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    Campion's Prudish "Star" Needs More Sizzle

    This might sound horribly simplistic, but Jane Campion's "Bright Star" desperately needs a sex scene. The movie puts such prominent focus on the romantic attraction shared by two characters -- early nineteenth century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his neighbor, budding fashion designer Fanny Bra...

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    Jane Campion, Where Have You Been?

    In broken English, an international journalist asked filmmaker Jane Campion quite simply this morning, "Why do we have to wait so long for a Jane Campion film?"

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    Scorsese Saves The World (Cinema)

    Making a powerful statement in support of international cinema, Martin Scorsese stepped into the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival this afternoon to launch an array of partnerships and news aimed and preserving and promoting films from around the world.

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    The discovery of Cannes (so far)? Katie Jarvis.

    Katie Jarvis was having an argument with her boyfriend across a train platform at Tibury Town station in the East of England when she was approached by a casting director for Andrea Arnold's second feature, "Fish Tank." Jarvis, who'd never acted before, didn't believe she was actually being approach...

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    ROUND UP II: "Fever," "Fish," and Francis Ford

    The 62nd Cannes Film Festival continued in the south of France today, with Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and Lou Ye's "Spring Fever" kicking off the fest's official competition.

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    A Chinese "Shortbus?" Sexy "Spring Fever" Could Stir Censors

    Listening to Chinese director Lou Ye this afternoon in Cannes, one can't help but feel he's guarded in his response to censorship and his past confrontations with the state controlled Film Bureau in his native country. In 2006, Lou brought the Tiananmen Square-themed film "Summer Palace" to Cannes a...

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    Neither Misfire Nor Return To Form: Coppola's Competent "Tetro"

    Neither complete misfire nor triumphant return to form, Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" works as a competent family drama right up until the messy final act. If a first-time filmmaker had directed this stylish black-and-white-and-sometimes-color melodrama, it might gain some notice for suggesting gre...

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    Still Grappling With Loss, Fortissimo Moves Forward

    The sudden, unexpected death of Wouter Barendrecht last month sent many in the international film industry into a tailspin, not to mention the shock and sadness felt by the late executive's colleagues at sales outfit Fortissimo Films, the company he ran with longtime business partner Michael Werner....

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    ROUND UP: Cannes Pros & Cons, Big Deals, and Opening "Up"

    "Where will the Festival de Cannes be in five years time?" That's what Cannes President Gilles Jacobs asked in a letter he wrote for this year's festival. "Politics, allegedly, is the art of answering questions you haven’t been asked. I won’t be doing that today."

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    Costa-Gavras' Latest Among Offerings at Human Rights Watch IFF

    The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will return to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in June for its 20th anniversary with a program of films dedicated to raising awareness of human rights issues around the world. The festival, co-presented by Human Rights Watc...

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