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Javier Bardem Circles Asghar Farhadi’s New Film; John Sayles to Helm ‘Django Lives!’; Jan Švankmajer Begins Final Work

2 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Even if our man on the ground didn’t much respond to Asghar Farhadi’s recent Cannes premiere, The Salesman, our anticipation and admiration remain high — but so it is for one of our age’s greatest filmmakers. (Really appreciating The Past makes some lukewarm reactions much easier to take.) Consider us pleased, then, that his Penélope Cruz-led, Almodóvar-produced, Spain-set project is steadily advancing: per Variety, it’s looking to add none other than Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem — fun fact: also an actor — is nearly complete, script-wise, and will roll cameras “next summer or early fall.”

It’s hardly surprising that Farhadi’s written another film marked by moral intrigue and sundry complications, yet there’s already some sense of new territory: it follows “a family of wine growers living in rural Spain,” has been called, by producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, “a psychological thriller with a dash of Agatha Christie in it, »

- Nick Newman

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Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem To Star In Thriller Directed By Asghar Farhadi

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This month, “The Past” and “A Separation” director Asghar Farhadi returned to the Cannes Film Festival with “The Salesman.” And while it didn’t receive the same level of raves as his previous efforts, the filmmaker still walked away with a Best Screenplay prize, with Shahab Hosseini taking home Best Actor. All this to say, Farhadi’s heat […]

The post Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem To Star In Thriller Directed By Asghar Farhadi appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem in Talks to Star in Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-Language Film (Exclusive)

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who just won two awards at Cannes for his Teheran-set drama “The Salesman” (Forushande), is resetting his untitled Spanish-language movie with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in advanced talks to star.

Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based El Deseo and Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Memento Films are on board to produce the project which is currently in development.

The project was born out of Penelope Cruz and Farhadi’s mutual wish to work together, explained Mallet-Guy, who produced Farhadi’s last two movies, “The Past” and “The Salesman,” which just won Cannes’ best screenplay and actor (for Shahab Hosseini) awards.

Farhadi is currently finishing the original screenplay and will visit Spain next month to scout for locations that could feed into the script. Shooting is expected to begin next summer or early fall.

The plot, which remains mostly under wraps, as always with Farhadi’s films, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Cannes 2016: The Last Face review

22 May 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ "Why do they always have to be entertained before they listen?" asks Javier Bardem's Dr. Miguel at the opening of Sean Penn's new film The Last Face, which is showing in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. This pointed dig at the indifference of audiences is doubly mendacious because Penn's film doesn't entertain greatly nor does it have much coherent to say.

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- CineVue UK

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Cannes: 2 Clips From Sean Penn’s Panned ‘The Last Face’ Starring Javier Bardem & Charlize Theron

22 May 2016 6:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Every year at the Cannes Film Festival, there are films that are universally praised, others that cause a sharp divide, and then those that get a critical torching. And this year, Sean Penn‘s “The Last Face” seemed to be that film. Our critic in the field hated it, and he wasn’t the only one, as […]

The post Cannes: 2 Clips From Sean Penn’s Panned ‘The Last Face’ Starring Javier Bardem & Charlize Theron appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Closing Ceremony Tomorrow - Any Guesses?

21 May 2016 8:53 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The 69th annual Festival du Cannes wraps up this weekend with reprise screenings of competition titles and the closing ceremony tomorrow evening at 7:15 Pm (Cannes time so a handful of hours earlier here in NYC). Sean Penn's The Last Face starring Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron (pictured in all her androgynous chic, left, at the premiere), Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (which takes its title from an in movie amateur production of Death of a Salesman), and Paul Verhoeven's Elle starring Isabelle Huppert were among the last titles to premiere. Don't expect The Last Face, which was met with hostility to show up in the prizes.

Here are the 21 competition titles loosely grouped by your hosts vague perceptions of how well received they were (you might group them differently as its my policy not to read full reviews from Cannes - which tend to be spoiler filled »

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Exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn Keep Their Distance at the Cannes Film Festival

20 May 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn reunited at the photcall for their new film, The Last Face, at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The former couple, who called off their engagement in June 2015 after nearly two years together, kept their distance while posing for photos with Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Zubin Cooper, and Jean Reno and also managed to avoid standing near each other at the movie's red carpet premiere later that evening (Charlize stars in the film with Javier and Adèle, while Sean is the director). Sean did stick close to his 25-year-old daughter, Dylan Penn, and son 22-year-old Hopper, whom he shares with ex-wife Robin Wright, and he and Charlize eventually shared a sweet hug and kiss at the top of the staircase before heading inside. Coincidentally, it was at last year's Cannes Film Festival that Charlize first showed off the massive diamond engagement ring that Sean gave »

- Brittney Stephens

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Cannes: Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' sets Jury Grid low

20 May 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon also fails to impress Screen’s roster of critics.

On the penultimate day of Screen’s Cannes 2016 Jury Grid, scores came to a grinding halt with both of the day’s new entries.

Sean Penn’s The Last Face, starring Chalize Theron and Javier Bardem as aid workers in Africa, received a shocking eight X (no score) ratings on the way to an average of 0.2

With one rating yet to be submitted, the score marks it as a 13-year low for the Grid, placing it beneath last year’s The Sea Of Trees (0.6) and 2003 titles The Brown Bunny (0.5) and Les Cotelettes (0.3).

The day’s other new entrant, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, fared better overall but still attracted three X ratings, averaging 1.5 to place it third from bottom.

After remarkable highs kicked off this year’s Jury Grid - which saw Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann break the record »

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Critics Hate Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face': Here Are 7 of the Worst Reviews, So Far

20 May 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sean Penn‘s “The Last Face” is going to need a binding UN Resolution to keep the critics from tearing it apart any worse than they already have. The actor and filmmaker directed the romance about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) and a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) falling in love as they work to bring peace to the African continent and highlight the plight of refugees. But early reviews out of Cannes are savaging the film, even going so far as to criticize the opening title card, which compares the conflict in South Sudan to the love “between a. »

- Joe Otterson

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First Look: Charlize Theron In ‘Fast 8’

20 May 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, the timing of this first look is certainly…curious. Sean Penn and his cast of “The Last Face” (our review) which includes Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, and Adèle Exarchopoulos, are currently reeling from the rough reception the film received at the Cannes Film Festival. But at least one of those talents has something to offer as a counterpoint […]

The post First Look: Charlize Theron In ‘Fast 8’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Report, Day 10: Sean Penn’s ‘Last Face’ Destroyed by Critics and Social Media, Kevin Spacey Piles on Trump

20 May 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sean Penn‘s “The Last Face” is the last high-profile film to screen at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival — and perhaps by design. The romance, starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Jean Reno about aid workers in an African nation, was ripped apart by critics and social media users alike. Called laughable, insensitive and just plain awful, none were spared. “Elapsed time in ‘The Last Face’ before the audience started laughing at it: Maybe 30 seconds. That’s not an exaggeration,” wrote Twitter user @gemko. Also Read: 'The Last Face' Cannes Review: Sean Penn's Humanitarian Romance Misfires on Every »

- Matt Donnelly

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Exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn Have Frosty Run-In During Cannes Photocall: It Was 'Like They'd Never Met'

20 May 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After ending their two-year relationship almost a year ago, exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn avoided one another while doing press in Cannes for their new movie The Last Face."There was no contact between them," a source tells People. "Not a thing." "Really, like they'd never met," the source continued. Theron, 40, hit the carpet first, smiling in a knee-length pink scalloped dress with matching belt. She accessorized the look with black strappy heels and bright red lips. Penn, 55, followed later, wearing a casual army-green jacket, black T-shirt, khaki pants and shades. The two never interacted directly during the press event. »

- Dave Quinn and Peter Mikelbank

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Exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn Have Frosty Run-In During Cannes Photocall: It Was 'Like They'd Never Met'

20 May 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After ending their two-year relationship almost a year ago, exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn avoided one another while doing press in Cannes for their new movie The Last Face."There was no contact between them," a source tells People. "Not a thing." "Really, like they'd never met," the source continued. Theron, 40, hit the carpet first, smiling in a knee-length pink scalloped dress with matching belt. She accessorized the look with black strappy heels and bright red lips. Penn, 55, followed later, wearing a casual army-green jacket, black T-shirt, khaki pants and shades. The two never interacted directly during the press event. »

- Dave Quinn and Peter Mikelbank

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Sean Penn Deflects Criticism of 'The Last Face,' Says He Stands Behind the Film

20 May 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sean Penn's Cannes competition film "The Last Face" got off to a rocky start Friday when an opening title card about war in Sudan and a man and woman in love drew laughter from many members of the audience.  Things didn't get much better after that. Early reviews of the film have been largely negative, and IndieWire's own Eric Kohn called the film Penn's "worst movie." A love story between the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) and a doctor (Javier Bardem) set against the backdrop of war-torn refugee camps in Africa, "The Last Face" deserves credit for creating amazingly realistic environments of civil war in South Sudan. The difficulties the two main characters have sustaining their romance, however, doesn't play well when interwoven with the much more consequential, true story of war. The remaining cast portraying doctors and aid workers includes french actors Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno and the. »

- Graham Winfrey

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'The Last Face' Review Roundup: Critics Exhaust Themselves Finding New Ways to Mock Sean Penn

20 May 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first reviews of Sean Penn's "The Last Face" are in from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and let's just say they are something of a nightmare for the director. Starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, the drama tells the love story between a director of an international aid agency and a relief aid doctor, set against the backdrop of war-torn African refugee camps. While Penn has proven some skillful directorial chops in the past (see "Into the Wild"), critics agree "The Last Face" is a major disaster. Read More: 'The Last Face': Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut In his D review, Indiewire's own Eric Kohn writes, "Even without its mopey, painfully on-the-nose dialogue and ponderous story, 'The Last Face' sets itself up for failure with its premise, and Penn's apparent inability to recognize it as such. It's his worst movie. »

- Zack Sharf

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'The Last Face': Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut

20 May 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though Sean Penn is best known for his storied acting career, garnering acclaim for performances in films like "Milk," "Mystic River," "Carlito's Way," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's also received acclaim for his directorial work dating back to his 1991 debut film "The Indian Runner." His 2007 film "Into The Wild," an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's book of the same name about Christopher McCandless's trek in the Alaskan wilderness, was nominated for a slew of awards and was a commercial success. But his latest film "The Last Face," about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to some of the worst reviews of his career. Though Olivier Assayas' "Personal Shopper" received a few boos and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" a highly polarized »

- Vikram Murthi

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Sean Penn Responds to Negative Reviews for ‘The Last Face’: ‘I Stand by the Film’

20 May 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sean Penn brushed aside bad reviews at a press conference on Friday hours after his new film “The Last Face” was pilloried by critics after debuting at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is a romance about aid workers in Liberia. On Twitter and in notices, some commentators have faulted the movie for focusing on two Westerners in love.

“I stand by the film as it is, and everyone is going to be entitled to their response,” Penn said. “I’ve finished the film so it’s not a discussion I’d be of value to.”

It was a subdued meeting with the media. The director was flanked by stars Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Jeno Reno and Jared Harris. Penn’s agent Bryan Lourd was also on hand, sitting in the crowd. The actor, a two-time Oscar winner, was full of praise for the cast.

“I am surrounded at this »

- Brent Lang

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The Last Face review – African conflict is aphrodisiac for white people in Sean Penn's crass romance

20 May 2016 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem give career worst performances as doctors falling in love in west Africa while black characters are relegated to the background

When Cary Fukunaga was interviewed about the troubles he faced trying to secure funding for child-soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, he said that the process would have been a lot easier if he wasn’t making such a “black” film.

Related: The Neon Demon review: Nicolas Winding Refn makes Zoolander 3, but erotic and evil

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- Benjamin Lee

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[Cannes Review] The Last Face

20 May 2016 4:24 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There is a moment in Sean Penn’s new film — for some reason screening this week in competition in Cannes — when, having navigated the safe passage of a group of refugees from Liberia to Sierra Leone, Charlize Theron’s aid worker asks herself, “In this place of so much war, had I found peace?” It’s a paradoxical query in which basically everything right and terribly wrong about The Last Face can be found. Indeed, cakes are being had and eaten by all involved.

Penn — an active humanitarian who enjoys commendably passing bags of rice out of the backs of trucks — would like nothing more than to educate his audience on the daily horrors of this sort of work on the front line. Good for him. However, while perched upon that high horse, he chooses to also use those horrors as a backdrop and catalyst for a romance between two »

- Rory O'Connor

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'The Last Face': Cannes Review

20 May 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A backdrop of Third World atrocity, suffering and merciless human-rights violations serves as the canvas for a faux-profound Hollywood love story in Sean Penn's stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn, The Last Face. Beautiful movie stars — rugged, earthy Javier Bardem sporting flawless, bedroom-chic stubble, and iron butterfly Charlize Theron, wearing dewy no-makeup makeup and an excellent moisturizer — battle for 130 stultifying minutes to listen to their hearts while their souls take a hammering. Audiences are more likely to check out and just leave them to it. Penn's

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- David Rooney

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