Sunday , September 23 2018


Cheers for ‘Brexit the Movie’ – Depp to star in Strauss-Kahn-inspired film

LONDON, May 12, (Agencies): Britain’s EU referendum campaign took a film star turn on Wednesday as Brexit supporters took to the red carpet in black tie and evening dresses in for the premiere of a documentary backing their cause. UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage beamed and waved at …

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‘Sweet Dreams’ sentimental drama on mother love – Bellocchio’s latest lacks complexity and power

LOS ANGELES, May 12, (RTRS): Italy’s famed devotion to the ideal of “mamma” is one of the peninsula’s notable characteristics, yet one would expect veteran director Marco Bellocchio to make something more of this national fixation than the teetering sentimentality of “Sweet Dreams.” Based on Massimo Gramellini’s successful novel, the …

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Cannes kicks off glamour festival – Anti-terror measures in place

CANNES, France, May 11, (Agencies): With almost enough star wattage to forget the grim anti-terror measures in place, the Cannes Film Festival opens Wednesday with Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” starring Kristen Stewart. The red carpet saw some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Sean Penn, Robert …

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Nothing original in ‘Cafe Society’ – Allen on aging, fame and being a ‘romantic’

LOS ANGELES, May 11, (AP): Going into a new Woody Allen film, there’s always the hope that it’s going to be major, like “Blue Jasmine,” and not one of his trifles, like the Allen movies that have opened the Cannes Film Festival in recent years (“Hollywood Ending,” “Midnight in Paris”). …

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Russia-Ukraine duel to steal spotlight – French performer may melt hearts with his act

STOCKHOLM, May 11, (Agencies): Will it be a fierce musical duel between geopolitical foes Russia and Ukraine? Or is it at last France’s turn to melt hearts — albeit singing in English — at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on Saturday? The familiar “Good evening Europe!” will once again …

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Arthouse directors drive genre films at Cannes – Auteurs go A-list

LOS ANGELES, May 11, (RTRS):  From indies to studio fare, genre films are being driven by auteurs in the Cannes festival lineup and marketplace as never before. The trend comes on the heels of two record Cannes deals: Paramount’s $20 million North America/China pre-buy of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi pic “Story of …

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Love & Friendship delights in language, scheming – Stillman’s film a talky tale

It was the comedy, not the romance, in Jane Austen’s work that drew writer-director Whit Stillman to her unfinished novella “Lady Susan.” Stillman spent years adapting the collection of letters into “Love & Friendship” a talky tale centered on the manipulative, self-serving ways of an attractive young widow. Romance is …

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Sisterhood ‘honors’ friend – Traveling Prom Dress keeps memory alive

ARLINGTON, Mass, May 10, (AP): “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” now has a real-life version: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prom Dress. The last time many of Catherine Malatesta’s friends saw her, she was wearing a huge smile and the deep blue, shimmery dress at her junior prom. Four …

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Cannes hopes to brighten up France – Stewart, Cotillard: queens of Cannes 2016

NEW YORK, May 10, (Agencies): The first time Jodie Foster came to the Cannes Film Festival, she did so as a co-star in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” and as a wide-eyed 13-year-old, soaking in the spectacle. “Taxi Driver” would go on to win the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or. “It was …

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Crowe shines in private eye bromance – Chemistry between the stars elevates ‘Nice Guys’

LOS ANGELES, May 10, (Agencies): Russell Crowe was preparing on set to shoot Ridley Scott’s 2010 epic “Robin Hood” when word reached him that his co-star, stage and screen legend William Hurt, was freaking out. Crowe rushed to the side of his fellow Oscar winner, who had been hired to …

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