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Grrrrl Pixar

The new Pixar movie — the one that isn’t a sequel — is coming in 2012. ¬†It’s about a girl (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) and it’s directed by a Brenda Chapman. ¬†Brave has a Facebook page and they just released a little bitty bit of art for it. ¬†It immediately ...

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Jane Eyre "Feverishly Soulful"

NPR’s Ella Taylor says about the remake of Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga’s feverishly soulful remake of the multiply remade¬†Jane Eyre rises to most challenges ‚Äî not the least of which is making Mia Wasikowska, a golden child of current cinema, look homely. Okay, so maybe that isn’t exactly the kind ...

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Julianne Moore to simulate Sarah Palin on HBO?

Entertainment Weekly says Oscar nominee Julianne Moore will take on the role of Sarah Palin in HBO‚Äôs upcoming adaptation of Mark Halperin’s book, Game Change. It’s to be directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, the team who brought us HBO‚Äôs Recount, another 2000 election docudrama. EW ends ...

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The Oscars and the Critics – A Trial Separation

2010’s Oscar year proved that no amount of critics awards for a film can influence industry voters when it comes down critical acclaim versus emotional response. ¬†Without any extra need to award an overdue director (Scorsese, the Coens), and without any extra need to make history (Kathryn Bigelow), there was ...

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Bill Maher skewers the Oscars

“What a week, right, people? I mean this week, Americans turned on their televisions and were witness to a pathetic disaster slowly unfolding. And then after the Oscars were over…” New Rule: Colin Firth has to admit that he’s not a human being, but a robot designed by women. He’s ...

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The Making of Mildred Pierce

Brilliant Todd Haynes – can’t wait for this.  

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Water For Elephants Trailer

Thanks to Chong Weikk  

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How to Rescue the Oscars

What’s a good rescue strategy do we think for the Oscar telecast? ¬†It seems they’ve tried lots of new techniques to spruce things up – some complete disasters (having the winners in the tech categories stand up in the audience – what hath god wrought), and some decent attempts at ...

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Barry Levinson Takes on McVeigh Conspiracy

Deadline just announced (and it was like the shot heard round the world how fast it traveled on the web, srsly) that Barry Levinson will direct the script O.K.C. (a Black List script from 2010), written by Clay Wold, whose brother was a clerk on the McVeigh case. As described ...

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Most Anticipated Films of 2011, prelims

With 1300 readers weighing in thus far, we’ll take a quick snapshot of the Most Anticipated Films of 2011, even though votes are still rolling in. If you didn’t yet vote, you can make your selections here. Top 40 list, after the cut. And larger Top 40 with vote breakdown ...

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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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