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May 12, 2011 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES, France - In the never-ending search for a movie that captures the essence of a film festival, it's probably fitting that Cannes opened Wednesday night with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. It's Woody's umpteenth return to Cannes - last year he brought You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and before that Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cassandra's Dream, Match Point, Hollywood Ending, and on and on. They could've bought him an apartment, already, across from the red carpet.
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May 25, 2010 | By Harlan Jacobson FOR THE INQUIRER
Like the philosopher (Yogi Berra) said, "It's d?j? vu all over again. " The movies at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and Sundance before it, seemed to spin out a similar dynamic: the destruction of the couple, man and woman, buckling under too many pressures and contradictions. And so, watching the films on display for the 63d festival in this Cote d'Azur convention center, there was a recurring image of couples sliding downward, looking for a toehold on a glass mountain.
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November 2, 1994 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When Kevin Smith was 21, toiling 16 1/2 hour days as a clerk at the Leonardo, N.J., Quick Stop, a fortuneteller studied his Yoo-Hoo-splattered palm and predicted that he would not work in convenience stores all his life. "Thank God," scribbled the two-time college dropout in his journal. As Smith noted in his diary, according to the palm reader, "I will be skilled in my profession. He says I'll graduate college with good marks. (Please, God, let it be film school.)" When he was 23, by then a film-school dropout as well, Smith found that the quickest way out of the Quick Stop was to make a rowdy comedy about his experiences in that fluorescent-lit inferno and the video store next door.
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May 21, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH ALL those kids, one had to get in trouble. Josh Duggar , the oldest of the 300 Duggar children made famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) by the hit TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," had a troublesome bit of his past raised yesterday when In Touch magazine reported that when Josh was underage, he was named in a police report as the "alleged offender" in a sexual-abuse probe. To summarize quickly, Josh (who was likely 16 or 17 at the time of the incident)
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May 18, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimye Italian style? The mega-hyped Kanye West - Kim Kardashian PR stunt (ahem, wedding) will be in Italy, not France! "I adore Florence," Kanye told Florence's La Nazione newspaper on Friday. "I . . . came to the banks of the Arno [river] with Kim last year. " Adds Kanye, "I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. " (An essential ingredient in procreation, Kanye-style: being surrounded by masterpieces.) Entertainment Tonight says the event will be in both countries: Guests will be fed and watered in France on May 24, then flown to Florence for the wedding proper.
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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.
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May 15, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
YOU KNOW what's been missing from the multiplexes for about five minutes? A new Kevin Hart movie. Have no fear, Hart-throbs. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that Hart, who recently teamed with Ice Cube , Will Ferrell and Josh Gad , has gone into production on "Central Intelligence," in which he will team with Dwayne Johnson . Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers," "Dodgeball") will direct. Says Universal: "The story follows a onetime bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent [Johnson]
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August 27, 2011
Tareque Masud, 54, the first director from Bangladesh to be honored at the Cannes Film Festival, died in a bus accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 13. Mr. Masud and four others were killed when a minibus collided with a passenger bus, said his wife, Catherine, an American-born producer. His best-known film was The Clay Bird, which won an International Critics' award at Cannes in 2002 for its "authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights.
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April 10, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Philly's classiest, most glamorous former citizens is getting the Lifetime treatment. And it's through no fault of her own. Grace Kelly is the subject of Grace of Monaco , a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the lovely Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose . Grace of Monaco originally opened last year's Cannes Film Festival. Those are some mighty fine credentials, no? Yet Grace of Monaco won't hit theaters.
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June 11, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) returns this weekend for its fifth year with a selection of 21 films (with a focus on shorts and documentaries), a panel discussion, and a youth workshop. Selections this year include films from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, and, of course, the United States. Festival director Marangeli Mejia-Rabell said she hoped that PHLAFF not only raised the profile of minority filmmakers, but also inspired community activism.
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May 24, 2016 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES, France - The 69th Cannes Film Festival, which closed here Sunday, was marked by cheers and jeers for a broad range of international cinema. The exception to the divided reception most films received was the awarding of the Palme D'Or, the festival's top honor, to Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake . It was the second Golden Palm for the soon-to-turn-80 British director, whose body of work includes 20-some films. If few were knocked out by I, Daniel Blake , no one was put off by it, either, which made it a rarity this year.
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May 18, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Sinéad O'Connor is found Sinéad O'Connor , reported missing overnight, has been located, Wilmette, Ill., police said Monday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Irish singer, who has been living in the Chicago suburb since February, had not been seen since she left home at 6 a.m. Sunday for a ride on her Raleigh motorized bicycle. Police were making inquiries Monday morning when they issued a statement saying O'Connor was missing. TMZ claimed authorities had classified O'Connor as "missing/suicidal.
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May 17, 2016 | By Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
When you're A global celebrity married to a global celebrity and partnered with a British clothing billionaire, what, if any, responsibility do you have to the poor Sri Lankans who produce your overpriced casual line? That's the question we'd like to ask Beyonce and her business partner Sir Philip Green after London's Sun on Sunday reported that the Sri Lankan factory workers who make Beyonce's Ivy Park clothes make a whopping $6.17 per day - about $125 per month.
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May 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Clooney: Dude, I'll save America! Renowned political analyst and sometime actor George Clooney was in France on Thursday to assure our European allies America is on the right track. "There's not going to be a President Donald Trump ," said Clooney, who established his bona fides directing David Strathairn as newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck (and appearing as producer Fred Friendly). "That's not going to happen. " Clooney, 55 , spoke at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's hawking his pic Money Monster . He received big applause for attacking Trump as a fearmonger.
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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.
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May 4, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
There's an early scene in Jeremy Saulnier's arresting new thriller Green Room that's so punk rock it hurts. The Ain't Rights, a young, noisy band touring the Pacific Northwest, are sitting for an interview with a mohawked music journalist. He leads by asking why the group is so hard to track down online. "The music is shared live," Pat (Anton Yelchin), the bass player, replies with a slight holier-than-thou edge. "It's time and aggression, and then it's over. You got to be there.
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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)
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October 23, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
HERE ARE five buzzed-about movies that do not (yet) have theatrical distribution, so you can see them locally on the big screen only at the Film Festival. * THE HIGH SUN. The recipient of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival took home the honor for its complex look at the fallout from ethnic wars in the former Yugoslavia, between 1991 to 2011. The story is told from the standpoint of six people and three love stories. In the process, Croatian director Dalibor Matanic manages to convey what was once possible, what was lost and the unhealed scars that remain.
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May 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday night, screenwriter Arash Amel gave Twitter a look inside something Hollywood rarely likes to talk about: what it feels like to be part of a disaster. Amel wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco . Those in the know already feel bad for Amel after reading that sentence. For those not: Grace of Monaco , starring Nicole Kidman and directed by La Vie en Rose 's Olivier Dahan, was scheduled for release in fall 2013 and meant for Oscar glory but didn't debut until the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was booed.
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