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TrustNordisk has closed several presale deals on Lars von Trier‘s sci-fi drama “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst.

Pic has been bought for Switzerland by Frenetic, for Italy by BIM Distribuzione, for Thailand by IPA, and for Germany and Austria by Concorde.

TrustNordisk also sold Susanne Bier’s upcoming drama “In a Better World” to Hong Kong (First Distributors), Colombia and Central America (Cineplex), Lithuania (Scanorama), Korea (Cinus) and Japan (Longride).

Pic had sold to more than 20 countries prior to Cannes.

TrustNordisk also sold opera adaptation “Juan” to Benelux (Four Corners/Wild Bunch) and Switzerland (Praesens Film), family film “Karla and Jonas” to France (NinetySeven) and kid film “Ploddy the Police Car” to Iran (Century 21) and Benelux (Jekino).


I was there with the on-location drug dealer AND I’m a myopic, drunken Mongoloid.

It’s throw everything against the wall time for the Brooklyn car mechanic accused of swiping Kirsten Dunst‘s $2,000 Balenciaga purse after sneaking into a 2007 movie shoot at the SoHo Grand hotel.

In summations today, the defense lawyer for convicted shop lifter, gun toter and car thief James Jimenez argued his client had permission to be at the shoot because his friend was an invited guest — the guy who “delivered” drugs to the penthouse greenroom used by Dunst and Brit actor Simon Pegg.

That, plus the fact that his client is “a little Mongoloid.”

Jimenez was “intoxicated” that night, has terrible, “myopic” vision and “you may even say [he’s] a little Mongoloid,” defense lawyer Robert Parker announced before jurors began their deliberations.

“But being dumb is not a crime,” he said of Jimenez, who testified he didn’t know he was at a hotel — “I thought it was just a building, I don’t know,” — and didn’t know there was a shoot going on despite the paparazzi and giant lights outside.

“I thought it was construction, or something, I don’t know,” he told jurors.

The actress — who starred as superhero love interest Mary Jane in all three Spider-Man movies — is the only reason everyone is in court, the lawyer claimed.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the name Kirsten Dunst,” defense lawyer Robert Parker said, telling jurors the burglary charge against Jimenez would never have been pursued if it involved “you or I.”

Then there’s the “I’m here with the drug dealer” defense, in which Jimenez is claiming he had to have had someone’s permission to have been able to wander around restricted areas of the hotel so freely.

Dunst, Pegg, and two assistants who’d been on the penthouse floor had all testified that Jimenez and his former co-defendant had never been invited to the floor.

But that didn’t stop the defense lawyer from trying to surround the penthouse in a figurative haze of pot smoke — telling jurors that Jimenez’s co-defendant was a “big drug dealer” and grilling Dunst’s assistant on the small baggie of marijuana the assistant admitted having in her own purse, also stolen.

“Someone wanted them to be there,” Parker said of the two men’s ability to roam the hotel — prosecutors would say “case” the hotel — for about an hour without anyone kicking them out.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Patricia Stolfi urged jurors to ignore all the nonsense and focus on the video clearly showing Jimenez prowling the hotel for an hour before exiting with a heavy-looking white shopping bag.

“The defendant tries to blame everyone else but himself,” she said.

Deliberations began at lunch.


Candids on Kirsten leaving court on June 1st have been added to the gallery.

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Candids > 2010 > June 1st

Kirsten Dunst‘s co-star Simon Pegg became the fourth witness yesterday to blow away the weed-wacky defense of an accused burglar in a star-studded Manhattan trial.

The British actor — best known for roles in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Run Fatboy Run” and as “Scotty” in a recent remake of “Star Trek” — told a jury that he and Dunst were shocked to return to their green-room suite at the Soho Grand Hotel during a 2007 movie shoot and found their bags and electronics had been stolen.

“My belongings had gone — I noticed that straight away,” Pegg told a Manhattan Supreme Court jury.

Defendant James Jimenez, 36, of Coney Island, is hoping to beat the burglary rap by insisting he had permission to roam the hotel while it was taken over by the cast and crew of the movie “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.”

His lawyer, Robert Parker, is insisting Jimenez was at the shoot with a friend who he claims was invited there as the on-location drug dealer — a convicted heroin felon currently serving time after copping to the burglary.

But so far, Pegg, Dunst and two assistants on the shoot have all testified that Jimenez and his friend most certainly did not have permission to be anywhere near the penthouse suite where the belongings went missing.

“Absolutely not!” Pegg insisted yesterday when asked if he even knew who Jimenez and his co-defendant, Jarrod Bienerman, were.

Summations in the case are scheduled for today. Jimenez, whose rap sheet includes shoplifting, gun possession and a car heist, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He has turned down a plea deal for two years in prison.


It was witness stand, the sequel, for Kirsten Dunst.

The “Spider-Man” star reprised her role Tuesday as a star witness against a mechanic being tried — for the second time — on charges of helping steal her designer purse from a Manhattan hotel suite during a 2007 movie shoot.

Wearing a demure, loose black dress and a sometimes weary expression, the actress gave jurors a clipped, subdued account of returning from filming to find her $2,000 Balenciaga handbag gone from a SoHo Grand Hotel penthouse suite.

Her assistant’s bag and co-star Simon Pegg’s cell phone and other possessions also were taken from the room, which was being used as an actors’ lounge while the 2008 comedy “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” was shot downstairs.

“All our belongings were gone. I thought that my assistant had taken them and put them somewhere else, but everything was gone,” Dunst testified. Inside the bag were her wallet, credit and other cards, vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and $2,000 in cash, she said.

Besides calling hotel security staffers and police, “We even went outside to look for our bags, like maybe it was dumped in a Dumpster,” she added.

The mechanic, James Jimenez, was convicted last fall of trespassing, but jurors deadlocked on a more serious burglary charge. He’s being retried on that charge. Defense lawyer Robert Parker said Jimenez, 36, just tagged along with a co-defendant he believed had permission to be there.

Dunst, 28, played her part in the real-life court drama Tuesday in a noticeably more somber, matter-of-fact manner than she did at Jimenez’ first trial in September, when she greeted judge and jurors with a chipper “Hi!”

She rebuffed Parker’s suggestion of a party atmosphere surrounding the overnight shoot on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, 2007, which concluded her filming obligations for the movie.

Parker has noted that co-defendant Jarrod Beinerman has a drug history, including pleading guilty in the 1990s to playing a part in a drug-dealing ring. Beinerman wasn’t charged with any drug-related offenses in the SoHo Grand episode; he pleaded guilty in 2008 to attempted burglary and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison. His lawyer, Mitchell Elman, declined to comment Tuesday on the Jimenez case.

Dunst’s assistant, Liat Baruch, testified last week that she had a small amount of marijuana in her own bag and was planning to smoke it after the shoot. But she and Dunst testified that Dunst knew nothing of that, and Dunst said she doesn’t smoke the drug.

“We wrapped at 5:30 in the morning and found our bags were stolen, so we went home,” having celebrated with nothing more decadent than a takeout dinner order from the posh sushi restaurant Nobu, the actress said.

Her bag, wallet and cards were eventually returned to her manager’s office, but she never recovered the cash and sunglasses, she said.


Photoshoot set #090 has been replaced by untagged versions. Have also added 2 more pictures from set #108 along with 2 new sets that wasn’t already in the gallery.

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Photoshoots & Press Conferences > Studio Photoshoots > Set 090
Photoshoots & Press Conferences > Studio Photoshoots > Set 108
Photoshoots & Press Conferences > Studio Photoshoots > Set 109
Photoshoots & Press Conferences > Studio Photoshoots > Set 110

I’ve added additional HQs to the gallery from various appearances Kirsten has done in 2009 and 2010.

Gallery Links:
Appearances from 2009 > Benefit Gala for The Art of Elysium Arrivals – January 10th
Appearances from 2009 > “Two Lovers” Screening – February 2nd
Appearances from 2009 > The Smile Dinner Celebration – February 19
Appearances from 2009 > Invisible Children’s “The Rescue” Rally – April 25th
Appearances from 2009 > The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion Costume Institute Gala – May 4th
Appearances from 2009 > The Kitchen Spring Gala Benefit – May 20
Appearances from 2009 > “Food, Inc.” Screening – June 9th
Appearances from 2009 > CFDA Fashion Awards – June 15th
Appearances from 2009 > Rodarte Show – September 15th
Appearances from 2009 > Day One of Teleton for Rehabilitation Centers for Children – December 4th
Appearances from 2010 > 3rd Annual Art Of Elysium Heaven Gala – January 16th
Appearances from 2010 > Patrik Ervell Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Show – February 13th
Appearances from 2010 > Opening Ceremony For Opening Ceremony at The Ace Hotel – February 13th
Appearances from 2010 > Rodarte Fashion Show at MBFW – February 16th
Appearances from 2010 > Rodarte Exhibition Opening Party – February 18th

A personal assistant to “Spider-Man” starlet Kirsten Dunst admitted Thursday she had pot in her bag – but denied her celebrity boss knew about it.

“I had a little bit of marijuana in my bag,” Liat Baruch testified at the retrial of a man accused of breaking into Dunst’s penthouse suite at the SoHo Grand hotel and stealing her bag.

“I was planning on smoking it after we wrapped, after work,” she said of the all-night movie shoot she worked on that night.

Drugs became an issue in the case of James Jimenez when his lawyer claimed he was at the hotel with a pal who was selling drugs on the penthouse floor.

“There were drugs in that room,” Robert Parker told jurors, adding that for that reason, Jimenez “obviously had permission to be there.”

The pal, Jarrod Beinerman, is serving a four-year stint for the burglary after pleading guilty.

Baruch said Dunst knew nothing of the pot and that no one working on the film knew Jimenez or Beinerman, who did not have permission to enter the suite where Dunst and co-star Simon Pegg relaxed between shoots.

Under questioning by the defense, Parker tried to paint Dunst as a pothead – with little success.

“You were going to smoke that with Ms. Dunst, right?” he asked in a barrage of questions. “Ms. Dunst knew you had the marijuana in your bag, correct?”

“No,” Baruch said each time.

“But it’s true you guys had planned to celebrate after the shoot that night?”

“No,” she said, adding that she planned to smoke alone before bed.

Parker tried unsuccessfully to find out where Baruch got the weed.

The line of questioning was barred by the judge because there was no proof Beinerman supplied the pot to Baruch or anyone else on the movie set.

Outside of court, Parker said he hammered away at Baruch because he believes the pot belonged to Dunst and that there was a cover-up.

Dunst is expected to testify next week and could face same sort of grilling. Her spokesman denies she had or knew of any drugs on the set.

Last year, a jury acquitted Jimenez of one burglary charge and deadlocked on two other burglary charges.

At his first trial, Jimenez’s lawyer insisted he was too dumb to pull off a heist. He didn’t use the pot angle in his defense.

Jimenez told the court he followed a pal into the unlocked suite and didn’t know the buddy snatched Dunst’s $2,000 handbag and Pegg’s iPod and camera.

Prosecutors contend Jimenez knew exactly what he was doing when he went to the swanky hotel with Beinerman.


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