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Trailer Watch: Cannes Palme d'Or Winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Trailer Watch: Cannes Palme d'Or Winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
For you who want to know more about the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, here's THR's Q & A with the director, known by most as "Joe" Weerasethakul. This was his fifth film in the Cannes official selection. Time Out London also profiles the director. And Salon's Andrew O'Hehir offers a rave review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 11:39 AM
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Cannes' The Myth of the American Sleepover vs. Shit Year: One Moves, the Other Doesn't

Cannes' The Myth of the American Sleepover vs. Shit Year: One Moves, the Other Doesn't
While prepping for an American Pavilion Q & A with Cam Archer and David Robert Mitchell, writer-directors of two micro-budget indies, one film put me to sleep while the other didn't.
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  • May 23, 2010 10:55 AM
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Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano

Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano
The Cannes Film Festival juries handed out their awards Sunday. Competition jury president Tim Burton announced the winner of the Palme d'Or: the complex critics' fave from Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. In a sign that the jury was not unanimous in support of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful (comme tout le monde), the best actor prize was shared by Biutiful's Javier Bardem and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. Mike Leigh's well-reviewed Another Year was shut out of the awards, as best actress went to Cannes poster subject Juliette Binoche for Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, rather than Lesley Manville. Best director was a surprise: French actor-turned-director Mathieu Amalric for his colorful burlesque film, Tournée. Best screenplay went to another well-reviewed film, Lee Chang-dong's Poetry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 6:02 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Shrek 4 Stumbles, MacGruber Flops

In its fourth go-round, DreamWorks Animation's latest Shrek installment stumbled on its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $71.25 million, marking a probable end to the lucrative franchise. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
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  • May 23, 2010 4:32 AM
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Nike Football Spot Directed by Gonzalez Inarritu

For those of you who have not seen this much-lauded Nike soccer spot directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (amores perros, Babel, Biutiful at Cannes) here is is, in all its glory. (And it cost a small fortune.)
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  • May 23, 2010 4:19 AM
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Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir Follow-Up is The Congress, Starring Robin Wright

Ever since Ari Folman told me about adapting Stanislaw Lem's 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, I've been excited by his central premise--which is not that of the novel-- of a gorgeous American actress on the cusp of losing her movie star luster who sells her likeness to Hollywood and can never work again. The Israeli/Polish/French co-production will mix present-day live action with an animated future, and take the character forward 20 years. He wanted to cast an actress who was willing to play herself in the role; he considered Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others. Robin Wright is a great choice.
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  • May 23, 2010 4:09 AM
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Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job

Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job
As president Obama tries to push through financial reforms, the worldwide financial crisis is a hot topic at the Cannes Film Festival, from popular fiction Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to Charles Ferguson's widely-hailed doc Inside Job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2010 6:26 AM
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Rafat Ali To Leave PaidContent Behind for New Chapter

One of my daily reliables is respected digital news site PaidContent, founded by Rafat Ali eight years ago. Ever since he sold PaidContent to The Guardian's ContentNext two years back, Ali's future has been unclear. The last time I met with him, before he moved to New York some months back, he was pondering various options for his future. Well, one of them is a summer tour of Central Asia after he leaves PaidContent in July, which is well-deserved.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2010 4:48 AM
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Jagger Hits Cannes with Stones in Exile Doc

Jagger Hits Cannes with Stones in Exile Doc
Mick Jagger gave a Q & A for the new Rolling Stones doc, Stones in Exile, about the recording of the 1972 double LP Exile on Main Street. In exile from Britain for tax evasion, the Stones holed up in a Riviera villa not far from Cannes, where they reveled, noodled, created and recorded one of the great all-time albums. "We were young, handsome and stupid," Jagger, 67, told the Palais Stephanie crowd in both French and English. "Now we're just stupid."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 11:16 AM
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Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

I'm sitting in a JFK airport restaurant charging my computer, my BlackBerry and my iPod, steeling myself for another long flight. I flew into NY a month ago, so I have to fly back to LA from here, too. Sigh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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