June 11, 2016 |
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.
May 24, 2016 |
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.
May 18, 2016 |
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.
May 17, 2016 |
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.
May 14, 2016 |
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.
May 13, 2016 |
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.
May 4, 2016 |
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.
October 31, 2015 |
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)
October 23, 2015 |
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.
May 28, 2015 |
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.