldn't miss a film festival ... for the parties.
Deals: Deadline reports that Mike Leigh's Another Year will go to Sony Pictures Classics for the first domestic acquisition. They also have a roundup of international acquisitions, some of which we've heard about previously. Earlier, we wrote up Brett Ratner's deal with Relativity to distribute the Strouse brothers' Skyline. Variety says it's a big deal that On the Road has gone to Icon for some foreign markets. And The Hollywood Reporter looks at the mid-fest status of deals in general.
News: Deadline also rounds up the projects announced at Cannes thus far, including a Russian remake of Working Girl (!)
Pete Hammond starts the Oscar talk at The Envelope with nomination predictions for Lesley Manville (Another Year), Javier Bardem (Biutiful) and Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan and Eli Wallach (all for Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps). More Oscar buzz for the Sundance leftover Blue Valentine and its stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling comes from EW's Dave Karger.
Vulture has a list of Ten Lessons From the Cannes Film Festival. I think #9 is the only one about film: "The Shorts Corner rocks. Every film festival should have one: A cul-de-sac of viewing cubicles with all the short films available on-demand, for cinéasts with a few minutes to spare between feature screenings. Genius."
indieWIRE Love: Time for Day 7 of the minute-by-minute coverage. Terry Gilliam tells Anne Thompson, "I'm whoring from one hotel to the other" for funding for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. And Eric Kohn reviews Certified Copy, which he likens to the next step to Linklater's Before Sunrise/Sunset series, Biutiful, another disappointment from Innaritu apparently, and Rubber, which is "one of the more bizarre experiments with genre in quite some time."
Brian Brooks covers the press conference for Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, during which the Iranian filmmaker discussed the imprisonment of friend and sometime collaborator Jafar Panahi. Attached to the article is Kiarostami's open letter, previously published in the NY Times, which he would like read all over the world. Reportedly Panahi's is now starting a hunger strike.
Blogs, Blurbs and Other Buzz:
@jamesrocchi (of MSN Movies) live-Tweeted Doug Liman's press conference for Fair Game. My favorite quotes from the director: (comparing Fair Game to The Cove): "There's no one to text when you're done with Fair Game"; "I really recommend Countdown to Zero, especially if you want the s**t scared out of you"; "Sean [Penn] started to look more and more like Joe Wilson ... it was like a horror film, where a person's soul is taken."
@cobblehills (Aaron Hillis of GreenCine): "Mike Leigh's moving, insightful ANOTHER YEAR is one of the strongest films in the main #Cannes competition thus far."
@erickohn (of indieWIRE): "Just to set the record straight on the Kiarostami film (which I like): Only 1 guy booed. He booed twice, as if people didn't hear him right."
Steve Pond at The Wrap runs down the reviews for Biutiful claiming it's the most divisive (and "controversial") film of the fest.
Charles Ferguson's Inside Job "is garnering mostly rave reviews for its distillation of the current economic disaster," writes AJ Schnack in a review roundup.