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'Farewell My Queen' Director Jacquot Takes a Sapphic Turn with Marie Antoinette

There's a reason why French director Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen" (July 13) was chosen to open the Berlin and San Francisco Film Festivals, as well as making its North American debut at COLCOA this week. The period movie, set in 1789 on the verge of Bastille Day, is a sexy period spectacle that takes us backstage at Versailles...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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Marketing Movie Marketing Takes Meta-Promo Too Far

I once got into a debate on Twitter about whether it was a journalist's job to post trailers and posters and new photos of upcoming movies--thus helping distributors to market their product.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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Career Watch: Michelle Yeoh Builds on Asia Powerbase, But "The Lady" Opens Soft

A 1984 TV commercial with Jackie Chan was the start of Michelle Yeoh's on-camera career. While she ranks #7 on EW's Best Bond Girls list for her kick-ass role in "Tomorrow Never Dies," and is the most bankable Asian actress in the world, the martial arts action star ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has never achieved Hollywood stardom.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 7:17 AM
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In ProMotion Pictures Competition, Students Tell Subway Stories

At first glance, the term 'branded content' sounds to me more like a rancher's term than a filmmaker's, but in the ProMotion Pictures competition, it's the stuff that sells.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • April 16, 2012 6:19 AM
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Paul Rudnick Loves French Women

You may remember Paul Rudnick from his years writing under the guise of Libby Gelman Waxner in Premiere, who wound up every piece with the line, "If you ask me." The playwright/screenwriter ("In and Out," "Addams Family Values") can be hilarious and has outdone himself in the current issue of The New Yorker...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2012 1:12 AM
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'Monsieur Lazhar' Director Falardeau Talks Educational Boundaries, Says 'Death is Absurd'

Canada's "Monsieur Lazhar," from director Philippe Falardeau (One of five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film; it lost to Iran's "A Separation"), is a quiet portrait of a mysterious new teacher (Mohamed Fellag) and his suffering young pupils, all of whom are coping with tragedy...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2012 3:08 PM
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Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence vs. Our Toxic Misogynist Culture

In the past week, actresses and their weight have been front and center. When moviegoers suggested that Kate Winslet was too fat in the 3-D rerelease of the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," she responded that she's now thinner than co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Lawrence was described as not hungry enough in "The Hunger Games."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 10, 2012 5:29 PM
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Best Stories of the Week: 'Titanic' Returns, TV Slate Gets Competitive, Cannes Update, Fernandez Joins Indiewire

This week at TOH, Indiewire made an excellent new hire, the spring TV lineup is dividing our attention, Kate and Leo are back in 3D, and more!
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  • April 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 6, 2012 3:57 PM
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'We Have a Pope' Director Nanni Moretti Talks Taking On The Vatican and Woody Allen (Video)

With "We Have a Pope," top Italian writer-actor-director Nanni Moretti takes us behind the scenes of a place that we are forbidden to enter, not unlike "The Queen" or "The King's Speech." He imagines what would happen if a Vatican cardinal finds out that he's elected as the Catholic Church's supreme religious leader, panics and rejects the job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 2:17 PM
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