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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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RIP: Ultimate Cinephile Don Krim

In my early years working in the New York film world, Don Krim was one of the good guys. He remained a steadfast film lover and preservationist until succumbing to cancer on May 20 at age 65. He helped to make many crucial classic films available for the likes of us to see, and for that he should be thanked and remembered. Here's an interview with him on the occasion of the 2002 restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 10:23 AM
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Cannes Interview: Famke Janssen Talks Bringing Up Bobby and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

When Antonio Banderas winds up in a bushy white beard in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire and Famke Janssen (X-Men) submits to hideous makeup as a powerful witch in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, you know they're heading into character roles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 8:17 AM
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Downfall Video: Hitler Reacts to Von Trier

Herewith the inevitable Lars von Trier meets Bruno Gantz's Hitler in Downfall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 1:26 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Complete Cannes Coverage, Reviews, Emmys, Interviews, Venice Fest & More

Weekend Preview: Pirates Will Push Back Thor and Bridesmaids, but Midnight in Paris Is Must-See.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 1:13 AM
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Weekend Preview: Pirates Will Push Back Thor and Bridesmaids, but Midnight in Paris Is Must-See

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be commanding 81% of Fandango's ticket sales -- and could score a $90 million weekend -- but it's getting a critical spanking. To be surprised and delighted rather than lulled into a familiar open-eyed coma, go to Woody Allen's delightful Midnight in Paris: savor every line of dialogue. Here's our early review round-up; Paris now sits at 91% fresh.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2011 6:21 AM
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