Cannes 2012: THR's Daily Day 2

Scene at Cannes 65 Red Carpet Exterior - H 2012
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Scene at Cannes 65 Red Carpet Exterior - H 2012

Buyers get early jump on market and the eclectic "Moonrise Kingdom" cast all smiles.

Today's stories from the Cannes Film Festival include:

Buyers Get Early Start on Market 

More and more dealmaking is underway before a film market even starts. That trend is abundantly apparent this year in Cannes, where several major pacts were closed prior to the official launch of the Marche du Film on Thursday. 

Worldview Backing Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Pic Devil's Knot

Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three biopic Devil's Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon is moving full speed ahead. New York-based motion picture production and investment company Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the project, which the Weinstein Co. is debuting to foreign buyers at the Marche du Film in Cannes this week.

Eclectic Moonrise Cast All Smiles

Bill Murray brought his particular brand of jocularity to Cannes while discussing his various relationships with filmmakers and in paticular, directors. "Sometimes when you work with a director you know you not only may never see him again, sometimes you hope you never seen him again," Murray told a packed press conference straight after a screening of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens this year's Cannes Film Festival In Competition.

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