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Cannes 2012: Competition Films for the Red Carpet, from Kidman in 'Paperboy' to Pitt in 'Killing Them Softly'

Several films in the Cannes Competition feel like they were booked for their red carpet star value, and are lesser efforts than films that Cannes did not see fit to place in competition. Why not place Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "NO" in the Competition? It's his fourth film, and his third, the well-received "Tony Manero," was also in Director's Fortnight. And Gael Garcia Bernal is an international star. I suspect that the Festival worried that the film's low-quality video presentation--a daring aesthetic choice for Larrain--would not work in a glamorous gala Palais setting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2012 8:10 AM
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Robert Rodriguez Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete 2' At Cannes 2012

Robert Rodriguez was on the roof of the Cannes JW Marriott the other day talking about the two sequels next on his plate: 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' and 'Machete Kills,' which he’ll shoot first, starting in the next few weeks.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 23, 2012 2:03 PM
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Cannes 2012: Walter Salles and Sprawling Cast Recreate Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road,' Which is Cruising for an NC-17

"On the Road" is a two hour and 17-minute recreation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel. It's a serious thoughtful gorgeously mounted period art film and American travelogue, carefully researched and painstakingly crafted. Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera, the team behind "The Motorcycle Diaries," succeeded where many failed, over the three decades since producer Francis Ford Coppola optioned the property.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2012 11:58 AM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 3: Critics' Week Yields Breakouts 'Aqui y Alla,' 'Sofia's Last Ambulance'

This is the best film yet to screen at Cannes' Critics' Week, confidently made without a single wasted scene. The quotidian reality of Guerrero village life is realized with lyricism and lack of sentimentality.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 23, 2012 9:03 AM
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Cannes Interview: John and Katrine Boorman Talk 'Me and Me Dad,' 'Excalibur' & '70s 'Lord of the Rings'

John Boorman has been in Cannes with daughter Katrine to talk up "Me & Me Dad," a documentary about the "Excalibur"/"Deliverance"/"The Tailor Of Panama" director that Katrine filmed over a period four years and that John jokingly says he hoped would never see the light of day...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2012 3:13 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 2: Wet Fest Yields Best So Far, 'Amour'

A storm blew through the city Sunday, and it is still cool and rainy. By the grace of whatever, I have yet to catch a cold. The dreary weather reminds me of San Francisco, so maybe I should see it as an antidote to my homesickness, which is beginning to settle in. I thought the rain would keep people from queuing up en masse for early morning screenings but, nope, I was wrong.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 22, 2012 7:49 AM
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James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain in Double Feature: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 21, 2012 9:57 PM
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Roman Polanski at Cannes 2012 and New York Film Festival 1963; EXCLUSIVE Photo

Director Roman Polanski popped into Cannes Monday to introduce--not his friend Laurent Bouzereau's documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which played last Thursday, but his own entry in the Classic Cinema program, 1979's "Tess."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 9:04 PM
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Cannes 2012: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Looks Like a Hard-Ass Sergio Leone Western [Updated]

The Majestic Salon Diane was packed with the top movie press in Cannes, notebooks poised, as the King of Cannes, Harvey Weinstein, introed and unveiled footage from three upcoming Oscar hopefuls that weren't ready for the Croisette this year: Paul Thomas Anderson's $35 million "The Master" (here's how the footage played; it's set for an October 12 release, which TWC is releasing globally, financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna), David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC, November 21) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a global partnership with Sony (slates for December 25, we'll see if it happens).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 3:41 PM
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Malaysian International Film Festival Launches with Hong Kong's Lorna Tee and New York Critic Dennis Lim At Helm

A new film festival is launching in Asia, reports Screen. Malaysia National Film Development Corp (FINAS) is launching a film festival and market which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in November.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 11:44 AM
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