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'Take Shelter' Takes Top Prize At Cannes' Critic's Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 1:16 AM
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Australian Serial Killer Flick 'Snowtown' Gets Special MentionThe 2011 Cannes Film Festival is just stumbling on its last legs, with the final big film of the festival, Sean Penn starrer "This Must Be The Place," bowing this morning (watch for our review in a few hours). The festival's main awards won't be revealed until Sunday, but a select few awards have already been given out, focusing on films in the Critic's Week, the sidebar which highlights first and second films from directors, and celebrates its 50th year in 2011.

Jessica Chastain Talks Malick & 'Wettest County,' Martin Campbell Won't Return For 'Green Lantern'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 12:53 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn Producing Icelandic Gangster Thriller 'Black's Game,' Summit Pick Up Dwayne Johnson Vehicle 'Snitch,' & More News From The Cannes BacklogMore news seems to break during Cannes than at any other time during the year, as you might have noticed. And, while we've done our darndest to cover everything, a few things have slipped through the cracks. But because we're completists, and because our loved ones abandoned us a long time ago, we're going to try and run everything down quickly below, and in our post from earlier this afternoon. So, with no further ado:

More Thoughts & 3 More Reviews Of Terrence Malick's Luminous, But Uneven 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yes, you've read our initial review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," but we've got a few more, simply because it's a film that demands discussion and contrary to popular belief, members of The Playlist do not share a brain or utilize hivemind thinking, but three writers from the site saw the film at different times yesterday in New York and L.A., and all of us came to relatively the same conclusions. Three more writers, three different, but similar takes on the film. Find them after the jump.

The Weinstein Company Close To Picking Up 'The Wettest County,' Film Will Land Before End of Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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Cannes is one of the biggest markets, if not the biggest, for acquisitions in the film calendar, with hundreds of deals made, ranging from pre-sales for star-laden properties to distribution rights to terrible B-movies. This year, as with the unusually busy Sundance, has already been packed with deals, happily suggesting something of a renaissance in the independent film world. On top of the news that landed over the weekend that Rian Johnson's "Looper" heads up a pack of high-profile buys also including "Playing the Field," "Arabian Nights" and "The Iron Lady," another of our most anticipated films of the moment looks to have landed an American distributor.

Brad Pitt On Malick's Cannes Absence: "He Focuses On Building Houses, Not Selling Real Estate"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2011 5:04 AM
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Plus 9 New Photos From The FilmAlright, Terrence Malick's long-awaited, long-anticipated "The Tree of Life" has landed at the Cannes Film Festival and as many of us have guessed, reactions are mixed as the experimental, more meditative-focused rather than narrative-focused picture has proven to be a divisive effort (here's our reaction and review and here's an extremely comprehensive compilation of reaction from the criterati at large).

Jessica Chastain Has A Smart Part In Terrence Malick's Next, Still Untitled Romantic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:34 AM
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Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree Of Life" will unspool a week from today at the Cannes Film Festival, and the picture that had remained hidden for so long, will finally be revealed and talked about. In the past, we'd just have to wait patiently until the director decided what he would do next. However, Malick seems to have a fire lit under him as before "The Tree Of Life" was done, last fall, he got started on another film.

Focus Features To Release 'The Debt' Starring Sam Worthington & Helen Mirren On Aug. 31st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 6:41 AM
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Last year, the sale of Miramax ended up delaying the release of a couple of films, namely John Madden's part-thriller, part romantic drama, "The Debt," and Troy Nixey's Guillermo del Toro-produced "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"; each were scheduled to hit theaters on December 29th and January 21st, respectively. Well, clearly those dates have come and gone but at least one of the films is now headed to a theatrical release.

Sundance '11 Review: 'Take Shelter' A Naturalistic, Novelistic Portrayal Of Madness & Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 9:46 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up 'Take Shelter' Starring Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 6:04 AM
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After making a strong debut with his riveting and powerful debut film "Shotgun Stories," director Jeff Nichols is looking to break out in a huge way with his sophomore effort.

First Look: Jessica Chastain & Michael Shannon In Psychological Thriller 'Take Shelter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 6:02 AM
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While most cinemagoers became acquainted with the insanely talented Michael Shannon from his turn in "Revolutionary Road" or more recently, in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," indie film fans have been singing the actor's praises ever since his performance in the little seen picture "Shotgun Stories." That film was a sharp exploration of sibling rivalry at its most harrowing and now director Jeff Nichols has re-teamed with the actor for his sophomore effort.

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