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Cannes Film Review: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’
Nothing much makes sense in “Happy as Lazzaro,” until a stunning mid-film pivot that shakes time and space and snaps it all together, its world emerging from the disturbance as senseless again — but in a completely different, all too recognizable way. The third and most richly strange feature yet from Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher, this beautifully rendered tangram of a movie sees her pushing her recurring fascination with fables to its most literal (and literate) degree. Earthy folkloric storytelling, time-traveling magical realism and fact-inspired social drama are fused in its tale of a rural innocent defying life’s certainties to bear witness to two separate eras of social and economic exploitation. The result is a slow but bewitching burn that rewards viewers’ patience with humor and uncanny grace, sealing Rohrwacher’s status — following her 2014 Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Wonders” — as a truly distinctive European major.

A substantial prize at
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Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)

Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)
Starlight Culture Entertainment is backing a quartet of notable Hollywood filmmakers — Jonathan Liebesman, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Taylor and Robert Zemeckis — as part of its $100 million development fund.

The company is a China-backed firm with offices in Beverly Hills, Calif. It operates under the leadership of CEO Peter Luo, and came to notice in 2016 through a deal with “Aquaman” director James Wan. Starlight then signed deals with F. Gary Gray, Roland Emmerich and Jon M. Chu last year, and invested in the Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall.”

Thursday’s announcement did not identify specific projects or details of the financing. Zemeckis, whose credits include “Forrest Gump,” “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “Flight” and the Back to the Future trilogy, lavished praise on Luo for his support of filmmakers.

“Under the leadership of Peter Luo, Starlight has created an environment that is incredibly friendly to filmmakers,” he added. “I could not be more
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16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold (Photos)

16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold (Photos)
Despite being two of the longest running institutions in cinema, the Oscars and Cannes have not always been the best of bedfellows. Only one film, 1955’s “Marty,” has won both the Palme D’Or and Best Picture. But many more films that have played on the croisette at Cannes have been nominated or won other big prizes from the Academy. These are the 16 films that both won the Palme D’Or and won an additional Oscar.

Marty” (1955)

In the first year that Cannes started calling their top prize the Palme D’Or, the Delbert Mann drama and romance based on the Paddy Chayefsky teleplay won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine.

“The Silent World” (1956)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering, underwater nature documentary beat out films from Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and more to win the Palme, and it also took home the Best Documentary Oscar.

Black Orpheus” (1959)

Marcel Camus’s dreamy, contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth won the Palme and the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

La Dolce Vita” (1960)

Federico Fellini’s sensuous reverie of a film “La Dolce Vita” managed Oscar nods for Best Director and Screenplay, but only won for Best Costume Design.

A Man and a Woman” (1966)

The Academy rewarded this French New Wave romance starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant with two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film.

Mash” (1970)

It’s surprising to see Cannes anoint a film as irreverent as Robert Altman’s screwball war satire “Mash,” but though the Oscars nominated it for Best Picture, the award went to another war film, “Patton.” “Mash” did pick up a win for Altman’s ingenious ensemble screenplay.

Apocalypse Now” (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war masterpiece was still a work-in-progress when it screened at Cannes, and it would split the Palme with “The Tin Drum” that same year. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, but lost Best Picture to “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

The Tin Drum” (1979)

After splitting the Palme with “Apocalypse Now,” “The Tin Drum” won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease.

All That Jazz” (1980)

Weirdly, Bob Fosse’s musical was nominated alongside “Apocalypse Now” at the 1979 Oscars, opening in December of that year, but it won the 1980 Cannes after cleaning up four Oscars just a month earlier.

“Missing” (1982)

Jack Lemmon won Cannes’s Best Actor prize for Costa-Gavras’s political thriller in addition to “Missing” winning the Palme. And Lemmon and co-star Sissy Spacek each scored acting nominations in addition to the film being nominated for Best Picture, but it only won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Mission” (1986)

Starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Spanish Jesuits trying to save a native American tribe, Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” won the Palme and earned seven nominations but only one Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

Pelle the Conqueror” (1987)

The legendary Max von Sydow plays a Swedish immigrant in Denmark in this Danish film that won the Palme, the Best Foreign Language Oscar and netted Sydow his first acting nomination.

The Piano” (1993)

Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars for Jane Campion’s drama that won the Palme D’Or and was nominated for eight Oscars in all.

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Much has been written about the bombshell Quentin Tarantino set off when “Pulp Fiction” debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme, not to mention the cultural rift it created when it went head to head with “Forrest Gump” at the Oscars and lost.

The Pianist” (2002)

Winning Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody, “The Pianist” was a strong favorite to win Best Picture after winning the Palme, but it lost to the musical “Chicago.” Just don’t expect a repeat from Polanski anytime soon.

Amour” (2012)

Michael Haneke had just won his second Palme D’Or for his sobering romance about old age “Amour,” and rightfully so. The film paired French New Wave legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and scored five Oscar nominations in all, including Best Picture, but only came away with a win for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Here’s a True Story About Slavery You’ve Never Heard: ‘Django Unchained’ Meets ‘Ocean’s 11’ (Podcast)

In 1862, at the height of the Civil War, a 23-year-old slave named Robert Smalls pulled off one of the boldest escapes in history: He seized a Confederate ship from its wharf near Fort Sumter, South Carolina, navigated through blockaded waters, and escaped to the North with his crew, wife and two small children.

Every week on our “Shoot This Now” podcast, we talk about a different story that should be made into a TV show our movie. The story of Robert Smalls comes from TheWrap film reporter Trey Williams, who was stunned, when he first learned of Smalls, that he had never heard of him before.

His story is part “Django Unchained,” part “Ocean’s 11” — and you can listen on Apple or right here:

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By complete coincidence, we recorded this episode on the same day Kanye West said in a TMZ interview that 400 years of slavery seemed to have been a choice. This episode describes why millions of African-Americans couldn’t escape to freedom — and how Smalls and his entire family could have died trying.

Smalls’ story doesn’t even end with his seafaring heist drama. Smalls went on to help integrate the Army and Navy and win the Civil War –before embarking on an incredible career in politics.

Also Read: Why Angela Davis Needs a 'Forrest Gump'-Style Biopic (Podcast)

Most stunning of all: We bet you’d never heard of Robert Smalls until now. I hadn’t. That fact tells us a lot about the kinds of narratives we do and don’t hear about our history, and why it’s time for new ones.

We also talk about an excellent new “This American Life” segment that explains how Steven Spielberg was inspired to make “Amistad” after “Schindler’s List.”

To learn more about Robert Smalls, we recommend this Smithsonian account, among many others.

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What The Cast of Forrest Gump Looks Like Today

Do you realize that it’s been over 20 years since Forrest Gump came out? Looking at the cast then and now you can see some serious changes in some of them, but a few of them haven’t really changed at all it looks like, save for a bit of aging here and there. But before Forrest Gump even came out we didn’t have any euphemisms that derived from boxes of candy and we certainly didn’t shout “Run Forrest, run!” when someone took off at a dead sprint for their lives. This movie brought a lot to American culture and even

What The Cast of Forrest Gump Looks Like Today
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‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Terminator Genisys’ Headed to 4K Uhd in June

Paramount Home Entertainment is adding a couple more catalog films to their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray stable on June 12th.

The Father's Day-timed flicks, Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks and Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, will each come in 3-disc packages. The second disc is reserved for the Blu-ray version while the third will house legacy bonus features.

Forrest Gump and Terminator Genisys in 4K will each feature Dolby Atmos audio and Hdr.

Here's a rundown of the bonus features for each new 4K Uhd catalog release.

Forrest Gump

4K Uhd

Commentary with Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter

Commentary with Wendy Finerman


Commentary with Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter

Commentary with Wendy Finerman

Musical Signposts to History

Greenbow Diary

The Art of Screenplay Adaptation

Getting Past Impossible – Forrest Gump And The Visual Effects Revolution

Little Forrest

An Evening With Forrest Gump

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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Everything We Know About the New Era of Queen Elizabeth on Netflix

‘The Crown’ Season 3: Everything We Know About the New Era of Queen Elizabeth on Netflix
Fans of “The Crown” have likely come to appreciate the Netflix drama for different reasons. Some are drawn to the illicit romance contained within the confines of royal life. Others might tune in for the relationship drama, of the marital ups and downs behind two of the most famous people alive. The impeccable period details and costumes might be enough to snag some viewers.

Even though details are still scarce about what “The Crown” Season 3 will offer when it returns to Netflix at some point in the near future, it’s also not hard to believe that all of those components will still be there. Some notable changes are coming to this most prestige-y of prestige dramas, but the core of the show will most likely persist.

As Anglophiles, history buffs, and fans of soapy biodrama await the return of “The Crown,” we’ve assembled some of the key details
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Wakanda Over Everything: How the Fictional Country of ‘Black Panther’ Might Exist in Real Life (Bonus Podcast)

Wakanda Over Everything: How the Fictional Country of ‘Black Panther’ Might Exist in Real Life (Bonus Podcast)
What if there was an African nation that largely escaped the world’s notice, but produced a substance that powered cellphones, computers, and even electric vehicles? There is. But we aren’t talking about Wakanda, or vibranium. “Black Panther” fired imaginations with its story of a fictional country that has evaded colonialism and exploitation by mining a fictional substance, vibranium, to produce the greatest technology on earth. Vibranium has a real-life equivalent in cobalt, a mineral used to power everything from cell phones to electric cars. But Wakanda is only a dream. Also Read: Why Angela Davis Needs a 'Forrest Gump'-Style Biopic (Podcast) In real life, the...
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‘The Alienist’ deserves to win Emmys across the board, according to 53% of our readers

‘The Alienist’ deserves to win Emmys across the board, according to 53% of our readers
The 10-episode mystery series “The Alienist” concludes on March 26. Will it be remembered by the Emmys when the TV academy votes this summer? Our readers hope so. More than half of the respondents in our recent poll (53%) think the TNT limited series deserves to win across the board. Do you agree? Scroll down to the bottom of this post for our complete poll results.

The Alienist” is based on the 1994 novel by Caleb Carr and follows the title character, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a psychologist in late-19th century New York City pioneering the field of criminal profiling. Along with an NYPD secretary (Dakota Fanning) and a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans), he investigates a serial killer targeting poor street children. The series’s executive producers include Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective“), Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Oscar nominees Hossein Amini (“The Wings of the Dove
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham and William Hurt step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.

Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part
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Why Angela Davis Needs a ‘Forrest Gump’-Style Biopic (Podcast)

Angela Davis was a Black revolutionary professor when California Gov. Ronald Reagan fired her from UCLA in 1969 — and catapulted her onto the national stage. The next year, she became the third woman to join the FBI’s Most Wanted List, accused of a plot to free a prisoner she loved. She’s been celebrated in documentaries like “The Black Power Mixtape” and Ava DuVernay’s “13th.” But we think she deserves to be the subject of a “Forrest Gump”-style biopic, one that would sweep from the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of Black Power nationalism. We discuss why...
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Directors Join Spielberg, Zemeckis, and More as Filmmakers With Two A+ CinemaScores

Hollywood is still bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes to freshen up, IMDb stars to earn, Metacritic rankings to top, and the audience-friendly classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s designed to be as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. By their own admission, they measure “movie appeal,” and high grades often reflect canny marketing or audiences already primed to enjoy a certain film.

This weekend, moviegoers rated two new openers, the gay teen romance “Love, Simon” and the faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine,” the highest CinemaScore possible: a sterling A+. And while it’s telling that this weekend spawned such high marks for such very different films, it also speaks to what happens when Hollywood churns out the films that certain audiences are so eager to see.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Ready Player One In St. Louis

Opening on Friday, March 29 is Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Ready Player One. In the Vanity Fair review, Joanna Robinson says Steven Spielberg’s latest film, “is in every way a spiritual ode to the boy’s adventure genre he made so popular in the 80s. There is a heart beating at the center of The Goonies, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more—but in Ready Player One, audiences will instead find a gleaming, digital, golden Easter egg.”

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the Oasis, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. In the Oasis,
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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Disney Is Already Planning Black Panther Oscars Campaign

Black Panther hasn't even been out a month and Disney has already announced plans for a full Oscar campaign. The movie has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, breaking box office records and is already the 9th highest grossing movie of all time with plenty months to climb higher on that list. The movie has sparked the viral M'Baku challenge and a ride at Disneyland might already be in the works as well. But, as the unused Lonely Island Academy Award song points out: Superhero movies don't always have the best luck during Oscar season.

Disney is planning a full Oscars campaign for Black Panther. Apparently, somebody high up the food chain revealed that, "they would be campaigning not only Black Panther for the big prize but also the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns." This is not a huge shock since the Black Panther has been talked about for the last 3 weeks
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Oscars: Predicting Next Year’s Competitors

Oscars: Predicting Next Year’s Competitors
It’s never too early to start handicapping next year’s film awards race.

Much of Hollywood is still shaking off the hangover from another champagne-soaked Oscar night, but even 12 months removed from the next telecast, the coming battle for statuary is already taking shape.

It’s a competition that could bring back previous winners such as Robert Zemeckis and Damien Chazelle or reward shockingly overlooked auteurs like Yorgos Lanthimos. There’s also the possibility that Martin Scorsese will be in the hunt for Oscar glory if Netflix moves up the release of “The Irishman,” a long-gestating, big-budget crime drama starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro that’s tentatively scheduled to debut in 2019.

Zemeckis has mostly been ignored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since winning the director Oscar for “Forrest Gump” in 1995, but his next project, “The Women of Marwen,” seems tailor-made to appeal to voters.
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‘The Bachelor’ or Best Picture: Arie Plays Our Oscar-Themed Quiz (Watch)

‘The Bachelor’ or Best Picture: Arie Plays Our Oscar-Themed Quiz (Watch)
The Oscars may be over, but “The Bachelor” still has one episode remaining to determine Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s romantic fate. On Monday night, in part one of a two-night finale, the Bachelor proposed to Becca only to end their engagement weeks later to pursue a relationship with runner-up Lauren.

In honor of both awards season and Bachelor season coming to a close, Variety sat down with Luyendyk for a game of “The Bachelor” or best picture, where he had to decide where a memorable quote was from. Turns out the Bachelor may not be the biggest movie buff, as
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Tom Hanks (‘Forrest Gump’) will love you like Jenny after being voted top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Tom Hanks (‘Forrest Gump’) will love you like Jenny after being voted top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Tom Hanks has been voted the top Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s for his titular role in “Forrest Gump.” Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the decade came down to Hanks and … Hanks, who won the previous year for “Philadelphia.”

Hanks’ “Forrest Gump” performance won the poll with an impressive 47% of the vote, followed by Hanks’ performance in “Philadelphia” at 24%. Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs” was next with 18%, and no other contender came close. The next highest was Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman” at 4% and then Kevin Spacey in “American Beauty” at 3%. Nicolas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas” was next with 2%, then a tie at 1% between Jack Nicholson in “As Good as It Gets” and Roberto Benigni in “Life Is Beautiful.” Two Best Actor winners did not earn a percentage point — Jeremy Irons in “Reversal of Fortune
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10 Forrest Gump Facts You Never Knew

10 Forrest Gump Facts You Never Knew
Run Forrest, Run! Whether or not life is really like a box of chocolates, Forrest Gump is still one of the most quotable movies ever and an iconic role still associated with the great Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for it. In fact, Forrest Gump was nominated for more than a dozen Academy Awards and won six of them, including Best Picture. Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks wasn't the first choice.

It's hard to imagine anyone but Tom Hanks in the title role of Forrest Gump, the lovably simple character who managed to find his way into all sorts of crucial historical moments, an idea realized through revolutionary technology. But producers had some other guys in mind first. The actors said to have passed on Forrest Gump include John Travolta and SNL veterans Chevy Chase and Bill Murray.

Dave Chappelle said no to Bubba.
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Gary Sinise And The Lt. Dan Band To Play Free Benefit Concert in Puerto Rico

PenFed Credit Union, along with Gary Sinise Foundation and their official airline partner American Airlines, today announced plans for a special benefit concert featuring Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band on March 2, 2018 to raise awareness of Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery needs and to provide an evening of entertainment open to all.

“Hurricane Maria is still impacting Puerto Rico,” said James Schenck, President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union. “Although the devastating winds and flood waters hit five months ago today, millions of Puerto Ricans continue to feel the aftermath of the storm in their daily lives. Many survivors have endured months without electric power, fresh food and running water. This free concert is a team effort to remind our fellow Americans of the ongoing needs of Puerto Ricans, and show our appreciation for everyone who has stayed on the island working hard to contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery and renewal.
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