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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 none of this year’s contenders are yet available on the web), here’s a look back at some of the finest work ever to take home a Palme d’Or du court métrage.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sequel To "The Long Kiss Goodnight" In The Works... Samuel Jackson 100% Confirmed

    I don't think I've seen this film in ages... I'd have to return to it to remind myself of it. It was pretty much the Geena Davis show, with Samuel L. Jackson assuming sidekick duties, if I recall correctly. But I think I mostly enjoyed it. Released in 1996, it was kind of like Bourne before Bourne - a trained killing machine/human suffering from memory loss, starts to regain pieces of her past, when that past catches up to her, and, in turn, finally realizes who/what she really is.

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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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  • The Playlist
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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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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Pirates Will Push Back Thor and Bridesmaids, but Midnight in Paris Is Must-See

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be commanding 81% of Fandango's ticket sales -- and could score a $90 million weekend -- but it's getting a critical spanking. To be surprised and delighted rather than lulled into a familiar open-eyed coma, go to Woody Allen's delightful Midnight in Paris: savor every line of dialogue. Here's our early review round-up; Paris now sits at 91% fresh.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Last Post Before The Rapture

    See y'all in hell next week...

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  • The Playlist
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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. But the director isn't ready to return to big money filmmaking just yet and has a number of lower key projects on his plate and has just added a seemingly new one with a big actress on board.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Filmmaker Preview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan is Master of Distance

    In our continuing series on Cannes competition directors, Simon Abrams offers a mini-profile of Once Upon a Time In Anatolia's photographer/filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, shown here at Cannes in 2008 after winning the Best Director prize for Three Monkeys. Country: Turkey Most Telling Film Title: Distant. The rift created by physical and/or psychological distance between characters is key to all of Ceylan’s films, including this drama about an unemployed man who temporarily moves in with his estranged cousin. Most Accessible Film: Climates. Ceylan’s most atypically sensual film, about a disjointed ménage a trois with an actress, a college professor and his friend’s fiance, is his best thus far. He uses an uncharacteristic but satisfying series of close-ups during the opening beach scene. Ceylan’s chilly but weirdly coquettish style takes hold by film’s end.

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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 certain either our time has come or we're expecting a visit from mystical icons, or aliens (maybe you consider Jesus to be both). I feel everyone's acting like a mix of Kiersten Warren in "Independence Day" (see above) and the unconcerned grasshopper of the Aesop fable. And it's kind of funny. Unless it's really going to happen.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Pirates,' 'Paris,' And Not Much Else

    Yaarrghh! Mateys! It's time for another installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Let's Cash Some Checks"!!! Johnny's got the mortgage on his private island in France to pay off, so let's get the gang back together. Dig the dreadlock wigs out of storage and rustle up some mermaids, we've got bills to pay! So you can go see that in theaters this weekend. Or you can go see the fresh-from-the Croisette "Midnight in Paris," a delightful entry into the Woody Allen canon. Owen Wilson! He's perfect for a Woody Allen movie, why didn't we figure this out before?! Have you checked out our extensive Allen retrospective? It's tearing Playlist HQ apart! Epithets have been hurled; gauntlets have been thrown. So those are your choices for this weekend. Alternatively, you can re-read the reviews from Cannes and cry that you haven't seen "The Tree of Life" or "Drive" yet. That sounds fun too.

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