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    Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir Follow-Up is The Congress, Starring Robin Wright

    Ever since Ari Folman told me about adapting Stanislaw Lem's 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, I've been excited by his central premise--which is not that of the novel-- of a gorgeous American actress on the cusp of losing her movie star luster who sells her likeness to Hollywood and can...

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    Jagger Hits Cannes with Stones in Exile Doc

    Mick Jagger gave a Q & A for the new Rolling Stones doc, Stones in Exile, about the recording of the 1972 double LP Exile on Main Street. In exile from Britain for tax evasion, the Stones holed up in a Riviera villa not far from Cannes, where they reveled, noodled, created and recorded one of the gr...

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    Godard Must-See: Breathless Trailer

    Run don't walk to see New Wave critic-turned-filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. I screened this movie for my USC Film Criticism students and they scarfed it up. This black-and-white Godard film, at least, which introduced the disjunctive jump-cut editing that inspired Arthur Penn and Dede Allen's Bonnie and Clyde, is still a breath of fresh air, even 50 years later. (See the trailer below.) On May 28 Rialto is releasing a pristine 35 mm print with new subtitles struck from a restored negative supervised by Godard's director of photography, Raoul Coutard, who used a held-held camera with m...

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    Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is nothing if not consistent. Over his career--until now, working closely with non-linear novelist/scenarist Guillermo Arriaga--he has crafted a series of films (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) about people in trouble who behave badly, who are in terrible pain. His camera...

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    Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

    Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungri...

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    Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man

    Writer-director Julie Taymor is in Cannes promoting her film take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which Icon International is selling in the market. "Isn't it Disney?" I asked Lionsgate UK's Nick Manzi. He responded: "Yes, but not all over the world."

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    Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

    Stephen Frears' Cannes entry Tamara Drewe is based on Posy Simmonds' well-reviewed graphic novel, which is in turn based on the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd (which inspired a fab 1967 movie starring Julie Christie). Gemma Arterton plays the title role in a very short shorts: see thi...

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    The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

    Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.

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    Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

    Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:

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    Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

    If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:

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