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Best Dressed at Cannes 2012: Chastain, Kruger, Cotillard, Bejo & Watts

It must be easier to get attention for a hideous dress than a knockout one at Cannes, which accounts for all the fashion disasters. But these ladies lit up the red carpet - some of them more than once. Juror Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts and Berenice Bejo are our Best Dressed of the festival. In the men's department, it's a very close tie between Ewan McGregor and Bill Murray.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 5:44 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Sets December 19 Date for Cannes Winner "Amour," Signals Oscar Chase

The big question coming out of Cannes is whether Sony Pictures Classics can push Michael's Haneke's somber end-of-life Palme d'Or winner "Amour" all the way to major category Oscar nominations beyond best foreign film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 5:40 PM
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The Russians Are Coming! Russia Film Lures Industryites to Screenings During Moscow Film Fest

Making their mark at Cannes, setting up a film commission in Beverly Hills, and inviting a cadre of industryites (including me) to a series of screenings during the upcoming 34th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia's film industry is putting down money on raising its global profile.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 4:03 PM
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Los Angeles Film Fest Announces Panels & Conversations, Keynote Speaker Chris McGurk

The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-24), which will open with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" and close with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," has booked Cinedigm's Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk as its keynote speaker. The LAFF also reveals its schedule of Coffee Talks, Poolside Rants, Spotlight on the Craft, panels and conversations.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 2:38 PM
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Cannes Review: Cronenberg's Dystopian "Cosmopolis" Stars Pattinson as Dissolute Master of the Universe

"Life is too contemporary," Didi Fancher (Juliette Binoche) tells Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) after they've just had sex in the back of his limousine. That seems to be the global concern in "Cosmopolis," a headlong plunge into a dystopian urban milieu of greed, corruption, technology, nihilism, you name it.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 2:05 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 5: Post-Festival Reflections, "Holy Motors"

Cannes is over, and I'm writing this on a train to Paris. Today, all the films in the main competition were screened once more so had I elected to stay another night in Cannes, I could have seen everything I wanted. But instead, I chose to end my time at Cannes with one film: Leos Carax's "Holy Motors."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 1:40 PM
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Cannes 2012: Best Actor Winner Mads Mikkelsen Talks Vinterberg's "The Hunt," T-Mobile Film "Move On," Playing a Psycho Husband

Mads Mikkelsen was in Cannes to promote two projects. The first, Competition entry, "The Hunt," marks a strong return to form for Thomas Vinterberg and features a potent performance from the Danish actor as a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher whose life is turned upside down by an arbitrary accusation that he’s sexually abusing children.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 27, 2012 4:29 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Closes with Winners --and Losers

The Cannes Film Festival came to a close with an idiosyncratic set of award winners --which as usual had more to do with the composition of the jury than what critics and media had to say during the rainy ten-day festival on the Cote d'Azur. Several of these winners will be released stateside and are likely submissions for foreign Oscar contention.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2012 3:25 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 4: Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux"

My trip is winding down to an end, and the festival has ended on such a high note for me. Last night, I tried once again to see Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," but the screening was cancelled. I cried a little, and then ate a Big Mac. But in spite of that disappointment, I've seen some excellent films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 26, 2012 6:09 PM
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Tim Roth's Cannes' Un Certain Regard Jury Goes for "Despues de Lucia," "Le Grand Soir," Two Best Actresses

Tim Roth's jury for Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard, which screened 20 films directed by 26 directors hailing from 17 countries, four of them first-timers eligible for the Camera d'Or, awarded the following prizes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2012 4:55 PM
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