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Watch: New Clip From Cannes Entry 'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & Frances McDormand

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2011 1:23 AM
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If you hadn't already clocked it, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday night, and every day it gets closer we get more excited by the cinematic riches on the way. Our man's packing his bags for the Croisette as we speak, but the rest of us are making do with the clips and images that have started to leak out. The last few days have seen footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" and Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin That I Live In" hit the interwebs, both looking extremely promising, and the weekend brought some video from one more of the starrier offering that'll be lighting up the South of France this year: Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be The Place," with Sean Penn.

Garret Dillahunt Joins Rian Johnson's 'Looper' & Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2011 1:04 AM
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We love almost everything about The Onion's AV Club -- it's the home to some of the smartest pop culture writing around, and it's one of the first things we read of a morning. And, among its many excellent regular features, our favorite is Random Roles, which involves an actor -- usually the kind of unsung character types that we love -- running down a selection of previous parts across their careers. The latest up to bat is a prime example of the kind of performer they showcase -- the excellent Garret Dillahunt -- and as well as providing some excellent insights into his varied résumé, the actor also revealed that he's joined the ensemble casts of two of our most eagerly anticipated projects.

Weekend Box Office: 'Thor' Soars, Romcoms Prosper, 'Beaver' Gets Plugged

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 8, 2011 5:59 AM
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As far as blockbuster debuts go, “Thor” didn’t perform too badly. The first big release of May thundered its way to a $66 million weekend, slightly above what industry analysts predicted for the God of Thunder. The film benefited from the biggest 3D berth of any major release thus far as well as the mighty marketing team of Paramount and Marvel to nab numbers that, on the surface, show potential to be a franchise-starter.

Twisted Teaser Trailer For Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Skin That I Live In'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2011 3:31 AM
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This year's Cannes sees the return of a major auteur in Pedro Almodóvar's with "The Skin That I Live In." Details have been scarce, other than a creepy synopsis and an array of weird images, the film now has a teaser trailer to complement its upcoming unveiling as well -- and does it do the job or what?

Plenty Of New Images Unveiled From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2011 2:49 AM
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First Look At Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston & Oscar IsaacWith the Cannes Film Festival right around the corner, one film we're champing at the bit to hear and see more of, is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest effort, "Drive."

Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 2nd-May7th

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 7, 2011 4:05 AM
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Big news in the movie world this week. We got big advancement on new projects from Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, and while the rest of the world was undergoing major change, Hollywood was working to greenlight a movie about it.

SFIFF '11: Tindersticks Accompany Claire Denis Films Live On Stage

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • May 7, 2011 3:41 AM
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Tuesday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Castro Theatre hosted one of the more inspired events of the festival. Every year, the San Francisco Film Society puts on an event pairing a musical act with a silent film. The past few years have seen Stephen Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) providing live music for the 1916 version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Dengue Fever accompanying the stop-motion feature-length film “The Lost World,” and Black Francis (The Pixies) lending his songs to “The Golem.” This time around, the festival decided to change the rules slightly and invited Tindersticks to play along with the films of director Claire Denis. The shift here is that Denis’ films aren’t silent, and the original scores were created by Tindersticks in the first place.

First Look: Brad Pitt As Jackie Cogan In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2011 3:10 AM
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With principal photography now wrapped on Andrew Dominik's adaptation of George V. Higgins' "Cogan's Trade," a new image of star Brad Pitt as the titular Jackie Cogan has been unveiled.

Michael Fassbender In Talks To Star In Danny Boyle's Art-Heist Thriller 'Trance'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2011 2:25 AM
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Film Revealed As Remake Of British Telemovie; Scheduled For March 2013 Theatrical ReleaseMerely days after the surprise announcement of Danny Boyle's next directorial effort "Trance," comes word that Irish-German thespian Michael Fassbender is now in talks to star. While details were scarce initially the picture has now been revealed as the remake of a 2003 British telemovie of the same name written and directed by Joe Ahearne.

Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 6, 2011 12:51 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Spaghetti Western epic, "Django Unchained."

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