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    Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti

    Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti

    Cannes may be the festival d'auteurs, but more and more these days, with fewer foreign films reaching stateside art houses, many filmgoers don't know much about the top filmmakers around the world. Nanni Moretti, known as the Italian Woody Allen because he writes, directs and acts in his films, which range from the dramatic to the hilariously self-referential, is debuting his latest, Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) Friday in the Cannes competition. Here's a quick profile of the filmmaker by Simon Abrams: Country: Italy

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lee Daniels Packages Next Project - Adaptation Of Sexual Thriller "The Paperboy"

    He’s certainly been stacking up the projects over the last couple of years, since Precious; but when is Lee Daniels going to actually, finally get the chance to make one of them? Precious debuted 2 years ago, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Since its theatrical release, Daniels’ name has been attached to quite a few projects – Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, and more, including, most recently, The Paperboy, which we first announced in February, but wasn't entirely a done deal at the time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'True Legend' Is A Solid 80 Minute Actioner That Runs 115

    “True Legend” tells the story of Su Qi-Er, a warrior general who retires from battle to marry, have a child, and open a martial arts academy. Complicating matters is the idea that his wife Ying is the sister to his own adopted brother, Yuan Lie. Despite the incestuous nature of this relationship, and the fact that Yuan Lie is impulsive and untrustworthy, Su expects this plan to follow through without a hitch.

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  • The Playlist
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    Scott Free Working On Christmas Film From 'Black Death' Director, Emma Thompson Rom-Com & More

    Ridley and Tony Scott (pictured above, with Jerry Bruckheimer) are prolific enough as directors -- the former currently shooting his return to the sci-fi world that turned out his best film, with the intriguing "Prometheus," the latter coming off his best film in years, the hugely enjoyable actioner "Unstoppable." But they're also hugely prolific producers, through their Scott Free banner, being behind not only their own projects, but also those for other filmmakers, like "In Her Shoes," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The A-Team" and "Cyrus," as well as TV work like "The Good Wife" and "The Pillars of the Earth."

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  • Spout
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    "Hesher" is a Bold and Awesome Anti-Hero Masterpiece

    This review originally appeared as part of a badly titled joint-review of "Hesher" and "Super" posted for the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival June 16-30 - Lineup

    NEW YORK, May 13, 2011 – Now in its 22nd year, the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York with an extraordinary program of films set to inspire, inform and spark debate. A co-presentation of Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival will run from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater. Nineteen of the best human rights themed films from 12 countries will be screened, 17 of them New York premieres. A majority of the filmmakers will be on hand after the screenings to discuss their films with the audience.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kristen Wiig, Judd Apatow, Maya Rudolph & Paul Feig Talk Making The Female-Driven 'Bridesmaids'

    We did it. We made it to May 13th. And now anyone with a nearby megaplex can head out and see the long awaited "Bridesmaids," because this hilarious, heartfelt opening to the summer comedy season is totally worth those hard earned Andrew Jacksons. With a solid cast of some of the funniest voices in comedy from both sides of the gender line (that's right ladies, Tim Heidecker makes an appearance), anyone with a sense of humor will find something to love about this movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'A Serbian Film' Is Strictly For The Disturbed

    There’s not a whole lot that can prepare you for “A Serbian Film.” Much ink has been spilled over the various controversies surrounding the picture, but this Friday, you will have a chance to make up your own mind about a film that has divided even the most depraved of genre fans. Well, for the most part - “A Serbian Film” couldn’t be received on our shores as an NC-17 rated film without a few significant cuts.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Bridesmaids

    That sound you hear is me, heaving a sigh over yet another two-hour comedy that’s got about an hour of good material spread thin. Some smart, talented people collaborated on the film, including director Paul Feig (who’s also a good writer), producer Judd Apatow, and screenwriter and star Kristen Wiig, who created the script with Annie Mumolo. They clearly believe in what they’re doing, but judging from the results they can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m not even sure they can tell one tree from another; this mishmash of comedy styles and dramatic moments wanders all over the place. (It’s easy to see why. Like last year’s Get Him to the Greek and other Apatow productions, this one exposed—

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look Images At Bow Wow In Military Thriller "Recalled"

    You're looking at first, early images (above and below) from an upcoming drama/thriller titled Recalled, which stars Bow Wow, Aidan Quinn, Malik Yoba, Seth Gabel, and a host of others.

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