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Cannes Classics 2011: A Clockwork Orange, Despair, A Bronx Tale, The Conformist

Cannes' 2011 Classics program includes fourteen films (including A Clockwork Orange, pictured), five documentaries, a Masterclass with Malcolm McDowell, surprises, and new/restored prints. Details are below:Cannes Classics was established in 2004. The selection - because it is also one - allows the Cannes Film Festival to showcase heritage cinema, re-discovered films, restored prints and theatrical, television or DVD releases of the great works of the past. This program is presented in the Palais (Buñuel or 60th Theatres) and some films will be screened at the Cinema de la Plage and La Licorne cinema in Cannes.

Fourteen films, five documentaries, surprises, a Masterclass (Malcolm McDowell), new or restored prints: The program is based on proposals from national archives, cinematheques, studios, producers and distributors. Rare classics to discover or re-discover, they will be presented in 35mm or high definition digital prints.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 5:18 AM
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Gillespie Talks Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: "Strong Female Characters, Action, Witty, Gothic"

Craig Gillespie, who will direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, talks to EW about the upcoming project. He says he'll do his homework and consider EW's suggestion of zombie cameos from Keira Knightley (pictured in Joe Wright's 2005 Pride and Prejudice) or Colin Firth.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2011 7:21 AM
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The Great Gatsby Cast So Far: Edgerton Joins DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan, Fisher

UPDATE 5/18: Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) will play Tom Buchanan.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2011 7:05 AM
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Graig Gillespie To Direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Portman's Handsomecharlie Films Producing

Craig Gillespie (Lars and The Real Girl) will direct the Lionsgate adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films and Darko Entertainment are producing. The adaptation is based on Seth Graham-Smith's 2009 zombified expansion novel of the Jane Austen classic, a NYT Bestseller and Oprah's "Summer Reading List" mention. He also wrote the screenplay.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 6:56 AM
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Google Video: Happy Birthday Charlie!

Google celebrates Charlie Chaplin's 122nd birthday (born April 16, 1889) with an homage YouTube video from Google's Doodle team (more classic clips and links below):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2011 6:59 AM
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Malcolm Venville Talks Henry's Crime, Chekhov's Cherry Orchard, Vera Farmiga Acting Clip

Calling all Chekhov fans! The best part of Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime is its use and interpretation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Keanu Reeves's character ends up co-starring in the play across from Vera Farmiga's character, integral to his plan to rob the bank he was already wrongly convicted of robbing. Below, Venville explains to us the use of The Cherry Orchard in the film:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 15, 2011 10:13 AM
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Javier Bardem for Dark Tower, Penelope Cruz & Woody Allen Reteam, The Hobbit's Legolas & Gollum

Husband and wife (and new parents) Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz both boast new projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 5:43 AM
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Writers Guild's 101 Greatest Screenplays List Starts with Casablanca, Ends with Notorious

As part of its ongoing mission to push forward the oft-overlooked writer in the moviemaking process, the Writers Guild of America has posted its 101 Greatest Screenplays list. I'm not going to argue with the top ten, which are posted below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 8:45 AM
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LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is partnering with L.A.'s Film Independent on a new film series, sponsored by the New York Times, starting in September. And they are starting the search for a new film curator to run that screening program. Together. "We're helping to hire that person," says Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson. "Why wouldn't we know that community? We're offering our connection to the film community and programmers and our ability to assemble a team to oversee the program at LACMA. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Under new museum director Michael Govan, LACMA's film program has been under duress and was saved from suspension in October 2008 by an outcry from the film community, including director Martin Scorsese, who wrote to Govan:“I find it profoundly disheartening to know that a vital outlet for the exhibition of what was once known as ‘repertory cinema’ has been cut off in L.A. of all places, the center of film production and the land of the movie-making itself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 8:14 AM
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Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

"I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:42 AM
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