Nike & González Iñárritu Write the Future

Nike & González Iñárritu Write the Future

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Thanks to Sonny for the lob: “Inception and the world cup at the same time‚Ķ i must be dreaming‚Ķ” As Reuben volleyed: “Directed by Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√±√°rritu. Safe to say he‚Äôs having a good week.” Nike today unveils an action-packed film that brings together some of the world‚Äôs greatest players to inspire football lovers and sports fans around the world. The epic three-minute ‚ÄúWrite the Future‚Äù film takes people on…


Kevin Costner’s Wacky Project Makes Good

Kevin Costner’s Wacky Project Makes Good

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Kevin Costner may have been ridiculed the world wide for Waterworld. But the actor’s financial investment over the past couple of decades has resulted in a possible fix for the devastating oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico: Costner has invested 15 years and about $24 million in a novel way of sifting oil spills that he began working on while making his own maritime film, “Waterworld,” released in 1995….


New Inception Spot

New Inception Spot

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But what will win the Palme?

But what will win the Palme?

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A few articles have come out about how this year’s fest might turn out. Also check out this BBC article about which Palme d’Or winners come from which countries. Listening to Kenneth Turan on NPR this morning, he made the good point that, unlike the Oscars, the jury at Cannes is different every year.¬† That makes second guessing them difficult. Nonetheless, here are a few folks ready to go there….


Strong Reviews for Uncle Boonmee

Strong Reviews for Uncle Boonmee

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While Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives scores high praise in the 11th hour at Cannes, Apichatpong Weerasethakul talks about this week’s devastating violence and destruction in the Thai capital. “I feel worried about my home town in Bangkok because when I was leaving, it was when the peak of the violence was happening, so my mind was more in Thailand,” he told Reuters in an interview. “But…


Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

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Let’s get down to it, shall we? There wasn’t a No Country for Old Men at Cannes this year, at least not as far as I could tell. For one thing, the best films there weren’t in the English language, except for Mike Leigh’s Another Year, a surefire Best Pic/Best Director/Best Screenplay/Best Actress nominee if I’ve ever seen one. Can the Best Picture ten widen to include really great foreign…


A Campaign for Real Movies

A Campaign for Real Movies

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Roger Ebert, practically royalty at the Cannes film fest, is on to something when he talks about “real movies”: We should start a Campaign for Real Movies. These also would not be carbonated by CGI or 3D. They would be carefully created by artists, from original recipes, i.e., screenplays. Each movie would be different. There would be no effort to force them into conformity with commercial formulas. These notions took…


Cannes 2010: Poetry and the Critics Reactions

Cannes 2010: Poetry and the Critics Reactions

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Since I usually cover Cannes from afar, it was interesting to me to watch how the consensus formed. Whenever we would read news and reports from Cannes, or any other festival, btw, we are putting our trust in the consensus. I’ve now discovered that is the wrong way to go. The only time to really pay attention to the consensus is Oscar time. Before that, it would be crippling to…


Love Ranch

Love Ranch

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We first heard about the tantalizing Love Ranch in October 2008. Here’s hoping the long-delayed film is as gaudily tawdry and brazen as the trailer makes it look. Inspired by the story of Joe and Sally Conforte, proprietors of the Mustang Ranch, the first legalized house of prostitution in Nevada. Boxer Oscar Bonavena was gunned down at the ranch in 1976, suspected of having an affair with, Sally, the madam….


IFC picks up Heartbeats and Prey

IFC picks up Heartbeats and Prey

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IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to two films: Xavier Dolan‚Äôs HEARTBEATS which is screening in Un Certain Regard at this year‚Äôs Cannes Film Festival, and Antoine Blossier‚Äôs PREY. IFC Films will release HEARTBEATS via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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(thanks to Jazz for contributing to this post) Beyonce sings a new version of her hit single, ‘Crazy in Love’ as Christian Grey and...