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    Ryan Gosling Directing & Starring In Remake Of Music Biopic 'The Idolmaker'

    After what seems like years and years, it appears that we're finally on the verge of something that's been in the works for a while: the arrival of Ryan Gosling as a fully fledged, honest-to-god movie star. The actor might have captured teen hearts in "The Notebook" and picked up an Oscar nomination for his astonishing performance in "Half Nelson," but he's spent the past half-decade since firmly avoiding tentpoles, landing mostly in indie fare like "Lars and the Real Girl" and the wonderful "Blue Valentine," with only one studio outing, the immediately forgotten Anthony Hopkins thriller "Fracture," in the last seven years.

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    Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Is An Endless Number Of Quirks Searching For A Movie

    Easily the first hard flop of the Cannes Film Festival, the warning signs were there but perhaps we didn't pay them much mind. If everything had gone according to the original plan, "Restless" would have already come and gone in theaters and never hit the Croisette. And that probably would have been the better for everyone involved. Instead, a rightfully nervous Sony scuttled a planned January release and shuffled the film over to their indie division Sony Pictures Classics to handle. Kudos for them for getting the film into the opening slot of the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, because after seeing it, that must have been nothing short of a coup.

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    To Fart Like a Man: Spencer Susser's "Hesher"

    Those searching for fresh evidence that the collective obsession otherwise known as “the crisis of masculinity” remains alive and kicking: look no further than Hesher. The film practically writhes with anxiety over how one should “be a man” in a world where carriers of the Y chromosome have become either moist-eyed schlubs or hair-trigger quasi-sociopaths. For thirteen-year-old T.J. (Devin Brochu), this means dealing with the sudden death of his mother largely on his own, as depressed father Paul (Rainn Wilson) collapses into a medicated stupor and sweet-tempered grandma Madeleine (Piper Laurie) tries to keep the household running. T.J. obsesses over the family’s smashed-up car—a totem of happier times that’s been unceremoniously hauled off to the dump—and attempts to ward off a particularly brutal school bully to little avail. What’s to become of this lost, angry boy?

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    Festivals in Cannes Looking for Entries:Thessaloniki, Venice Film Days, San Sebastian

    Cinema in Motion 7 has opened for registration

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 5/13/11 (Stevie Wonder)

    A big Happy Birthday goes out to singer Stevland Hardaway Morris also known as Stevie Wonder! He turns 61 today. Although he's not an actor, the Michigan native's music has appeared on an endless list of film and tv productions. A few on that list...The Woman In Red, The Last Dragon, Fame, School Daze, Round Midnight, Designing Women, Poetic Justice, Mulan, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Glee, The West Wing, The Wire, Next Friday, The Best Man, Wild Wild West, The Outsiders, Shrek Forever After, Valentine's Day, and much more.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Sight Unseen: Autumn Execution

    Autumn ExecutionDir. Li Xing, Taiwan, 1971

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    Jeremy Renner May Star In 'You’re Not You' With Hilary Swank, Clive Owen & Uma Thurman Go 'Blind'

    More Casting Bits: Alice Eve & Liev Schreiber Join Director Mark Pellington, Craig Bierko Will Play A 'Stooges' VillainProducers in Cannes talk loose. There's a bevy of talks, negotiations and (shudder) pre-attachment deals going on around the Croisette this week, but don't be surprised if all the actors announced don't actually appear in the films they're touted to be in (see last year when, for example Amy Adams was listed in the original version of John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," which died and then came back to life this year). A lot of these are early teasing promises to get investors involved and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

    Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

    Can J.J.Abrams' sci-fi Fringe earn serious Emmy love? Amy Dawes talks to the series' Aussie star Anna Torv.Fringe, the creepy, suspenseful sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams for Fox, has come into its own in season three. Once derided as an X-Files rip-off, it’s entered mind-bending new territory by introducing a parallel universe known as “Over There.” It now focuses on the struggles between its three main characters – noted fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his acerbic son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI investigator Olivia (Anna Torv) – and their sinister doppelgangers.

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    TrendSpouting: Suggestions for Scorsese and Lars von Trier's "Five Obstructions" Redo

    At Cannes late last night (or early this morning? the time difference confuses me) an official announcement was made that Lars von Trier would make another "The Five Obstructions" documentary, this time with Martin Scorsese. We all heard something like this before, little more than a year ago, when it was rumored-then-denied that the two filmmakers would unite for a "Taxi Driver" redo. I responded at the time (elsewhere) with a list of other suggested -- yet unlikely -- directorial collaborations (also see Film School Rejects' excellent year-old list of 10 Films (and Directors) That Lars Von Trier Should Obstruct). I named the original "Five Obstructions" one of the best docs of the 2000s (specifically it's labeled "the best participatory/first-person doc"), so I'm definitely looking forward to a remake/sequel.

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    Cannes Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

    Just a note: No, this isn't part of the official lineup, but we missed it at Sundance and took a trip into the Cannes marketplace today to catch up with it.

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