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Cannes Review: Directors' Fortnight Prize Winner 'Mustang' By First-Timer Deniz Gamze Ergüven

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In a tangle of limbs and long hair, five young sisters in a small coastal Turkish town come of age against a backdrop of sun, secrets, and socially-mandated sexual suppression in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's heartfelt, beautifully performed debut feature "Mustang." Co-written with 2015 Un Certain Regard director Alice Winocour (our review of her film "Disorder" is here), the film presents an insightful, engaging, and often enraging perspective on the treatment of women, and especially pubescent girls, living within a restrictive and regressive cultural environment. In this small community, female sexuality is regarded as a treacherous and dangerous force that must be corralled and owned in its entirety by men (i.e. the girls must be married extremely young, and they must be virgins). But while the view of this culture is undoubtedly authentic, it is coded by the filmmaker's criticism — highly justifiable criticism, but it's a bias that should be. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’

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The winners of of the 68th Cannes Film Festival have been unveiled. In a rather surprise announcement, the Palme d’Or top prize went to Jacques Audiard's émigré drama "Dheepan," which features all Sri Lankaian non-actors in the lead roles. Audiard has been here before, and won the jury prize for "A Prophete" in 2009. The runner up Grand Prize went to Hungarian filmmaker “László Nemes’ much-loved Holocaust drama “Son Of Saul,” a film many predicted for the top award. The Best Director award went to Hou Hsiao-Hsien for his long-gestating martial arts drama ”The Assassin,” and the Best Actress prize was shared between Rooney Mara for “Carol” and Emmanuel Bercot for “Mon Roi.” Another festival favorite, Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster," took the Jury prize. Read More: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Is An Excellent, Searing, And Compassionate Drama The full winners list below with links to the. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Box-Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Takes #1 But Disappoints On One Of The Worst Memorial Day Weekends In Over 10 Years

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There were early reports that said Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 2” was going to have the edge over Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” and while those calculations were wrong, it was close. “Tomorrowland” took the #1 spot this weekend with a $32.2 million bow, but considering it was a would-be four-quadrant tentpole on almost 4000 screens that could crossover into the lucrative kids market (and the parents that have to take them there), this wasn’t exactly a stellar opening, and you can bet Disney was hoping for something north of $50 million. Reviews of the Brad Bird-directed movie weren’t kind (here’s our tepid one) and, perhaps not boding well for future weekends, the movie received a lukewarm B Cinemascore from audiences. Worse, “Tomorrowland” cost $180 million without the give-or-take $60 million it took to market the picture. If Disney hopes to break even on the film — the movie is already tracking to a low »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Cannes Review: 'After Lucia' Director Michel Franco's English-Language Debut 'Chronic' Starring Tim Roth & Sarah Sutherland

23 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

In the 1980s and 1990s, Tim Roth was one of the most exciting of a new generation of British actors. He worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Mike Leigh before playing Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's breakout "Reservoir Dogs," which brought him to the attention of an even wider audience, landing him parts in everything from major blockbusters to auteurist pictures like James Gray's "Little Odessa." Things have been more mixed recently: Roth moved into U.S. TV for the procedural show "Lie To Me," and has struggled to book the right kind of roles since it ended, with disasters like last year's Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" and the unintentionally hilarious FIFA movie "United Passions" on his recent résumé. But with a reunion with Tarantino coming up in "The Hateful Eight," and with his leading role in the first English-language film from Mexican director Michel Franco »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Cannes: Icelandic Film ‘Hrútar’ Wins The Top Un Certain Regard Prize, Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa Wins Best Director

23 May 2015 1:31 PM, PDT

19 films hailing from 21 different countries played in competition in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2015. Announced today, the top prize went to an Icelandic film, Grímur Hákonarson's “Hrútar,” and the Best Director award went to Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa for his “Journey To The Shore.” The jury, comprised of president Isabella Rossellini (filmmaker - United States, Italy), and jurors Haifaa al-Mansour (director - Saudi Arabia), Panos H. Koutras (director - Greece), Nadine Labaki (director, actress - Lebanon), and Tahar Rahim (actor - France) gave out film prizes. Read More: Check Out Our Complete Coverage Of Cannes 2015 Here’s Rossellini’s statement: “We, the jury, would like to thank the Festival de Cannes for inviting us to be part of the Jury for Un Certain Regard. The experience of watching nineteen films from twenty-one countries was memorable. It was like taking a flight over our Planet and its inhabitants… »

- The Playlist

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First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

23 May 2015 11:10 AM, PDT

It might seem odd for Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain to star in almost back-to-back sci-fi films that are kind of similar —  Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” — but evidently the resemblances weren’t enough to scare off either actor, or the prospects of working with these directors and their great casts were too good to pass up. Written by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”) as a project he was originally going to direct, “The Martian” centers on an astronaut (Damon) who has just become one of the first people to walk on Mars. But after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he's dead, he finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Even if he can get word out, his supplies will be gone long before a rescue could arrive, »

- Edward Davis

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Alicia Vikander In Talks For The New ‘Bourne’ Film & ‘Assassin’s Creed’

23 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Well, it certainly hasn’t taken long for Swedish actress Alicia Vikander to get recognized and become one of the most sought after young actresses working today. She broke out in 2012’s “A Royal Affair” next to Mads Mikkelsen and hasn’t looked back since bagging roles immediately in Hollywood projects such as “Anna Karenina" and "The Fifth Estate." And the roles kept coming. She's already appeared in the indie sci-fi hit "Ex Machina" and "Son Of A Gun" this year, and we’ll be seeing her nonstop onscreen in 2015, including upcoming films like "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” remake this summer, "Adam Jones" alongside Bradley Cooper, and Oscar-bait vehicles such as "The Danish Girl" and "Tulip Fever,” which could garner her awards notice. It doesn’t stop there and all the hard work is paying off as more productions are lining up to leverage her talents. Deadline reports out of »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: New Footage In 2nd International ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer; Michael B. Jordan Addresses Internet Haters

23 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

In case you missed the requisite drama and outrage, comic book fans freaked when “Fruitvale Station” actor Michael B. Jordan landed the part of the Human Torch because the original character, Johnny Storm, is Caucasian and Jordan is African American. In the comics he is also the brother of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, and so how does that work? It doesn’t really matter, fans were just angered that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank changed the race of the original character. Jordan has stayed mostly silent about the backlash until now in an Entertainment Weekly article where he’s basically said to the haters, come at me, bro. "You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero,” he said in his open later. “But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and »

- Edward Davis

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Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard

23 May 2015 4:13 AM, PDT

Brooding, dense, and consistently magnificent to an almost self-defeating degree, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" is a bloody, muddy, mighty adaptation of one of Shakespeare's mightiest plays. Kurzel, whose only previous film, the excellent but confined "Snowtown" gave us no real idea that he was capable of such tectonic gravitas, does not offer a reinterpretation of the text so much as a head-first plunge into its depths, dredging up whole chunks of Shakespeare's verse and raising them aloft like he's ripping the beating heart from a mastodon. The words are honored almost as written, but the images, which must surely see "True Detective" cinematographer Adam Arkapaw come barreling into the awards race, are where Kurzel tells the story, and are where he makes his most significant and inventive decisions. Aided by intensely committed performances from a uniformly brilliant cast, all fielding Scottish accents, Kurzel's genius is to be able to find clean lines. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Johnny Depp Turns Cold-Blooded Mob Boss In The New Trailer For Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’

22 May 2015 6:06 PM, PDT

Did Johnny Depp show up to play this time? Depp's career direction these days seems to be the opposite of the daring and quixotic choices in the halcyon years when he was working with Tim Burton one day (“Ed Wood”), Emir Kuristica (“Arizona Dream”) the next, and Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) the following day. Now the actor’s career seems to be dictated by what his audience wants, or the bundles of cash they send his way after starring in the umpteenth ‘Pirates’ movie. Could this all change with the crime drama “Black Mass,” which looks like it could even be fall film contender? Already demonstrating some ‘Godfather’-ish tones in its early photos and the trailer, in “Black Mass,” Depp puts vanity away and stars as a cold-blooded and infamous true-life mob boss from Boston. Here’s the official synopsis: In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Cannes Review: Guillaume Nicloux's 'Valley Of Love' Starring Isabelle Huppert & Gérard Depardieu

22 May 2015 2:27 PM, PDT

There are a few contenders out there for the biggest French star in the world. Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Amalric have enduring international appeal, Juliette Binoche is an auteurist favorite, and a new generation of actors like Jean Dujardin, Lea Seydoux, and Omar Sy are increasingly having as much success in the U.S. as they are at home. But if we're talking about cinematic legends — truly prolific, popular actors — the safest bets might be Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Across decades-long careers, the two actors have earned enormous acclaim, won virtually every prize available, and had every A-list director around the world lining up to work with them. They've only worked together twice, however, in 1974's "Going Places" and 1980's "Loulou," which makes their reunion 30 years on in Cannes competition entry "Valley Of Love" a major event. In the latest from director Guillaume Nicloux ("The »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard In New Pics From The Scottish Film 'Macbeth'

22 May 2015 2:07 PM, PDT

What new spin could possibly be put on "Macbeth," arguably Shakespeare's best known play? Well, Michael Fassbender reveals an interesting notion that certainly adds texture and dimension to the oft told tale. "[War] was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with bare hands and driving a blade through bodies," he told the Daily Mail, going on to elaborate about his title role. "He returns, after being away fighting, and sees that his relationship with his wife has broken down. They lost a child and there wasn’t time for them to grieve....[and] the doorway has been opened to darkness and violence." Read More: Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Go To War In First Two 'Macbeth' Clips That's a rather fascinating way to approach it, and it's also informative, suggesting Justin Kurzel's movie won't just be the 'Fury Road' of Bard adaptations. Earlier today, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Winners Include Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Days' & More

22 May 2015 1:45 PM, PDT

And just like that, the festivities on the Croisette are winding down this weekend. The Cannes Film Festival proper will hand out their awards tomorrow, but first is the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and today the jury has honored what they feel is the best of the fest, and certainly our critics can't argue.  Ciro Guerra's "Embrace Of The Serpent" took the Art Cinema Award. Jessica Kiang was bewitched by this one, calling it in her review, "a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really." What else is there to say? Read More: Check Out All Of Our Cannes 2015 Coverage Here Meanwhile, Arnaud Desplechin's "My Golden Days" landed the Sacd Prize. Oliver Lyttelton was taken by the director's latest, writing in his review that though it tracks familiar narrative territory, "it's written, shot, cut, and performed with such palpable joy, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Ricki And The Flash’ Will Feature Original Songs By Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice, Eminem Producing ‘Southpaw’ Soundtrack

22 May 2015 1:07 PM, PDT

Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, and Diablo Cody are an unlikely triad, but here we are with the upcoming dramedy “Ricki And The Flash," written by Cody, directed by Demme, and starring Streep. The movie centers on an aging rock star (Streep) who gave up her family years ago to become famous. Decades later, she tries to get them back with disastrous results. When you think of it as a movie about damaged people, perhaps Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” actually makes him the perfect filmmaker for the movie. And fun fact, the movie’s based on Diablo Cody’s real life: Her mother-in-law is also an aging rocker and their family dynamic is similar. "Rock 'n’ roll is her life,” Cody told told Yahoo recently. “I think there’ve been people in her life who’ve thought it was kind of a silly thing for a mom or grandmother to »

- Edward Davis

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Lionsgate Plots 'Now You See Me 3,' Says 'Power Rangers' Will Be A Series Of Movies

22 May 2015 12:56 PM, PDT

As one of the few people who sorta guiltily enjoyed "Now You See Me," I certainly didn't ask for sequel. But that's just what's happening next summer with "Now You See Me: The Second Act." Lionsgate is so certain that audiences will enjoy the magician heist follow-up, they're already plotting a third entry. During a conference call with analysts, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed, "We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3.'" That seems like a simpler way of saying, "If the second movie does well, we'll have everything in place to roll with a third," and given the surprise success of the first movie, it's probably a good idea. But whether 'You See' was a one hit wonder or something with viable franchise legs, we'll just have to wait and see. But in case anyone at the studio is reading, here's my proposed title for next movie: "Now You 3 Me. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amy Schumer To Star In Mother/Daughter Action Comedy Produced By Paul Feig

22 May 2015 12:04 PM, PDT

It would probably be incorrect to call Amy Schumer comedy's next great talent, because she already is one. She has already conquered stage and television, the latter medium thanks to the hit "Inside Amy Schumer," and this summer she tests her movie wings with Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck." But confidence around Hollywood is strong as she's got another high concept vehicle in the works. THR reports that Schumer will write and star in a mother/daughter action comedy movie for Fox. Paul Feig will produce the film that apparently is in the same spirit as his movie "The Heat," and perhaps that's not surprise, considering screenwriter Katie Dippold penned this first draft of this new project. She'll stay on as a producer, while Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, rewrite the script that apparently involves a vacation gone wrong. Read More: SXSW Review: Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' With Amy Schumer, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Review: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Is An Enjoyable Appendix To An Essential Book

22 May 2015 11:48 AM, PDT

Representing an event horizon of cinephiliac homage, Kent Jones' "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is a documentary celebrating a celebrated book written by a celebrated director about a celebrated director, and so is surely cause for celebration. Narrated by Bob Balaban, and featuring interviews with a somewhat arbitrary selection of famous directors including David Fincher, Paul Schrader, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Wes Anderson, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Arnaud Desplechin, Richard Linklater and Martin Scorsese (with whom Jones directed 2010's "Letter to Elia"), the film is a fond, well-researched companion piece to a volume as close to any a cineaste's bible. But while Jones uses snippets from the original recordings of that epochal 8-day interview between the two men, so we get Hitch's real voice saying  "Actors are cattle" or "Logic is dull" or worrying that trying to be more experimental might be like "Mondrian painting a »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio Del Toro Team Up In First Clip For Denis Villeneueve’s 'Sicario'

22 May 2015 11:11 AM, PDT

You could sort of say we’re on his jock and we wouldn’t argue much. This is because French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has been non-stop killing it in recent years and he’s the kind of filmmaker we love because he uses genre as a Trojan Horse to explore the heart and soul of mankind. He’s a thinking man’s filmmaker and it shows in his work. The searing drama “Incendies” earned him a Foreign Language Academy Award nomination, “Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal was a nightmarish existentialist thriller, and “Prisoners” with Gyllenhaal again and Hugh Jackman was a bruising crime procedural. Since then, everyone wants to work with Villeneuve cause they’ve also seen the work and noticed he’s the real deal. Read More: Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel. He’s already bagged the coveted director’s chair for the “Blade Runner” sequel, »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Gil Kenan's 'Poltergeist' Remake Starring Sam Rockwell & Rosemarie DeWitt

22 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Mostly a cautionary tale about the necessity of seller’s disclosures when purchasing an older home, Gil Kenan’s new take on the “Poltergeist” mythos borrows liberally from the classic Tobe Hooper film to revisit the story of a family, a house, and the closet-set portal that upends their lives, with limited results. Although the horror offering puts a nice twist on the family dynamics at play and adding in a backstory that helps frame the entire narrative, the feature eventually dissolves into shoddy CGI and a flaccid third act that comes up short not only when it’s compared to the original feature, but the genre in general. There are some chills to be had here, but they taper out exactly when the action should really be ratcheting up, and the film’s tension burns out so quickly that it might as well have been sucked into an inter-dimensional portal of its own. »

- Kate Erbland

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First Look: Jonah Hill And Miles Teller In Todd Phillips' 'Arms And The Dudes'

22 May 2015 10:22 AM, PDT

Todd Phillips knows dudes, so it was probably only a matter of time until the word actually landed in one of his movie titles. And so it goes for his upcoming "Arms And The Dudes," another story of bros getting in way over their heads, except in this case, it's all based on true events. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the movie based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article (read it right here) that follows 25-year-old David Packouz and 21-year-old Efraim Diveroli, who scored a $300 million Pentagon contract to arm allies in Afghanistan, taking them on a journey through the absurd and political world of international arms trafficking that would end up with the duo being busted for fraud. Bradley Cooper is one of the producer's on the movie, and the images suggest something slightly more serious than we're used to from the filmmaker. Read More: Todd Phillips »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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