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Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano

The Cannes Film Festival juries handed out their awards Sunday. Competition jury president Tim Burton announced the winner of the Palme d'Or: the complex critics' fave from Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. In a sign that the jury was not unanimous in support of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful (comme tout le monde), the best actor prize was shared by Biutiful's Javier Bardem and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. Mike Leigh's well-reviewed Another Year was shut out of the awards, as best actress went to Cannes poster subject Juliette Binoche for Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, rather than Lesley Manville. Best director was a surprise: French actor-turned-director Mathieu Amalric for his colorful burlesque film, Tournée. Best screenplay went to another well-reviewed film, Lee Chang-dong's Poetry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 6:02 AM
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Cannes Starts Buying: Another Year, Heartbeats, Prey

American buyers are finally opening up their pocketbooks. As expected, the two first buyers are Sony Pictures Classics, which has picked up critics' fave Another Year, from Oscar perennial Mike Leigh, who has delivered yet another exquisitely acted meditation on the middle-aged human condition. Lesley Manville is tagged for Oscar consideration, especially with SPC behind her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2010 11:45 AM
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Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man

Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man
Writer-director Julie Taymor is in Cannes promoting her film take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which Icon International is selling in the market. "Isn't it Disney?" I asked Lionsgate UK's Nick Manzi. He responded: "Yes, but not all over the world."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2010 7:22 AM
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Regards to Broadway, En Route to Cannes

On the way to Cannes every year, I stop somewhere to break up the long journey, usually London or Paris (where the Cinematheque Francaise museum is a must-see). This year I stopped in Manhattan to catch the tail end of the Tribeca Film Fest (for the first time) and relax a bit before heading to the Riviera. It worked like a charm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 7:22 AM
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Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Pre-Cannes Season Survey

Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Pre-Cannes Season Survey
In Contention's Kris Tapley, refreshed after a sojourn from his labors, and I reconvene for a summer edition of Oscar Talk. We cover the lacklustre spring season, look forward to Cannes and the summer, and dissect Iron Man 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2010 5:13 AM
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SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced

The 53rd SFIFF winners have been announced, along with the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker Grants.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 6, 2010 8:31 AM
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Ebert Named Webby Person of the Year

The Webby Awards have named Roger Ebert their Person of the Year. The Webbys credit the Chicago Sun-Times film critic with raising the bar for the “level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the web” and having an “unparalleled level of engagement with followers and fans.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2010 6:35 AM
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Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On
My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2010 1:00 AM
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L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir

L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir
Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.'s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine's Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton's neo-noir, The Square.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 3:40 AM
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Hollywood is Running Out of Movie Stars Like Matt Damon

Hollywood is Running Out of Movie Stars Like Matt Damon
One of the running gags at Saturday night's 24th annual American Cinematheque Ball was how strange it was to be honoring a movie star who hasn't yet cracked 40. "What can you say about Matt Damon that hasn't been said about Brendan Fraser?" roasted Jimmy Kimmel. "You're here tonight because were running out of stars."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2010 6:56 AM
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