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Watch: Trailer For Sean Penn's Weird Goth Holocaust Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 4:30 AM
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So, here's the skinny: in Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Il Divo," he cast Sean Penn as a (seemingly) barely functioning goth rocker who finds out his father he hasn't seen in 30 years is dead and then goes on a road trip to find the SS Officer who made his life hell when he was imprisoned at Auschwitz.

New Poster For 'This Must Be The Place' Reminds Us Why We Still Want To See This Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 5:06 AM
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Granted, the reviews out of Cannes for "This Must Be The Place" were not good -- our man in the field James Rocchi called it "rambling and ragged" -- but other reviews were far less kind and overall word was that it was a disappointment if not a complete misfire. But regardless, it does have Sean Penn channeling Robert Smith and we'll watch that any day of week.

Cannes Review: Rambling, Ragged 'This Must Be The Place' Isn't Nearly As Bad As You Feared

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 4:03 AM
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The initial first glimpses for "This Must Be The Place" promised disaster, with a pitch of Sean Penn playing a burned-out post-punk rocker on the hunt for Nazis, and advance photos where Penn's jet-black corona of hair and dour made-up jowls made him look less like someone who had imitated The Cure's Robert Smith and more like someone who had killed, skinned and eaten Smith before donning his coiffure and face in celebration.

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: New Clip From Cannes Entry 'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & Frances McDormand

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2011 1:23 AM
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If you hadn't already clocked it, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday night, and every day it gets closer we get more excited by the cinematic riches on the way. Our man's packing his bags for the Croisette as we speak, but the rest of us are making do with the clips and images that have started to leak out. The last few days have seen footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" and Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin That I Live In" hit the interwebs, both looking extremely promising, and the weekend brought some video from one more of the starrier offering that'll be lighting up the South of France this year: Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be The Place," with Sean Penn.

Watch: Sean Penn Gets His Full Robert Smith On In Clip From 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 2:47 AM
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Clip removed at the request of the filmmakers.

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

Cannes Preview: First Official Look At Sean Penn In 'This Must Be The Place'; Clip From 'Miss Bala'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 10:06 AM
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Based on that pic alone, via InContention, we'd already be lining up for "This Must Be the Place," but with the great cast and talent behind the film on top of it, it's yet another exciting entry in what is shaping up to be one helluva year on the Croisette. Starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirsch and Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson, the film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo"), centers on Penn's character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, if that's not enough, David Byrne is collaborating with Will Oldham on the soundtrack. Game, set, match. The film will premiere In Competition at Cannes; bigger pic of Penn and that hair below.

David Byrne Teaming With Will Oldham For Soundtrack To Paolo Sorrentino's 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 2:16 AM
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Duo Writing Original Music For Film, Will Also Feature Performance By ByrneItalian helmer Paolo Sorrentino made a name for himself at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival with his film "Il Divo" but he'll more than likely soon be better known worldwide for his upcoming music-centric revenge tale, "This Must Be The Place," starring Sean Penn and Frances MacDormand. The project won't just share a title of a song by New York New-Wavers Talking Heads though, as that band's lead singer David Byrne is going meta in scoring and writing original music for the film.

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