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The Morning Roundup: Cannes Top Prize Winner, Tarantino’s Next Film, GIJOE Pics, Pollack’s Passing

Written by: Big Ross, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageAfter the long weekend we have lots of news to report, from the Cannes Film Festival to  new G.I.JOE pics and the teaser poster for the upcoming Witchblade film  to the sad news of the passing of a well-known filmmaker.

In film festival news Laurent Cantet’s “The Class” (“Entre les murs”) took the top prize at Cannes.

Hey, Indy IV has found fortune and glory, raking in over $300 million worldwide in its opening weekend alone.

On a somber note, film director, actor, and producer Sydney Pollack has lost a battle with cancer.  He passed away yesterday; he was 73.

Universal has launched the official website for their upcoming film Wanted starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.

In tv news, Alan Ball (American Beauty) is supervising adaptation of the British prison drama Bad Girls for HBO.

Robert Downey Jr. may be trading the red and gold Iron Man suit for a red and black smoking jacket as he is a step closer to portraying Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic Playboy.

In other news from the Cannes Film Festival, it appears that Quentin Tarantino announced his next film will be Inglorious Bastards.  Take that with a grain of salt, me thinks.

Ewan MacGregor looks to be playing a small role in the upcoming Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hillary Swank.

The first teaser poster for the upcoming Witchblade feature film is out, and here it is:


Personally, I was a big fan of the short-lived series on TNT starring Yancy Butler. 

Hey! X-Men Origins: Wolverine has wrapped principal photography!

In gaming news, series creator Lorne Lanning confirmed that a new Oddworld game is coming.

In other gaming news, the MMORPG Age of Conan has become one of the fastest selling PC games ever, with more than 400,000 gamers going online and into Hyboria since its release a few days ago.

IGN has a nice rundown of NBC's schedule of premiere's next fall.  Click here for the full list,  though here are some of interest:

Heroes clip show (8-9 p.m.)
Season premiere (9-11 p.m.)

My Name Is Earl — one-hour premiere (8-9 p.m.)
The Office — one-hour premiere (9-10 p.m.)
ER (10-11 p.m.)

Chuck — (8-9 p.m.)

Life — (10-11 p.m.)

30 Rock — (8:30-9 p.m.)

Finally the gents at IESB nabbed a couple pics of Sienna Miller as a bloodied Baronness.  Check em out!