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    Cannes Festival Censures Von Trier For Nazi/Hitler Comments; Melancholia Eligible for Palme d'Or

    The Cannes Film Festival has banned Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier for saying at Wednesday's press conference (video below) that he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler, which he later apologized for. The Fest released a statement that von Trier is "persona non grata" at Cannes because of his comments. Th...

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    Cannes Video: Gibson Talks Foster's The Beaver, Acting, Directing, But Not His "three-ring circus"

    Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).

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    James Cameron and Michael Bay Talk State of 3-D, Avatar, Dark of the Moon, Video

    Missionary James Cameron turned around Michael Bay's thinking on 3-D: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the result. Anthony D'Alessandro reports on Thursday's presentation with the two men, who showed a 15-minute clip from Dark of the Moon as well as the new 3-D trailer, which will be attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this weekend (UPDATE: video below):Like two guys passionately conversing about hot-rod cars, directors James Cameron and Michael Bay kibitzed last night about the current state of 3-D and its use in the latter’s upcoming summer tentpole Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The night’s moderator at the Paramount...

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    Teaser Trailer: Super 8 Preview

    Well, I finally saw, here at the Star Cinema in Cannes, the 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (June 10) Paramount had screened to media in New York and exhibitors at CinemaCon. The footage looks very Spielbergian, and serves to set up the film's characters, a group of teen guys and one girl (Elle ...

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    Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign

    While Cannes is thinning out after the first week--the crowds at The Grand are diminished---buyers expect to announce a raft of sales over the next few days. One of the films still being hotly debated--and tipped for a well-deserved best actress prize here for Tilda Swinton--is Lynne Ramsay's We Nee...

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    Cannes Update: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Israeli Footnote, Wettest County in Play

    My inside-tipster on the Cannes competition told me to check out the Israeli entry from Oscar-nominated Beaufort director Joseph Cedar, Footnote (Hearat Shulayim), for which Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American and Latin rights before it screened Friday night. The comedic family drama, abo...

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    Sophia Loren Interviewed by Billy Crystal at Academy Tribute: "I Am Never Content."

    On May 4, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted a gala tribute to Sophia Loren, who will be 77 this September. The revelation in the film clips was not her beauty, range, bravura dramatic acting in such films as Vittorio De Sica's Two Women (the first Oscar win for a non-English sp...

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    Trailer Watch: Miranda July's The Future, In Theaters July 29

    Check out the trailer for writer-director Miranda July's The Future, in which she also stars along with Hamish Linklater. Here's our Sundance interview. Roadside will release the film July 29.

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