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Robert Pattinson and Woody Harrelson will join this year’s Deauville Film Festival as honorees, with Pattinson picking up his award after canceling last year and Harrelson on hand to present his latest film, The Glass Castle.

They will join director Darren Aronofsky and actors Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Michelle Rodriguez in receiving honors at the weeklong festival.

This year’s lineup highlights independent films, festival organizers noted, with five being debut films. Online video players are also well represented, with Netflix’s Sweet Virginia, Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New York and E-Cinema’s The Bachelors among the selections.

It will also be heavy on French premieres, with Tom Cruise’s American Made, Mandy Moore’s 47 Meters Down, Shirley MacLaine’s and Amanda Seyfried’s The Last Word, Jessica Chastain’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, Halle Berry’s Kidnap and Anronofsky’s Mother, starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Michael Radford’s The Music of Silence, starring Antonio Banderas, Terry George’s The Promise, Damiane Harris’ The Wilde Wedding and Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds are also among the premieres.

“The competition reflects an America that is breaking apart, a troubled America, one in which the youth is in search of both its roots and its future. Sometimes violence clashes with morality and hope. The premieres often illustrate an America in which illusion looms larger than reality,” said festival organizer Bruno Barde.

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; Kurt Voelkler’s The Bachelors, starring J.K. Simmons and Julie Delpy; Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza; Mark Webb’s Gifted, starring Chris Evans; and Jamie Dagg’s Sweet Virginia, the tale of an aging rodeo star starring John Bernthal and Imogen Poots, are among the competition titles.

Chloe Zao’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner The Rider is also in the running, along with Wayne Roberts’ young waitress story Katie Says Goodbye, Eliza Hittman’s bisexual coming-of- age story Beach Rats, Daryl Wein’s Chicago shooting drama Blueprint, Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Brooklyn Yiddish, about a single father in Hasidic Brooklyn, and Justin Chon’s Gook, about unlikely friends set against the 1992 L.A. riots are also among the titles.

Mark Myer’s My Friend Dahmer, about the infamous serial killer, Amman Abbasi’s Alabama-set drama Stupid Things, and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s teen transition story They round out the competition titles.

Oscar-winning The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius will head this year’s jury, alongside Benjamin Biolay, the singer who opened Cannes this year, actresses Emmnuelle Devos, Clotilde Hesme and Charlotte Le Bon, directors Axelle Ropert, Eric Largigau and Michel LeClerc, Carnage screenwriter Yasmina Reza and Mustang screenwriter Alice Winocour

The Revelation Jury, which selects from first films across any section, will be headed by Standing Tall director and Cannes best actress winner Emmanuelle Bercot, who will be joined by rapper Abd Al Malik, actresses Anais Demoustier and Leonor Varela, and actors Pio Marmai and Pierre Rochefort.

In the documentary category are Alexandre O. Philippe’s Psycho examination 78/52, Mark Kidel’s Becoming Cary Grant, Chris Perkel’s Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives, Eugene Jarecki’s Promised Land, Pacho Velez’s and Sierra Pettengill’s The Reagan Show, Jean-Baptiste Thoret’s We Blew It and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will screen.

In the TV category, HBO’s porn drama The Deuce will screen, with producers Michelle MacLaren, David Simon and George Pelecanos presenting.

Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes, with screenwriter and producer David E. Kelley presenting, will round out the TV category.

The festival runs Sept. 1-10 in Deauville, France.

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Country music star Shania Twain, Michael Madsen, and Kevin Dunn have joined the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie “Trading Paint.”

Principal photography launched this week in Alabama with shooting scheduled through mid-September at several Alabama locations. Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) will also co-star.

Karzan Kader, director of Tyler Perry and Doug Liman’s upcoming “The Year of the Great Storm,” is helming “Trading Paint” from a script by Craig Welch and Gary Gerani. Travolta portrays a down-and-out dirt track racing legend who is drawn back into the winner’s circle after his son, an aspiring driver, joins a competitor’s racing team, and incites an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.

Ambi Pictures and Paradox Studios are fully financing and producing the film. The producers are Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Silvio Muraglia, and Alexandra Klim. AMBI Distribution is handling worldwide sales for the film.

Iervolino said, “It’s well know that dirt track racing is one of the most exciting sports in the world, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. Our story is rooted in that high-speed danger, but also very much character driven, and this is where having someone of John’s caliber and gravitas pays great dividends.”

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Renee Zellweger, Common, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, Taylor Kinney, and Gus Birney have joined the cast of Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic drama “Best Day of My Life.”

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is producing. Parker portrays a jazz vocalist in New York City after she receives a diagnosis that shatters her world and jolts her to her core as she prepare for an upcoming world tour.

Fabien Constant is directing the film from a screenplay written by Laura Eason. Parker will also serve as producer alongside Alison Benson, Iervolino and Bacardi. The movie is being executive produced by Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films, who are co-financing the film.

Principal photography will begin this week in New York City. Ambi Distribution is handles worldwide sales. CAA is co-repping the film’s domestic sale.

“Best Day of My Life” is the second collaboration between Ambi and Parker, following the romantic comedy “All Roads Lead to Rome” in 2014.

“Sarah Jessica’s intense passion for this film is contagious, and enabled us to bring together such an extraordinary cast,” Iervolino said. “We’re very happy to be doing another movie with her, especially one as layered and poignant as this.”

Zellweger, Common and Baker are represented by CAA. Rossellini is represented by APA. Kinney is represented by Principal Talent. Birney is represented by CESD.

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Netflix paid $8 million at Sundance this year for TV writer Marti Noxon’s feature debut To the Bone, a drama inspired by her own experiences with anorexia. Today the streaming service set a July 14 launch date and unveiled a trailer for the film.

Lily Collins stars as Ellen, who in a last-ditch effort to battle her severe anorexia enters a group recovery home. With the help of an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves), Ellen and the other residents go on a sometimes-funny, sometimes-harrowing journey that leads to the ultimate question: Is life worth living? Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Liana Liberato co-star.

Check out the trailer below.

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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are getting behind the wheel for the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group. Michael Radford has signed on to direct. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the famous car that bears his name while Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari. The film’s working title is Lamborghini – The Legend.

The film is based on a book from Lamborghini’s son, Tonino, and spans the long life of the entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors to creating military vehicles during World War II. After that, came the designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his legacy and was a catalyst in pulling Italy out of its post-war slump. The plan is to shoot the film this summer in Italy and other worldwide locales. Baldwin will shoot for about a week in the film.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group optioned the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) two years ago. They are financing and producing after hiring Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) to write the screenplay for the film.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.

Tonino Lamborghini, son of Ferruccio and writer of several books about his father, said in making the announcement: “My book Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) is the only text perfectly respectful of the real life of my father, despite of numerous legends and anecdotes written or told by other people looking for a moment of celebrity. I really believe this film can translate into images and words the great humanity of Ferruccio and transmit to the viewers worldwide my father’s personality: a man full of energy, charisma and passion.”

This film will also include a love story. A lover of fast luxury cars, Lamborghini had one car for each day of the week however Lamborghini’s personal loves extended far beyond cars. His love of women, celebrity lifestyle, and the business of car making made for prodigious drama in Lamborghini’s life and these pursuits and experiences will be just as much a part of the movie as the cars themselves, they say.

Banderas is repped by Paradigm; Baldwin is repped by CAA., and Radford is repped Primary Wave Entertainment.

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