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First set photos from The Hobbit

Production on The Hobbit has finally commenced in New Zealand. Slashfilm provides these two photos and link to Peter Jackson’s Facebook page. (Street date release for The Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition that we featured last week has today been confirmed for June 28.) Official press release, after ...

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POTC: On Stranger Tides, trailer

Casting Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane is looking more and more genius.  

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POTC: On Stranger Tides, 4 character posters

…or 5, depending on who you count as a character, super-sized after the cut.  

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Joe Wright & Keira Knightley reteaming for Anna Karenina

phantom spots these brief tantalizing lines at the end of a Deadline item about Aaron Johnson’s rising star: Johnson has also been offered the romantic lead role alongside Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, the adaptation of the Tolstoy classic tragic love story that has a script by Tom Stoppard and ...

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Billy Crystal open to hosting the Oscars again

Could this be a first step toward diplomatic negotiations? THR says the Oscars need to change and he might be willing to sign on as host for the ninth time. The actor tells the Associated Press he was moved by the warm reception he received during his brief appearance on ...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 – Preview

Thanks to LatinoReview we can share this fabulous preview of Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 broadcast earlier tonight during the Harry Potter marathon on the ABC Family Channel. http://bitcast-b.bitgravity.com/latinoreview/behindthescenesofdeathlyhallowspart2.mp4 Podcast: Play in new window | Download  

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23rd Producers Guild Awards set for Jan. 21, 2012

Via press release: In 1990, the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the ...

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Aronofsky ejects from Wolverine

Darren Aronofsky won’t be directing Wolverine after all. In a statement, Aronofsky said, ‚ÄúAs I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of ‚ÄòThe Wolverine‚Äô would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being ...

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Midnight in Paris, poster

Of all the Impressionist night skies (even better choices by Van Gogh) they had to go with the most obvious — the poster sticky-tacked to the walls of half the freshman dorm rooms in the world? This lighting doesn’t really say “Midnight” to me, but anyway, full-size after the cut. ...

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AFFRM Hosts 12-Hour Twitter Takeover with over 40 Black Filmmakers

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Check it out — taking action via social media, Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover “with over 40 black feature filmmakers to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. AFFRM + ARRAY’s amplifies varied voice and visions in film and is currently in the middle of a member drive at www.arrayaction.com.” Filmmakers from far and wide are standing with AFFRM + ARRAY from hot festival favorites like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) to studio stalwarts like Tyler Perry (For Colored Girls), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights) and Malcolm Lee (The Best Man) ...

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An Appreciation of Michael Mann’s Heat, 20 Years On

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by guest author Nick Clement Find Nick here Michael Mann’s Heat represents the finest distillation of the filmmaker’s stylistic and narrative obsessions, the ultimate synthesis of plot, character, and action, all fused together in a nouveau package that still feels fresh and contemporary 20 years after its initial release. Mann, a writer/director who has often reached greatness throughout his career, appears to be most comfortable when telling stories about crime and its effects on the various people that surround his multilayered stories. A reworking of his earlier NBC movie of the week, L.A. Takedown, Heat still holds up now even ...

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The State of the Race: On the Hunt for Important Men Doing Important Things

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The Oscar race could be flipped this year to feature films about important women doing important things, which would be highly significant in that it could mirror what’s happening, or might soon happen, in the Oval Office. Pixar’s Inside Out is here to represent on the animation side. Charlize Theron and her gang of feminist fugitives could dominate the effects genre films for the year, eclipsing Age of Ultron quite handily. Perhaps The Force Awakens will indeed feature a female at its center (not counting on it just yet). Finally, we have two films headed for the Best Picture race, ...

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Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan wins Palme d’Or at Cannes; Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot share Best Actress prize

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Palme d’or: Dheepan, dir. Jacques Audiard Grand Prix (second prize): Son of Saul, dir. Laszlo Nemes. Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin Jury Prize – The Lobster, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos Best Actress: Rooney Mara, Carol & Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon Roi Best Actor: Vincent Lindon, Measure of a Man Camera d’Or – Land and Shade, writer/director Cesar Acevedo  

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Festival de Cannes 2015, open thread

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[Update: the live stream of the broadcast has of course ended, but the discussion continues after the cut.] From May,13th to May,24th 2015, join us for live coverage of the Festival de Cannes Competition 24/24 (Red Carpet, Press Conferences, Photocall) TODAY’S AGENDA Sunday, 24th May 18h00 Red carpet Ice and the sky – Luc Jacquet 20h00 Awards evening 20h15 Press conference Jury 20h30 Photocall Award Winners 20h45 Press conference Award Winners 21h15 Interview Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux  

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Todd Haynes’ Carol awarded the Queer Palm

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Todd Haynes’ Carol has been named the winner of the 2015 Queer Palm prize at Cannes. The Queer Palm was instituted in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira to honor films for their portrayal of LGBT themes, and is selected from among all the films nominated or screened at Cannes each year. Queer Palm Winners 2010: Kaboom – dir. Gregg Araki 2011: Beauty – dir. Oliver Hermanus 2012: Laurence Anyways – dir. Xavier Dolan 2013: Stranger by the Lake – dir. Alain Guiraudie 2014: Pride – dir. Matthew Warchus 2015: Carol – dir. Todd Haynes  

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Cannes 2015: Un Certain Regard

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PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson JURY PRIZE ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore) UN CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu PROMISING FUTURE PRIZE MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan Ex aequo NAHID by Ida Panahandeh  

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winners

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SACD Prize My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin) Europa Cinemas Label Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven) Art Cinema Award Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Illy Prize Rate Me! (Fyzal Boulifa) Special Mention The Exquisit Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky) Oceans Prize Pape (Nicolas Polixene) (via Paddy Mulholland at screenonscreen)  

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Son of Saul, Masaan win Fipresci Ahead of Palme

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The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) gave out their top awards to Son of Saul, probably the most buzzed film of the festival, and to Masaan. It is not unheard of for a film to win both this prize and the Palme d’or. Blue is the Warmest Color swept Cannes, winning both, only to then deflate somewhat once it played elsewhere. That was a good example of how things that happen in Cannes can sometimes stay in Cannes. On the other hand, Son of Saul is not loaded with the same kind of controversy nor hype. It should have ...

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Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender Earn Raves in Cannes

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Macbeth screened on the last day in Cannes and earned raves both for Cotillard and Fassbender. That should launch them into the race for Actor and Actress, as expected. Guy Lodge’s elegantly written review has this wonderful paragraph about Cotillard: A plum role for any actress, Lady Macbeth proves an exhilaratingly testing one for Cotillard, whose gifts as both a technician and an emotional conduit apparently know no linguistic barrier. Streaked with unearthly blue eye shadow — Jenny Shircore’s daring makeup designs are a constant marvel — and working in a cultivated Anglo-Continental accent that positions the character even more ...

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First Look: Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

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Pathe released the first photo today of Meryl Streep as the famously tone deaf opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins.  Jenkins tells the tale of the New York Heiress who used her money to embark on a singing career, performing in concert venues in the 1920’s.   Florence Foster Jenkins is directed by Stephen Frears. Hugh Grant plays her partner St.Clair Bayfield. The film has started shooting in the U.K      

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Cannes Diary: Coming Home

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When the high heel controversy hit Cannes, my first thought was unless you’ve been here it’s impossible to know how steeped in tradition it is. There’s that iconic image of a beautiful woman on the red carpet at Cannes. She ain’t wearing flats, my friends, I can tell you that. She’s wearing high heels. Men in tuxes, women in glamor and heels. The mistake isn’t that they want women to dress up — it’s that they turn others away for choosing not to. There is a tradition to it. You might argue that the tradition needs to die but then ...

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Forget the High Heels — Women Celebrated as Protagonists, Directors at Cannes

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It’s frustrating to see the biggest story out of Cannes that women aren’t allowed to wear flats on the red carpet. On the one hand, I get it — women should never be forced to wear high heels.  On the other hand, that this story would get traction over all others is depressing. If we get to wear flats does that make us more important, less like sex objects, less oppressed, less represented? I don’t think so. While it’s an important issue to talk about — I totally get it — it would be a shame if this obliterated something I’ve ...

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Cannes and the Oscar Race – What to Expect as Months Roll Along

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The Cannes Film Festival is about as far from the Oscar race as you can get and in some way, at least internationally, it eclipses it.  There is a curious mix here of general distaste for American film and the masses falling all over themselves from the celebrities it produces. Right now, the odds are good for three films to compete for the top prize, unless I’m missing something. The Assassin (which I had a hard time with, not gonna lie), Son of Saul (which I did not see), Carol (which I hope wins), Youth (ditto). Beyond the prizes here, ...

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