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May 16, 2014

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The State of the Race: What We Can Learn from Cannes So Far

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It’s best not to think about the Oscar race when in Cannes. Why would you? The two competitions are worlds away from one another and vive la difference. Yesterday’s press luncheon for the Weinstein Co. brought the topic of Oscars to the forefront, however, and it’s never too early to take a look at the way things might be changing at this stage of the game, for better or worse….

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Wild Ride as Good as First

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How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best animated features ever to hit the Oscar race. It wasn’t going to win, of course. Toy Story 3 was destined to claim the prize in 2010 as a culmination of Pixar’s trilogy that had somehow gone Oscarless until then. Now four years later, the second installment of How to Train Your Dragon has retained much of the magic of the…

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Weinstein Co. Reveals Upcoming Slate at Cannes Gathering

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Today Harvey Weinstein and his team invited journalist and industry folks here in Cannes to announce their upcoming slate of films, and to talk up their new partnership with a Chinese production company. China’s vast market, of course, is being touted as the heir apparent to the future of film and Weinstein Co is getting in on that action now before doomsday. But the reason many of us were there…

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Creepy Clip from Foxcatcher

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Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

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Official trailer for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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Dailan Wanda announces plans for massive new studio and film festival in Quingdao

Dailan Wanda announces plans for massive new studio and film festival in Quingdao

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Big news out of Cannes announced at today’s Weinstein Co. event: (press release) Stephen Mensch announced as CEO of the Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park with Rose Kuo named as the CEO of the Qingdao International Film Festival Cannes, France (May 16, 2014) – Hawk Koch, President of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Special Advisor to Dailan Wanda Group announced at a press conference during the 67th edition…

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Cannes 2014: Cinema de la Plage

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Here are the screenings on the beach at Cannes. I’m going to try to catch either For a Few Dollars More or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, maybe Polyester. Thursday May 15th at 9:30 pm OTTO E MEZZO (8 1/2) by Federico Fellini (1963, 2h18) Friday May 16th at 9:30 pm PER QUALCHE DOLLARO IN PIU (For a Few Dollars More) by Sergio Leone (1965, 2h12)

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Atom Egoyan’s Film Receives First Boos at Cannes

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I’m not really sure what the reasoning was behind accepting Atom Egoyan’s Captives into the main festival competition, especially after the hoopla around there being no female directors. There are probably twenty films directed by women, maybe some even directed by children, perhaps even some directed by chimps that are better than Captives. It only adds insult to injury to see a film like that, which has no business at…