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    Dan Rush Talks 'Everything Must Go' & The Influence Of 'Chungking Express,' 'Being There' & More

    While he's made his living playing characters in comedies who have names like Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, Jackie Moon, Chazz Michael Michaels and more recently on the small screen, Deangelo Vickers, Will Ferrell, like many comics before him, has dipped his toes into the dramatic world as well. He's turned in fine performances in films like "Winter Passing" and "Stranger Than Fiction," but perhaps nothing has challenged his non-comedic chops more to date than the upcoming indie "Everything Must Go."

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    "City of Life and Death" is a Depressing Spectacle That Should Make You Stop Liking War Movies

    Most war movies are considered to be, by nature, anti-war. Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" feels more anti-human, as its balanced depiction of the Nanking Massacre is so dauntingly depressing that I almost don't want to recommend it. Were it not also a remarkable technical achievement of epic filmmaking, I might actually dissuade you. But, I mean, more blockbusterized tragedies like "Pearl Harbor" and "Titanic" are also marvels of craftsmanship, in their own digitally spectacle-ized ways (this is not to say they're great movies as a result). And "City" doesn't shy away from action sequences as thrilling/harrowing as parts of "Saving Private Ryan." However, this film doesn't romanticize so much, or really at all, and while it has minor elements of hopefulness in the end -- thematically you might be surprised it doesn't end with a montage of subsequent holocausts, genocides and atomic bombs dropping (something akin to the terrible bit concluding "The Way Back," for instance) -- I think this quote from Lu from the film's production notes speak to what you can expect with his film's tone:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Jamie Foxx & Wendell Pierce In First Trailer For "Horrible Bosses"

    Here's your first full trailer for the upcoming ensemble workplace comedy, Horrible Bosses, which centers on three best friends who decide to kill one anothers' bosses, when they become frustrated by their jobs. That’s exactly what I would have thought to do as well, if I were frustrated with my job :|

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

    Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

    On the acquisition front, Harvey Weinstein is on the case. In advance of Cannes, he's trying to persuade producers and sellers to show him movies in advance so he can get ahead of his competitors. IFC was in Paris taking advance meetings. Cannes screenings start Wednesday.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    News from Cannes: Firth & Blunt for Untitled Dark Comedy, Little Birds, Sleight of Hand, The Bleeder

    Amidst the long-awaited festival premieres, starting with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Wednesday night, many projects, new and old, are selling in the Cannes market, which is humming with activity:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Halle Berry & Others Officially Confirmed For Wachowski/Tykwer "Cloud Atlas" Project; Shooting Fall

    We’ve mentioned this previously (first announced back in June 2010, almost a year ago, on the old S&A site), but it had mostly been unconfirmed, with much speculation as to who was attached, and it/when it'll produced, etc.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Whishaw & Hugo Weaving Join Tom Hanks & Halle Berry In 'Cloud Atlas'

    Actors Will Play Multiple Roles In ProjectTo date, The Wachowskis have never quite lived up to their promise. After a strong debut with lesbian noir "Bound," they reinvented the action movie with "The Matrix," a film as seriously influential as any since "Star Wars" -- hence the slavish copycats that have clogged up sci-fi pictures in the last 10 years. But the sequels were bloated and near-unwatchable, failing to understand what made the first film special, while their only other directorial credit since -- "Speed Racer" -- gave us a giant headache, even if we can sort of understand those who defend it as a piece of pop art.

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    SFIFF '11: Matthew Barney's Persistence of Vision And 'Ancient Evenings'

    During the final weekend of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Matthew Barney (“Cremaster Cycle” and “Drawing Restraint 9”) was presented the annual “Persistence of Vision” award to accompany a discussion with art critic Glen Helfand and the North American Premiere of “Drawing Restraint 17.”

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    indieWIRE's Guide To Cannes 2011

    Check it out and check back over the next 12 days as iW's Cannes guide fills up with criticWIRE grades, links to reviews and interviews, and more.... With that, this blog'll probably be a bit low key over the next while as I utilize not being in Cannes to get caught up on some Spring to dos. Au revoir!

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