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FOR THE RECORD: SHARON STONE WAS NOT A SUSPECT

June 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It was supposed to be “satire,” except that it wasn’t funny — and many readers concluded that it was fact. After all, the report, headlined “Sharon Stone Named Suspect in Cannes Jewel Heist,” appeared in Variety, then was picked up by Yahoo! and made its front page. Several other websites followed suit. True, the stories […]

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR IS FIRST GAY-THEMED FILM TO WIN CANNES’ PALME D’OR

May 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Abdellatif Kechiche’s drama Blue is the Warmest Color has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Described in virtually every news report as “the lesbian drama,” the French film was screened near the close of the festival and immediately shot to the front of the list of favorite […]

NEBRASKA IMPRESSES AT CANNES

May 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska immediately entered the frontrunner ranks at the Cannes Film Festival competition — a portrait of a Montana family in which the patriarch, played by Bruce Dern, is showing repeated signs of dementia and his son, played by Will Forte, wants to connect with the man before he loses it completely. Manohla Dargis […]

SWEDISH FILMMAKERS TO SELL THEIR MOVIE ONLINE THEMSELVES

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Much has been written about the need of the motion picture industry to change its business model. But a tiny Swedish film company is attempting to do just that, and, if it’s successful, could establish a template for major studios to follow. In a news release on Thursday, the producers of Johannes Nyholm’s award-winning indie […]

CANNES IN LOVE WITH AMOUR, WINNER OF PALME D’OR (Updated)

May 28, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Michael Haneke’s Amour has won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. The movie, about an elderly woman, played by Emmanuelle Riva, who suffers a series of strokes, and the husband, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who lovingly cares for her, was a favorite of critics from the moment it […]

RUST AND BONE MAKES STRONG DEBUT AT CANNES

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The second day of the Cannes film festival opened with a press screening of yet another strong entry in the 65th annual competition for the top Palme d”Or award, director Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Closing credits were greeted with sustained applause by the audience. The film, about a […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE DICTATOR

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator is arriving today (Wednesday),, instead of on Friday, in an apparent effort to avoid the fate of several fellow dictators of late. The relatively low-budget comedy is arriving at a time when the box office is deluged with $100-200-million blockbusters. Baron Cohen has been relentlessly promoting the movie for months […]

WES ANDERSON TO BE CANNES OPENER ON WEDNESDAY

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

They’re (literally) rolling out the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), it will be tread on by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Kristen Stewart, among others. The festival kicks off with a screening of Focus Features’ […]

MOST OF CANNES JURY REVEALED

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Thierry Frémaux, the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, announced the selection of the jurors in the main competition today (Wednesday), surprising some observers by including a non-filmmaker in the list, French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. “We have a tradition of inviting people who we know are cinephiles but who are not necessarily in cinema,” […]

ESPN FIRES WRITER FOR HEADLINE PUN ABOUT JEREMY LIN

February 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

So many puns and racial asides have accompanied reports about New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin’s sensational start that it all became the centerpiece of a Saturday Night Live sketch this weekend. Using a “Sports Center” type of background, the faux panelists discussed the firing of an ESPN writer for writing the headline “A Chink […]

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