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The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has come to an end, and as we look back on all the glamorous gowns, luxurious parties, and A-list celebrity sightings, we're also highlighting the prettiest pictures from the event in black and white. Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt, Michael Fassbender, and Jake Gyllenhaal are just some of the stars to get the Old Hollywood treatment! Keep reading to see them all now, and be sure to check out the most eye-catching Cannes snaps from behind. »
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore -- our five most recent winners in this category -- all have extremely baiting new films coming out this year, and it's entirely possible that they all come back and make this an epic race of almost all very recent winners. Could they be joined by a slightly less recent winner if Charlize Theron pulls a Sigourney Weaver and gets an all-too-rare (and extremely deserved) nomination for an action film with "Mad Max: Fury Road." Of those six potential nominees, two of them are in films we've already seen at either festivals or in theaters, and they join a very impressive roster of other lead performances that have already seen the light of day (or dark of the movie theater, as it were). There's actually considerably more contenders here that we've already seen than in the Best Actor category, »
- Peter Knegt
Cannes — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign. Before you start second guessing which films have a shot and which don't, remember the actions of this year's Hollywood-influenced competition jury. The Coen brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and the Guillermo Del Toro, among others, awarded some interesting prizes that will absolutely affect the race. The critical kudos are important, too (as are those of us who cover the beat on a regular basis and took in this year's slate »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, with stars making one last appearance on the famed red carpet. Celebrities began pouring into the French Riviera last week, and the film festival only got more star-studded with each day that passed. Kendall Jenner turned heads on the red carpet on Wednesday, but the big names also spent plenty of time letting loose. On Monday, actresses Rachel Weisz, Mélanie Laurent, Emily Blunt, and Sienna Miller linked up at Calvin Klein's Women in Film celebration. Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna got the party started by the sea, and actors hit the red carpet for the hotly anticipated opening ceremony. No one had a more photogenic arrival than Lupita Nyong'o, who practically glided across the carpet in a green Gucci gown that revealed her glowing skin. Paying homage to the festival's glamorous history, stars like Jane Fonda, John Legend, and »
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming a crucial voice in cinema, crafting human stories of immense power and durability. His one-two-three punch of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy has been enough to get him noticed in film-savvy circles, but his latest film Sicario may be his best work to date. It's a bleak drug-trade thriller on the surface but deep down it's really a dense character study with comments on the violence in this modern world. It's in the same ballpark as other modern commentaries like Traffic and Zero Dark Thirty but with its own unique flavor. Emily Blunt dominates the film as Kate Macer, an FBI agent with a tough exterior in a male dominated field. When we're first introduced to her she's just discovered a gruesome find tied to a major drug cartel operating on both sides of the U.S.A. »
- Marco Cerritos
The good, the bad and the ... Jane Fonda! From the Billboard Music Awards to the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood's hottest starlets hit the red carpet this week in their favorite couture creations. While Kendall Jenner earned her supermodel status in Azzedine Alaïa and Emily Blunt looked like a golden goddess in Stella McCartney, other fashion offenders -- including an outdated Iggy Azalea, a continuously-boring Natalie Portman and a pink puffed Fonda -- earned failing fashion grades for their style slip-ups. Check out the clip above to see who toofab's Candice Brock, Anna Kachikyan and lifestyle blogger Sormeh Salimpour picked for the best and worst dressed stars, and take a closer look at the week's bad fashion below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
I've done my best to avoid reactions to most everything playing at the Cannes Film Festival if only to keep my own expectations in check and one of the movies I'm doing my very best to avoid hearing any advanced buzz is Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro among others. For an added bit of context before you check out the following first clip from the film (via Slashfilm), know the film centers on Kate (Blunt), a young female FBI agent who joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. The following clip features what must be Kate's first meeting with del Toro's character followed by a bit of tough love from Brolin. Give it a watch below. The film is set for a Sept. »
- Brad Brevet
Brace yourselves, you guys, because you're about to have all the feels. Elsa Pataky just posted yet another too-cute-for-words photo of her hunky hubby, Chris Hemsworth, playing with their daughter India, and it's a doozy. The little one is seen sitting on her dad's lap in a stunning English countryside while the actor chats her up in full costume. "Visiting Papa on set!! #happydays #londongreen #thehuntsman #papaehija #lovethem," the proud mama wrote as a caption to the family pic. Hemsworth is currently filming the highly anticipated prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, alongside Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Sam Claflin. Before the »
The first clip for Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller Sicario has arrived. The film stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Sicario reunites Villeneuve, one of the most promising young directors, with his Prisoners cinematographer, Roger Deakins, one of the greatest living directors of photography, making it one of my most anticipated films of the year. And having seen this clip, I'm even more thrilled by the idea of Villeneuve and Deakins teaming up for Blade Runner 2. As always, Deakins knows exactly what to bring to the table to fulfill the unique needs of each film. Sicario looks austere; a palette of taupe and desert sand with highlights of blue, and a huge contrast to the grey, green frostiness of Prisoners. I truly can't wait to see »
- Haleigh Foutch
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman, and Johnny Depp.
Run Time: 124 minutes
Special Features: Streep sings Sondheim “She’ll be back”, There’s Something About The Woods, The Cast As Good as Gold, Deeper Into The Woods, Audio Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca, Music and Lyrics
Before we take a walk intrepidly through my Into The Woods review, I’ll make the confession that Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is one of the only musicals I know really well. It comes from working at a famous outdoor theatre in London some years back and being part of the team who worked behind the version directed by Timothy Sheader. This was my first encounter with Sondheim and I came to »
- Dan Bullock
The Cannes Film Festival reminded Hollywood that it’s never too early to start campaigning for next year’s Academy Awards.
The O-word first popped up during a presentation from Harvey Weinstein about his upcoming slate, where he promised that Jake Gyllenhaal would get nominated for playing a boxer in this summer’s “Southpaw.” But Weinstein showed that he had more than one awards-season trick up his sleeve with the premiere of “Carol,” the biggest Oscar contender to debut at this year’s festival.
Here are five films from Cannes that will likely be awards-season contenders.
“Carol”: Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, which opens theatrically in December, is certain to be in the running for best picture, director and screenplay (Phyllis Nagy spent 15 years adapting Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel). It should land Cate Blanchett her seventh Oscar nomination for the title role of a woman in an unhappy marriage. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.
“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.
In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »
- Brian Welk
Read More: Denis Villeneuve on Seeing 'Enemy' For the First Time at Tiff and Pushing Hugh Jackman to the Limit in 'Prisoners' Life is pretty swell for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. In 2010, he earned worldwide recognition for scoring a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination for "Incendies." Five years later, he's at the Cannes Film Festival with "Sicario," his first film to play in the main competition, and about to start work on a new "Blade Runner" movie starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Like his last two films "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Sicario" is taut, tense and bleak. It centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt), who teams with the CIA to take down a Mexican cartel boss. Indiewire sat down with Villeneuve in Cannes to discuss the portrayal of violence in his work, re-teaming with his "Prisoners" and "Sicario" Dp Roger Deakins for the "Blade »
- Nigel M Smith
Last night, NBC aired a live special to raise money for Red Nose Day to help children around the world. Pretty much every celebrity you can think of was part of the show -- since "Do You Want to Help Save Children?" is a strong pitch. You can head to NBC's site to see the full episode and learn how you can get involved with donations, but here are five video highlights:
"Indiana Jones With Anna Kendrick"
As this video's intro states, "After the excitement surrounding the all-female 'Ghostbusters' reboot, Hollywood is now remaking hundreds of classic films with female leads." Cue Anna Kendrick in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." We see her in the pivotal scene where she has to choose the right grail cup ... and maybe choose a few more to take home and decorate her house.
You may have »
- Gina Carbone
We’re seeing more of Sicario, the new film from Denis Villeneuve, very slowly. There were a few images, then a poster. And if you want to know more about the film, there are quite a few reviews floating around from the film’s Cannes premiere. Now there’s also a Sicario clip, and while we wait for […]
- Russ Fischer
Every once in a while the A-listers from Hollywood remind the rest of us that they really do have heart. May 21 was one such occasion, when stars from film, music, and more came together to raise awareness and money for NBC's Red Nose Day fundraiser, benefitting a slew of children's charities both in the United States and across the globe. Seth Meyers and Jane Krakowski split hosting duties while others, including (but not limited to) Emily Blunt and her hubby John Krasinski, Chris Hemsworth, Zach Efron, [...] »
Scores of celebrities came together on Thursday night for Red Nose Day, a charity night meant to benefit children around the world. To get the ball rolling, Seth Meyers called up none other than Chris Pine, who got a call from Into the Woods costar Emily Blunt, who got a call from her husband, John Krasinski. As the phone chain gets longer and longer, the details surrounding the event get more and more hilariously confusing. Watch the video above for a game of real-life telephone. »
Sicario: Bring Out the Popcorn
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Taylor Sheridan
Denis Villeneuve’s narco-thriller Sicario is likely the most broadly accessible film in this year’s competition, a very watchable, schematically Hollywoodian production more at home at the Oscars than at Cannes. It stars, tragically, Emily Blunt as FBI agent Kate Macer and, unsurprisingly, Benicio Del Toro as special drugs advisor Alejandro. Kate is recruited from her hostage crisis unit to a secretive anti-drugs mission at the margins of legality following a gruesome, finely crafted opening sequence in which she leads the bust of a safe house full of rows of executed hostages concealed into the walls. Gradually she clues in as to the nature of the mission – her role is merely procedural, as the presence of an FBI agent is apparently obligatory as a front for Alejandro and rogue operation head Matt (Josh Brolin »
Emily Blunt spoke out against the no-flats rule at the Cannes Film Festival after reports alleged that women were denied access to a premiere because they were wearing flats instead of high heels. Flats Ban At Cannes? According to reports, a handful of women were turned away from the premiere of Carol, a film starring […]
The post Emily Blunt Speaks Out Against ‘No Flats’ Controversy At Cannes appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
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