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Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign

Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign
While Cannes is thinning out after the first week--the crowds at The Grand are diminished---buyers expect to announce a raft of sales over the next few days. One of the films still being hotly debated--and tipped for a well-deserved best actress prize here for Tilda Swinton--is Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin. It's a polarizing love/hate kind of thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:47 AM
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First Look: Adventures of Tintin Teaser and Poster Revealed

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3-D motion-capture extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, finally has an international poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 1:51 AM
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Cannes Update: Film Society Celebrates New Lincoln Center Cinemas with Free Programming

The Film Society of Lincoln Center director Rose Kuo threw a Cannes party at the Stella Artois beach attended by New York Film Festival director Richard Pena (pictured), Film Comment editor Gavin Smith and columnist Amy Taubin, former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson, Film Society and Snagfilms consultant Bingham Ray, festival players such as Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam, San Francisco's Rachel Rosen, Venice's Giuilia d'Agnolo Vallan, SXSW's Janet Pierson, Telluride's Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger, critics Todd McCarthy, Melissa Anderson, Stephanie Zacharek, John Powers and Karina Longworth and Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 11:24 AM
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Cannes Tree of Life Update: Malick Shows Up For Big Night

Terrence Malick did come to Cannes, even if he didn't show up for The Tree of Life press conference, having asked Brad Pitt to do his heavy lifting for him. Fox Searchlight did not beg the director to walk the red carpet for the photographers, as did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (pictured), but Malick did enter the Palais right before the movie in order to hear the announcer boom the magic words: "L'auteur, Terrence Malick!"-- amid thundering standing applause. Per usual, the film played far better than at the press screening, which elicited an equal measure of clapping and boos. At the official screening, Malick won a sustained standing ovation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 10:19 AM
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The Capital's Annual GI Film Festival Honors US Armed Forces

The GI Film Festival was held May 9-15 in Washington, DC. In its fifth year, the fest showcased films honoring our US Armed Forces and gave audiences a glimpse at and appreciation for military life. Awards were given to Lou Diamond Phillips (GI Spirit Award) and William Devane, the star of Flag of My Father (GI Choice Award). Among the premieres were the documentary The Real M.A.S.H. (US) and Paul Giamatti’s 13th century set feature Ironclad (DC)(pictured). Here's more from festival sponsor MPAA.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2011 5:09 AM
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PGA Announces ProShow Competition Winners, To Get Exclusive Produced By Conference Access

The Producers Guild of America announces the winners of its Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition, in conjunction with their Produced By Conference. The ProShow aims to "help film producers initiate business relationships, co-develop compelling projects and spearhead investment involving the producing community, a panel of financiers, as well as local and international film commissions."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 4:42 AM
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Cannes Pattern: Skip Press Conference, Show for Movie; Gibson Walks Beaver Red Carpet

Cannes Pattern: Skip Press Conference, Show for Movie; Gibson Walks Beaver Red Carpet
One has to hope that Cannes director Thierry Fremaux nips this trend in the bud.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 4:20 AM
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The Tree of Life Reviews: "Visionary Cinema, Shockingly Banal, Mesmerizing, Surrender To It"

The Tree of Life Reviews: "Visionary Cinema, Shockingly Banal, Mesmerizing, Surrender To It"
I heard a woman leaving the screening of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life say, "I want to read the reviews on this." That's what critics are for--to help moviegoers understand a complex work like this one. Here is my coverage, a round-up of others is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 3:55 AM
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Cannes: The Artist vs. Murder 101

Cannes: The Artist vs. Murder 101
Gee, given the choice to see a movie acquired by The Weinstein Co. that many critics rave about--The Artist--and Murder 101 (invite below), which would you choose?SCREENING: "Murder 101"Wednesday 18 May 14:00 hrs GRAY 5 Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor) plays FBI Agent Ridley alongside Dante Basco (Hook, Take The Lead, Biker Boyz) who plays D. Phillips. Critics have described this as a “new CW inspired teen slasher that is aiming to be the horror guilty pleasure this season with slick production values, backstabbing girls, hot soundtrack selections, and some gory killings...”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 2:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs Remake, Starring Marsden, Skarsgård, Bosworth

Check out the trailer for Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs, starring James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth. Dustin Hoffman starred in the controversial 1971 Straw Dogs, based on Gordon Williams' 1970 novel, The Siege of Trencher's Farm (directed by Sam Peckinpah). The film is in theaters September 16.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 11:18 AM
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