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Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?

Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?
What motivates a groggy, jet-lagged scribe to crawl out of bed for an 8:30 AM press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean? Schadenfreude. The word on the Croisette was that the fourth Pirates installment was lousy. Safe to say I wasn't expecting to have a good time. (I didn't even see Number Three, even though it boasted Chow Yun-Fat.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2011 10:48 AM
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Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Here's the second in our continuing series of Cannes director profiles.Country: Belgium
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 14, 2011 3:56 AM
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Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Two out of the three Cannes films that Simon Abrams reviews here may never be screened for stateside art-house audiences. But one is a must-see for everyone, he writes:The restored print of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Panic in Needle Park director Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 debut feature, is a must-see. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux introduced the screening of Puzzle, whose star, Cannes festival poster girl Faye Dunaway, attended tonight’s screening along with Schatzberg. The film is a knockout psychodrama about the inner life of a reclusive fashion model (Dunaway) and her doomed romances with men ranging from a wealthy and obnoxious playboy (Roy Scheider) to a modest photographer (Barry Primus). If the Criterion Collection or another equally important cultural institution (perhaps the Film Society at Lincoln Center) can give Puzzle’s impeccable new print a premiere or a release, the film could find an audience.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 14, 2011 3:38 AM
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Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double
Can J.J.Abrams' sci-fi Fringe earn serious Emmy love? Amy Dawes talks to the series' Aussie star Anna Torv.Fringe, the creepy, suspenseful sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams for Fox, has come into its own in season three. Once derided as an X-Files rip-off, it’s entered mind-bending new territory by introducing a parallel universe known as “Over There.” It now focuses on the struggles between its three main characters – noted fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his acerbic son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI investigator Olivia (Anna Torv) – and their sinister doppelgangers.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 13, 2011 8:50 AM
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Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti

Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti
Cannes may be the festival d'auteurs, but more and more these days, with fewer foreign films reaching stateside art houses, many filmgoers don't know much about the top filmmakers around the world. Nanni Moretti, known as the Italian Woody Allen because he writes, directs and acts in his films, which range from the dramatic to the hilariously self-referential, is debuting his latest, Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) Friday in the Cannes competition. Here's a quick profile of the filmmaker by Simon Abrams: Country: Italy
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 13, 2011 5:53 AM
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Weekend Preview: Bridesmaids, Priest, Hesher, L'Amour Fou, Jack Cardiff, Topp Twins, Skateland

Can Bridesmaids win the box office? It's being hailed by many as The Hangover for women, and Part II of that franchise doesn't arrive until May 26, so this women's comedy -- which The Playlist calls "Hilarious and Heartfelt" -- stands a chance at beating Priest and other new arrivals, but will have a hard time knocking Thor and Fast Five off their box office pedestals.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 13, 2011 3:18 AM
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Cannes Update: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Israeli Footnote, Wettest County in Play

Cannes Update: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Israeli Footnote, Wettest County in Play
My inside-tipster on the Cannes competition told me to check out the Israeli entry from Oscar-nominated Beaufort director Joseph Cedar, Footnote (Hearat Shulayim), for which Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American and Latin rights before it screened Friday night. The comedic family drama, about rival father-son academics, aroused slight applause from the media. Cedar studied at the University of Jerusalem and NYU Film School. (Trailer is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2011 3:16 AM
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Cannes: Weinstein Co. on Buying Spree, Acquires Iron Lady, Starring Streep as Thatcher

The Weinstein Co. is on a Cannes buying spree. Having acquired distribution rights to The Artist and Wu Xia, they have now picked up US rights for under $7 million from Pathe International to market title The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep (star of Lloyd's Momma Mia!) and Jim Broadbent as UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Denis.Thatcher broke gender and class barriers to rise to power as Britain’s Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. The distrib is hosting several celebratory Croisette parties Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Cannes: Midnight in Paris Press Conference, Allen, Wilson, Brody, McAdams, Seydoux

Woody Allen basks in a warm reception for Midnight in Paris at his Cannes press conference Wednesday. Here's indieWIRE's opening day press conference coverage.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2011 8:13 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics' Barker and Bernard: Kings of the Croisette

Sony Pictures Classics' Barker and Bernard: Kings of the Croisette
So far so good for Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. They opened the festival with Woody Allen's best-received movie in years, Midnight in Paris, which they have been blitzing all over the media because they want to ride a Cannes wave of buzz into theaters on May 20.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2011 4:23 AM
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