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    Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"

    Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"

    While there will always be the odd dissenter, there's no question that Woody Allen's latest Midnight in Paris played well to audiences and press alike in Cannes. This is Woody Light, a sweet funny nostalgic romantic confection that proves a lively counterpoint to the dark and moody fare that tends to dominate the Cannes selection. (Australian newcomer Julia Leigh's brainy and formal Sleeping Beauty, starring Sucker Punch's Emily Browning as a lost soul who sells time with her sleeping body, would be one example. It proved divisive with critics and will be a marketing challenge.) And Owen Wilson and Allen turned out to be a perfect match, ably supported by Rachel McAdams as the ugly American you love to hate, Michael Sheen as a pompous blowhard, plus Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody as various denizens of the Paris Allen loves.

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  • The Playlist
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    Indie Savior Megan Ellison & Lionsgate In Battle Over Rights For 'The Terminator'

    It seems arthouse nerds found their new Harvey Weinstein in the young hotshot Megan Ellison. The newbie financier made huge waves this year throwing her weight (and cash) behind a number of high profile projects including John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," Kathryn Bigelow's "Kill Bin Laden," Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and his project formerly known as "The Master" in addition to landing Wong Kar-Wai's forthcoming "The Grand Master." Not too bad. And while we wish she could sit around financing our dream indie projects all day long, the truth of the matter is, those films take a long time to earn back their investment and generally don't do big box office. So while it's still somewhat surprising, it's not too much of a shocker that Ellison is now looking to back a major franchise.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning Seduces With The Pervading Power Of A Dream

    Greeted with diffident, muted applause at Cannes -- where it was instantly vaulted into must-see territory the second it arrived in competition despite being the debut effort of a first-time director -- "Sleeping Beauty" is a film that seduces and repels, that flickers between a come-hither smoldering gaze and dead-eyed passive aggression. This is, in many ways, the kind of film you only get at a major festival, a hothouse flower, beautiful and delicate and yet surprisingly hardy and potentially toxic. At the same time, it's exactly the kind of film least well-served by being screened at a major film fest, with considered, slow contemplation pushed aside for rushes to judgment as fleet as a tweet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Actor Clifton Powell Goes On A Hate-Filled Spike Lee Tirade... But Why? (Listen)

    Wow! No comment from me... except, this is getting absolutely ridiculous! I don't see the need for this, at least not in this manner. Is this just a publicity stunt? Listen:

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    More: WTF?
  • The Playlist
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    Hilary Swank Joins Matthew McConaughey In 'The Dallas Buyer's Club'

    A tough based-on-a-true story AIDS-and-drugs drama doesn't exactly seem like the usual domain for Matthew McConaughey. In fact, "The Dallas Buyer's Club" has been knocking around for years with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt (who are now doing "World War Z" together) set to take it on at one point, while more recently, Ryan Gosling and Craig Gillespie were looking to make it but the picture never got off the ground. But this spring, McConaughey put his name to the project to get it going again and now another major name has come aboard.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

    While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer for 'Horrible Bosses' Promises Some Twisted Summer Comedy Fun

    And finally a non-Cannes related clip of the day. The highly anticipated trailer for New Line's "Horrible Bosses" finally dropped today and all signs point to a comedy classic. Or well... at least a comedy worth our $13 bucks. Directed by "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon (who also directed "Four Christmases" but we'll try not to hold that against him), who has a host of episodes for "Parks and Rec," "Community," "The Office," and "Modern Family" under his belt, the film boasts a script by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley ("Freaks and Geeks") and Jonathan Goldstein. It was on our Anticipated Summer Flicks list based on the hilarious script and talent involved, and the trailer doesn't disappoint.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Green Lantern,' 'Drive,' 'A Better Life' Lead New Los Angeles Film Festival Additions

    Guillermo Del Toro Announced As Guest Director, Will Premiere "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Considering it's the world center of the movie industry, it's surprising that historically speaking, Los Angeles never really had a film festival to rival the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. But a quarter of a century ago, things started to change: the excellent AFI Festival celebrated its 25th year in its most recent incarnation, while the Los Angeles Film Festival, goes from strength to strength every year.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Midnight In Paris' Is A Classically Whimsical Woody Allen Treat

    Sometimes it feels hard to badmouth Woody Allen at all, even when he's in the creative doldrums. Movies like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Hannah and Her Sisters" aren't just masterpieces, they're benchmarks of American cinema. So when he lets off a largely forgettable trifle, like last year's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," you have to shrug in indifference rather than ball your fists in anger. After all, homeboy gave us "Love and Death."

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  • The Playlist
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    Dan Rush Talks 'Everything Must Go' & The Influence Of 'Chungking Express,' 'Being There' & More

    While he's made his living playing characters in comedies who have names like Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, Jackie Moon, Chazz Michael Michaels and more recently on the small screen, Deangelo Vickers, Will Ferrell, like many comics before him, has dipped his toes into the dramatic world as well. He's turned in fine performances in films like "Winter Passing" and "Stranger Than Fiction," but perhaps nothing has challenged his non-comedic chops more to date than the upcoming indie "Everything Must Go."

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