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Cuaron abroad

LONDON — Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, whose resume includes "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Children of Men," is one of the big names lined up by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for its New Mexican Cinema shindig, which begins Friday and runs through July 30. He'll appear alongside fellow filmmakers and biz partners Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Inarritu to boost the BAFTA celebration, which is designed showcase upcoming Mexican film talent and honor the territory's contribution to the global film industry.

'Rebel' yell

BANGKOK — The Weinstein Co. is on the verge of buying U.S. home video rights to "The Rebel," a Vietnamese film by director Charlie Nguyen that packed the house this week at the Bangkok International Film Festival, sources said Thursday. TWC and producers Chanh Phuong Phim and Cinema Pictures have been in talks about the title since before the American Film Market last November, sources close to the negotiations said. TWC would carry "Rebel" on its Dragon Dynasty label in the U.S. and six other English-speaking territories, they said.

'Rambow' retreats

ROME — Garth Jennings' "Son of Rambow," the coming-of-age comedy about two boys who make their own sequel to the film "Rambo: First Blood" will not screen at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival as previously announced, organizers said Thursday. The festival issued a statement saying the film had been withdrawn by distributor Paramount Vantage because of pending litigation. Organizers did not elaborate on the removal.
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