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'Pitbull' Was The Original Title Of 'The Kid With A Bike' But Distributors Turned It Down

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 6, 2011 4:00 AM
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The Dardenne Brothers Hit NYFF '11 And Talk Casting, Scoring & MoreAre there any filmmakers as consistent as our favorite Belgian siblings the Dardenne Brothers? While they won't break any box office records, every instalment of the arthouse duo's output (though as per request and general lack of accessibility, we forget anything pre-1995) is generally a critical and cinephile darling, not to mention it probably holds an award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. And their newest offering, "The Kid With A Bike," is a home run.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

'Shame,' 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Albert Nobbs' & More Journey To Telluride This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 6:34 AM
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'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Remains MIA On North American Festival ShoresWhile Venice has kicked off the fall festival season in grand style, the awards season really starts with Telluride. Reactions from the hippie resort film festival have proven to be a crystal ball at both box office and awards season performance and for many studios, cause to tweak and adjust their fall plans accordingly based on what happens in Colorado. Moreover, with TIFF right around the corner, a strong showing at Telluride can often put a previously under the radar the film into a strong spotlight in Toronto. "Up In The Air," "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Brokeback Mountain" are just some of the films that have benefited in the past, and with today's announced lineup, we could see the game change for a few more films.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

Cannes Winners 'The Kid With The Bike,' 'Poliss' & 'Snowtown' Get Distribution Deals

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 2:36 AM
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It looks like the folks over at IFC were working their chequebooks pretty hard last week at the Cannes Film Festival, coming back home with an armload of films.

Cannes Review: 'The Kid With The Bike' Rides Into Trouble, Crashes Into A Savior

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2011 8:04 AM
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All the books on parenting notwithstanding, it's always been pretty simple: kids not only want love, they need it. And in the latest from Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne that need is amplified into a mellifluous tone of desperation encapsulated in little Cyril (Thomas Doret) the titular 'kid with a bike.' When the film opens Cyril literally can't believe what he's hearing: left by his father in a children's home (it's hinted that his mother is dead), he calls the number he has for his Dad, only to hear that the line is no longer in service. He's told that his father has moved without leaving a forwarding address and, unconvinced, he leaves school one morning to go there himself where he not only finds an empty apartment but learns that his bike is gone as well. With the school counselors on his tail he ducks into a doctor's office and literally crashes into Samantha (Cecile de France, most recently seen by American audiences in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter") and hangs on to her. Surprised, but not fazed, the first words she says to him are, "You can hold me, but not too tight."

Cannes Film Festival: 10 Films That Will Be Making Noise On The Croisette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2011 3:49 AM
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This year at Cannes, it seems that you'll be able to throw a rock and manage to hit a celebrity. In stark contrast to last year's festival -- which some colleagues told us was the worst in a decade -- Cannes honcho Thierry Fremaux is bringing the goods this year with a cineaste's wet dream of films from some of the finest auteurs working today. However, what unfolds over the next few days will be fascinating. Not everything can be a masterpiece, there will be some unexpected disasters and more enticingly, some pleasant surprises. We've run down the list of the films that are likely to be making the biggest noise on the Croisette this year, and given the lineup, some of these choices are certainly obvious. We've tried to mix it up a little bit and the list might be more notable for what has been left off as well. Watch for our coverage starting tomorrow and expect reviews over the next ten days of each of the below films and more.

Watch: 2 Clips From Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's Cannes-Bound 'The Kid With The Bike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 2:28 AM
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Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne are Cannes Film Festival veterans and favorites. Ever since “Rosetta” took the Palme d’Or in 1999, all their films have not only played in competition at Cannes, they’ve also won prizes—they have two Palmes d’Or, one Ecumenical and one screenplay prize from the festival -- not too shabby. Well, they’re back on the Croisette this year with "The Kid With The Bike" and if these clips are anything to go by, it looks like they might have another prize-winner on their hands.

Watch: French Trailer For The Dardenne Brothers' 'The Kid With The Bike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 3:32 AM
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With four awards from Cannes under their belts, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are veterans of the red carpet and they'll be returning once more to unveil their latest, "The Kid With The Bike." Yesterday, we got a look at a couple of images and a poster for the film and today, a full-length, French language trailer for 'Kid' has arrived.

Poster & Pics From Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's Cannes Entry 'The Kid With The Bike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 3:25 AM
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Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne are Cannes Film Festival veterans and favorites. Ever since "Rosetta" took the Palme d'Or in 1999, all their films since have not only played in competition at Cannes, they've also won prizes -- that's right, they have two Palme d'Or, one Ecumenical and one screenplay prize from Cannes. Not too shabby. Well, they're back on the Croisette this year and if we were betting men, we'd put money down on them walking away with something.

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