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    Cannes Film Festival Review: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

    The ride is as bumpy as the stock market is these days in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." A 23-years-on sequel to the still-entertaining original in which Michael Douglas created his signature role of Gordon Gekko, the new film initially takes good and opportunistic advantage of contemporary financial woes to detail the malfeascence of bankers and traders. But the script feels like a pasted-together hodgepodge of elements that co-exist without credibly blending together, topped by a climax that feels particularly hokey in its effort to leave audiences comfortable rather than disturbed by what they've just seen. It's surprising for Oliver Stone to propagate an air of complacency about the financial state of things, but that's the effect of the outrageously false feel-good ending. There are moments that bare more teeth than "W." did, but they're mostly in the first couple of reels.

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    Domestic Violence Short Film Contest

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  • The Playlist
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    Ridley Scott: A Necessary Reevaluation

    Ridley Scott is, in some circles anyhow, a god. Practically treated as royalty with laudatory genuflection from certain film enthusiasts — generally genre fetishists — he has turned in two unimpeachable cinema touchstones, "Blade Runner" and "Alien," plus a few other arguable modern semi-classics including "Black Hawk Down" and "Gladiator" (at least in some people's minds). But his track record overall? Scott's batting average isn't exactly amazing across the board, and while he has major peaks, his work can be frustratingly uneven for someone who is clearly and masterfully talented. While a craftsman of technically marvelous and grand spectacle cinema, his films can also be inordinately soulless and have become increasingly so with each film (Sigourney Weaver famously said that Scott paid more attention to the props and extraterrestrials than the actors on "Alien," but somehow that picture still worked). And the most recent "Robin Hood" picture? Absolutely unnecessary, totally forgettable, pointless and lacking energy or direction (even our own review feels too kind).

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    Trailer Nominees Announced

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    Luxembourg & Little Film

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Birthday Alex.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    The Opposite of Cannes Opening Night Glamour

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    E1 Picks Up "Summer"

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    900 Million and the Cannes Market Party

    900 million viewers can't be wrong. And the China Movie Channel, Official Sponsor of the Cannes Market Party last night will deliver them to see your movie! With the other sponsor Champs Lis International, the Chinese put on a spectacular show last night with state-of-the-art-never-before-seen fireworks which all of Cannes must have enjoyed. Luckily the good weather held though sometimes the waves looked like they might wash over the party and take away the sand we were sitting upon. On the ground below, at the Majestic Beach, the international buyers, sellers and some select and lucky producers of films in the Cannes Marche mingled and talked of films, families, old times and new. This event officially kicks off the market with 1,500 screenings - 65 in 3D - 4,500 projects on offer and films combined, 450 international sales agents licensing films to 2,500 distributors from some 100 countries doing business to a tune of approximately 1 billion US dollars.

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