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What Comparing Bridesmaids and The Hangover Reveals About Hollywood's Gender Problem

How many people are calling Bridesmaids "The Hangover for women"?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 8:48 AM
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LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala

LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala
The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Bernie on June 16 and close with Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark on June 26. Bernie - which fest director Rebecca Yeldham calls a "delicious black comedy" - stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. "Remembering Sidney Lumet," a conversation between Quincy Jones and Frank Pierson is also announced, as well as additional films joining the already announced lineup. Synopses for the fest's offerings are below. The Gala screening of Ryan Gosling's Drive, for which Nicolas Winding Refn just took the Cannes Best Director prize, is sure to be one of fest's hottest events. Refn is already planning a sequel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 7:28 AM
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Seattle International Film Festival Weekend One: The Whistleblower, First Grader, Happy Happy, Ex

Meredith Brody continues to cut a swath through spring film fests, moving from San Francisco to Seattle. Amazingly, there are still films she has not seen! Take that, you measly ten-day and two-week film festivals: the Seattle International Film Festival, 37 years old and counting, runs from May 19 to June 12, more than three weeks all told. Which is why I’m flying up for opening and closing weekend only, kind of a cruel joke for a doctrinaire completist such as myself, but still irresistible. Cannes is not the only beautiful seaside location showing movies in May!
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 22, 2011 11:12 AM
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Cannes Winners and Losers: Malick, Pitt, Von Trier, Dunst, Dujardin, Gosling, Refn, Kaurismaki

Cannes Winners and Losers: Malick, Pitt, Von Trier, Dunst, Dujardin, Gosling, Refn, Kaurismaki
The festival is finally over, the awards given. It was the strongest selection in years, and I saw more of the competition films than usual. Who came out ahead and behind this year?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2011 6:24 AM
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Cannes: Tree of Life Wins Palme d'Or, Jean Dujardin Actor, Dardennes and Ceylan Share Grand Prix

Jane Fonda shows off her French and then says, "Let's cut to the chase." Jury chief Robert DeNiro announces the Palme d'Or winner: The Tree of Life. It's a popular choice in the press room. Producers Bill Pohlad and Dede Gardner accept for director Terrence Malick. "Bravo!" say folks in the hall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2011 5:44 AM
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Cannes Closing Night: Poliss Wins Jury Prize, Screenplay to Footnote, Dunst Actress, Refn Director

"Wow what a week it's been," said Kirsten Dunst as she accepted her Best Actress prize for Melancholia. "Thank you so much. It's a once in a lifetime thing. Thank you to the festival for letting the film still be in competition. Thank Lars for giving me the opportunity to be so brave. It's such a special night for me."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2011 5:15 AM
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Cannes Closing Night: Who's Going to Win? Tree of Life vs. Le Havre, Footnote, The Artist, Dunst?

I am installed in the press room at the Palais, near the English-language live stream video screen, where noise and anticipation is growing as reporters prepare to file the all-important story of who wins Cannes prizes tonight. Fest director Thierry Fremaux just popped his head in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2011 3:56 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Disney Scores $90 Million for Pirates 4: Not $100 Million UPDATED

It's stranger tides indeed when a $90 million opening is considered disappointing. The fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean is now perceived as having failed to reach the magic $100-million mark, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:The highly anticipated opening for Disney’s fourquel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides didn’t go off with the cannonballs the industry was expecting, but the Rob Marshall film starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane certainly harnessed some wind in the vibrant summer season, taking in $90.1 million at 4,155 piers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 22, 2011 3:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: Michael Tolkin's The Rapture Posits the End of the World

Anyone who was raised as a Christian knows that deep in your consciousness are buried irrational childhood ideas, beliefs, and hopes. Your rational adult self may revise your views of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spigot (as Rowan Atkinson would say), but you never get rid of all that embedded Stuff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 11:58 AM
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Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit Drive; Reviews

The crowd at the Palais couldn't stop clapping Friday night for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. At one point the young filmmaker kissed his star, Ryan Gosling, who breaks out in a Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows himself to be entrapped by a young neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 11:42 AM
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