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Best and Worst of Cannes 2015: Why wasn't 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in competition?

20 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — We finally have a Palme d'Or winner (Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan"), but what are our major takeaways from the entire 2015 Cannes Film Festival? Overall, the competition slate was slightly mediocre, with festival programmers really finding only three stellar films. There were a number of major disappointments (“The Sea of Trees”) and true surprises (“Son of Saul,” “Amy”). The Un Certain Regard and Critics’ Week selections didn’t generate much buzz and we missed the textbook over-the-top publicity stunts for Hollywood releases looking to make a mark with the 4,000+ members of the global media credentialed for the festival.     The biggest buzz actually came from a Midnight screening (“Love”), a ladies' shoe controversy and attendees questioning why “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Inside Out” weren't in competition. The question remains, however: Should either film been eligible for a jury prize? We’ll dive into that in our Best and Worst story »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’ Wins Grand Prix

24 May 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.

The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.

Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »

- Justin Chang

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Director Gil Kenan Talks Poltergeist, Deleted Scenes, and Blu-ray Extended Cut

22 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon SharbinoKyle CatlettSusan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. A few days ago I sat down with Gil Kenan for a video interview. He talked about his first cut of the film, deleted scenes, what he learned from the test screening process, how he’s releasing an extended cut on Blu-ray, what »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Interview: Actor David Dastmalchian on His Remarkable Film ‘Animals’

21 May 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Sometimes you just need a break, that small window of opportunity to burst through and make the mark. Actor David Dastmalchian knows all about that phenomenon, as he produced and starred in his semi-autobiographical film “Animals,” and got the break of a lifetime landing a role in the film, “The Dark Knight.”

Dastmalchian is a consummate and enthusiastic gentleman, a performer who works hard, but has a humble and appealing attitude of gratitude. His star is ascending further this summer as he scored another role in a superhero epic, this time for Marvel Films, alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man.” David Dastmalchian and director Collin Schiffli will also make a Chicago appearance this week (Friday, May 22nd, 2015) for the Chicago Opening Night screening of “Animals,” part of a limited nationwide release. Click here for details and ticket purchasing information for the Chicago screening.

David Dastmalchian of ‘Animals’ at the 2014 Chicago »

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Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Isn't His Best Effort

20 May 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Two recurring themes in Woody Allen's filmography are murder and dangerous love affairs. His latest is Irrational Man and it continues this trend with mixed results. But mostly it will leave you with thoughts of revisiting Allen's better efforts like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. His latest film (which just premiered at Cannes) takes place in a concentrated college town where everyone seems to know each other and privacy is nonexistent. Insecure philosophy professor Abe Lucas (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just been hired at the fictional Braylin College and it's treated like an atom bomb of gossip by the faculty and student body. Everyone has a theory about the professor before he's even reached the campus, with rumors flying of alcoholism, erratic behavior and sexual affairs with female students. It doesn't matter if the rumors are true, it's still »

- Marco Cerritos

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Woody Allen, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey on Irrational Man

20 May 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Woody Allen has been making a film a year for decades now, and each one of them in their own way is its own special treat. Many of his films share similar themes about big questions – Is murder ever justified? What makes us happy? What makes us intellectually fulfilled? – with each film in its own way tackling these philosophical quandaries with a level of humour and sophistication that remains remarkable.

 Woody’s latest project Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy prof who wishes to go beyond simple prognostication and actually put his ethical beliefs into practice. Parker Posey plays one of his colleagues with whom be becomes romantically involved, while Emma Stone plays one of his students who similarly seeks out an intimate connection with him.

The film is playing as part of an out-of-competition showcase here at Cannes, a place that the filmmaker has long found a »

- Jason Gorber

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‘Irrational Man’ Review: Woody Allen & Joaquin Phoenix Make Perfect Pair

19 May 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

I am here at the Cannes Film Festival this week and filing film reviews of some of the more significant titles on display. If you haven’t already, I highly urge you to check out my colleague Mike Fleming Jr’s sensational in-depth interview with Woody Allen. It opens a whole new window on the unique creative process of this remarkable filmmaker. This year marked his 45th film as a director with Irrational Man, a dramedy in which a college professor played by Joaquin Phoenix… »

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'Dope', 'Amy', 'Irrational Man', 'Final Girls' & More In Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

19 May 2015 4:59 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today's batch of MPAA ratings bulletin begins with an R-rating for the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy from Asif Kapadia (Senna). This one premiered at Cannes to very good reviews and will be hitting theaters in early July. Another Cannes premiere was Woody Allen's Irrational Man, but the reaction to this one was a bit muted, but that isn't stopping me from looking forward to seeing it. Next is the Sundance hit Dope and then Amy Berg's documentary An Open Secret, a doc investigating accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry. Finally we have The Final Girls, which played the SXSW Film Festival and Mike gave it a mezzo-mezzo review and it seems the PG-13 rating might have been the thing holding it back. Check out the complete ratings bulletin below. Amy Rated R For language and drug material. Release Date: July 3, 2015 Dark Horse Rated PG »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone Banter in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Clips

19 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Woody Allen has been earning some of his best reviews since "Blue Jasmine" for his Cannes out-of-competition premiere "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor stuck in an existential mire. This leads to entanglements with two women: Rita (Parker Posey), a colleague bored in her marriage, and Jill, the brainy student (Emma Stone) for whom he falls. "With its grim turn of events, 'Irrational Man' enters 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' territory, catapulting its witty banter into increasingly nefarious developments. Even then, however, 'Irrational Man' retains a playful tone," writes Indiewire's Eric Kohn, one of several critics to point out "Irrational Man"'s connection to Allen's 1989 "Crimes" and his 2005 "Match Point," which was a sort-of Dostoevskian reinvention of that earlier film. Variety calls "Irrational Man," Allen's 45th feature, "a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cannes: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Carol’ Lead Social Media Buzz

19 May 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mad Max: Fury Road” raked in the most social mentions with 17,081 after the first week of the Cannes film festival, according to social-media analysis firm Way to Blue.

The company ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 550,000 mentions from May 13-19. Since the reboot also opened around the world last week, the festival helped increase the overall buzz for George Miller’s film.

Following “Mad Max,” which led in overall buzz and intent-to-view, was the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara lesbian love story “Carol,” which pulled in 12,031 mentions. Blanchett was also the second most buzzed-about star behind Lupita Nyong’o, who took to the Cannes carpet in Gucci green. Other films generating buzz were the Matthew McConaughey mystery “The Sea of Trees,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, »

- Seth Kelley

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Film Review: ‘Poltergeist’

19 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took place in an actual mental hospital. It’s hard to think of a more fitting postscript for this professionally executed yet bloodless film, itself an act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it. Generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary, this tribute-band take on one of the genre’s greatest hits should score decent opening weekend numbers before finding its way into the light.

In addition to being one of the most unsettling PG-rated films ever made, the original “Poltergeist” — directed by Tobe Hooper, with »

- Andrew Barker

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Emma Stone Goes Makeup-Free and Definitely Looks Way Better Than Us After Long Flights—See for Yourself!

18 May 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We don't mean to be nosy, but what's your freaking secret Emma Stone?! The 26-year-old arrived back home in Los Angeles Monday afternoon looking makeup-free. And lo and behold, the Hollywood star still looked pretty darn gorgeous. Wearing a white sweater with glasses and a shoulder bag, the actress kept things casual and comfortable while waiting to meet her ride at Lax airport. It's quite the different look from a few days earlier when Stone attended the photocall for her latest Woody Allen film Irrational Man at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Wearing a classic black lace Oscar de La Renta mini-dress, Stone received rave reviews from fans on Twitter. She »

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Ten Weddings and No Funerals: The Greatest Cinematic Nuptials

18 May 2015 5:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:

1. The Searchers (1956)

John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).

2. Rachel Getting Married »

- The Hollywood

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Cate Blanchett in “Carol”: Our first big Oscar contender from Cannes 2015

18 May 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Over the past week or so, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has slowly unveiled some big time releases. Some, like Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, have turned out to be longer shots for any Academy Award attention. On the other hand, Cannes has seen Todd HaynesCarol launch towards the top of quite a few Oscar contention lists. Yes, while the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone saw their chances fade, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson certainly had their stock rise. Carol is the cream of the Cannes crop so far… As a primer, the film is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (later retitled Carol). In it, Blanchett plays a married older woman who begins a flirtation and then an affair with a younger woman, played by Mara. »

- Joey Magidson

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Kristen Stewart Will Be Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper

18 May 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To call the partnership between director Olivier Assayas and actress Kristen Stewart a successful one would be an understatement. Both received overwhelming praise for drama Clouds of Sils Maria, one of the year’s best movies so far, in which Stewart played the personal assistant to an aging actress (Juliette Binoche). The film was particularly successful on the festival circuit, with Stewart becoming the first American actress to win a Cesar and the film earning five other César nominations. Now, Assayas and Stewart are smartly reteaming, for an English-language drama called Personal Shopper.

Described as a “ghost story taking place in the fashion underworld,” Personal Shopper is expected to touch on the same themes of celebrity and aging that Assayas and Stewart explored in Clouds of Sils Maria, with an added “genre/fantasy dimension.”

Despite being made in English, it’s a European production and set in Paris – the last »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Woody Allen Left Feeling Uncomfortable Following Cannes Standing Ovation

17 May 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Woody Allen was left feeling extremely uncomfortable when he received a standing ovation lasting 20 minutes.

The 79-year-old director was honoured with the lengthy round of applause after his film ‘Irrational Man’ – starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday (15.05.15).

A source told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six: “Woody didn’t know what to do. He wanted to get out of the theatre, but they wouldn’t stop applauding. He didn’t know how to shut it down.”

While his latest offering has proved to be a success, Woody has also revealed his concerns over an upcoming project after he signed on to direct his first ever television series for Amazon and is worried the show will be a “cosmic embarrassment”.

He said of the currently untitled series – which will consist of 30-minute episodes – during a press conference the same day: “I »

- The Hollywood News

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Cannes 2015: 'Irrational Man' review

17 May 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Woody Allen returns to his beloved Cannes with his story of crime and punishment in a sleepy up-state town, Irrational Man (2015), which was screened this morning to press outside of the main competition. Joaquin Phoenix plays Abe, a maudlin philosophy professor who, following his umpteenth scandal, finds himself teaching at a backwoods college. Here he meets Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), a beautiful student who is soon enamoured with her sensitive, vulnerable professor, much to the chagrin of her nice-guy boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley). However, although happy to pour out his soul to Jill, Abe is unwilling to start a relationship, preferring the more age-appropriate charms of Rita (Parker Posey).


- CineVue UK

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Cannes 2015 Review: Irrational Man, Woody Allen's Maudlin, Disappointing Trifle

16 May 2015 7:14 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Let's make this perfectly clear - Woody Allen, director, is one of the most unique and prolific talents in the history of cinema. Every year we get a film on schedule, often a chatty and intellectually rich ensemble piece dealing with one moral quagmire or another, set against an intriguing backdrop. Just who shows up in the latest film is part of the fun, as generations of performers have queued up to work with him. It's easy, then, to become complacent about his work. Unlike those that toil for years, making the release of their latest film an event, Allen's consistency breeds complacency. We know we're getting another one, we'll suspect it's more of the same, and so there's often a lack of surprise...

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Emma Stone Takes London, Cannes; Now See Her Hottest Photos Yet!

16 May 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Emma Stone is the actress of the moment in Hollywood. She swept into the 68th Cannes Film Festival to promote her new Woody Allen film, then jetted into London today (May 16) for a private screening of latest film “Aloha,” with Bradley Cooper. At 26, Stone is the epitome of Young Hollywood sensuality, and showed off her sexiest looks yet in a new photo spread for Interview magazine. ...Read More »

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini steps out on Cannes red carpet

16 May 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini lit up the red carpet at this weekend's Cannes Film Festival.

The singer made an appearance at the premiere of Woody Allen's Irrational Man last night (May 15).

Fernandez-Versini attended the event as a L'Oreal brand ambassador in a glamorous pink gown.

Fernandez-Versini recently shared a make-up-free selfie on Instagram after being encouraged to do so by her father.

She also recently shared a picture on Instagram debuting her new red bob with dad Gary photobombing in the background, adding the humorous caption: "Dad: 'what ye deeing' 'wait til I git doon these stairs' Got him !! #rundadrun @ellenoradean thanks for the colour refresh."

While Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have been confirmed as the new hosts of The X Factor, it's still currently unclear whether the Girls Aloud star will be returning to the show's judging panel this year.

Simon Cowell has hinted that he wants her back by his side, »

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