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Jessica Chastain on Malick and Seeing The Tree of Life: "You Can't Help But Be Changed"

We recently featured Jessica Chastain as one of our Four Rising Stars of 2011, and the world will soon discover why. The premiere of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (May 16 at Cannes) will kick off a series of high profile projects, from Al Pacino's Wilde Salome (premiering at the Venice Film Festival this September) to this summer's The Help (August 12). The Independent spoke with the actress about working with Malick (she's a big fan) and the effect of his long-awaited film: "I think you see [The Tree of Life] and you can't help but be changed, and you can't help but think about your life and your relationship with your family, and nature, and some kind of spiritual being – it's really special."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 9, 2011 6:00 AM
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Die-Hard Indie John Sayles Takes McSweeney's Novel A Moment in the Sun On Tour

John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi tell Cari Beauchamp about their book tour for Sayles' A Moment in the Sun: Since Return of the Secaucus Seven in 1979, John Sayles, along side his long-time producer and partner Maggie Renzi, have been making independent films, telling the stories they want to tell (Lone Star, Matewan, Eight Men Out and more than a dozen others). In between, Sayles has supplemented his income with often uncredited studio writing jobs as well writing short stories and novels. It is exemplary of Sayles, who writes, directs and edits his own films, that he never uses the possessory credit and when speaking of his movies, always uses the word "we"...
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 9, 2011 5:05 AM
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Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More

Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More
Here is the complete Cannes Film Festival lineup, and the trailers available so far:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2011 4:29 AM
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Cannes Teaser: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, Starring Banderas

Cannes Teaser: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, Starring Banderas
Check out the teaser trailer for Cannes-debuting Pedro Almodovar pic The Skin I Live In, which at long last reunites the director with Spanish star Antonio Banderas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2011 12:12 PM
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Woody Allen Acts Again in Rome Movie

Woody Allen Acts Again in Rome Movie
As Woody Allen does the advance press rounds for his new movie Midnight in Paris, a valentine to the City of Lights which will play like gangbusters when it opens the Cannes Film Festival May 11, he is also revealing some tantalizing tidbits about his new movie, which he will shoot in Rome this summer. My full interview with Allen will run the moment the first press screening in Cannes lets out Wednesday. Trailer is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2011 5:20 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Thor Hammers Competition with Mighty $66 Million Opening

Weekend Box Office: Thor Hammers Competition with Mighty $66 Million Opening
Marvel spent a fortune bringing audiences yet another superhero adventure: Thor delivered the goods with a mighty $66 million opening salvo. Romantic comedy Jumping the Broom outperformed Something Borrowed. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:On opening day, Thor hammered out $25.7 million at 3,955 venues, besting the first days of such Marvel summer launches as 2003’s The Hulk ($24.3 million) and 2005’s Fantastic Four ($21.3 million). ($3.25 million of Thor’s Friday take was minted at 1,800 midnight showings.) By weekend's end, Thor had wrangled a three-day total of $66 million for Paramount and producer/financer Marvel; a figure that neither company has to blush about considering that’s the average bow for a Marvel superhero flick adaptation. Paramount also crowed about the picture's foreign grosses of $46 million for a total of $176 million outside North America. In eleven days the film has outperformed the final totals for the first X-Men, Fantastic Four and Hulk.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 8, 2011 5:04 AM
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Tarantino Wants Will Smith to Star in Django Unchained

If Quentin Tarantino lands Will Smith for his Django Unchained, it will have a huge impact on the movie. I'm not sure how I feel about it, truth to tell. Imagine that the film is The Good the Bad and the Ugly meets Mandingo or Manderlay. It's what Tarantino said he wanted to do: an entertaining spaghetti western--or southern in this case--but it's set in a very ugly place in our history, the racist south in all its abusive plantation glory.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2011 3:27 AM
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SFIFF 54: Wrapping Up the Fest, Days 13-15: The Arbor, Bromberg, Let The Wind Carry Me, Winners, Etc

SFIFF 54: Wrapping Up the Fest, Days 13-15: The Arbor, Bromberg, Let The Wind Carry Me, Winners, Etc
Meredith Brody wraps up SFIFF 54 and the many films of days thirteen, fourteen and fifteen:After the San Francisco International Film Festival’s second weekend, I feel like the toboggan is slowing down before it crosses the finish line. Day Thirteen, for example: joining Creative Director Miguel Pendas’ SF Film Noir locations tour, which he puts on (along with a tour devoted exclusively to locations for Vertigo) for guests and press, is irresistible to me, but effectively knocks out most of the day. Miguel totes ten companions around SF’s hills and valleys in a van (with an indefatigable driver who manages to pull over where there’s no place to pull over). We see sites for The Maltese Falcon, Sudden Fear, The Sniper, The Lady from Shanghai,Dark Passage, The House on Telegraph Hill, The Midnight Story (the only one I’ve never seen), The Line-Up, and more.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 7, 2011 1:18 AM
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Spielberg's Lincoln Cast Grows: Day-Lewis, Field, Jones, Gordon-Levitt, Holbrook, Spader, Hawkes +

The following actors are in negotiations to join Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis will play President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field will play Mary Todd Lincoln: Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, and David Warshofsky. Details on Jones and Gordon-Levitt's roles are below. UPDATE: Lee Pace will play Fernando Wood, the NYC mayor who "supported the Confederate cause and even suggested that the city secede from the Union, if only to keep up their valuable cotton trade," says ThePlaylist. They've got more on Pace.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2011 8:37 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Festivals, Box Office, Cannes, Pixar, Jolie, Tarantino, Oprah, Thor, Bin Laden

Weekly Wrap: Festivals, Box Office, Cannes, Pixar, Jolie, Tarantino, Oprah, Thor, Bin Laden
- Will Thor Be Latest Jewel in Marvel Crown? Marvel Talks Recipe for Success.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2011 8:29 AM
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