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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Unknown Girl’

In Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s very best films, you know exactly what you’re getting — until the quiet dramatic pivot that gently ensures you don’t. In “The Unknown Girl,” only the first half of that assessment is true, though what we get is largely exemplary: a simple but urgent objective threaded with needling observations of social imbalance, a camera that gazes with steady intent into story-bearing faces, and an especially riveting example of one in their gifted, toughly tranquil leading lady Adèle Haenel. What’s missing, however, from this stoically humane procedural tale of a guilt-racked Gp investigating a nameless passer-by’s passing, is any great sense of narrative or emotional surprise: It’s a film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks. Though it will receive the broad distribution practically guaranteed
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The Unknown Girl review – a marginal, passionless offering from the Dardennes brothers

The double-Palme-winners’ latest is a study of a guilt-stricken doctor digging up information about a dead immigrant, but it lacks the Dardennes’ usual brilliance

The Dardenne brothers are double-Palme winners at Cannes, justly renowned for their moving and socially acute realist dramas. Everything they do has to be of interest, and their latest work here, The Unknown Girl, has moments of insight, flashes of perception. But it is not their best work, and very far from the heights achieved in 2014 with their blistering workplace picture Two Days, One Night. The Unknown Woman is an odd, dramatically stilted and passionless quasi-procedural concerning a mysterious death; it depends on a series of unconvincing, and in fact borderline-preposterous, encounters and features a bafflingly inert performance from Adèle Haenel, whose usual spark appears to have been doused by self-consciousness.

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Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Get 'The Best Offer' With Giuseppe Tornatore, Ennio Morricone To Score Film

Celebrated Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore doesn't exactly crank them out, and while he made waves on American shores in the late '80s and '90s with "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "The Legend Of 1900" and "Malena," it has been over a decade since the latter and the subsequent movies -- "The Unknown Woman" and "Baaria" -- have made the same splash.  But his next effort is gearing up, and drawing upon two well-known names, it could see him once again back in American arthouses in bigger form.

Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess are set to star in "The Best Offer." Details are pretty scarce, but the film is said to be an "art auction world drama" set in Vienna and the Alps that will start shooting at the end of the month. But adding a bit of excitement to the news is the mentoin that 83-year-old master composer
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‘The Town’ is crippled by its own fairytale desires

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: “The Town” is a film that is crippled by its own fairytale desires. While the picture pertains to be a character-driven drama about a Boston bank robber and his desire to go straight, it is undone by a refusal to even acknowledge that its lead character has anything to truly atone for. It is one thing to have a sympathetic portrait of an anti-hero as he struggles to be decent in a world that values his indecency. But it is another to take a straight-up criminal and convince us that he is actually some kind of hero. As a result, the key relationships don’t work, the action scenes lack suspense, and the audience is left with no reason to care about the outcome.

A token amount of plot: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is a brains behind a four-person robbery team that operates in Boston.
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Comic-Con – EW Presents Women Who Kick Ass Panel

A great panel Friday afternoon was the Entertainment Weekly panel Women Who Kick Ass, starring Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost and V, Anna Torv of Fringe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ellen Wong of Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and Jena Malone of Sucker Punch.

Moderator Nicole Sperling asked the women if they were into comics or other geek stuff when they were kids. Torv used to dress up as Wonder Woman, while Malone and Wong preferred the Disney princess/heroines. Asked how hard it has been to get roles, Mitchell said she auditioned seven times and fought hard to play Juliet. On the other hand, she was given the role of Erika in V, which she found more terrifying. For Wong, nothing ever just falls into your lap, one has to fit for everything. She just tried to be herself in her audition for a Knives Chau, because she felt close to the character.
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Interview: Director Rodrigo Garcia on His New Film ‘Mother and Child’

Chicago – “Mother and Child” is an intense exploration of the various stages of motherhood, through the performances of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. Leading the eclectic cast through their paces is director Rodrigo Garcia.

Garcia, the son of famed author Gabriel García Márquez, has carved his own artistic niche in a career directing both prestige television and film. Besides sheparding the HBO’s favorites “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and “Carnivále” at various points, Garcia also produced and help develop the HBO adaptation of “In Treatment.”

His films are characterized by their human relationship elements, including “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her’ [2000] and “Nine Lives,” which Garcia also wrote. Mother and Child is his fourth film directed from his own screenplay.

Scene from ‘Mother and Child’ featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Paul and Naomi Watts as Elizabeth

Photo Credit: Ralph Nelson for © 2009 Sony Picture
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Caulfield Heading For Divorce

Caulfield Heading For Divorce
Former Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress Emma Caulfield has filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.

The star, 37, wed Cornelius Grobbelaar in August, 2006 but the couple officially split on 7 May.

Caulfield has since moved to make the separation official after citing irreconcilable differences in legal papers filed last week (ends14May10) at Los Angeles Superior Court.

The actress is the second former Buffy castmember whose marriage has hit the headlines in recent weeks - earlier this month, David Boreanaz confessed to cheating on his wife of nine years, Jaime Bergman, with an anonymous mistress.

The other woman has since been revealed as nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel - one of the many women linked to disgraced golfer Tiger Woods during his affair scandal.

The People vs. Lost Season 6: Is it the show's worst?

Especially with last night's "Across the Sea" (without a doubt the most polarizing episode of the series ever), Lost's sixth season has come under some serious fire. Pacing has been a critical issue among fans, as well as a general lack of answers in what many had hoped would a very conclusive and revealing final season. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this conflict, Mark O. Estes and I (Sam McPherson) will be debating over whether Lost's new season, as many allege, is the worst of the series. He says it is, but I don't think so. After reading our opinions, feel free to add yours in the comments section below — it is a matter of opinion, after all!

We'll get started with Mark's case against season six:

Let me start of by stating that I have been with Lost since the beginning. Literally. I
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Matt Lauer Shoots Down Cheating Allegations

Matt Lauer Shoots Down Cheating Allegations
"Today" host Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette, are outraged over allegations that Lauer has left his family over infidelities, calling the tabloid story "a work of fiction."

"I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple," Lauer tells People.com in an interview from France, where he's been co-anchoring the NBC morning show from the Cannes Film Festival. "I have never moved out. I am not moving out.
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Studio Canal

Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both of these should be Venice and/or Tiff bound. - Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Studio Canal

Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both of these should be Venice and/or Tiff bound. Brighton Rock by Rowan Joffe - Post-Production Carlos by Olivier Assayas - Completed My Afternoons With Margueritte by Jean Becker - Completed The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier - Completed The Two Deaths Of Quincas Wateryell by Sergio MacHado - Post-Production And Soon The Darkness by Marcos Efron - Completed Attack The Block by Joe Cornish - Production Beyond Suspicion (Insoupconnable) by Gabriel Le Bomin - Post-Production Bruc by Daniel Benmayor
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'Iron Man 2' And The 'Other Woman' Scenario

You’ve got an awesome job and a man you absolutely adore. Things are going swimmingly. Then one day, Bam! — a hot Russian chick shows up and ruins everything. Your name is Pepper Potts and you’ve just fallen prey to…The Other Woman.

For an industry obsessed with perfection, there’s this radical idea in Hollywood that says things cannot go smoothly in movies, especially when it comes to love. Crazy, I know.

Of course, in comic book films you have supervillains to create instant drama for you — but when it comes to sequels and subsequent follow-ups, creators always feel the need to add more fuel to the fire. And as a sexy spy/assassin, Scarlett Johansson’s character in “Iron Man 2,” Black Widow, is practically plutonium.

"I was more concerned about the interpersonal dynamic and how the presence of [Johansson's character] would affect Tony and Pepper," director Jon Favreau told MTV News.
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Film festival picks of the week

The Italian Film Festival, Scotland

No gimmicks here – just the chance to see some world-class Italian films from directors old and new. From veteran Enzo Castellari, director of the original Inglourious Basterds, comes Eagles Over London, the film that invented the "macaroni combat" genre by dazzlingly recreating the Battle Of Britain. There's also a four-film tribute to legendary actor Vittorio GassmanIl Mattatore, as he's affectionately known – with screenings of the little-seen swashbuckler For Love And Gold and the original Scent Of A Woman, which won Gassman the Best Actor award in Cannes. More recent titles include director Federico Bondi's Mar Nero, a touching tale of the relationship between an elderly lady and her youthful carer, and Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's dark, modern thriller The Unknown Woman. And, for the more traditional, there's a screening of everyone's favourite Italian classic, La Dolce Vita.

Various venues, Fri 16 to
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Michelle McGee Apologizes to Sandra Bullock

Michelle McGee Apologizes to Sandra Bullock
Michelle "Bombshell" McGee has two choice words for Sandra Bullock: "I'm sorry." In a new interview with Australian TV show Today Tonight, Jesse James's alleged mistress apologizes for her involvement in the actress's marriage crisis - but says ultimately James is to be blame. "Sandra, I'm sorry for your embarrassment," McGee says in the interview. "I'm sorry all this is public. I'm sorry for everything." "I feel bad for Sandra," she adds. "I want to give her a heartfelt apology." Photos: The Other Woman: Then and NowStill, McGee says that James, 40, led her on - and told her that he and Bullock,
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What to TiVo: Wednesday

ABC has repeats of Modern Family, The Middle, and Cougar Town, and is new with Ugly Betty CBS is new with The New Adventures of Old Christine, Accidentally on Purpose, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY Fox is new with Human Target and American Idol NBC is new with Minute to Win It and Law & Order: Svu The CW is new with America's Next Top Model, Fly Girls, and High Society Bravo is new with the season finale of Shear Genius and the season premiere of Top Chef Masters Comedy Central is new with South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report E! is new with Kiss and Tell: The Other Woman Speaks MTV has a repeat of 16 and Pregnant and is new with the season premiere of Real World/Road Rules Challenge USA is new with In Plain Sight VH1 has repeats of
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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 10

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50 Films in and 200 films to go!

So far so good with the IMDb250 project with little problem so far getting the films from the list and a whole lot of fun watching them. Barry has been making great use of his films recently by watching his movies in categories with the New Hollywood and War sections being brilliant to read.

It’s something I wish we planned at the start as putting the films in some sort of order or genre category would have made connecting the films really interesting but on the other hand watching such a random collection of films in a short space of time really is fascinating to experience different actors in different genre’s lead by different directors proving why they apparently deserve to be in the top 250 films of all time.

My next five films showcase the pleasure in my randomness of choice as
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Are Women Hard-Wired to Dump Cheaters?

Every time another celebrity cheats, we go through the same cycle: We're shocked and appalled -- and then we lap up every detail.

Diana Landen: Our husbands ogle the pictures of the Other Women (a.k.a. tramps), then reassure us that Ashley Dupre -- or Michelle McGee -- isn't really pretty.

Experts give us advice on how to keep our men faithful. You would think that advice for our husbands would be more useful. (On the other hand, would men read "Comparing You to Gandhi is a Sign of Insanity, Not Love," or "How to Keep 13 Mistresses Happy and Quiet"?)

Eventually, we hear from the excuse-makers: "Everybody cheats," "Monogamy is unnatural," "Males need to spread their seed" and "It's just evolution."

Gentlemen, we have evolved, too. Women who accepted cheating died out a long time ago. The Other Woman is, quite simply, a threat to our children.

Sex makes babies.
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Nannied boys 'likely to be womanisers'

Nannied boys 'likely to be womanisers'
Baby boys who are looked after by nannies are more likely to womanise, a psychiatrist has claimed. Dr Dennis Freidman, author of The Unsolicited Gift, said that the practice introduces young boys to the concept of 'The Other Woman', equipping them with life-long double standards concerning the opposite sex. Dr Freidman, 86, told The Daily Telegraph: "It creates a division in his mind between the woman he knows to be his natural mother and the woman with whom he has a real hands-on relationship: the woman who bathes him and takes him to the park, and with whom (more)
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Hating Rielle Hunter

In my fantasy of the cheated upon (i.e. Elizabeth Edwards), she has escaped to Tahiti and is enjoying tanning and pure pleasure -- while "other woman" Rielle Hunter stays here and takes all of the crap.

Diana Landen: It's easy to hate Rielle Hunter. She won't "emasculate" John Edwards by telling the truth, but she's happy to publicly slam a dying woman. She justifies her own cruelty with some warped concept of "force fields" of love. Easy to hate her ... but not good for me. I'm trying to figure out why I obsess over her. My husband gets offended: Am I suggesting that he would act like John Edwards? He reminds me that this doesn't have anything to do with my life. But it does.

A good friend of mine from high school -- someone I truly respected -- had an affair with a much younger employee. His marriage broke up,
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Eli Roth To Produce Horror Faux Documentary 'The Last Exorcism'

Eli Roth To Produce Horror Faux Documentary 'The Last Exorcism'
Will audiences ever tire of the documentary-style horror film? The success of "Paranormal Activity" proved that ten years after "The Blair Witch Project," people are still into the format, which employs a false sense of authenticity that makes the events appear more real and seem more plausible -- and are therefore scarier. But no film can ever be more frightening than "The Exorcist," right? Well, how about a film that's like "The Exorcist" shot in the style of "Paranormal Activity"?

That's one way of describing "The Last Exorcism," a new horror film produced by Eli Roth ("Hostel") that has just been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate, according to Variety. Formerly titled "Cotton," the film, which premieres at SXSW next month, brings the faux-doc method to a story of an Evengelical priest (Patrick Fabian) who invites a film crew to document his final exorcism. According to a Lionsgate executive, "audiences
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