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    The Other Palme d'Or: 6 Marvelous Cannes-Winning Shorts from Years Past

    On Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival Jury, headed by Robert De Niro, will be announcing this year’s Palme d’Or. And while that’s certainly exciting, it's easy to overlook its twin award, the Palme d’Or for short film. The honor has existed for almost as long as the festival itself and over the years has jump-started quite a few careers, from Norman McLaren and Albert Lamorisse to Jane Campion and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. One can even trace the origins of the Romanian New Wave to 2004 and the victory of Cătălin Mitulescu’s “Trafic,” a year before his compatriots’ features started raising eyes on the Croisette. So in honor of the award (and because no...

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    Cannes 2011 Review – "Blue Bird"

    Playing at Cannes in the Director's Fortnight sidebar, Blue Bird has certainly been a film that's been widely promoted within the festival market, regularly gracing the cover of the the daily market screening program – and deservedly so.

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    Ethan Hawke Says His 'Total Recall' Cameo Will Consist Of A 5 Page Monologue

    Geez. It's one thing to show up in a cameo role in a film, say a few lines, wink at the audience and then leave. It's another to show up and give a speech lengthy enough to be a State Of The Union.

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    Michel Gondry Says He'll Be Directing A French Language Film Starring Audrey Tautou

    'The We And The I' Still On Track To Shoot This SummerWith the numbers now all counted up, Michel Gondry's first foray into tentpole studio filmmaking with "The Green Hornet" earlier this year can be called a success. The film, budgeted at $120 million pulled in over $220 million worldwide, more than half of that coming from those increasingly important foreign territories. While we imagine Sony might have wanted a bigger number for their superhero film, for a movie with Seth Rogen in the lead and a virtually unknown (at least on this side of the ocean) Jay Chou in a supporting role they have to be satisfied that the roll of the dice paid off...

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    What Movie Would You Watch One More Time if You Knew the World Was Ending?

    I am actually rather surprised at how big this Rapture prediction for May 21st has gotten. The Internet is crazy with apocalyptic material, and I'm now seeing "end of the world" happy hours and barbecues being planned for tomorrow as if giant UFOs have shown up above all the major cities and we're c...

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    movie review—Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Remember how fresh and novel Pirates of the Caribbean seemed in 2003? Remember the fun of seeing Johnny Depp’s off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time? It may be hard to think back that far, because the lumbering, pointless sequels have buried every trace of sponta...

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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 2: "We're Funded. Now Casting!"

    Continuing on with this new S&A feature, which I introduced last week...

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    Oscar Talk at Cannes: Von Trier Scandal, Tree of Life, Palme d'Or Contenders

    As promised, Kris Tapley and I break our post-Oscar silence with a special Cannes edition of Oscar Talk with In Contention's London correspondent Guy Lodge. We cover the films in contention for the Palme d'Or, from Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, and censured filmmaker Lars v...

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    Best Host Ever? Justin Timberlake Hosts, Lady Gaga Guests on Next SNL

    He sings, he acts, and - no exaggeration - if he's not the best SNL host ever, he's one of them, so when Justin Timberlake returns for the season finale Saturday it will be the highlight of the TV weekend. The musical guest, zooming ino the land of the overexposed, is Lady Gaga

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    Beef Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn 'Repulsed' By Lars Von Trier! Von Trier Says 'Fuck Him'! Porno!

    Another day, another right turn to the ridiculously stupid fall-out from Lars Von Trier's "nazi" statements. Good old humorless reporters at Cannes loved raking noted provocateur Lars Von Trier over the coals for his joking "pro-Nazi" stance before the organization dubbed him persona non grata. The ...

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