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Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay

Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay
While the Competition at the 71st Festival de Cannes (May 8-19) so far includes only three women directors, Cannes has selected many films from women filmmakers in such sidebars as Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week, and Directors’ Fortnight. And the Competition jury led by president Cate Blanchett is dominated by women.

The jury features five women, four men, seven nationalities, and five continents. They will reveal the winners on Saturday, May 19 during the Closing Ceremony.

The 2018 Jury

Cate Blanchett – President (Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen (Chinese actor)

Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux (French actress)

Kristen Stewart (American actress)

Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)

Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)

Cannes Biographies (below):

Chang Chen – Chinese actor

Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day.” He rose to
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Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay

Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay
While the Competition at the 71st Festival de Cannes (May 8-19) so far includes only three women directors, Cannes has selected many films from women filmmakers in such sidebars as Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week, and Directors’ Fortnight. And the Competition jury led by president Cate Blanchett is dominated by women.

The jury features five women, four men, seven nationalities, and five continents. They will reveal the winners on Saturday, May 19 during the Closing Ceremony.

The 2018 Jury

Cate Blanchett – President (Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen (Chinese actor)

Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux (French actress)

Kristen Stewart (American actress)

Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)

Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)

Cannes Biographies (below):

Chang Chen – Chinese actor

Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day.” He rose to
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Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury

Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury
Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev have been named members of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury.

They will join Cate Blanchett, who was previously named president of the jury at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

During the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the jury is made up of five women and four men, only the third time that women have made up a majority of the jury. All three times have come in the last 10 years.

The jurors are of seven nationalities and from five continents.

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

Blanchett marks the first female jury president since Jane Campion served in 2014. Other women to take on the role this century include Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann. It is the 12th time in festival history a woman has headed the jury. Director, screenwriter and actress Jeanne Moreau served twice, with all others putting in one year each.

The Cannes Film Festival will take over the south of France from May 8-19.

See the full bios for the jury members courtesy of the festival organizers below.

Also Read: Cannes Will Welcome Back Lars von Trier, Says Festival Director

Chang Chen – Chinese actor

Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000. His film credits include “Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together” (1997), 2046 (2004), “The Grandmaster” (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “Three Times” (2005) and “The Assassin” (2015), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Go Master” (2006) John Woo’s “Red Cliff” (2008-2009) “The Last Supper” directed by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he returned for Yang Lu’s film Brotherhood of “Blades II” and recently played in “Forever Young” by Fangfang Li.

Ava DuVernay – American writer, director, producer

Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and Emmy, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama “Selma” (2014), the criminal justice documentary “13th” (2016) and the recent Disney cinematic adaptation of the classic children’s novel A wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her film “Middle of Nowhere,” DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective Array.

Robert Guédiguian – French director, writer, producer

The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997.

His film credits include “Marie-Jo et ses deux amours” (2002) “Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars” (2004) “Le Voyage en Arménie” (2007) “Lady Jane” (2008) “L’armée du crime” (2009) “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (2011). His latest film in date, “The House by the Sea” (2017), received enthusiastic response from critics and audience.

Khadja Nin – Burundian songwriter, composer, singer

Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental popmusic, African and afro-cuban rhythms. She gained wide recognition and success with “Sambolera Mayi Son.” “Ya…” (“From me to you”) is a wonderful tribute to Mandela and the video of her song “Mama” was directed by Jeanne Moreau. International Artist, she became a Unicef and Acp Observatory on Migration Good Will Ambassador. She was awarded the Prize “Prix de l’Action Feminine” by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been committed to support ordinary heroes.

Léa Seydoux – French actress

Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s “The Beautiful Person” in 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’Or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour” in 2013. She successfully alternates between author and mainstream films. Her film credits include Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Dear Prudence” and “Grand Central,” Benoît Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Sam Mendes’ “Spectre,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.”

Kristen Stewart – American actress

Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for “The Twilight Saga” film series (2008-12). Her film credit includes “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012), “Equals” by Drake Doremus (2015) “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ang Lee (2016), and several Festival de Cannes Selections such as “On the Road” by Walter Salles (2012) “Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014) and “Personal Shopper” (2016) both by Olivier Assayas (2014) as well as “Café Society” by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film “Come Swim” in 2017.

Denis Villeneuve – Canadian director, writer

Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s. His first feature, “Un 32 août sur Terre” (1998) was invited to Cannes. He returned there with “Next Floor” (2008), “Polytechnique” (2009) and the Oscar nominated “Sicario” (2015). In 2010 “Incendies” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In 2017, Arrival was nominated for 8 Oscars and 9 BAFTAs, including best movie and best director.

Andreï Zvyagintsev – Russian director, writer

Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return which won him a “Golden Lion” at the Venice Film Festival. He has continued to write and direct award-winning feature films “The Banishment” (2007), “Elena” (2011) and “Leviathan” (2014). His most recent film “Loveless” won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Festival de Cannes, and was among the nominees at the Golden Globe and 90th Academy Awards.

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“The Monkey King” 3 Arrives on Digital, Blu-ray & Dvd May 15

“Make no mistake, The Monkey King 3 is bonkers, but in a charming, delirious sort of way, with energy to spare and another strong performance by Kwok …” Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

“… delivers enough broad humour, striking visuals, casual spirituality and larger-than-life action to succeed as a Chinese New Year crowdpleaser.” James Marsh, Screen Anarchy

The Monkey King 3

Action & Adventure Meet Fantasy on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD May 15

Director Cheang Pou-soi (Accident) and Aaron Kwok (City Under Siege) reunite for The Monkey King 3, the highly-anticipated third installment in the international blockbuster Monkey King franchise, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A small portion of the epic 16th-century Chinese 100-chapter novel Journey to the West again provides the story, picking up where the previous films left off with the Impish magical primate and his motley crew of colorful followers accompanying a monk
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China box office: 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' debuts top

China box office: 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' debuts top
Sci-fi action sequel takes $68.3m from first three days, knocking ‘Tomb Raider’ to 2nd.

Hollywood dominated the Chinese box office in the week of Mar 19-25, as Pacific Rim: Uprising became the third Us film in a row to top the charts, following Black Panther and Tomb Raider.

Legendary East’s action sci-fi sequel stormed the charts with $68.3m from its first three days, almost on par with Black Panther in early March. This represented almost 60% of the first film’s final gross in 2013, preparing the franchise for a new record. It was also almost 2.5 times more than its simultaneous North American debut.
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Jeff Goldblum Wants The Grandmaster To Team Up with The Collector in a Future Marvel Film

There are a lot of great things that came out of Thor: Ragnarok and one of the weirdest and most amusing was seeing Jeff Goldblum play The Grandmaster. He was such a wild character and the fact that his brother is The Collector, who is played by Benicio del Toro, makes the whole thing even better! When previously talking about their relationship, Goldblum said:

"We're elders of the universe. We came about shortly after the Big Bang. We're the oldest living creatures in the universe. Grandmaster and my brother, Collector. I rule on this planet Sakaar and I put together games. I put together the great, great match between Hulk and the new Thor. "

A lot of fans have wondered if we would ever see the two characters come together in a movie, and if it were actually up to Goldblum, he'd make it happen. During a recent interview with The Toronto Sun,
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Jeff Goldblum Wants The Grandmaster and The Collector to Star in Their Own Spin-Off Movie

Jeff Goldblum Wants The Grandmaster and The Collector to Star in Their Own Spin-Off Movie
Thor: Ragnarok bestowed many gifts upon the world: Cate Blanchett vamping it up as a villain, that priceless “get help” gag, the hilarity of Korg, and a Chris Hemsworth superhero performance that finally capitalizes on his comedic talents. But one of my personal favorite contributions was The Grandmaster, played by the always-entertaining Jeff Goldblum. The […]

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Jeff Goldblum wants to see The Grandmaster and The Collector interacting

After making his debut in Thor: Ragnarok, it seems that Jeff Goldblum is keen to make a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and has a particular eye on his character The Grandmaster meeting up with his brother and fellow Elder of the Universe The Collector, played by Benicio del Toro.

“I overlapped with one day of Cate Blanchett’s shooting and she’s so spectacular as Hela,” Goldblum told The Toronto Sun when asked if there’s any particular Marvel characters he’d like to meet up with. “I keep wanting to have scenes with her. We worked together on a Wes Anderson movie awhile ago — The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou — and I sure would love to do anything with her. But, in the comic books, the character of the Grandmaster is the brother of The Collector, played by Benicio del Toro, who I adore. So I would enjoy doing something with him.
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Jeff Goldblum Wants a Grandmaster and Collector Team-Up Movie

Jeff Goldblum Wants a Grandmaster and Collector Team-Up Movie
Will we ever see Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster in another Marvel movie? The actor sure hopes so. And he hopes it can be done under very special circumstances that would bring back another McU favorite. Thor: Ragnarok introduced a number of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and perhaps the most colorful of these newcomers is Goldblum's The Grandmaster. While there is no indication that we could see him again, the actor revealed in a recent interview that there is one particular McU character he would like to team up with. When asked what other Marvel hero he would like to see The Grandmaster meet, he explained how he'd love to see his character team up with his brother from the Marvel Comics, The Collector, played by Benicio del Toro.

"Oh, that's an interesting idea. Well, I overlapped with one day of Cate Blanchett's shooting and she's so spectacular as Hela.
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Thor: Ragnarok’s Jeff Goldblum Wants The Grandmaster And Collector To Team-Up

Similar to Korg and Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum’s wonderfully eccentric Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok has been tipped for another appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point in the future. There’s a chance he’ll be part of the massive ensemble cast featured in Infinity War, as the Russo Brothers did promise a slew of unexpected characters, but we’re more inclined to believe that the studio will save him for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Why’s that? Well, because as fans of the comics will know, The Grandmaster is one of “a handful of survivors of one of the earliest races to inhabit the Marvel Universe.” In the source material, this group is known as the Elders of the Universe, which also count Benicio del Toro’s Collector amongst their number. Not only that, but the two characters are actually brothers, something that’s led
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Beyond Chris Hemsworth's biceps: Top Five Reasons to watch Thor: Ragnarok

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Beyond Chris Hemsworth's biceps: Top Five Reasons to watch Thor: RagnarokBeyond Chris Hemsworth's biceps: Top Five Reasons to watch Thor: RagnarokJenny Bullough3/6/2018 3:55:00 Pm

Thor: Ragnarok debuted late in 2017, but quickly became one of the most beloved movies of the year. We were stoked for this movie ever since we heard that New Zealander Taika Waititi was attached to direct the project – his involvement hinted that this might be a different take on the Marvel universe, and we’re happy to report that it’s true.

We’re huge fans of all the Marvel superhero movies; but this is truly a reimagined Thor, breaking apart the mythology we knew from Thor and Thor: The Dark World and bringing a new sensibility to the iconic hero.

There are a host of reasons why movie lovers should clear their schedule to watch this movie at home, now that it's available
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Review: Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok is funny, bright, colorful and imaginative. Clearly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s cosmos is a brilliantly lit place and a lot of fun to visit. The 2:10 movie, out on disc now from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is a joy to rewatch because of director Taika Waititi’s imaginative approach to the now-familiar characters.

The blending of the prophesied Norse end times with the beloved Planet Hulk storyline is made to work but only by giving each story short shrift and robbing the former of its power. As much fun as it is to see Thor (Chirrs Hemsworth) shorn of hair, robbed of his enchanted hammer Mjolnir, and subjected to appearing in a remake of Gladiator, the film doesn’t pause long enough to make audiences feel anything for the end of the Norse way of life. Early on, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is revealed to have replaced Odin
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11 Comic Book Easter Eggs in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

You may have noticed a sudden spike in our coverage of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. That’s mainly because Thor: Ragnarok arrives on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra Multi Screen Edition on March 6. In honor of the release, we have visually put together 11 comic book Easter eggs from the film with the help of Ragnarok’s director Taika Waititi, who pointed these Easter eggs out in the Thor: Ragnarok Commentary track.

The initial Hela costume is loosely based on the comic design and transitions into the iconic version when she returns to Asgard. Her weapons were based on Gorr the God Butcher’s weapons from the “God of Thunder” comic storyline.

2. Sakaar’s design was taken from Jack Kirby’s artwork. Taika was a fan as a kid and incorporated many shapes and colors from classic comics.

3. The obedience discs are power inhibitors lifted from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline.

4. The
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi | Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost | Directed by Taika Waititi

After sixteen superhero movies, audiences and critics are used to seeing Marvel Studios’ director choices pay off in spectacular fashion, but that success reaches new heights with their decision to have New Zealand comedy director Taika Waititi helm Thor: Ragnarok. The writer-director behind What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople proves the perfect match for the Thor franchise and his unique brand of droll, deadpan humour is present in every frame, resulting in one of the funniest Marvel movies to date.

After defeating fiery demon Surtur (Clancy Brown) in a fun pre-credits sequence, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns home to Asgard, where he quickly exposes his trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who’s been posing as their father,
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Godzilla vs. Kong to begin filming in October

In 2020, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. will be bringing two of cinema’s biggest monsters together for a clash of epic proportions in Godzilla vs. Kong.

The film – part of the studios’ shared ‘MonsterVerse’ of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island – is being directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), and according to Omega Underground, production is slated to get underway in Atlanta on October 1st, running through to February of 2019.

Kong vs. Godzilla isn’t set for release until May 22nd 2020, but given the amount of effects we can expect as the two titans face off, a long post-production schedule is completely understandable and it’s reassuring that Wingard and his VFX team will have plenty of time to work their magic.

See Also: Godzilla vs. Kong will be “a massive monster brawl” (and will have a clear winner)

Before he battles Kong, Godzilla will be going up against three
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Deleted Scene Features a Cameo from Beyond the Grave

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Deleted Scene Features a Cameo from Beyond the Grave
Thor: Ragnarok is now available to buy on digital download, and that includes all of the special features that come with it. Besides the new Team Darryl short film featuring The Grandmaster coming to Earth and moving in with Thor’s old roommate, fans have taken notice of a certain deleted scene that brings back a […]

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Birth of the Dragon review – unconvincing Bruce Lee origin myth

The romanticised touches don’t help this account of a private bout involving the martial arts star, pre-fame, in San Francisco

This is an odd, romanticised take on an incident in the early life of Bruce Lee in San Francisco, almost like a superhero “origin myth” story. It is based on the semi-legendary private bout he had in 1964, before he became famous, with the Shaolin master Wong Jack Man. Philip Ng convincingly impersonates the cocky, athletic Lee, and Wong – who is incidentally still alive at 77 – is played by Yu Xia. In real life, their fight may have been due to Wong disapproving of Lee teaching kung fu to Westerners, or it may have been a regular alpha-male faceoff. It certainly had nothing to do with the fanciful explanation concocted here: a gallant contest to appease local Chinatown gangsters who would stand to gain from betting and so agree to release
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Win a Cine Asia double bill with The Final Master on DVD & Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of acclaimed martial arts movie The Final Master from Cine Asia, we have an awesome kung fu DVD double bill up for grabs including Ip Man and Young Bruce Lee, to get you in the mood for action.

Don’t miss The Final Master making its long-awaited arrival in the UK! In 1930’s China, Wing Chun master Chen She (Fan Liao, Assembly, Chinese Zodiac), arrives in Tianjin, a city famous for martial arts. With plans to open his own kung fu school, he must first train a student to defeat eight of the city’s masters, legitimising himself as a teacher. But when he is caught up in local politics and an underworld power struggle, Chen finds himself at odds with dangerous people and will fight to protect what he holds most dear.

Written and directed by Xu Haofeng (The Grandmaster) and co-starring Jia Song (Shock Wave Tunnel,
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The Grandmaster joins ‘Team Darryl’ in latest Thor: Ragnarok mockumentary short

A new ‘Team Darryl’ short has arrived online from Thor: Ragnarok’s Blu-ray bonus features which sees Thor’s former room mate Darryl gaining in a replacement for the God of Thunder after Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster replies to his Craigslist ad; check it out here…

See Also: Watch two extended bonus scenes from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok

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In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.

Thor: Ragnarok is directed
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Watch The Grandmaster Move in with Thor's Old Roommate Daryl in Thor: Ragnarok Short Film

We've been hearing about this Thor: Ragnarok short film that involves The Grandmaster moving in with Thor's old roommate Daryl for a while. Well, that short has now been released online for your viewing enjoyment! 

In the short, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is the only one who replied to Daryl's craigslist ad, and he jumped right in and made himself at home. At first, Daryl thought he was just some kind of crazy Hollywood type... until he realized he was actually an alien. 

The Grandmaster also seems to enjoy making himself piles of toast. Enjoy the short!
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