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    Seattle International Film Festival Weekend One: The Whistleblower, First Grader, Happy Happy, Ex

    Meredith Brody continues to cut a swath through spring film fests, moving from San Francisco to Seattle. Amazingly, there are still films she has not seen! Take that, you measly ten-day and two-week film festivals: the Seattle International Film Festival, 37 years old and counting, runs from May 19 ...

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    Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit Drive; Reviews

    The crowd at the Palais couldn't stop clapping Friday night for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. At one point the young filmmaker kissed his star, Ryan Gosling, who breaks out in a Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows ...

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    Weekly Wrap: Complete Cannes Coverage, Reviews, Emmys, Interviews, Venice Fest & More

    Weekend Preview: Pirates Will Push Back Thor and Bridesmaids, but Midnight in Paris Is Must-See.

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    Weekend Preview: Pirates Will Push Back Thor and Bridesmaids, but Midnight in Paris Is Must-See

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be commanding 81% of Fandango's ticket sales -- and could score a $90 million weekend -- but it's getting a critical spanking. To be surprised and delighted rather than lulled into a familiar open-eyed coma, go to Woody Allen's delightful Midnight in P...

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    EXCLUSIVE First Look: Life In A Day's New Poster, Premieres July 24 with Live Q&A (UPDATED)

    Life In A Day, filmed by you, directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, will be released by Cinedigm and National Geographic starting July 24 (exactly one year after all the footage was shot). Below is a first look at the doc's new poster. The film premiered simultaneously at Sundan...

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    Take Shelter Wins Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix: Shannon Perf "Stuff Bad Dreams Are Made Of "

    Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter has won the Grand Prix at Cannes' Critics' Week. The psychological drama/thriller stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The film is the sophomore outing for Nichols, whose first feature, Shotgun Stories (2007), also starring Shannon, played the fest ...

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    Cannes Palme d'Or Contender The Kid with a Bike Reviews: "Unstinting Compassion, Movie Moralists"

    The Dardenne brothers do one thing very well--they're like the Ken Loach of Belgium. The trouble for critics more than audiences is that they do much the same thing each time--only better. This year's entry The Kid with a Bike is being tagged a top five contender for the Palme d'Or.

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    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    Weinstein Co. scooped up French production and last-minute competition entry The Artist before it screened at the fest, and since then it has become a popular title. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday and I were turned away from one festival screening before I talked us both, as well as LA Weekly's ...

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    Cannes: Melancholia Raves Overshadowed by Von Trier Tempest; Scorsese's Five Obstructions

    You can count on Denmark's puckish auteur Lars von Trier to deliver the goods in Cannes, having shown 12 films here since 1984, from grand prix winner Breaking the Waves (which also starred Stellan Skarsgard) and The Idiots to Manderlay, Palme d'Or-winner Dancer in the Dark and The Antichrist, starr...

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