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    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    Weinstein Co. scooped up French production and last-minute competition entry The Artist before it screened at the fest, and since then it has become a popular title. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday and I were turned away from one festival screening before I talked us both, as well as LA Weekly's ...

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  • The Playlist
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    David Mamet's Gone Right-Wing, Taking On Affirmative Action In Next Screenplay

    Day two of Von Triergate, and... oh, sorry, it's become almost automatic at this point. But enough of directors who haven't actually suddenly displayed right-wing tendencies, how about a director who actually has! David Mamet's always been a controversial figure, since at least his troublesome sexua...

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    Cannes | Pedro Almodóvar: "Thrillers fit in with my life at present"

    Twenty-four hours after the most controversial press conference of the 2011 Festival de Cannes, director Pedro Almodóvar sat at the helm of assembled journalists in the Palais des Festivals. Before asking a more serious question, Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman said to the celebrated Spanish filmmaker ...

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    CANNES REVIEW | Takashi Miike's 3-D "Hara-Kiri" Falls Short Of Its Bloody Potential

    In Japanese filmmaking machine Takashi Miike's loose adaptation of the 1962 "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai," the best moments come at the end. A despondent samurai faces down the minions of a feudal lord, staging a ferocious battle for the memory of the relatives whose lives were lost to the lord's cruel mandates. The swordplay buzzes along at a breathtaking rate, the bold fighter takes on dozens of foes at once, and Miike cuts to the fleeting image of a cat watching the whole thing go down. In that passing shot, which lasts no more than a second, the director suddenly elevates the material with the welcome element of surprise. Unfortunately,...

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    BBC Officially Declares Season 2 Of "Luther;" Releases Official Synopsis + A New Video Teaser!

    Not like we didn't already know it was coming... the BBC just posted an official press announcement for season 2 of Idris Elba's Luther. Iit doesn't contain a debut date however; just a season synopsis, along with interviews with Idris, and writer Neil Cross. Also, you'd might be glad to see another...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The World's Most Powerful Celebrity is Lady Gaga

    Forbes has put out another one of its list, this year's most powerful celebrity list. This list is not just about money. Here's the methodology:The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians, is a measure of entert...

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    Watch - An Introduction To African Cinema

    The word "Introduction" is key... while not an exhaustive history of African cinema, it's a decent start/introduction for the uninitiated. I just realized that I don't think I've watched a documentary that I'd say does a really thorough, comprehensive job of documenting the history of African cinema...

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    Lars Von Trier Apologizes For Nazi Comments. Sort Of.

    Welcome back to the newly renamed Von TrierList, with the latest update from Cannes on the horrifying controversy the storm in a teacup that followed Lars Von Trier's comments at a press conference for his latest film about his 'Nazi' heritage, and the subsequent statement by festival officials anno...

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    A Week in Cannes Is Worth A Month in the Real World... But More Exhausting

    View from the press wifi cafe in the Palais des Festival

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    If You Missed It...Listen To Last Night's S&A Podcast With Clifton Powell

    If you missed all the good talk last night, you can catch it here again...right now. The S&A crew talked about "A-List" celebrities and the Nina Simone production with Mary J. Blige. Tambay gave his interpretation of the Nina script.

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