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Cannes Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 24, 2012 8:08 AM
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Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about any question of judgment for a long time based on that half-hearted ironic "endorsement" of one of the worst films of the year, never mind at Cannes. Like the patina on a bronze roof, there are two ways to acquire trashterpiece/camp/so-bad-it's-good status. One is through time, and patience, as entropy and erosion bring down the bright gleam to a more interesting set of colors and nuanced shades; the other is to spray it on artificially with a hose, with plenty of spillage and waste, toxic and cheap and jumped-up and unconvincing.

Watch: Lee Daniels Is Playing With iMovie Transitions Again In New Clip From 'The Paperboy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 18, 2012 9:30 AM
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Remember Lee Daniels juxataposing a rape scene with the carving of a turkey in "Precious"? Yeah, subtlety isn't exactly the director's strong point, showy, sub-film-student directorial flourishes having tarnished his previous film, and the helmer is at it again with the uneccessary iMovie transitions in this latest clip from "The Paperboy," which showcases the stellar cast of Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and David Oyelowo.

Cannes Clips: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'On The Road,' 'Lawless,' Mud,' 'The Paper Boy,' & Many More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 9:12 PM
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Right now and for the next week or so, a few hundred lucky film critics (including representatives of The Playlist) are at the Cannes Film Festival where they get to see some of the most anticipated films of the year all within a few days of each other. But what are the rest of us to do? Sure, "Moonrise Kingdom" opens next week, but some of the films in competition at Cannes don't even have distributors, and it could be months or even years before they make it to movie houses in your own country.

Watch: First Clip Of John Cusack & Matthew McConaughey In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2012 8:02 AM
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Of all the movies that start to unspool at the Cannes Film Festival next week, perhaps the biggest question mark for us is "The Paperboy." Based on the novel by Pete Dexter, it seems to be, on the surface at least, a crime procedural that might make a decent amount of money, but wouldn't necessarily be the kind of fare that traditionally ends up in the Official Selection at Cannes. The cast is led by a number of actors -- Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Zac Efron -- who in recent years have found critical acclaim elusive, along with a lead actress, Nicole Kidman, who's done great work of late, but also some pretty terrible work too. And director Lee Daniels made his debut with the laughable "Shadowboxer," and his directorial excesses came close to unbalancing his breakthrough "Precious."

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 1:13 PM
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A week from today, the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival will be getting underway on the south coast of France, opening with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," and as ever, it's possibly the biggest date in the cinephile calendar, with a host of hotly-anticipated films set to premiere over the ten days that follow. A jury headed up by Nanni Moretti, and also including Andrea Arnold, Ewan McGregor, Alexander Payne, Diane Kruger and Jean-Paul Gaultier will have to decide which of over twenty films to award the Palme d'Or to, but while the competition will be typically fierce in competition, there's plenty of gems to find in the Directors' Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and Critics' Week sidebars too.

Over 20 New Images From 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron & John Cusack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 9:33 AM
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Eyepatches, bloody knives, a white trash channeling Nicole Kidman and a "Sling Blade"-esque John Cusack....suddenly Lee Daniels' '60s set thriller "The Paperboy" is looking a lot more interesting, and with the Cannes Film Festival stamp of approval, not only will this one of the starries entries this year, it could be a left field surprise.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2012 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 11:03 AM
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Early this morning brought one of the most anticipated moments in the cinephile's calendar: the announcement of the line-up of this year's installment of the Cannes Film Festival. And while it reads in places like a parody of a Cannes line-up (Alain Resnais! Abbas Kiarostami! Michael Haneke! Ken Loach!) there's no doubt that we're excited about all of those films, as well as new ones from David Cronenberg, Jacques Audiard and many, many others.

'The Master' Reportedly Won't Be Ready For Cannes; 'The Paperboy,' 'Killing Them Softly' & 'Lawless' Are Contenders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Well, even though it turned out to be a gigantic fake that kind of pissed off Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux, if anything, that lineup got people talking again and new reports are surfacing about what might be appearing on the Croisette.

Nicole Kidman Rides With Zac Efron In Pretty Sweet Retro, Paperback Book Style Poster For 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 9:00 AM
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Well, it took him a little while to settle on something, and after flirting with a seemingly endless list of projects, "Precious" director Lee Daniels returns with a bit of a shift in direction with the period thriller "The Paperboy." And if this poster is anything to go by, this could be a very unexpected treat.

Scott Glenn Returns, Reprises Role For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 7:49 AM
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Also Comes Aboard Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'If you want a dinner date with Scott Glenn, you might want to give him a call now because he's about to become very, very busy as he's joined two big upcoming projects.

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