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Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Here's a look at the latest release date shuffle: Walk of Shame moves from April 25th to May 2nd. Transcendence shifts back just one day to April 18th. One Chance moves from March 14th to August 29th. An Untitled New Line Horror Film, formerly titled Annabelle, is now set for an October 3rd debut. Mean Moms debuts May 8, 2015, opening one week after Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Conjuring 2 will open October 23, 2015. How to Be Single opens February 12, 2016. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Walk of Shame - Steven Brill's comedy centers on a news anchor (Elizabeth Banks) who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel. Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview. The film also stars James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, »
- Dave Trumbore
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
Opening this week
Eno finally gets itself a new production of Verdi's tragedy, more than 30 years after the last. Christopher Alden's staging was first seen in Toronto two years ago; Graeme Jenkins conducts it here, with Quinn Kelsey and Anna Christie heading the cast. Coliseum, London (020 7845 9300), in rep from Thursday.
■ Protein: Border Tales
A witty, moving portrait of contemporary multicultural Britain, as seen through the choreographic lens of Luca Silvestrini. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich (01473 295230), Wednesday to Saturday, then touring.
The painter, collagist and illustrator, not to mention founding father of pop art, who died in 2011, gets a major retrospective. Tate Modern (020-7887 8888), London SE1, from Thursday.
■ Henry V
Jude Law plays the king as robust »
“The return of phantoms, of impossible beings,” is how actress Eva Mendes describes Leos Carax’s work during her appearance in “Mr. X,” a reverent tribute to the French auteur that makes him out to be something of an impossible phantom himself. Tessa-Louise Salome’s handsome, appropriately spidery doc draws on interviews with a host of Carax’s collaborators and admirers in an attempt to define the soaring significance of his short filmography — but with Mr. X naturally absent from his own party, any answers remain elusive. Alluring if not especially illuminating, this presently brief pic (presented in Sundance as a work in progress) serves as a tasty primer for audiences who only got wise to Carax with his 2012 comeback feature, “Holy Motors.” Festival programmers will flock, though it’s a niche item from a distribution standpoint.
Salome, who previously directed a 45-minute making-of featurette for “Holy Motors,” was »
- Guy Lodge
Super Bowl Xlviii is almost upon us and as America waits to see whether the Seahawks or the Broncos will emerge victorious, the TV audience also eagerly anticipates the festival of advertising that will accompany it.
A number of brands have tried to get ahead of the game – in every sense – by posting their new work online, and our offers a preview of some of the most notable commercials.
Budweiser: 'Puppy Love'
If you had to sum up Super Bowl Xlviii's commercials in a single word, you wouldn't be too far off if you chose the word "puppies" and this ad for Budweiser is already a front-runner to emerge as this year's favourite. Skilfully directed by Ridley Scott's son Jake, it's an unashamedly emotional tale that'll have football fans crying into their beer. »
- Jason Stone
The new Hobbit film is just one set piece battle after another with a love story tacked on
David Mamet once wrote that film was returning to the earliest days of the form, when audiences simply sat there to be thrilled and terrified by footage of an approaching express train. Something similar seems to be happening to family entertainment. I recently took my two youngest daughters to the National Theatre's The Light Princess and Emil and the Detectives. We saw Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story at Wembley Arena. The Desolation of Smaug we saw almost back to back with Disney's feted ice-drama, Frozen.
A lot happened in these shows. Bangs, crashes, songs, fights. But I didn't care enough. I wasn't emotionally invested because what happened wasn't in the shape of a proper story, the forward momentum of which »
- Tim Lott
7 items from 2014
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