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Cannes ready to go

This year Cannes has a substantial Kiwi contingent attending. Ahead of the doors opening tonight, cheery publicists wave announcements, hoping for some cut-through before actual news arrives, although Variety reckons the 2014 market might be a little shorter of fare than usual.

Many of the announcements are of little or no interest here, but some offer amusement. The Hollywood Reporter’s guide to doing business in Cannes contains essential information, like how to drop $40,000 at a strip club – info that’ll no doubt come in handy for somebody.

Expanding your business opportunities beyond Cannes’ attendees is the theme of another THR piece, this time on how the team that brought you Iron Sky will now let you invest in the franchise, courtesy of a crowdfunding campaign.

Variety plays cut and paste with this press release, turning out a piece on Leanne Pooley’s in production 25 April, one of a small number of post-development NZ projects at Cannes.

25 April

25 April

Not sitting easily in Cannes’ rarefied atmosphere is the Ant Timpson-produced ABCs of Death 2. The second outing in the alphabetti mortality series offers an anti-dote to all the arthouse with its latest release of images from various segments.

Real deaths just ahead of Cannes are those of artist Hans Ruedi Giger, best-known for his Oscar-winning alien in Alien; and Malik Bendjelloul, an Oscar winner for doco Searching for Sugarman.

Cannes’ jury head Jane Campion does a nice interview with The Guardian while her young Oscar-winning supporting actress does a development deal with HBO as the end of True Blood approaches.

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