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Hammond On Cannes: Jury Takes Center Stage As Oscar Rivals Steven Spielberg And Ang Lee ”Worship” Each Other

Pete Hammond

Once rivals for Oscar in February and now fellow jurors in Cannes, Ang Lee called Steven Spielberg his “hero” as Spielberg praised Lee’s Life Of Pi, which won Best Director over Lincoln. This mutual lovefest took place as the jury for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was introduced to the world’s press this afternoon. Spielberg, who said he hasn’t served on any festival jury since 1974 (the beginning of his feature film career) is President and has been asked many times but said the timing was finally right. “I’ve been so consistently at work, especially in the spring months directing, that every time I’ve been approached to be on the jury I’ve been working so I suddenly found myself with an open year, and so that’s why this all came together this year. I am honored I was invited,” he said. Spielberg has been to Cannes many times before with films like E.T. and most recently, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

Asked about being on the Cannes panel with Spielberg after defeating him for the Oscar almost three months ago Lee said, “Steven and I are good friends. I worship him. I don’t know how he looks at me, but I worship him. I don’t think any result would change how I feel about him or even myself. He’s my hero.” Spielberg responding seemed at a loss for words. “I don’t know how to answer that, except to say Ang and I have been friends for a long time and we’ve never ever been competitors, we’ve always been colleagues and that will just contiinue. And certainly I worship Life Of Pi and therefore I worship Ang Lee as well.” Read More »

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Jury Selected For Golden Trailer Awards

By | Wednesday June 22, 2011 @ 4:13pm PDT

Alcon Entertainment co-founder Andrew Kosove, Appian Way co-chairman Jennifer Davisson Killoran, The Kids Are All Right executive producer J Todd Harris and French producer Vera Belmont are among the names selected for the jury of the Golden Trailer Awards, which honors movie promotion with kudos for trailers, posters and TV spots. The awards will be handed out June 29 at a ceremony at the Music Box Theatre in Los Angeles. The other jury memebers: Bobby Bedi, head of mini-studio Kaleidoscope in Mumbai and VP of the Film and TV producers’ Guild of India; Vernon Chatman, best known as the voice of Towelie on South Park but also a writer-producer and stand-up comedian; Claus Czaika, CEO of EuroVideoBildprogramm and a leading independent film distributor in Germany; Amy Hobby, a film and TV producer whose credits include Sundance jury prize-winner Secretary; Sherif Mandour, an independent producer and director of half-a-dozen Egyptian films; Axel Niehaus, a Grammy-winning recording and mix engineer; and Bernhard Stampfer, an international media financier who previously headed Deutsche Bank’s Expert Team for Telecommunication, Media and Technologies.

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Cannes Sets Cinefondation and Short Films Jury

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 9:38am PDT

The final Cannes Film Festival jury to be announced will award prizes in the Cinefondation sidebar as well as choose the winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or, to be bestowed during the closing ceremony May 22. The jury members: actress-producer Julie Gayet (France), producer-director Jessica Hausner (Austria), director Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania) and director João Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal).

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Cannes Reveals Members Of Competition Jury

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 11:05am PDT

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the feature-film jury that will sit with previously announced jury president Robert De Niro during the fest, which runs May 11-22. They are: Uma Thurman (U.S.), Jude Law (UK), actress-producer Martina Gusman (Argentina), producer Nansun Shi (China), critic-writer Linn Ullmann (Norway), Olivier Assayas (France), director Johnnie To (Hong Kong) and director Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad).

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