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May 21, 2012
The movie market in Cannes, France, this week is such a dramatic sideshow that this year it's getting its own film. Director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin are running along Boulevard de la Croisette, filming a documentary on the feverish deal-making that surrounds the film festival. The industry hatches deals in hotel rooms, over drinks at evening parties, and aboard yachts just off the beach. Toback, director of Fingers and Tyson, will document the process of selling a film at Cannes while also trying to land financing for a fictional film.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Surely there are other places where the air feels like a silk shirt, smells like lavender, and tastes like wild strawberries, but Cannes is the best-known spot for this sort of sensory seduction. Festival in Cannes is indie director Henry Jaglom's starstruck valentine to the onetime fishing village that has become international filmmaking's favored spot to fish for financing. It isn't a good movie, but it is diverting, a showcase for Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi and Ron Silver, and a peephole on behind-the-scenes moves.
NEWS
May 20, 2004 | By K. Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bonjour mes amis! Are you tired of hearing news about glamerati cinephiles now convening in Cannes, the Ventnor of the French Riviera? Us, neither. Though we long to frolic with Uma Thurman and Achilles tendency Brad Pitt, word reaches us that all is not merveilleaux at this year's film festival. Long known as a burglar's playground (see Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief), the private- jet-set playground is besieged by a crime spree. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott's wallet and laptop were stolen from his hotel room while he was sleeping.
NEWS
May 11, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The 42d Cannes Film Festival opens tonight with the foreign debut of New York Stories, the Manhattan triptych by director superstars Woody Allen, Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Maverick American filmmakers will also be enjoying considerable exposure here, where for the next 12 days features by Paul Bartel, Kathryn Bigelow, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee and Wayne Wang will be given their world premieres. In all, 22 movies from 11 nations - principally the United States, France and Italy - will compete for the Golden Palm, the festival's highest accolade.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1986 | By MICHAEL SRAGOW, Special to the Daily News
Riding into Cannes, and even throughout the old city itself, you see multiplex movie theaters just as ugly as those anywhere in the United States, playing the same combinations of action thrillers, teen movies and sex comedies. The most prominent movie right now is "The Delta Force. " And "Young Sherlock Holmes" has finally arrived here (I'm surprised it didn't make the competition) under its international title, "The Secret of the Pyramid. " Speaking of "The Delta Force," its producers, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, are probably the most courageous men in Cannes.
NEWS
May 30, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Jean-Claude Duvalier's lease on a plush French Riviera villa in this hilltop town expires tomorrow, and real estate agents said yesterday that the former Haitian ruler would move to nearby Cannes. In Haiti, the justice minister said that millions of dollars in Duvalier's assets had been frozen or seized. Duvalier, his wife, Michele, and their children and aides have been living in a 10-room villa with a swimming pool and tennis courts since March 7. Duvalier fled Haiti Feb. 7 on a U.S. Air Force transport.
NEWS
February 23, 1997 | By Walter Rich, FOR THE INQUIRER
"Nice is a singular city, a combination of stimulant to the senses such as I have seen nowhere in the world. " - Paul Valery The first time I went to Nice, almost 50 years ago, I traveled on Le Train Bleu. Alas, the famed Blue Train has succumbed to the airplane, but I still remember the blinding sunshine and the astonishing colors I saw riding along the water's edge for the first time: The blue, blue sea, the terra-cotta coastline, and the white froth of breaking waves - much like the colors of the French flag.
NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Daniel Pipes
France has been seized by a silly hysteria over the burkini, prompting me to wonder when Europeans will get serious about their Islamist challenge. For starters, what is a burkini? The word (sometimes spelled burqini ) combines the names of two opposite articles of female clothing: the burqa (an Islamic tent-like, full-body covering) and the bikini. Also known as a halal swimsuit, it modestly covers all but the face, hands and feet, consisting of a top and a bottom. It resembles a wetsuit with a head covering.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PARIS - Silent film "The Artist" has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France's answer to the Academy Awards. Just two days before the Oscars, co-star Berenice Bejo and director Michel Hazanavicius took top honors at the Cesar awards on Friday. Best actor honors went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie "Intouchables" (Untouchable). He notably beat "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin who won the category at Cannes, the Golden Globes and Britain's BAFTAs - and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Bad Moms Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis are stressed-out parents rebelling against the perfectionist PTA crowd led by Christina Applegate. From the writing team behind The Hangover. R Jason Bourne "I remember everything," says the amnesiac spy guy played by Matt Damon in his return - along with director Paul Greengrass - to the Bourne series. But CIA cohort Julia Stiles cautions: "Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything. " Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander shows off her tradecraft technique.
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August 24, 2016 | By Daniel Pipes
France has been seized by a silly hysteria over the burkini, prompting me to wonder when Europeans will get serious about their Islamist challenge. For starters, what is a burkini? The word (sometimes spelled burqini ) combines the names of two opposite articles of female clothing: the burqa (an Islamic tent-like, full-body covering) and the bikini. Also known as a halal swimsuit, it modestly covers all but the face, hands and feet, consisting of a top and a bottom. It resembles a wetsuit with a head covering.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Bad Moms Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis are stressed-out parents rebelling against the perfectionist PTA crowd led by Christina Applegate. From the writing team behind The Hangover. R Jason Bourne "I remember everything," says the amnesiac spy guy played by Matt Damon in his return - along with director Paul Greengrass - to the Bourne series. But CIA cohort Julia Stiles cautions: "Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything. " Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander shows off her tradecraft technique.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Bad taste: Woody Allen joke Ah! The Cannes Film Festival, bastion of art, high learning and . . . rape jokes. Just ask Woody Allen . The auteur on Wednesday had the honor of opening the fest with his new pic, Café Society . But honor wasn't exactly on the mind of French actor Laurent Lafitte , who hosted the fest's opening ceremony. "It gives me pleasure to see you because you've filmed so much in Europe and you haven't even been convicted of rape in the U.S.A.," Lafitte said, referring to decades-long accusations that Allen, 80, sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow . Lafitte compared Allen to Roman Polanski , who fled to Europe after being convicted in America of raping a teen.
NEWS
December 1, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth Ann McCann Beeghley, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a legal secretary, died Friday, Nov. 13, of congestive heart failure in the hospice care facility at Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Two days earlier, she had celebrated her birthday with four generations of family and hospital staff. Mrs. Beeghley was born in Paris, Texas, to Noble T. McCann and Ruth Hiestand McCann. Her father was the dining services superintendent for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. As a result, Mrs. Beeghley lived in many towns along the railroad in the Midwest and Southwest.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 26 years in the city prosecutor's office, First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann resigned Monday, officials said. George D. Mosee Jr., the head of the office's juvenile division, will replace him, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. McCann declined to say why he was leaving - although his name has been floated in courthouse circles as a possible addition to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's administration. "I'm really proud of my 26 years of service," McCann said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Although Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is technically a wuxia film - martial arts, swordplay, the whoosh of arrows in flight - it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, beauty. Set in the waning days of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin stars a serene and hard-to-read Shu Qi as Nie Yinniang, a woman trained in combat, trained to kill. She returns to her childhood home, to the palace and gardens of Weibo, with a mission she is reluctant to fulfill. There, she finds Tian Ji'an (Chang Chen)
NEWS
October 4, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Who needs Cannes? Who needs Venice? Toronto? Why bother? If the Philly cineastes who book their flights to the world's biggest film fests - or dream of doing so, anyway - would just sit tight for a few months, some of the strongest work to debut along the Lido, the Croisette and King Street West will wind up right here. That's certainly the case this year, as the folks behind the Philadelphia Film Festival unveiled a bountiful lineup of features, docs and shorts today. PFF 24 will open Thursday, Oct. 22, with Anomalisa , Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation existential comedy, winner of the Grand Special Jury Prize at Venice.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES - The French threw the world a film party and then ate the cherry on top of the dessert. Dheepan - about a Tamil Tiger who quits the Sri Lankan revolution, creates a makeshift "family" with two other refugees, and flees to Paris, where he lands a job as a building superintendent in the lawless suburbs - took the Palme D'Or, the Golden Palm, at the 68th Cannes Film Festival Sunday night. The film by Jacques Audiard, whose jailhouse story A Prophet won second prize in 2009, was one of a huge contingent French films figuring prominently in the competition for the top prize (and in other sections at well)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
If a cinema orgy promising more than 100 films from 28 countries in 11 days can ever seem manageable, the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival does it. It's not remotely possible to catch everything in the ambitious program, which began Thursday night with the gala premiere of Birdman and ends Oct. 26 with more than a dozen titles spread across four venues. But the selection and scheduling of films - from awards-season candidates to homegrown docs, from musicals to new masterworks - makes sense, somehow.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2014 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES, France - Bennett Miller almost made it to the top of the 67th Cannes Film Festival ladder with his fourth film Saturday night when he was named best director for Foxcatcher , about the 1996 Newtown Square murder of Olympic champion wrestler Dave Schultz by John du Pont, major domo of U.S. amateur wrestling and a du Pont family heir. But the Palme d'Or, the competition's top honor, went to its longest entry, the 3-hour, 16-minute Winter Sleep , by Nuri Bilge Ceylan of Turkey.
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