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    Gilliam: "It was people's love for Heath that propelled this thing forward."

    The words, "A film from Heath Ledger and friends," appear on screen at the conclusion of Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." Finished in the wake of Ledger's death last January, Gilliam initially shut down the film, but eventually re-grouped and found a way to sort out the st...

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    Gaspar Noe: "To make a good melodrama you need sperm, blood and tears."

    Just when you think you've seen everything on a movie screen over the course of ten plus days at the Cannes Film Festival, another film comes along to shake things up. At more than 160 minutes, Gaspar Noe's latest, "Enter The Void," is first and foremost an endurance test. Stirring boos and bravos t...

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    Haneke: "It's About The Roots of Evil"

    Heading into the final weekend of the Cannes Film Festival, Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," a somber black and white story set in a pre-war German village, feels like a front-runner for a big prize, if not the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. Of course, such prognosticating is impossible, ...

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    ROUND UP VII: Sony Classics Showdown For The Palme d'Or?

    It was announced today that Sony Pictures Classics acquired Jacques Audiard's Cannes Film Festival competition entry "A Prophet", which received stellar reviews when it premiered earlier this week. The film is a strong contender for the festival's top Palme d'Or prize, perhaps finding its biggest rival in another Sony Classics pickup that debuted to raves on the Croisette today: Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon". Haneke won the festival's Grand Prix in 2001 for “The Piano Teacher” and Best Director in 2005 for “Caché,” but has never won the Palme d'Or. It can’t hurt that Isabelle Huppert, who won a Best Actress prize in Cannes for Haneke's...

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    Does It Take This Village? "White Ribbon" Ascends Art

    Despair haunts every moment of Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon." The director's dour, Bergmanesque black-and-white portrait of enigmas and familial discord in a Protestant German village at the beginning of the twentieth century peddles in the art of downbeat expressionism....

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    Famous by Accident: Stephen Frears Talks Life and "Queen"

    Stephen Frears cracked up a packed U.K. Pavilion in Cannes this week, going down memory road about his work with cinema. Paul King moderated the conversation which started out with the telling of Frears at law school in Cambridge. "I realized, at Cambridge, what I wanted to do, so I got a degree the...

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    Sea, Sun, Yachts, Champagne, Penelope Cruz... Is there a Recession?

    "Is the recession effecting the film industry?" This was the big question for a panel at the American Pavilion on Monday, and the answers seemed pretty consensual: "If you don't need a lot of money don't wait on us, go make your movie, and make it great...it will be seen."

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    ROUND UP VI: "Antichrist" In America; "Basterds," "Folles" Find Mixed Reactions

    The frenzy surrounding the Cannes premiere of Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" culminated today, with IFC acquiring the film for U.S. release. "IFC Films goes for two Wednesday with its second Cannes acquisition announcement of the day. Lars Von Trier's much ballyhooed debated "Antichrist" will come to...

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    Tarantino: "I am God..."

    Ebullient as usual on stage, Quentin Tarantino met the press today shortly after the overwhelmingly packed first screening of his new film, "Inglourious Basterds" this morning at the Cannes Film Festival. He praised Cannes as the holy land and declared himself god. But, there's more to the story.

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    Falling Short of Tarantino's Own High Bar, "Inglourious" Goes Bubblegum

    Given what the world expects from Quentin Tarantino - the man, the myth, the pastiche-driven movie machine - his latest feature, "Inglourious Basterds," stands out for its seemingly low ambition. Talked about for years by the filmmaker as his epic "guys-on-a-mission" movie, the final product, unveil...

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