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Sundance Selects Is Releasing Cannes Winners 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and 'Like Father, Like Son'

The folks at Sundance Selects are smiling, as they not only acquired U.S. rights to Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color," a lesbian romance that is sure to be a hot ticket back stateside, but U.S. rights to Japanese writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Prize Winner "Like Father, Like Son," as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:29 PM
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Cannes Update: Male Dinosaurs Misspeak, Jury and Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Press Conferences (Videos)

The Cannes Film Festival always unveils a few stragglers at the end of the fest, and the 66th installment was no exception. There were quite a few from the likes of Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). While the Cannes jury stepped into the modern world with its rare unanimous choice of a three-hour lesbian romance as this year's winner, ( jury press conference is here), some of the male auteurs and stars at the festival, on the other hand, showed themselves to be politically incorrect dinosaurs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:09 PM
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Watch: Arianna Huffington's Commencement Address on Women and the Media

At her commencement address at Smith College, Arianna Huffington dispensed wise words of advice--specifically regarding the subject of success and careers for women in the media. She spoke particularly well about redefining success, rather than focusing on money and power.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 26, 2013 11:11 PM
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'Before Midnight' & 'Fill the Void' Both Score For Sony Classics

Over the past two years, the Memorial Day weekend has become a significant time to release important new specialized films. Last year, coming off its Cannes debut, "Moonrise Kingdom" opened to a staggering $130,000 four-theater PSA, while a year earlier Cannes-winner "The Tree of Life" did lesser but still stellar business. And in both years, an earlier May opener ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Midnight in Paris" respectively) were already in the top 10 in expanded runs.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 26, 2013 4:04 PM
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Uses Late Night Scramble to Parody 'Game of Thrones'

In one of the best parodies of "Game of Thrones" yet, Jimmy Fallon premiered "Game of Desks" on Late Night. With an impressive production level, Fallon used the fantastical HBO series to riff on the late night talk show battles. Fallon plays a Ned Stark type, as well as a flaxen-haired Daenerys.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 26, 2013 3:51 PM
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'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Cannes Palme d'Or

In a twist in Cannes Sunday evening, director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" not only won the Palme d'Or, but the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, made the extraordinary gesture of also giving its actresses Adele Exarcholpoulos and Lea Seydoux honorary scrolls for their bravery in the film. The three-hour feature had received terrific word-of-mouth after its initial screening though some speculated its heavy and explicit sexual content, which is based on the French graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh, would possibly hinder a Palme d'Or win.
  • By Anne Thompson and Brian Brooks
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  • May 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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'Fast & Furious 6' Revs Up Top Ten for Record-Breaking Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Led by two openers whose series combined have reached nine films total, business for the first time in 2013 blasted far ahead of the previous year. And more importantly, it did so on one of the biggest weekends of the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 26, 2013 1:04 PM
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Cannes: Oscar-Worthy Cotillard and Director Gray Talk Divisive 'The Immigrant'

Characteristic of a number of Cannes competition titles, "The Immigrant" has divided audiences though its morning screening Friday did not receive the audible Boos that greeted the credit roll of "Only God Forgives" the day prior. An unscientific poll of random inquiries by badge holders here who have seen the film suggests that it has won over more moviegoers than not.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 25, 2013 3:51 PM
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'Fast & Furious 6' Revs Up Holiday Weekend Box Office, 'Before Midnight' Starts Strong

After months of grosses that often fell short of last year, Friday's results indicate a huge uptick in business just as the summer season revs into high gear. With three new films joining three May hits, the top 10 yesterday grossed around $84 million, nearly double the Friday of Memorial Day weekend last year ($44 million).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 25, 2013 3:25 PM
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Cannes Interview: Mexican Director Amat Escalante Talks Violent Love Story 'Heli'

When it screened at Cannes last week, the Mexican film “Heli” raised eyebrows and some hackles for its unsparing evocation of Mexico’s drug-war violence, including torture. A compelling story of one simple family who, through no real fault of their own, stumble into a nightmare, “Heli” is director Amat Escalante’s third film at Cannes, and his first in competition.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 25, 2013 3:06 PM
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