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Woody Allen Speaks About Owen Wilson, Elaine's and the Meaning of Life

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I really enjoyed Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.  It, along with The Artist, and Tree of Life and Le Havre represented, to me, a great contrast to the usual hard-hitting fare offered up at Cannes this year.  But more than that, they ushered in a gust of fresh air – happiness, romance, life, nostalgia – all of them are films I would see again in a heartbeat and suggest, perhaps,…

Watch Cannes Critics Week films for free on MUBI

Watch Cannes Critics Week films for free on MUBI

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MUBI is showcasing dozens of features and short films through June 30. The selected movies will be free for the first 1000 views. A lot of unfamiliar titles on offer, so if anyone discovers a gem please post a brief capsule review in the comments. We’ll feature your best recommendations in rotation on the main page. UPDATE: Thanks to Jeremie for these excellent synopses and suggestions. All but one of…

Terrence Malick pops in at The Tree of Life premiere

Terrence Malick pops in at The Tree of Life premiere

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(View full-size on the Flickr stream of the photographer, colonelchi. Enlargement after the cut) Photographic evidence of a rare sighting of the elusive Terrenece Malick at during the ovation at the end of The Tree of Life for its Cannes premiere. FilmDetail points us to details in USA Today, with first-hand account from Jessica Chastain: In what may be the festival’s best-kept secret, famously shy director Terrence Malick made a…

Oscar Check – Cannes, 2011

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Can the Tree of Life go all the way to Oscar’s Big Ten?  It’s a tough one, and ultimately a little depressing to think about in all honesty.  Coming out of the Cannes Film Fest, it seems that the year’s best films would be selected over the course of the year until the very best remain.  But we know that it doesn’t really work that way because “best” is a…

Oscilloscope picks up We Need to Talk About Kevin

Oscilloscope picks up We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up distribution rights to Lynn Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin following its Cannes premiere. Oscilloscope acquired Meek’s Cutoff earlier this year and is building a solid reputation showcasing quality indie productions. They handled Wendy and Lucy in 2008 and shepherded The Messenger to two Oscar nominations in ’09.

The Tree Of Life set for wide release July 8th

The Tree Of Life set for wide release July 8th

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Lucky residents of New York and Los Angeles will be able to see Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life in theaters this Friday. Over the next 6 weeks the film will expand to major markets across the country before finally opening wide on July 8th. The Playlist has the full roll-out schedule from Fox Searchlight. Check the date for your city after the cut.

Kirsten Dunst successfully runs another gauntlet

Kirsten Dunst successfully runs another gauntlet

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Réaction de Jean Dujardin suite Prix… euh, après la coupe… (thanks phantom)

Malick's The Tree of Life wins Palme d'Or in Cannes

Malick's The Tree of Life wins Palme d'Or in Cannes

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Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) Grand Prix (a tie): Le Gaumin au Velo (Dardennes brothers) & Once Upon a Time in Anataolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist) Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) Prix du Jury: Polisse (Maïwenn) Prix du scènario / Best Screenplay: Hearat Shulayim (Joseph Cedar) Camera d’Or (Best First Film): Las Acacias (Pablo Giorgelli) Un…

Terrence Malick favored to win the Palme d’Or?

Terrence Malick favored to win the Palme d’Or?

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The Guardian‘s Vanessa Thorpe says some believe Cannes has been desperate to give Terrence Malick the prize for 30 years. Hanging over the jury’s last-minute deliberations on the Riviera is an even bigger question. Will the favourite, Terrence Malick, turn up to receive his honour if he wins? The director’s long-awaited latest film, The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is in hot contention for the prize,…

Cannes 2011: Drive, clip & reviews

Cannes 2011: Drive, clip & reviews

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Xan Brooks, Guardian The mile-o-meter is ticking all the way back to the 1980s on Drive, an existential heist movie that doffs its cap to the back catalogues of Walter Hill, John Carpenter and Michael Mann. Directed with savvy aplomb by the Danish film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn, this plays out under cloudy LA skies and thrums to a narcotic synth-pop soundtrack as it rides shotgun alongside an imperilled Hollywood stuntman….