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Meet Ruben Östlund, Director Of The Newly-Crowned Palme D’Or Winner, ‘The Square’ – Cannes

Ruben –stlund is riding high this week, as the newly-crowned winner of the Palme d'Or for his latest film, The Square, which premiered in Cannes a week last Saturday. It's a continuation of themes –stlund explored in his last film, Force Majeure, about the burden of human intelligence and societal propriety inasmuch as it contradicts with our more base desires. But with laughs. In The Square, Claes Bang plays Christian, a well-to-do artistic director at a contemporary a… Read

‘Pirates’ $209M Overseas Start And $271.4M Global Take Push Disney Franchise Past $4B Mark

Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales

UPDATED, Monday writethru with Pirates actuals: Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean launched overseas last week and then added more territories over the weekend to bring its international footprint up to 90%. In its maiden voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has grossed $208.8M through Sunday (up slightly from yesterday’s estimate). Stateside, the lower than expected haul is $62.6M for the three day and $77M… Read

‘Jeannette’s Bruno Dumont Doesn’t Care Where He Watches A Film – Cannes Studio

Bruno Dumont, a two-time Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, was back this year with Jeannette, The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc. The director, who last year was in Competition with Slack Bay, continues to evolve in his choices; this time not only delving into the origins of one of France's most famous figures, but doing it in musical form. Based on the novels by Charles Péguy, the Directors' Fortnight title is set to electro-pop and is sold by Luxbox Films… Read

Netflix Sets First Turkish Series; Ex-Studiocanal Chief Joins French Gov’t – Global Briefs

Expanding its international offerings, Netflix has set its first original series from Turkey. The untitled 10-episode action drama weaves together Ottoman and Turkish legend and history and is expected to launch in 2018. The story focuses on a young man who discovers he has special powers. When dark forces that threaten to destroy Istanbul emerge, he must team up with a group of misfit friends to harness these powers and defend the city. Istanbul-based O3 Medya is… Read

‘Rambo’ Remake’s Tiger Shroff & Siddharth Anand On Building An Indian Action Hero – Cannes Studio

Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing. Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… Read

Surprises Are Few, But Most Winners Were Highly Deserving And A Nice Way To Bid Adieu To The 70th Cannes Film Festival

The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival is over and the prizes handed out on a night that surprisingly had no real surprises. I am not sure why some pundits are acting with eyebrows lifted  toward the announcement by Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Film Festival jury that Sweden’s The Square from director Ruben Ostlund was the winner of the Palme d’Or, top prize of the fest. The wry and pertinent (if overlong at 2 hours and 20 minutes) satire of the art world… Read

‘I Am Still Here’ Uncovers America’s Harrowing Sex Trafficking Underworld – Trailer

Last week amid the noise of the Cannes Film Festival, a brave independent film about the atrocities of child sex trafficking, I Am Still Here, took Best Feature at the Nice International Film Festival, one town over on the French Riviera. Directed and written by Mischa Marcus and produced by Stephanie Bell, I Am Still Here, follows 10-year old Layla (Aliyah Conley) during the first 48 hours of her abduction in her neighborhood, and how she battles to escape the… Read

‘Beguiled’s Sofia Coppola Makes History As Second Female Director To Win At Cannes Film Festival

Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola made Cannes Film Festival history tonight becoming the second woman in the event’s 70-year history to win best director for her Focus Features release The BeguiledPreviously, Soviet director Yuliva Solntseva won for her 1961 war drama Chronicle of Flaming Years about the Russian’s resistance to the 1941 Nazi occupation. "I was thrilled to get this movie made and it’s such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes. I’m thankful to my great team… Read

Cannes Film Festival Jury: Almodovar Emotional About ‘120 Beats’, Chastain Shocked By Portrayal Of Women & More

The jury deliberations for the 70th Cannes Film Festival prizes were “devoid of violence,” joked this year’s president, Pedro Almodovar. “We always respected other members of the jury, of course, and everyone tried to convince each other, and other times not, but the results went very smooth, full of enthusiasm and powerful statements.” Juror Will Smith offered a different explanation. “I was just trying to get Pedro from offering me sexual favors,” quipped the star, who… Read

Cannes: ‘The Square’ Takes Palme D’Or; Sofia Coppola Best Director; Acting Honors For Joaquin Phoenix & Diane Kruger

UPDATED: After being snubbed by the Academy in 2015 when his lauded (and Un Certain Regard-winning) Force Majeure did not make the nominees list in the Foreign Language Oscar category, Ruben Ostlund just walked away with the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor. His The Square, an art world satire that stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, won this year’s Palme d’Or here tonight. When Ostlund did not get an Oscar nomination in 2015, he good-naturedly released… Read

Donald Trump Comes Home, Fires Up Twitter, Rips Media & New Normal Resumes

President Donald Trump is back from his first big overseas trip — complete with dual meanings of “journey” and “stumble” — and things got back to “normal” quickly. Meaning the leader of the free world fired up his Twitter account early this morning and again let fly at the “enemy of the people.” The way he sees it, all the ugly news that came out of his jaunt through Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Brussels came from one source: the media. Here’s how POTUS… Read

‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Crosses $1B At Int’l Box Office – UPDATED Sun. AM

UPDATED, Sunday, 7:55 AM: As expected, Universal PicturesThe Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in this franchise that has spanned 16 years, took the brass ring with $1B overseas this weekend. And it’s no wonder as the film started off with a final $443.2M debut when it dropped in mid-April taking No. 1 spots in all markets where it opened. With a total of $542M worldwide that weekend, it had even bested Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ worldwide bow ($528.96M)… Read