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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 Review – "Play"

    I watched Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's film, Play, twice. My first viewing was a really surreal moment, not just for the fascinating absurdness of the story but because the film was in Swedish with French subtitles. While I can read and understand written French better than I speak or understand spoken French (I have zero understanding of Swedish, written or spoken), there were several nuances that I missed completely first time around.

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    The Top 5 Last von Trier indieWIRE User Comments

    Kirsten Dunst not looking too pleased with Lars Von Trier in Cannes. Photo credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images

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  • The Playlist
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    Pedro Almodóvar Says His Next Project Will Likely Be In English

    ¡No lo hagas, Pedro!Pedro Almodóvar may have just finished up his latest, "The Skin I Live In," but enterprising journalists in Cannes are already digging for details about his follow-up. The Spanish director's fifth film in the last decade has received mixed reviews, with our reviewer calling it "uniquely beautiful and distinctively imperfect," which hasn't stopped us from being excited to check it out for ourselves. Almodóvar is one of world cinema's most distinctive voices, having tackled every genre from comedy to melodrama to horror, usually switching between several of these in the same film. Despite success all around the world, including winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2003 for "Talk To Her," he hasn't yet been lured to Hollywood.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Interview: Famke Janssen Talks Bringing Up Bobby and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    When Antonio Banderas winds up in a bushy white beard in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire and Famke Janssen (X-Men) submits to hideous makeup as a powerful witch in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, you know they're heading into character roles.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: Na Hong-Jin's 'The Yellow Sea' An Epic, Pulse-Pounding Thriller

    Director Na Hong-Jin arrived in a big way in 2008 with "The Chaser," an action thriller that made huge waves on the genre film circuit and nabbed a midnight screening slot at the Cannes Film Festival a few years back. For his latest effort, Hong-Jin paired up with his two lead actors from that film -- Jung-woo Ha and Yun-seok Kim -- and has returned to the Croisette with "The Yellow Sea" an electric, epic crime thriller that should launch the director into top tier of South Korean film directors alongside Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Documentary Brings The Pain

    Last year was a big one for Conan O'Brien. After finally landing behind the desk as host of "The Tonight Show," he decided to leave after a few short months when NBC asked him to to make way for former host Jay Leno. But the decision was not an easy one for the comedian as he basically had to say goodbye to the dream job he had spent over half his life chasing. In the months that followed, audiences saw a different side of the host, one that was darker and less eager to please than his former late night incarnation and his fans loved him for it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Sion Sono's 'Love Exposure' A Lengthy, Demented & Highly Original Romance

    "Love Exposure" recently screened in a one-week run at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Further U.S. engagements are yet to be determined.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cuba Gooding Jr. Does The Windmill Nutcracker On The Graham Norton Show, While Snoop Analyzes

    It's Saturday... :) I believe this was from yesterday's show...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nelsan Elis Of "True Blood" Is Directing Now... Trailer For His First Effort

    It's a short film titled Page 36 - actor Nelsan Elis' first attempt behind the camera. I didn't realize he had any interest in directing; but it looks like he does.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Vote For Shadow And Act As Best Film Blog In The 2011 Black Weblog Awards

    We're 2011 Black Weblog Award nominees, as we were last year. Thanks to everyone who nominated us.

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