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Cannes Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2011 8:23 AM
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When The Weinstein Company announced last week just before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as screening this morning for critics, not only did "The Artist" play like gangbusters to critics who applauded the film at various points during the film but more importantly, Hazanavicius' film is a pure joy. Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, "The Artist" is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel.

Watch: Trailer For First Big Cannes Sale, Silent Film 'The Artist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 1:00 AM
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On Tuesday, The Weinstein Company kicked off what's sure to be a hectic buyer's market at Cannes with their purchase of late festival entry "The Artist." The film tells the story of the last great silent movie star and his relationship with an extra who slowly becomes one to watch on the talkie circuit. It's another collaboration between leading man Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius, who previously worked together on the absolutely hysterical "OSS 117" films, which do everything the "Austin Powers" franchise tried and failed.

Kevin Smith Reveals Most Of 'Red State' Cast To Return For 'Hit Somebody,' His Final Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 4:27 AM
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Director Confirms Hockey Film Will Be His Last, Aiming To Shoot This FallSo much Kevin Smith stuff happened today we've had to break it up into two stories. While the "Red State" screening and auction dominated the evening's tweets and comments, the director also revealed some details about his next and (what will be his) last film.

John Goodman Joins 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' With Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 1:56 AM
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Adaptation Aiming For Fall Release That Will Coincide With 10 Year Anniversary Of 9/11Looks like John Goodman is on a bit of a roll.

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