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Watch: First Brief, Deeply Weird Clip From Leos Carax's Cannes Entry 'Holy Motors'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 9:19 AM
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One of the big question marks of the Cannes film festival has been "Holy Motors." The film marks the return of Leos Carax, the French auteur behind critically acclaimed pictures like "The Lovers On The Bridge" and "Pola X." Other than a segment of 2008's portmanteau picture "Tokyo," Carax hasn't made a film in over a decade, but he's back in competition at the festival with "Holy Motors," which stars the director's regular collaborator Denis Lavant as Monsieur Oscar, a mysterious figure who travels between a number of different lives.

Cannes Review: 'After The Battle' A Well-Intentioned, But Manipulative Drama About The Egyptian Revolution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2012 8:59 AM
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Gil Scott-Heron famously said "The revolution will not be televised," but as the Occupy movement and the events in Syria and Egypt have shown, not only are these actions on TV, they're on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well. Social media and the ever-quickening 24 hours cycle have seen protestors and governments alike shift and adapt strategies, tactics and rhetoric faster than ever before. And it's against this backdrop that director Yousry Nasrallah has delivered "After The Battle," a well-intentioned if clunky and uneven drama set among the boiling tension and emotion of the uprisings in Egypt in 2011.

'Bourne' Helmer Paul Greengrass To Direct Sports Documentary On F.C. Barcelona

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 8:39 AM
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Despite being the world's favorite sport, and gaining increasing traction in the U.S., the number of great films about soccer (or football, as those of us in the rest of the world accurately call it), can be counted on the fingers of no hands. From John Huston's "Escape To Victory" to the would-be-blockbuster trilogy "Goal," virtually every attempt to capture the beautiful game on screen has stumbled badly, even as seemingly less cinematic sports like baseball and golf end up driving a string of classics.

Marion Cotillard To Star In 'A Separation' Helmer Asghar Farhadi's Next; Matthias Schoenaerts Lines Up Thriller 'The Treatment'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 8:19 AM
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One of the most anticipated features at Cannes this year is Jacques Audiard's return to the Croisette with "Rust & Bone," an adaptation of Craig Davidson's short story starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. The last time the helmer was here for "A Prophet," he earned immense critical acclaim for himself and his film's star, Tahar Rahim, leading to the film's eventual Oscar-nomination in the Foreign Film category. From the sounds of our review this morning, "Rust & Bone" is another huge success for both the director and his lead actress.

Ridley Scott Hopes To Do A 'Prometheus' Sequel Next; New Viral Clip Featuring Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw & More Photos

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 7:59 AM
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There's only a few weeks left before all the mystery that shrouds Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is whisked away with the film's theatrical release. The movie is reaching 'Dark Knight' levels of hysteria, and as you may have noticed, it's been regularly filling up the Playlist home page. A new profile with The Hollywood Reporter now sheds a little more light on the film and Scott's upcoming plans to get your interest further piqued.

Cannes Review: 'The We & The I' Is A Testing, Patronizing Let-Down From Michel Gondry

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 17, 2012 7:41 AM
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Like some Gallic version of Tim Burton, Michel Gondry's initial promise has given way to a series of films whose diminishing returns demonstrate that he's a talented visualist without the capacity for, or worse, any interest in, telling an actual story. Gondry's defenders will, of course, point to the excellent "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," but the passage of years has made it abundantly clear that the credit for that film is entirely screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's; Gondry may have gotten out of the way of that script, but that's hardly a reason to celebrate his skills or capablities, such as they are, beyond that. The messy "Be Kind, Rewind," the cutesy-creepy "The Science of Sleep," the noisome and needless "Green Hornet" ... Gondry's name above a title has gone from being a reason to seek a film to being a reason to shun it.

Cannes Review: Blood & Water Flow Freely In Jacques Audiard's Beautiful & Moving 'Rust & Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2012 6:44 AM
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What is it we do to survive? Who is it we love? Who is it we fight? What are the forces seen and unseen that push our lives in directions we could have never expected? These are the questions that Jacques Audiard tackles in his latest "Rust And Bone," a beautiful, moving story of two fractured lives that somehow, together, combine into a single (if unconventional) whole.

John Cusack In Talks To Join Elijah Wood In 'Speed'-Esque Thriller 'Grand Piano'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 9:04 PM
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As far as ludicrous movie pitches go, the "'Speed' with a piano' logline for "Grand Piano" is up there with "Snakes On A Plane" and "Burning Bright" (don't remember "Burning Bright?" That was the one where the girl from "Step Up 2" and her autistic brother are trapped in their house by a hurricane, only to be stalked by an escaped tiger. Seriously). The film, announced a week or two back, is set to star Elijah Wood as a concert pianist with stagefright forced to play the concert of his life in order to save his life, and his wife, after finding a threat on his sheet music. Again, we're not making this up.

Helena Bonham-Carter And Kathy Bates Sign On To Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'The Young And Prodigious Spivet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 8:12 PM
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Given that he directed one of the most successful French films of all time, in the shape of 2001's still-delightful "Amelie," it's surprising that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet hasn't worked in Hollywood more. But then again, given that his only English-language picture to date was the woeful "Alien: Resurrection," perhaps it's not so surprising after all. Hollywood has come calling, of course: the director was courted to make films including "Life of Pi," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Mirror Mirror," but he's generally preferred to march to the beat of his own drum, with two French-language pictures in the last decade, the underrated "A Very Long Engagement," and the slight, but enjoyable, "MicMacs."

'New Girl' Stand-Out Max Greenfield Joins Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler In 'They Came Together'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 7:18 PM
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You'd be forgiven for having tuned out of, or indeed never ventured near, Fox's Zooey Deschanel-starring sitcom "New Girl." The series, about an oddball girl who moves in with three male housemates, had a generic premise, an infuriating ad campaign, and a very patchy first few episodes. But over time, it's very much found its foot: the writing's gotten sharp and very funny, the direction's been strong (thanks to a selection of indie talent including John Hamburg, Miguel Arteta, Jesse Peretz, Lynn Shelton, and Nanette Burnstein) and the cast have gelled into an impressive comic ensemble. It's not going to change your life or anything, but it's steadily evolved into a highly enjoyable show.

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