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Sony Pictures Classics' Barker and Bernard: Kings of the Croisette

Sony Pictures Classics' Barker and Bernard: Kings of the Croisette
So far so good for Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. They opened the festival with Woody Allen's best-received movie in years, Midnight in Paris, which they have been blitzing all over the media because they want to ride a Cannes wave of buzz into theaters on May 20.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2011 4:23 AM
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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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Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"

Midnight in Paris Reviews: "Second Tier Woody, Amiable Amuse-Bouche, Gorgeous Kick-off to Cannes"
While there will always be the odd dissenter, there's no question that Woody Allen's latest Midnight in Paris played well to audiences and press alike in Cannes. This is Woody Light, a sweet funny nostalgic romantic confection that proves a lively counterpoint to the dark and moody fare that tends to dominate the Cannes selection. (Australian newcomer Julia Leigh's brainy and formal Sleeping Beauty, starring Sucker Punch's Emily Browning as a lost soul who sells time with her sleeping body, would be one example. It proved divisive with critics and will be a marketing challenge.) And Owen Wilson and Allen turned out to be a perfect match, ably supported by Rachel McAdams as the ugly American you love to hate, Michael Sheen as a pompous blowhard, plus Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody as various denizens of the Paris Allen loves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 10:10 AM
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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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Summer Preview: Must-Sees on Big Screen, Skippable, Must-to-Avoid

Summer Preview: Must-Sees on Big Screen, Skippable, Must-to-Avoid
The summer is upon us, with a plethora of viewing choices, many of them utterly avoidable. I lay out the summer movie landscape.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2011 9:46 AM
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Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)

Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)
So we now know who will be walking up the red carpet steps of the Cannes Palais this year, and which world auteurs will be announced as they walk into the Theatre Lumiere. We already knew that Woody Allen is bringing Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen with opener Midnight in Paris on May 11, and that Croisette regular Gus Van Sant will open Un Certain Regard on May 12 with Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 7:34 AM
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Cannes Adds Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates 4; Allen Controls Opener, Adds Baldwin to Rome Film

Cannes Adds Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates 4; Allen Controls Opener, Adds Baldwin to Rome Film
No reviews of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which does for the City of Light what Manhattan did for New York, will run ahead of its unveiling opening night at Cannes (6 PM Croisette time) on May 11. That means there will be no advance press screening that day. Much like the last Indiana Jones installment, Cannes critics will leap from their chairs to file ASAP. The press conference will take place the following day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 5:41 AM
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Trailer Watch: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Cathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, hits theaters May 20 after opening Cannes on May 11. Here's the new trailer:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 6:55 AM
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Malick's The Tree of Life is Going to Cannes, Duh

Malick's The Tree of Life is Going to Cannes, Duh
Many of us have already reported that Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is going to Cannes, mainly because the fest had banked on booking it last year and was severely disappointed (and out the cost of a few hotel rooms) when Malick wasn't able to make it. I checked with stateside distributor Searchlight last week and they confirmed that it was going in advance of its May 27 stateside release, but could not say if the film would be in or out of competition. That call is being made by French distributor Europa and Summit International, which handles the film overseas. In any case, this means that Tree of Life Cannes faves Brad Pitt and Sean Penn will likely be walking the red carpet of the Palais.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2011 10:12 AM
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Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?
Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, which will open the 64th Cannes Film Fest May 11 with Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent presiding over the opening ceremony, stars Owen Wilson, who graces this new Van Gogh-inspired poster without any of his fellow cast members, who include a blonde Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, not to mention French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. For the first time when the film opens on 400 screens in France on the same night, the Cannes Fest will supply theaters with a live stream of the opening ceremony.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2011 5:53 AM
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