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    Exclusive: French Caribbean Talent Stana Roumillac Talks 'Elza' & U.S. Crossover Dreams

    French actress Stana Roumillac commanded the big screen in her leading feature film debut Elza. The 2011 French-Goudalupean production screened at the American Black Film Festival a little over a week ago (see my review of the superbly acted, touching tale HERE).

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    Exclusive: Wendell Pierce Discusses His Controversial Role in 'Four' (LAFF Premiere Today)

    Wendell Pierce, who stars as a married man hooking up with a white teenage boy in the film, spoke with me this week about his about his role, the potential criticism from it, and a few of his upcoming projects.

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    Cinema Activism: A Conversation with Blackhouse Foundation Chair Brickson Diamond

    The Blackhouse Foundation works to “expand opportunities, increase knowledge and provide support for black filmmakers through partnerships with the world's most prominent film festivals.” At the LA Film Festival beginning this Thursday, Blackhouse will present a full weekend of prog...

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    Cannes: Guy Pearce Talks Playing Camp & Shaving His Eyebrows In 'Lawless'

    It takes a fair amount of talent to appear in a film alongside practiced scene-stealers like Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Shia LaBeouf. But of course, as audiences have been aware of for getting on two decades, since he came to attention in "The Adventur...

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    Exclusive: Omar Sy Talks Race and Representation in Hit French Comedy "The Intouchables"

    We chatted briefly with actor Omar Sy about the film that has seemed to stir racial controversy as well as win international acclaim, French comedy The Intouchables.  Set for U.S. release today, May 25, the movie has already become one of the highest grossing French films of all time, but ...

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    Cannes: Andrew Dominik On The Violence, Politics & Look Of 'Killing Them Softly' With Brad Pitt

    In what turned out to be a banner year for the movies, "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" ended up somewhat overshadowed. As fellow neo-Westerns "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country For Old Men" swept up plaudits and Oscars, the picture, the second by Australian director A...

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    The Playlist Interview From Cannes: Wes Anderson Discusses The Nostalgia, Music, & Making Of 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Few filmmakers have a more distinctive take on the world than Wes Anderson. Many of his contemporaries -- David O Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze et al -- are extraordinary filmmakers, but it's only with Anderson that you can look at a single frame -- any frame -- and instantly know that it's...

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    Cannes: Michel Gondry Talks The Inspirations Behind 'The We And The I,' & Talks Criterion Appearance On 'Malkovich'

    Perhaps once regarded as a quirky, whimsical visualist known for his eye-popping music videos (Bjork, Beck, White Stripes) and his often pop-surrealist indie films ("Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "The Science of Sleep"), French filmmaker Michel Gondry has really challenged the boilerplate ...

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    Interview: Maïwenn Talks The Research And Multiple Cuts Of 'Polisse'

    After playing the victim in '70s horror throwback "High Tension" and directing the comparatively light dramedy "Actress' Ball," French thespian/filmmaker Maïwenn yearned for something a bit more serious. So what better topic to tackle than one focusing on France'...

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    Interview: 'Elena' Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks Changed Ending, Favorite Filmmakers

    Cinephiles, unite! The name Andrei Zvyagintsev is relatively unknown on these shores, as his remarkable debut "The Return" quietly came and went (though it is now on Netflix Instant -- GO!) and his tremendous sophomore effort "The Banishment" never saw a proper release in th...

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