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The Cannes Film Festival is entering its final star-studded days. With the veritable who’s who of Hollywood and beyond invading the south of France for the eleven day festival, critics have been treated to a number of future awards contenders including Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, The Bling Ring directed by Sofia Coppola, and Only God Forgives, the latest pairing of Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn.
A few actors are stepping behind the camera at Cannes including Keanu Reeves and James Franco. Reeves is in town to shop his directorial debut, the martial arts-based Man of Tai Chi. Compared to Reeves, Franco is a seasoned veteran when it comes to directing with a number of short films, documentaries and features under his belt. He’s in town for his latest attempt, As I Lay Dying, an adaptation of the William Faulker novel. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Brogan Morris on his favourite movie soundtrack....
Picking a best of anything always causes me more anxiety than it should – it’s my personal favourite of something, and so what? Every film fan’s got one. But it feels like ‘favourite movie soundtrack’ is one I have to get absolutely right.
There are so, so many; Almost Famous appeals to the long-hair within me, nostalgic for the 70s (a decade I never actually saw) and its rock decadence; Marie Antoinette speaks to the sulky little indie kid side of me, complete as Sofia Coppola’s picture is with juicy new wave and post-punk tunes; and there’s always O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the country ‘n’ bluegrass on that being damn near perfect. Then I remember Quentin Tarantino, and I go tumbling down a rabbit hole after seven films (not Death Proof) with wonderfully eclectic soundtracks.
Goodfellas tops all of them, »
- Flickering Myth
As exciting as Cannes can be, it's sometimes dampened by the fact that the films currently being unveiled on the Mediterranean coast can take months or sometimes even more than a year to make it to U.S. shores. But fortunately, that isn't the case with everything; after the premiere of "Behind The Candelabra" this morning (read our review!), we only have to wait five days for it to screen on HBO, and coming up not too far behind is Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which kicked off Un Certain Regard last week, and hits theaters in about three weeks. As such, we're getting a little bit more of the film than most of the line-up, and to add to the material we've already seen, thirty seconds worth of brief new clips from the film, which toplines Emma Watson as one of a gang of teens who embark on »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s backstage drama about Liberace, the fur-and-sequin-clad, ivory-ticking kitsch maestro of “wonderful” entertainment, and his relationship with Scott Thorson, the dewy hunk who became his romantic partner in the late 1970s, is a movie that I’ve been eager to see for many months. Nevertheless, when it was announced that the film wouldn’t just be playing at Cannes, but that it would be part of the hallowed roster of films shown in competition here, it raised my eyebrows.
Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time that a movie set to premiere on American television — in this case, »
- Owen Gleiberman
straight outta Cannes
Guardian wonders why Sofia Coppola is so obsessed with pole dancing. The pole is back for Bling Ring
McN David Poland has several capsule thoughts on Cannes films. This is my favorite type of festival review since I find that festival environments are not good for full length reviews and yet people persist in lengthy split second reactions anyway. Let the movies marinate. But he hates the explicit gay sex drama Stranger by the Lake and thinks it wouldn't be in the festival it it were hetero explicit
In Contention gives the same film fuller consideration
Apple Daily Tony Leung Chiu Wai -at Cannes for his wife's new film -- meets Ang Lee for dinner. Chinese press follows but the Lust, Caution pair are not reuniting any time soon (shame). Tony tells the reporters that he's seen Zhang Ziyi already, too.
Ultra Culture lists ten selfless acts »
- NATHANIEL R
Over the years, the Fast & Furious franchise has become synonymous with the kind of big splashy action spectacle that demands you shut off your brain and just let go. But after helming Fast & Furious 3-6, Justin Lin is walking away from the physic-defying Dominic Toretto and company. So, the path is cleared for a new helmer to take on the guaranteed seventh installment. But who could possibly match Lin's passion and skill for jaw-dropping vehicular madness? Sofia Coppola? Jim Jarmusch? Terrence Malick? Of course, Fast & Furious 6 is about as far from the tender and introspective art house movies of those auteurs as you can get, which is exactly why animator Jesse Benjamin gave their styles the spotlight in his latest Wrong Director vid. Check it out above, thanks to a tip from Next Movie. From mimicking the pink pantied opening shot of Lost In Translation to aping Jarmusch's offbeat aesthetic, »
Before I continue with this post, take a look at this wackadoodle trailer for Robin Wright's new live action–animated movie The Congress, from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman, which debuted at Cannes earlier this week and feels like the most uninhibitedly ambitious film of the festival so far.Okay, now we can talk, because the movie itself is even more out-there than what the trailer would have you believe. Picture a part-live-action, part-animated Yellow Submarine–esque version of Being John Malkovich (but starring Wright), combined with the Hollywood satire of Robert Altman's The Player and a dystopian futurist vision of the celebrity obsession depicted in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (which also premiered at Cannes). Based on Stanislaw Lem's 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, it starts out with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress who starred in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, and »
- Jada Yuan
When film directors stage a scene from the mid-1970s, we all know how it’s done: They’ll clear everything out of a shot — commercial signage, etc. — that violates the period, and then they’ll plunk down a bunch of 1970s parked cars. Yet what they end up with still doesn’t usually look like the period — it looks prefab — and watching Blood Ties, a rivetingly scuzzy and authentic New York cops-and-crime drama (it’s set in 1974), starring Clive Owen as a hard case who has just gotten out of prison and Billy Crudup as his straight-arrow policeman brother, »
- Owen Gleiberman
If you're as excited to see "The Bling Ring" as we are, you know what to expect in Sofia Coppola's latest film: lots and lots of decadent designer clothing. The film depicts sticky-fingered teens who paw their way through the high-end closets of celebs like Paris Hilton and Megan Fox.
Those luxury brands aren't exactly depicted in the most positive light, piled garishly high in the homes of Hollywood's A-list and snatched up in acts of teenage thievery. And yet Coppola told Women's Wear Daily that Louis Vuitton and Chanel gave full consent to be depicted in the film:
“I think it’s not the ideal way they want to be portrayed. Louis Vuitton is this brand based on heritage and great craftsmanship, and that wasn’t the side that we were celebrating.”
So why would Vuitton be so eager to be featured? It's worth noting that the director »
- The Huffington Post
In her new film, The Bling Ring, she gets Emma Waston to swing around the upright. Indeed, in many of her films, there is a pole-dancing scene. Is it something to do with alienation?
It's the old distraction one-two, known in Hollywood as sexposition: if you've got a boring dialogue sequence – two cops yakking about a case, maybe – stick it in a strip club, where the sight of cavorting female flesh will cover up your thimble-brained story's deficiencies. Pole-dancing on screen is also becoming bit of a rite of passage for your classy, upscale actress (see Natalie Portman in Closer). But quite why film director-cum-fashionista Sofia Coppola should be so fascinated – even obsessed – is less clear.
- Andrew Pulver
Cannes - Sofia Coppola is a bit tired. As we sit down for one of her last interviews of the day it's clear she's lost a wee bit of enthusiasm to talk once again about the world of celebrity culture her characters in "The Bling Ring" are obsessed with. She succinctly notes, "You can't really look at Us Weekly as in the same way after making this movie." "Bing Ring" is based on the true story on a group of upper middle class Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley teenagers whose somewhat innocent adventures sneaking into the homes of Hollywood celebrities »
- Gregory Ellwood
For decades its conspicuous excess dazzled the world, but film-makers are increasingly turning to television to show off their wares
When Carey Mulligan ditches the Tiffany spangles and Prada sequins of The Great Gatsby, in favour of a baggy jumper and the dingy folk music venues she favours in her role in the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, it could be seen as a comment on this year's Cannes film festival.
Playing the unfussy singer Jean Berkey straight after her bejewelled portrayal of Daisy Buchanan, the actress appeared to have deliberately cast off the baubles and artifice that hang around the annual 12-day cinematic bonanza on the Côte D'Azur. And this year, the festival's 66th outing on Boulevard de la Croisette, the glittery trappings have strained more than ever to deliver the glamour the waiting world expects.
Conspicuous excess is de rigueur at Cannes and visiting stars fail to dazzle at their peril. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Photo: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi’s The Past) So far, what’s the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi’s Palme d’Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim? Variety‘s Justin Chang called Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation "an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths." (Scroll down to check out The Bling Ring cast Cannes 2013 photos.) Or perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davies, which impressed The Independent film critic Geoffrey Macnab with "the sure-footed way the Coens combine comedy, music and brooding film noir elements"? Or maybe the fact that Carey Mulligan had »
- Andre Soares
You all know what I've been watching and I'm about to head out the door to go see Seduced and Abandoned and Blood Ties, but if you haven't had a chance to check out all the reviews yet, here's a recap of what I've seen here in Cannes so far: Heli (dir. Amat Escalante) read the review Jeune & Jolie (dir. Fran?ois Ozon) read the review The Bling Ring (dir. Sofia Coppola) read the review Fruitvale Station (dir. Ryan Coogler) read the review The Congress (dir. Ari Folman) read the review The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi) read the review Jimmy P. (dir. Arnaud Desplechin) read the review Inside Llewyn Davis (dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen) read the review It's been a busy six days and it's not going to slow down, but considering I've seen three really good films so far I'd say it's worth it, especially with films such as Behind the Candelabra, »
- Brad Brevet
The Bling Ring, 2013.
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
After Sofia Coppola justly earned plaudits for The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, a lot of good will remained for the less successful Marie Antoinette and, despite garnering the coveted Golden Lion in Venice, for the frankly mediocre and at times racist Somewhere. That good will may have come to an end.
The Bling Ring tells the true and sorry tale of a group of Hollywood teens eager to purloin the riches of the rich in order to live the Us dream. It all starts with young Mark (Israel Broussard) attending a high school for drop outs, where he is befriended by the »
- Flickering Myth
I didn’t particularly enjoy Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. I found it misguided, confused and a little too insistent for its own good, and the central message of the film was lost entirely, despite veiled aspirations to make some judgement at various points throughout the film.
The film is riddled with problems, from top to bottom, and though there is some perverse pleasure in watching this band of grotesques, as one would enjoy the vaguely entertaining disgust of a sideshow, the overall
Oh, and Emma Watson is not one of the problems. She is something of a revelation, despite the slight problems with her accent early on, and she quickly becomes the most interesting character thanks to the openly comical way she is presented by the end. Plus, she is absolutely gorgeous, and suits the air-headed dolly girl model of the character, while retaining some venom behind those pretty eyes. »
- Simon Gallagher
Nicole Kidman is here in Cannes, so is Ang Lee, and Audrey Tautou, and a second-generation Jagger, and Justin Timberlake, and Cindy Crawford, and Cheryl Cole, and Pelé, and all of them have been rained on, stubbornly, for days. Rain at Cannes used to be rare, regulars say. Russell Crowe has an anecdote about sitting in a screening wearing sodden zip-ups back in 1991, and Bruce Willis got splashed by a freak wave in 2006 – but for a couple of decades straight, at least, this festival was a dry deal, screenings and parties staged outdoors, everyone "cooked to a turn" (as F Scott Fitzgerald described the local way of sunbathing). Then last year the roof of the Soixantième theatre blew off. »
- Tom Lamont
Send the Marine!
Cannes has a great tradition of introducing new sex symbols to the world. Following in the dainty footsteps of Bardot, Deneuve and Paradis comes Marine Vacth (as in "pact"), whose performance in François Ozon's Jeune et Jolie had everyone asking, "Who's that girl?" In the film, she plays a gamine, bourgeois 17-year-old who suddenly takes up prostitution. Vacth followed Kate Moss as the face of Ysl perfume La Parisienne having been discovered in a branch of H&M when she was 15. When she did her first undressed shoot, her lorry-driver father sued the magazine and won. In her first-ever English interview, she told me: "My parents now leave me to do what I want. They haven't seen this film yet. But there's nothing they can do about it now. »
- Jason Solomons
Joel and Ethan Coen have never made a movie that didn’t have at least a few big bubbles of perversity percolating through it. That said, one of the ways that I divide their work in my mind is that there are the Coen brothers films in which the perversity stays, for the most part, just below the surface (Blood Simple, Fargo, A Serious Man), which tend to be the Coen brothers movies that I love best. And there are the ones in which perversity stands up and pokes you in the eye (Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Emma Watson enjoyed her first trip to the Cannes Film Festival this week for Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" debut and looked quite beautiful as she walked the red carpet with her director and co-stars Taissa Fariga and Katie Chang. While at the event, which marked just her second festival yet, Watson was asked to speak about the series that has defined her career until "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" (that would be "Harry Potter," in case it wasn't obvious) ... and, according to her, that franchise is a thing of the way distant past. View slideshow: Emma Watson hits Cannes for 'The Bling Ring' Speaking to The Guardian, she said, "'Harry Potter' feels like such a long time ago; so much has happened in the last three or four years, but obviously it's still very present, it's still being played in people's living rooms." Watson quickly »
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