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Woody Allen Talks Breaking Out with Cannes Hit Midnight in Paris: "Hey, Did You See Gertrude Stein?"

Woody Allen Talks Breaking Out with Cannes Hit Midnight in Paris: "Hey, Did You See Gertrude Stein?"
Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen's best movie since Deconstructing Harry in 1997.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:19 AM
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Sophia Loren Interviewed by Billy Crystal at Academy Tribute: "I Am Never Content."

Sophia Loren Interviewed by Billy Crystal at Academy Tribute: "I Am Never Content."
On May 4, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted a gala tribute to Sophia Loren, who will be 77 this September. The revelation in the film clips was not her beauty, range, bravura dramatic acting in such films as Vittorio De Sica's Two Women (the first Oscar win for a non-English speaking role) or iconic American roles, dancing in gold lame with Cary Grant in Houseboat (1958) or making Gregory Peck's jaw drop in Arabesque (1966)--both men were clearly besotted--but her comic sexy romps with Marcello Mastroianni in movies like De Sica's 1964 Marriage Italian Style, for which she was also nominated. Her strip scene with Mastroianni sent temperatures soaring in the theatre. They made 12 films together.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 2:51 AM
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Trailer Watch: Miranda July's The Future, In Theaters July 29

Check out the trailer for writer-director Miranda July's The Future, in which she also stars along with Hamish Linklater. Here's our Sundance interview. Roadside will release the film July 29.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2011 7:45 AM
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Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More

Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More
Here is the complete Cannes Film Festival lineup, and the trailers available so far:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2011 4:29 AM
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Cannes Teaser: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, Starring Banderas

Cannes Teaser: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, Starring Banderas
Check out the teaser trailer for Cannes-debuting Pedro Almodovar pic The Skin I Live In, which at long last reunites the director with Spanish star Antonio Banderas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2011 12:12 PM
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Woody Allen Acts Again in Rome Movie

Woody Allen Acts Again in Rome Movie
As Woody Allen does the advance press rounds for his new movie Midnight in Paris, a valentine to the City of Lights which will play like gangbusters when it opens the Cannes Film Festival May 11, he is also revealing some tantalizing tidbits about his new movie, which he will shoot in Rome this summer. My full interview with Allen will run the moment the first press screening in Cannes lets out Wednesday. Trailer is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2011 5:20 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Festivals, Box Office, Cannes, Pixar, Jolie, Tarantino, Oprah, Thor, Bin Laden

Weekly Wrap: Festivals, Box Office, Cannes, Pixar, Jolie, Tarantino, Oprah, Thor, Bin Laden
- Will Thor Be Latest Jewel in Marvel Crown? Marvel Talks Recipe for Success.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2011 8:29 AM
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Thor Will Molest Your Eye Sockets, Plus: Something Borrowed, The Beaver, Last Night, Passion Play

Thor Will Molest Your Eye Sockets, Plus: Something Borrowed, The Beaver, Last Night, Passion Play
Finally, as summer is nigh, moviegoers are faced with a wide range of prospects this weekend. Jodie Foster's The Beaver delivers a solid family drama with a standout performance from Mel Gibson--even if it's duller than his tabloid life. Something Borrowed tries to be more than your average rom-com--and fails. Marvel's Thor is well inside the comfort zone for folks who grew up on the comic books; its strong cast and huge budget deliver, especially the magnificent Chris Hemsworth, whose "gigantic man-boobs and superhero six-pack molested our eye sockets in all of their 3D glory," reports MCN's Heather Havrilesky.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 6, 2011 4:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Sundance Hit Martha Marcy May Marlene

Trailer Watch: Sundance Hit Martha Marcy May Marlene
Check out the trailer below for Sundance hit thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, from writer-director Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy. Fox Searchlight is releasing the film July 10.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 8:15 AM
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Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz

Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz
Reviewers love the TV network satire Episodes, which Showtime has renewed for 2012. Amy Dawes interviews the Episodes creative team, writers David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), about their no-holds-barred skewering of TV (trailer is below). Given its scathing (and very funny) critique of the television business, it will be interesting to see if the critically hailed Showtime comedy Episodes is embraced by Television Academy members when it’s time to vote for Emmys. One hurdle will be how well they remember it -- the series debuted in January and ended in March, having been launched with an order of just seven episodes. That’s because it was co-produced and mostly funded by the BBC (short runs are common in the U.K.).
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2011 6:44 AM
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