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    Cannes Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's Low-Slung '80s Crime Drama 'Drive' Has A Dark Majesty

    Why is "Drive" -- a seemingly trivial affair about a stuntman and part-time getaway driver, played by Ryan Gosling, pulled into deep and bloody waters on the neon-and-streetlight lit streets of L.A. -- even at Cannes, let alone in competition? It's not merely because of the bloody-but-brilliant background of director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose films (the "Pusher" trilogy, "Bronson," "Valhalla Rising") have demonstrated both an eye for composition and a taste for the jugular. It's not merely because of the film's cinematic roots, with the production seemingly crafted as a clear tribute to '80s-era Michael Mann and other synthesizer-and-faux-l...

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    Paramount, Fox, Cameron Relaunch Titanic Again in Retro-3-D

    I know that James Cameron is invested in the future of 3-D, but it pains me that having set the highest possible 3-D standard with the glorious global blockbuster Avatar, the filmmaker is making Paramount and his home studio Twentieth Century Fox happy by retro-fitting the second-highest-grossing fi...

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    Cannes Festival Censures Von Trier For Nazi/Hitler Comments; Melancholia Eligible for Palme d'Or

    The Cannes Film Festival has banned Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier for saying at Wednesday's press conference (video below) that he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler, which he later apologized for. The Fest released a statement that von Trier is "persona non grata" at Cannes because of his comments. Th...

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    Cannes Video: Gibson Talks Foster's The Beaver, Acting, Directing, But Not His "three-ring circus"

    Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).

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    First Look At '21 Jump Street' & 'Blackbird' With Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde

    Yep, studios are hustling their films earlier than ever these days and after the first look at "The Hunger Games" was unveiled before shooting has even started, we now have looks at one film currently in front cameras and another which only recently wrapped.

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    Cannes Review: Byzantine, Bloody Almodóvar Takes A New Direction With 'The Skin I Live In'

    But Will His Fans Follow Him?It is almost a given that detractors of the newest from Pedro Almodóvar will blurt out the film's baroque twists in their contortions to craft the glibbest dismissal possible; at the same time, a reluctance to spill those strange story points shouldn't be taken as an unequivocal endorsement. Of all the great modern European filmmakers, Almodóvar has recently felt like the one in most peril of turning his groove -- sumptuous surfaces, a tone between the operatic and the soap-operatic, each frame glossy with the delight of cinema like a lipstick smear from an ardent lover -- into a rut. With "The Skin I Live In," he...

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    Bow Selector: Katniss Gets Her Archery On In New Pictures Of Jennifer Lawrence In 'The Hunger Games'

    Yesterday's first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in one of the most eagerly anticipated films of next year (by those who've read the book anyway) wasn't enough for you? Well good news: EW's issue with Lawrence on the cover hits newsstands imminently, and The Film Stage have acquired s...

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    Sorry, 'Terminator'; All Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie Projects On Hold Til Further Notice

    After eight long years away from the movies in favor of, you know, being the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on his way to an acting comeback in a big way. After circling several projects, the Austrian Oak agreed to star in the drama "Cry Macho," about a horse trainer in a kidnapp...

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    Beyonce Strains to Be Fierce in Latest Video

    So Beyonce unveiled the video to her lackluster and under-performing lead single off her upcoming album "4" (geddit'?) via American Idol the other night. The verdict? Boring. Even under the direction of "Bad Romance" video helmer Francis Lawrence and with 200 backup dancers sweating it out in behind...

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    Jay-Z Takes Step Into TV Production, Enters Development Deal With Adult Swim

    All this week, TV networks have been unveiling their upcoming season lineups - notably their new programming - at the annual upfronts, and we've been highlighting any and everything that we deem worthy of S&A.

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