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Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music

Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music
If it was ever in doubt, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (USA May 27) will in fact debut at Cannes, despite Icon UK's one-time insistence that they would open it ahead of the fest. The distributor admits that they will not be releasing the film, after wrangling with foreign sales company Summit over the deal terms. Spokesman Zak Brilliant of Icon told the Guardian: "[We] will not now be releasing Tree of Life on 4 May. There is a legal issue ongoing for the film which we hoped to resolve but were unable to do so."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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The Killing: What Does Linden's Abstracted Look Mean?

One of my favorite things in The Killing, the successful new AMC series remake of the original Danish global hit, is the way homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) takes a long slow burn as she susses out a new location. One of my friends calls it a "meaningful stare, that long, long shot when she is thinking, or being sympathetic." Another calls it an "abstracted" quality. It turns out that folks are debating what these slow reaction shots mean, exactly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 5:49 AM
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HBO's Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 4:32 AM
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Venice Film Fest 2011: Aronofsky to Head Competition Jury

Venice Film Fest 2011: Aronofsky to Head Competition Jury
Darren Aronofsky considers the Venice Film festival to be his good-luck charm. He debuted in Venice both The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion in 2008, and Black Swan, which opened the festival last year. Both went on to become top awards contenders; Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar. His first film to compete in Venice was The Fountain in 2006.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 3:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Immortals Features Shiny Things Like Muscles, Women, Weapons and CGI

The new HD trailer for Tarsem Singh's Immortals showcases muscles, weapons and prop-babes. The film stars new Superman Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff and Joseph Morgan. It hits theaters in 3-D November 11.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 3:14 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Five: Time Travel, from Cave of Forgotten Dreams to Children of the Princess of Cleves

SFIFF 54 Day Five: Time Travel, from Cave of Forgotten Dreams to Children of the Princess of Cleves
Meredith Brody reports on the latest festival screenings from San Francisco:The Frenchwoman who introduced Children of the Princess of Cleves gave us an invaluable bit of information that cast the film in an interesting light. President Nicolas Sarkozy said that reading the required “Princess of Cleves,” published in 1678, made no sense for a high school student who would be working as a cashier in two years. Many in France were incensed by the comment, big surprise -- as am I – wasn’t Sarkozy, despite a wealthy background, posited as “l’homme du people” when he ran for President? Here’s real-time news: when I Google Sarkozy, the news pops up that he and Carla Bruni are expecting their first child together – posted 13 minutes ago! I also learn that Sarkozy was a mediocre student, and had to go to a crammer to pass his baccalaureate, the exam that determines whether or not you can go on to college.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 27, 2011 3:02 AM
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Two or Three Things I Know About Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein amuses me. When I first met him in 1987 in Cannes, he was a hungry indie distributor on the rise hawking Lizzie Borden's Working Girls. I've tracked him and interviewed him and annoyed him over the years--and the video interview below reveals some of the things I know about him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 10:34 AM
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Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars

Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars
Post-Oscar season, there's no question that these days, the best viewing to be found is on cable. Not only are AMC's critically-hailed Danish murder mystery remake The Killing, HBO's Tolkien light fantasy series Game of Thrones (adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels by top Hollywood scribe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss), and Showtime's The Borgias (adapted by writer-director Neil Jordan) compelling, gorgeously-mounted, well-written series, but they are breaking out --and reviving--talent as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 8:06 AM
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BAFTA TV Award Nominations Include Danish The Killing, Mad Men, Glee, Boardwalk Empire

In TV news, BAFTA has nominated the original Danish The Killing as well as usual suspects Mad Men, Glee and Boardwalk Empire for BAFTA's best international show. Full list is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 7:50 AM
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Interview Watch: Michelle Williams Talks Career, Harrison Ford on CGI, Gabriel Byrne on Catholicism

- In their May issue, Interview Magazine asks Meek's Cutoff star Michelle Williams about her selective and seemingly wise career choices. Williams responds:"How do I say this? It’s like a mechanism in my life that runs on its own. When other things in my life don’t, and are broken and aren’t going well, for some reason my decision-making mechanism has a little engine of its own, and it’s fine. So I don’t overthink it. I’ve come to learn that the choices I labor over and go back and forth about and ask a million people for their opinions and make lists about...those are always the wrong choices. I’ve definitely made a couple of those, and that’s how I know now that it’s not the best way for me to decide…I don’t think of it as building, or really even a career. It’s just what appeals to me right now, without any real thought about how it’s going to affect my future, or even how it relates to my past work. I have faith in the fact that, as I change, so will the things that I’m interested in, as long as I keep up my own change."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2011 7:09 AM
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