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    Dennis Hopper Dies of Prostate Cancer at 74; Obits and Clips

    Dennis Hopper died on Saturday morning May 29 of complications from advanced prostate cancer; he was 74. When the young Kansan came to Hollywood in the 50s, he was mentored by James Dean, who brought him in to star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper chafed under the constraints of the old st...

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    Latest Inception Trailer

    For your delectation, the most recent Inception trailer. I cannot wait to see this mind-bending Chris Nolan movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page (now added to the cast of HBO's upcoming Hollywood blogger series Tilda) which opens July 16. UPDATE: Check out these char...

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    Answering Questions about Lost, Assuming You Are Caught Up

    From the very beginning with Lost, you hang onto the characters and Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino's score for dear life and suspend disbelief. It never did make any sense! (The NYorker profiles Oscar-winner Giacchino; see clip below.)

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    Prince of Persia Clips Show Glossy Action and Non-Stars Gyllenhaal and Arterton

    Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's M.O. is to throw gazillions of dollars at multiple high-price screenwriters, superb production values, and eye-popping visual effects. That's how an unprepossessing videogame that means nothing outside the male gamer demo winds up as a politically incorrect $200-million summer movie like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This movie may not deliver the summer tentpole goods (despite Disney's saturation marketing blitz) when it opens this Friday--judging from its mild $18-million opening last weekend in 19 countries overseas. Anthony D'Alessandro will file his hard look at Memorial Weekend expectations Wedne...

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    Tamara Drewe Breakout Isn't Arterton: It's Luke Evans

    Stephen Frears' bucolic romantic romp Tamara Drewe stars fetching Clash of the Titans star Emma Arterton in short-shorts, but with Frears' leading lady stuck in America promoting Prince of Persia, the breakout star from the film at Cannes was hunky Welsh newcomer Luke Evans. He's made eight movies i...

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    Trailer Watch: Cannes Palme d'Or Winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    For you who want to know more about the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, here's THR's Q & A with the director, known by most as "Joe" Weerasethakul. This was his fifth film in the Cannes official selection. Time Out London also profiles the director. A...

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    Nike Football Spot Directed by Gonzalez Inarritu

    For those of you who have not seen this much-lauded Nike soccer spot directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (amores perros, Babel, Biutiful at Cannes) here is is, in all its glory. (And it cost a small fortune.)

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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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