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★★★★★ Last year, it was a tale of time-tested amour which ultimately went on to pick up the Palme d'Or; this year, Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d'Adèle, 2013) - a tale of young love and the intensity/agony it entails - could well be the film to walk away with Cannes' top prize. Based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh, the film stars Adèle Exarchopoulos as Adèle, a young girl growing up in Lille. The first shot we see of Adèle shows her rushing down the street to catch a bus to school. Here she has to deal with the usual stuff most teenagers face on a daily basis; boys who like her, peer pressure etc.
Yet, Adèle's life appears remarkably angst-free; her friends are seen as supportive, she's engaged in her school work, likes her teachers and has a happy home life with her family. »
- CineVue UK
Baby Boy, the partially-sighted poodle who appears in “Behind the Candelabra,” has been named the top dog of the Cannes Film Festival as winner of the Palm Dog award.
Judged by film critics, the prize is not an official part of the festival, but is independently-awarded like other prizes such as the Queer Palm. In the film, Liberace and Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon, are brought together when they care for the ailing poodle. The pianist had several dogs at his kitschy Las Vegas mansion.
Though Baby Boy was not able to attend the Friday ceremony, he will receive a Creature Clothes trophy collar.
Judge Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian newspaper told the Associated Press that it also “has been a year of canine suffering and pain, »
- Pat Saperstein
Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring doesn’t exactly break down the door of insight into the emptiness and excess of celebrity-obsessed culture and the pursuit of it, but it does offer some fun. In this new clip from the movie, we see Emma Watson and company dive into Hilton’s closet which features an unnecessary huge amount of shoes and clothes and dead animals pardon, fur. I wonder how many pairs are just standing there after being bought for insane amount of money, but never worn. And how many people could have that money fed. Anyway, check it out: Wow, that was a short one! I was »
- Vesna Sunrider
A new clip from The Bling Ring has been released.
Based on real events, Sofia Coppola's satirical drama follows a group of fame-obsessed teenagers - played by Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard and Claire Julien - who robbed celebrities' homes in the Hollywood Hills.
In the clip, ringleader Rebecca (Chang) and the rest of the 'Bling Ring' rob Paris Hilton's home by tracking her movements online, and finding a spare key under her doormat.
The Bling Ring debuted last week at the Cannes Film Festival to largely positive reviews.
> Emma Watson: 'I watched The Hills, Kardashians for Bling Ring research'
Watch a full trailer below: »
Okay, so as we noted in our review from the Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" doesn't exactly break down the door of insight into the emptiness and excess of celebrity culture and the pursuit of it. That said, it does have some fun along the way. Most notably, it's Paris Hilton's house (and yes, it's actually Paris Hilton's house in the movie) that provides the thieving gang of teens the most enjoyment on their crime spree. In fact, they go back to it more than once... In this new clip from the movie, we see Emma Watson and company dive into Hilton's closet which features an unfathomable amount of shoes and clothes. It's paradise for the girls as they go through the designer threads, but it's Watson who caps with the scene getting the biggest laugh after finding the most absurd piece of all them all. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shot in black and white, Alexander Payne's new movie is a melancholic, gentle road movie
This year at Cannes, film after film has delved into the world of the wealthy. The Great Gatsby's lavish parties have been rivalled by only the madly superficial Roman fiesta that begins Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty. Meanwhile their glittering possessions are filched in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.
But now Cannes has come back to earth, and the hyper-real colours have drained away. Shot in black and white, Alexander Payne's Nebraska is a "depression-era movie", the director said. A melancholic, gentle road movie of the post-sub-prime, recession-hit mid west, a landscape of dirt-poor farms, overweight and unemployed young men and with a chief character, like the companions in The Wizard of Oz, in search of a dream that turns out to be an illusion. Its visual style, said Payne, »
- Charlotte Higgins
Hollywood is still squeamish about homosexuality, money can't buy you happiness, and there is no conceivable situation in which Ryan Gosling doesn't look hot – these are the things you never truly learn until you have spent a week at the world's greatest film festival
Plastic surgeons are the new secular priests
The Cannes programmers give guests a religion they can at least relate to. First came La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino's swooning fresco of Italian high society, in which an exacting cosmetic surgeon dispenses Botox injections as though he's offering holy sacrament. Then, not 24 hours later, came the sight of Rob Lowe's smirking little Frankenstein, resplendent in a Farrah Fawcett hairdo, in Behind the Candelabra. Lowe's character is tender, wise and knows what is right. He comes to make Matt Damon's chauffeur into Liberace's own image. It's what the man upstairs demands. Damon's response: "I suppose I should be flattered. »
- Xan Brooks, Elliot Smith, Henry Barnes, Charlotte Higgins
Alexander Payne has become one of those figures who isn’t just a film director — he’s a genre. As much as I love Election, his 1999 breakthrough film, the Payne movie that really kicked off the Payne format was About Schmidt (2002). The leisurely, semi-planted version of the road-trip structure; the classically framed images of a falling-down American middle class that Hollywood is no longer in touch with and no longer knows how to show us; the earnest, damaged heroes with their family ties and family demons; the arcs that are built not out of screenwriting-class “story points” but, rather, out »
- Owen Gleiberman
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
This time last week the biggest story coming out of Cannes was The Great Gatsby – but oh, how quickly things change. Since then critics have been getting in a lather about all manner of things, but no film has been quite as divisive as Only God Forgives, Nicholas Winding Refn's follow-up to Drive.
Starring Ryan Gosling as Julian, a westerner submerged in Bangkok's criminal underworld, it's a creepy, ultraviolent revenge tale that provoked boos and walkouts when it screened at Cannes on Wednesday – although that didn't stop Peter Bradshaw awarding it five stars while declaring that "every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance."
Xan Brooks offered more praise (albeit slightly more reserved), while our report from the press conference found the director confessing that he approaches filmmaking "like a pornographer: it's about »
Jenna Elfman is returning as host of the 2013 Crystal & Lucy Awards, set for June 12 at the Beverly Hilton. Elfman, who most recently starred in NBC's comedy 1600 Penn, also hosted last year's event. As previously announced, Laura Linney, the female stars of Mad Men, George Lucas, Sofia Coppola, Hailee Steinfeld and cinematographer Rachel Morrison will be honored at the dinner. Photos: Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards 2012 The theme of this year's event, "Close Up," celebrates the 40th anniversary of Women in Film, Los Angeles, and will "take a close look at the organization's
- Kimberly Nordyke
Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos and CEO Reed Hastings have gathered to talk about the future of Netflix on the eve of their biggest original programming launch to date. This Sunday, the popular streaming service will debut all 15 new episodes of Arrested Development. Some call it Season 4, others call it the first act in a long discussed Arrested Development movie. Though, that movie has yet to be greenlit.
Reed Hastings reveals this interesting bit of information.
"We have talked openly about a movie scenario..."
Does this mean that Netflix is getting into original theatrical content as well as TV content? Or willl Arrested Development the Movie serve as another event for the streaming service that is exclusive only to subscribers? »
Taking a break from explosions, superheroes and mega-budgets, this week's Movie Power Rankings is topped by the mother of all international film festivals. Most of Hollywood (except for Ryan Gosling) hit up the Cannes FIlm Festival this week, where films like "Only God Forgives," "The Bling Ring," "As I Lay Dying" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" unspooled for famous folks like Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, James Franco, Sofia Coppola, The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg, and so much more. As for the rest of this week's list... May 22, 2013 1. The Cannes Film Festival The south of France apparently has much more to offer than »
- Dave Lewis
Hey, it certainly sounds better than Twixt. THR reports that Francis Ford Coppola is readying a new feature that should appeal to more of his traditional fanbase. The film is currently untitled, but the outlet reports that it “will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s.” The project is also described as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” While details are obviously slim as of now, The Wrap’s Jeff Snider also tweeted today that “Dance will be a key element in the new Francis Ford Coppola movie. That’s all, folks.” So that’s…something. Oh, is this going to be a new Dirty Dancing? Is that it? Coppola is currently writing the screenplay himself, and while the project has no firm studio commitments (despite having offices on the Paramount lot), a pair of casting directors have already been brought on (Courtney Bright and »
- Kate Erbland
The Cannes Film Festival is the most prominent cinematic celebration in the world, making it a place where a film can either skyrocket to success - or crash and burn. This year, a handful of movies came to dominate the conversation among industry insiders in the South of France. Sofia Coppola's study of youth and excess in La, The Bling Ring, and the latest Coen brothers offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, were two of the most talked-about projects in contention at the fest, and some unexpected films also made a splash. Click through for our breakdown of the six movies that got the most lip service - both good and bad! - during our time at this year's festival! View Slideshow › »
- Lindsay Miller
This one won’t have gangsters. Probably won’t have gangsters. Actually, there’s a higher probability of gangsters than anything else. Anyways, if you’ve forgotten who Francis Ford Coppola is (other than the father of Sofia Coppola), he’s that guy that directed a few small movies under the banner of The Godfather? Yeah? Ok, so we’re all on the same page. Well, he’s planning on directing another saga about an Italian-American family that will not involve Al Pacino killing people in Italian restaurants.
Coppola is reportedly working on a screenplay that will play as a coming-of-age story about a boy and girl in their late teens. Paramount is providing office space, but little else, with no current plans to bankroll or distribute the movie once it gets made. If it gets made.
Forgive me for being skeptical. Coppola has had a bit of tough time »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Good news for fans of real, quality music! Paris Hilton has signed with Cash Money Records and is working on a house music album that will supposedly be released this summer.
Still there? Hilton broke the news to Showbiz411 at a party in Cannes, where the heiress is because she's an actress or filmmaker supporting "The Bling Ring," a Sofia Coppola movie about the pretty girl crime syndicate that burglarized Hilton in real life. (The movie was filmed in part at Hilton's home.)
Showbiz 411 says that Hilton will join Drake and Nicki Minaj, so it's likely she's actually signing with Young Money Entertainment, a subsidiary of Cash Money. Hilton also claims Dutch house producer Afrojack is helping her out, an interesting tidbit given that the two were previously rumored to be dating. Hilton was a constant presence on his tour and in his "Afrojet," but the producer is now said to be dating DJ Bambi. »
- The Huffington Post
Another Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close (things wrap up on May 26), which always makes us sad – but the good news is that this year’s fest has given us a slew of new titles to look forward to seeing for the rest of 2013. From a biopic about Liberace from the soon-to-retire Steven Soderbergh to the latest from beloved filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn – this year’s Cannes certainly hasn’t lacked what we like to call “event pictures.” If this is indicative of what the rest of the year has in store for movie lovers, we think we’re all in for a treat. Not all of us made it to France this year for the festival, but we’ve been here at home keeping an eye on things from afar. As...
- Mike Bracken
Jenna Elfman will host Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards in June, the organization said on Wednesday. The gala will honor actresses Laura Linney, Hailee Steinfeld and the women of AMC's "Mad Men," as well as cinematographer Rachel Morrison ("Fruitvale Station"), George Lucas and Sofia Coppola. Linney, whose career in both film and television has spanned two decades, will be awarded the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television will be given to Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Paré, and Keirnan Shipka of »
- Greg Gilman
Francis Ford Coppola is returning to his “Godfather” roots No, the legendary director isn't making a sequel or prequel or reboot. But he will be writing and directing a new, decades-spanning Italian-American saga. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens” and will be set from the 1930s through the 1960s. Since “The Godfather” series ended in 1990 with the poorly-reviewed third film, Coppola has directed but rarely. He helmed “Bram Stoker's Dracula” with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in 1992, then worked with Robin Williams in the critically-reviled “Jack.” His last big movie was 1997's “The Rainmaker,” based on the book by John Grisham. In the last decade, Coppola has stuck to the arthouse world, making indie movies “Youth Without Youth,” “Tetro,” and “Twixt.” Perhaps the Coppola patriarch was inspired to keep up with his two surviving children, »
- Kelly Woo
All Is Lost is a man-stranded-at-sea movie, starring Robert Redford, in a role that has almost no dialogue, as a fellow who wakes up in his small yacht, somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, only to discover that a random floating railway car — who knows how it got there? — has gashed a hole in the boat’s hull. It’s like his own miniature iceberg scrape: All of a sudden, his boat could go down, and him with it. Most movies that strand a solitary figure at sea, like Life of Pi, or on a desert island, like »
- Owen Gleiberman
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