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What Problem? Olivier Dahan's 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman To Open The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 9:43 AM
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Grace Of Monaco Poster
When reports surfaced last night that The Weinstein Company had yanked Olivier Dahan's "Grace Of Monaco" off the spring release schedule, with no word of a new date, we expected the worst. We figured it was another symptom following the director and Harvey Weinstein butting heads over the cut of the movie. But it seems they've solved those issues, as the movie is getting the kind of premiere that few filmmakers ever get the honor to have.

Jane Campion Named Jury President For 67th Cannes Film Festival

With Sundance kicking off next week, the Berlin Film Festival arriving next month, followed by SXSW in March, it won't be too long until it's May and the red carpet is rolled out at the Cannes Film Festival. And while it will be a while yet before the lineup is unveiled, the festival isn't wasting in time in unveiling the first big name set to appear. Read More »

Kevin Smith Says 'Clerks 3' To Shoot In May, Teases 'Tusk' For Cannes, Writing Rapture Flick 'Helena Handbag'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 9:17 AM
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Kevin Smith Clerks
If Kevin Smith and Jay Z have anything in common, it's that they have a very loose interpretation of the word "retirement." If you recall, the filmmaker who once flirted with packing it all in following "Red State," has done anything but. While it looks like his once-mooted hockey epic "Hit Somebody" is sitting on the backburner somewhere, he's already wrapped on his next flick, the horror "Tusk," and it seems that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Lars Von Trier Will Reportedly Premiere Hardcore Version Of 'Nymphomaniac' At Cannes Film Festival In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 9:59 AM
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As the monthly teasing continues for Lars Von Trier's sex odyssey "Nymphomaniac," there continues to be one surprise after the next when it comes to the film. We've already learned recently that the two-part film may run as long as five hours, and that a TV spinoff is apparently in the works. But could Von Trier's latest be his ticket back onto the Croisette after being deemed persona non grata in 2011?

James Gray On 'The Immigrant,' 'The Gray Man,' 'The Lost City Of Z' And More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 3, 2013 1:15 PM
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Last week, we ran an excerpt from our Cannes Film Festival interview with director James Gray in which he spoke at length about his upcoming sci-fi project. But of course the reason he was there, and the reason we were talking at all, was to present his new film, “The Immigrant,” which premiered in competition and stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner (you can read our review here).

How Will Cannes Films Like 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Only God Forgives' Fare During Oscar Season?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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While it's a more diverse celebration of film of all kinds, few could argue that Cannes hasn't provided a major launching pad for awards movies over the years. From "No Country For Old Men" and "Inglourious Basterds" to "The Artist," "Midnight In Paris," "Amour" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," barely a year passes without something popping up at Cannes which makes a big splash with the Oscars come the following February.

Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Compares 'Only God Forgives' To A Rembrandt, Responds To Critics & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 29, 2013 2:45 PM
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There was undoubtedly no film that caused quite the same disproportionate signal-to-noise ratio last week as “Only God Forgives,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s return to Cannes after winning Best Director in 2011 for “Drive.” While to us the extremely polarized reaction felt more to do with the perils of unrealistic expectations (“Drive” was a left-field surprise to many in a way that “Only God Forgives” could simply never have been, given Refn’s different profile this time out), there was a difference of opinion among attending Playlisters about the film, though not one separated by such a wide gulf as elsewhere.

James Gray Feels "Embarrassed" For Critics For Complaining 'The Immigrant' Is Too Slow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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"The boos are the cost of being lucky. But they're still hard to hear," director James Gray recently told the LA Times about the reception he received in Cannes for 2008's "Two Lovers." But the filmmaker returned to the south of France last week to premiere his latest, "The Immigrant," where he's kind of like a big deal. ("James Gray is a rock star here," one of his agents told the paper). But the reception for his most recent was certainly mixed (read our positive review here), and while Gray doesn't mind criticism, he has little patience for those who can't sit still for a movie that's less than two hours.

The 5 Best Films Plus The Highs & Lows Of The Playlist's Cannes 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 29, 2013 12:57 PM
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Cannes 2013 wrap
And so it's time to wrap up our time at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and gently put it to bed. The consensus that seemed to emerge, and that we're on board with, was that this was a strong year at the festival, and if there was no single, unexpected, left-of-field standout (no "Holy Motors" leapt out of the bushes and startled everyone) that was more than compensated for by the base standard being higher than in previous years.

James Gray Reveals Details About His Developing Sci-Fi Thriller & The "Conceptual Brilliance" Of '2001'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 28, 2013 12:59 PM
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Following the premiere of “The Immigrant” in competition late last week (our review is here), we got to talk to director James Gray in Cannes. We’ll have more of his thoughts on the shaping of that film, on working with Marion Cotillard for the first time, and a few minor updates on some other upcoming projects later on, but one topic we spoke about in greater depth was his recently announced sci-fi film. Plot outlines have been scarce so far, but Gray revealed some exciting details about what he has in mind, and the learnings he is taking from his own favorite sci-fi film, Stanley Kubrick’s exceptional and influential “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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