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    A Shape-Shifting Cinema: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Discusses His Entire Filmography

    As part of the New Museum's exhibition of his latest installation project "Primitive" and his month-long residency, Thai filmmaker, visual artist and last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul held a four hour tour of his oeuvre (the museum hosts referring to it as a "master class"), beginning with his his more well-known feature work before revealing brief snippets of his installation-only short films (including those found in his current exhibit). He shared many personal tidbits in relation to each work, describing (though not too specifically) what he hoped to achieve with his camera and spicing up each presentation with a humorous aside here and there.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Disney Scores $90 Million for Pirates 4: Not $100 Million UPDATED

    It's stranger tides indeed when a $90 million opening is considered disappointing. The fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean is now perceived as having failed to reach the magic $100-million mark, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:The highly anticipated opening for Disney’s fourquel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides didn’t go off with the cannonballs the industry was expecting, but the Rob Marshall film starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane certainly harnessed some wind in the vibrant summer season, taking in $90.1 million at 4,155 piers.

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    Cannes Review: Christophe Honoré Sings The Same Old Song In Phony, Hollow 'Les Bien-Aimés'

    As the closing night film at Cannes -- and, as such, lumped in historically with such bland films as "The Tree," "What Just Happened?," "Chromophobia" and "The Age of Darkness" -- writer-director Christophe Honoré's "Les Bien-Aimés" (aka "The Beloved") is already at a disadvantage. Sidelined out of competition, offered up as a final course to cineastes whose metaphorical bellies are already set to burst from an excess of riches, no one was going to think too much about the movie, regardless of its quality. Honoré's film in fact falls short of even the minimal expectations set by circumstance, to be truly tedious, flat and hollow -- a recycled exploration of themes and techniques the director has used before inside the bloated casing of a movie with a 145-minute running time.

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    Mike Tyson Gets The Shaft For "The Hangover" Part II

    According to The Smoking Gun Mike Tyson is most likely the lowest paid actor ever making a repeat an appearance in a sequel. Iron Mike got paid $200,000 for his role which is twice the $100,000 he got for the first film.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga in "3-Way" And More From SNL Finale

    Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga turned the SNL season finale into one of the most consistently funny shows of the season, with plenty of help. The real Bradley Cooper sat next to Andy Samberg as Nic Cage; Jimmy Fallon returned as Barry Gibb with Timberlake as his Bee Gee brother Robin in a crazy politically-themed installment of their classic "Barrry Gibb Talk Show." But the best was a Digital Short: "Three-Way The Golden Rule."

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    Who's Black And Who Ain't? What Defines A Black Actor?

    Let's see if I can start some deviltry here. It's been a while. But yesterday Tambay posted a item about Vin Diesel's next project The Machine. Now the funny thing is that I saw the same item when it was announced and it didn't even occur to me to post it on S & A.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Michael Tolkin's The Rapture Posits the End of the World

    Anyone who was raised as a Christian knows that deep in your consciousness are buried irrational childhood ideas, beliefs, and hopes. Your rational adult self may revise your views of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spigot (as Rowan Atkinson would say), but you never get rid of all that embedded Stuff.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit Drive; Reviews

    The crowd at the Palais couldn't stop clapping Friday night for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. At one point the young filmmaker kissed his star, Ryan Gosling, who breaks out in a Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows himself to be entrapped by a young neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son.

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    Darren Aronofsky Being Pursued By Warner Bros. And Disney For 'Moses' & 'Maleficent'?

    After spending a decade scraping together financing on his films (only working with a major studio once on his passion project "The Fountain"), it seems like suddenly everybody wants to be in the Darren Aronofsky business. We guess that happens when your $13 million-budgeted ballet thriller goes on to make over $100 million dollars and wins an Oscar for its leading lady, despite, as the director has noted, every major studio passing on the film and financing being raised independently. Fox thought they'd get first crack at some of that Aronofsky "edge" giving him a 2-year development deal and hiring him to take on "The Wolverine," a standalone tale that was to take place largely in Japan and repair the damage caused by 2009's franchise killer "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Unfortunately for them (and fans of the character), Aronofsky dropped out of the project shortly before filming when he realized he would be away from his family for nearly a year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    RIP: Ultimate Cinephile Don Krim

    In my early years working in the New York film world, Don Krim was one of the good guys. He remained a steadfast film lover and preservationist until succumbing to cancer on May 20 at age 65. He helped to make many crucial classic films available for the likes of us to see, and for that he should be thanked and remembered. Here's an interview with him on the occasion of the 2002 restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

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