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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

News roundup from Cannes — and a few dresses

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing on the sunny Croisette, and here I am in Seattle, wondering why “Priest” didn’t screen for the press (a vampire-hunting priest sounds jolly, right?) and whether it’ll be dry enough this weekend to do something about the scary weeds in my backyard. Nonetheless, despite pondering the unfairness of it all, I’m still keeping an eye on the doings over there (is there anyone left in Hollywood this weekend?); here’s some of what’s making news at Cannes:
— The Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to “The Iron Lady,” a British drama starring Meryl Streep as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (click here to see a photo; she’s quite convincing) and Jim Broadbent as her husband Denis. The film was the subject of a bidding war after only five minutes of footage screened at the fest. No word yet on when it might hit U.S. theaters.
— Millennium Films picked up rights to “The Paperboy,” the next directorial effort from Lee Daniels (“Precious”). Based on a Pete Dexter novel about a death-row inmate, it will star Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron.
— “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” will make its Cannes premiere this weekend (I’m seeing it here Tuesday night), and director Rob Marshall is on hand talking the film up. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he talks about the similarities between choreography (as in a film like his Oscar-winning “Chicago”) and action films, and says that Johnny Depp is “one of the greatest dancers I have ever worked with.”
— And, because it wouldn’t be Cannes without a lot of shots of movie stars, click here to see Uma Thurman looking impossibly gorgeous, here to see Rachel McAdams being slightly overwhelmed by her dress, and here to see Salma Hayek being a hell of a good sport in a silly “Puss in Boots” promo shot with Antonio Banderas.
Can’t wait to see the new Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris,” which is getting good buzz at Cannes and which I’m seeing Monday. More on that later; in the meantime, enjoy the weekend, wherever you may be.

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