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Cannes Winners: The French Did Well, The Italians Didn’t – But Who’s Complaining After Cinema’s World Cup?

attends the Palm D'Or Winners press conference during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2015 in Cannes, France.

During the past week in Cannes people kept asking me, ‘so who is going to win the Palme d’Or?’ I long ago gave up trying to play that guessing game. Juries do their own thing and they’re often unpredictable. But no one was predicting French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, about a created family of Sri Lankan  immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay… Read

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Anne Meara Dies; Actress, Comedian Of Stiller Family Was 85

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04:  Actors/comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara attend the 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Actress and comedian Anne Meara died Saturday from natural causes, her family confirmed today. The Emmy and Tony nominated wife of Jerry Stiller, and mother to Ben Stiller, was 85. In a statement released to the Associated Press, the family described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” “The two were married for 61 years,” the statement said, “and worked together almost as long,” Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Meara was raised Roman Catholic, but converted… Read

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Cannes: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme D’Or At Emotional, Musical Ceremony – Update

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UPDATE, 12:30 PM PT: Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, a drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and works as a caretaker outside Paris, scooped the Palme d’Or this evening. The win for Audiard, an acclaimed French filmmaker who has previously taken the Grand Prize for 2009’s A Prophet and the Screenplay honor for 1996’s Un Héro Très Discret, was nevertheless a bit of a surprise. In his acceptance, sans trademark porkpie hat, the helmer thanked his… Read

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Mathematician John Nash, Subject Of ‘A Beautiful Mind’, Dies In Car Crash

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Nobel prize-winning mathematician John F. Nash Jr., subject of Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey along with his wife, Alicia. Nash was 86. The couple had just returned to the US from Norway, where Nash was awarded the Abel Prize by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The driver of their taxi lost control of the vehicle during an attempt to pass another car, hitting the guard rail and a third… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Girl Power Pics, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy, Suzanne Somers And Disney Self-Absorption

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Talk about culture clash: You just got back from Cannes, Mike, where attention is focused on Carol and Cate (Carol is the movie about lesbian love and Cate is its star) and I am in Las Vegas, where people are trying to figure out what happened to all the gamblers (gaming now accounts… Read

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Aishwarya Rai On Return To Film With ‘Jazbaa’ Helmer Sanjay Gupta – Video

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five-year hiatus with Jazbaa, a Sanjay Gupta-directed action drama about an attorney forced to defend an unsavory criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, The Lunchbox) co-stars as a suspended cop. Rai Bachchan and Gupta were in Cannes this past week to screen a promo reel for international distributors. I sat down with each of them to discuss Jazbaa and the current state of Bollywo… Read

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How Director Rick Famuyiwa Grew ‘Dope’ – Cannes Q&A

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Rick Famuyiwa is one of the most profitable voices in African American cinema at the box office with such titles as The Wood ($6M cost, $25M domestic) and Brown Sugar ($8M cost, $27.4M domestic). However, when he went to shop his comedy Dope about a high school senior's zany mission to escape the confines of his Inglewood, CA urban neighborhood for the Ivy league walls of Harvard – think Martin Scorsese's After Hours meets Clueless but in a different L.A. environ  the… Read

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Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes

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Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival. Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff… Read

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Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Rams’, ‘The High Sun’, ‘Treasure’ & More – Cannes

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Isabella Rossellini’s Un Certain Regard jury has given its top prize to Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams (Hrutar). Set in a remote Icelandic valley, the comedy centers on two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years, but who must come together in order to save their prized sheep. This is the second year in a row that an animal-themed film has won UCR’s top nod — the canine cautionary tale White God was last year’s victor. New Europe Film Sales is handling Rams. The Jury Prize went… Read

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‘Son Of Saul’ Wins FIPRESCI; Ecumenical Jury Honors ‘Mia Madre’ – Cannes

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As the prizes continue to roll out here in Cannes, Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama Son Of Saul has been awarded the FIPRESCI prize in the main Competition. The honor, handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics, comes a day ahead of the official prize ceremony. Son Of Saul is the only title by a first-time filmmaker in the Competition while Nemes was a Deadline Director to Watch this year. The film has sold well for Paris-based Films… Read

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Hot Cannes ‘Circle’ Package Imperiled As Alicia Vikander In Talks To Star In ‘Assassin’s Creed’, New ‘Bourne’ Film

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EXCLUSIVE– One of the hottest Cannes pic packages — the Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander-starrer The Circle — is in the process of being reconfigured as the star of that young actress soars after her performance as the beguiling robot in Ex Machina. The Swedish actress is in talks to star in two major new tentpoles: Assassin’s Creed, the Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game; and the new Jason Bourne picture opposite Matt Damon with… Read

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Barbet Schroeder On Robert Durst, ‘Amnesia’ & Why He Hasn’t Made A Hollywood Pic In 13 Years – Cannes Q&A

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Barbet Schroeder returned to the Cannes Film Festival for Amnesia which played on Tuesday in the Special Screenings section. And while the title sounds like it belongs to the suspense genre Schroeder is known for, Amnesia is quite a departure from the morally ambiguous characters the director has painted throughout his career (notably Claus von Bulow in 1990’s Reversal of Fortune, which earned  Jeremy Irons an Oscar for his portrayal of the leather-loving socialite)… Read