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Roman Polanski’s Preposterous ‘Based On A True Story’ Written by Olivier Assayas, Starring Eva Green [Cannes Review]

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True story: a great film director has somehow managed to turn a project full of promise into a suffocated, bloated and achingly frustrating thriller. Roman Polanski directs “Based on a True Story” like a man using tweezers to violently pluck the stinger out of a bee that had the potential to produce a glut of sweet, sweet honey, and what’s essentially asked of us as an audience is to watch this poor creature die a slow death right before our eyes.

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- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Hey Hollywood, Ask Lynne Ramsay If She Wants To Make A Superhero Movie [Cannes]

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Cannes — She’s coming off some of the most glowing (if not slightly overrated) reviews of her career, but Lynne Ramsay is keeping all her options open after the debut of “You Were Never Really Here” at the 70th Festival de Cannes this weekend.

Read More: Lynne Ramsay’s Extraordinary ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix [Cannes Review]

The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix at the peak of his acting powers, is a genre thriller through a cinematic auteur’s eyes, but halfway through watching it you realize it features some of the most “commercial” sequences of Ramsay’s career. 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Lynne Ramsay’s Extraordinary ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix [Cannes Review]

26 May 2017 4:30 PM, PDT

An early shot in Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here” shows a door handle in a dingy hotel on which hangs a battered sign: Do Not Disturb. It is advice Ramsay herself thrillingly fails to take with her astounding fourth feature, in which she disturbs, deconstructs and dumbfounds in equal measure. Widely anticipated as an arthouse take on Jim Thompson-esque hardboiled gritty genre fare, while it is that, it’s also very far removed from so schematic a description.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Aki Kaurismaki Says He Can Only Watch “Those Senseless Marvel Things” When He’s Hungover

26 May 2017 3:13 PM, PDT

Despite their massive popularity, you might find it hard to believe that not everyone is swept in the latest happenings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While many fans and moviegoers love nothing more than experiencing the latest adventures of the Avengers on the big screen, there are others who are just fine catching up with them whenever, even if it’s at home nursing the ramifications following a night of drinking. Certainly, that’s the only way you’re going to get Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki to watch a Marvel flick.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robin Wright Didn’t Get The Equal Pay She Wanted On ‘House Of Cards’

26 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

“I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did,” Robin Wright proclaimed last spring about finally achieving equal pay to her “House Of Cards” co-star Kevin Spacey, who was reportedly earning $500,000 per episode for the series in 2014, and I’d wager a bit more for the new season. However, when recently asked about her pay raise, Wright admits it didn’t quite work out the way she thought it would.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Demetri Martin Talks Losing Role In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Moneyball’

26 May 2017 12:28 PM, PDT

That’s not an error in the headline — there was a version of “Moneyball” that was going to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. The abridged story is that Soderbergh’s movie was just days away from starting filming when the studio pulled the plug and suddenly panicked about the picture. Soderbergh’s take on the data-driven baseball drama would’ve featured real-life players, but there was second-guessing from Sony about the kind of film they wanted.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Wonder Woman’ Doesn’t Have Any Deleted Scenes

26 May 2017 11:56 AM, PDT

Being absolutely terrible movies weren’t the only things that last year’s Dceu efforts “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” had in common. When it came to their home-video releases, the pictures were both super-sized. Zack Snyder added a whopping half-hour of material to ‘Dawn Of Justice,’ while David Ayer padded out “Suicide Squad” by 13 minutes. However, if you thought that trend of adding bloat to DC Films was going to happen with “Wonder Woman,” guess again.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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David Lynch Backtracks On His Comments That He’ll Never Make Another Movie Again

26 May 2017 11:35 AM, PDT

After releasing “Inland Empire” in 2006, director David Lynch stayed creative with lots of projects — music, short films, and other artistic endeavors — but didn’t get back behind the camera in any substantial way until the newly revived “Twin Peaks.” However, fans hoping that Lynch would return to the arthouse as well with a new film were left disappointed when he stated he was never going to make another movie, citing the current industry landscape, and concerns his kind of creations wouldn’t be financially viable.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bryan Fuller Teases “Great Idea” For ‘Hannibal’ Season 4

26 May 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

With “Twin Peaks” revived after 26 years, and “Arrested Development” finding new life on Netflix years after it was canceled on Fox, there is perhaps reason to keep hope alive for “Hannibal.” Fans were disappointed when NBC canceled the series after three seasons, but chatter has stayed constant about a possible return for Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, and Hugh Dancy as the FBI agent with whom he shares a deadly, bromantic connection.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fatih Akin’s ‘In The Fade’ Starring Diane Kruger A Lacklustre Courtroom Drama [Cannes Review]

26 May 2017 10:35 AM, PDT

Shedding the excruciating profundities that turned him into a critical target after 2014’s “The Cut,” Fatih Akin has returned to the more intimate narratives that made two of his earlier (and greatest) films, “Head-On” and “The Edge Of Heaven,” stand out. “In The Fade” tackles Akin’s most personal theme — immigration and cultural identity of Turks and Muslims in Germany — in much more orderly and subtle fashion, and at the very least, we can say that it’s a big step in the right direction towards a surefire dramatic comeback.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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FX Says There May Never Be Another Season Of ‘Fargo’

26 May 2017 9:58 AM, PDT

FX seems to be blessed/cursed with a great problem: critically acclaimed shows whose creators are in no rush to make new seasons. Louis C.K. has already closed the curtain on “Louie,” the second season of “Atlanta” will only start lensing this fall as star Donald Glover had a little Han Solo movie to make first, and now “Fargo” looks like it’ll be saying goodbye.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Merciless’ Is A Polished, Satisfying South Korean Gangster Flick [Cannes Review]

26 May 2017 9:40 AM, PDT

The Hollywood studios may have stayed away from the Cannes Film Festival this year, but the South Korean majors certainly showed up in full force. Byun Sung-hyun’s “The Merciless,” is the second of two Korean entries to unspool in Cannes’ Midnight section, after fellow crime flick “The Villainess” (read our review). Beyond their shared genre profile, the two efforts couldn’t be more different; every action set piece in Jung Byung-gil’s female-centered effort finds its opposite in the clean, comprehensible fight choreography of “The Merciless.” Despite some pacing issues in the film’s last stretch, Byun’s polished gangster film satisfies the big-budget itch that’s otherwise absent on the Croisette on this year.

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- Bradley Warren

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Producer Hopes For ‘Baywatch’ Sequel Despite Terrible Reviews

26 May 2017 8:59 AM, PDT

Baywatch” is swimming into multiplexes this Memorial Day weekend, but is dragging along with it a dismal 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes (here’s our review). But who needs critics, when you have Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and a whole lot of beautiful co-stars showing off lots of skin? Producer Beau Flynn is certainly hoping that’s all audiences want to see, as he revealed plans are already cooking for a sequel that will, naturally, expand the scope of the franchise.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Stream Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ “The Civilian Executive” From The ‘War Machine’ Soundtrack

26 May 2017 8:16 AM, PDT

With Donald Trump currently fumbling his way through his first official overseas trip as President, you might need some relief from the headlines, and Netflix has you covered with “War Machine.” The wartime political satire starring Brad Pitt hits the streaming service this weekend, and in addition to being loaded with stars (including Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly), the film comes paired with a score by the always terrific duo Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Francois Ozon’s ‘L’Amant Double’ Is A Sexy, Twisted & Kinky Paranoia Spectacle [Cannes Review]

26 May 2017 7:53 AM, PDT

Loading up Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg and Roman Polanski on three jukebox machines, and pressing play on all at the same time while running around the room with his pants down, Francois Ozon serves up “L’Amant Double” on a soiled platter. The provocative Frenchman is having a lot of fun with his new sexy thriller, and while you may hear some deriding it for its uncouth treatment of the central female character, or calling it sensationalist trash, you can still join Ozon’s party by putting your convictions and politics on the side and let the film surprise you with its eye-widening shocks and pitch-black humor.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Pedro Almodovar Will Reportedly Direct A Netflix Series…Or Not

26 May 2017 7:20 AM, PDT

Well, this could be potentially highly ironic. Director and current Cannes Jury President Pedro Almodovar, like the Cannes organizers, has been pooh-poohing Netflix. During the opening press conference of the fest, the Spanish filmmaker suggested that Netflix movies wouldn’t be considered for the Palme d’Or because their films don’t normally get released on the big screen.

“I think this is the only way to make them survive and because I personally do not conceive not only the Palme d’Or but any other prize being given to a film and then not being able to see this film on a large screen,” he said at the time.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Love Actually’ Sequel Has Arrived To Tell You That You’re Perfect

26 May 2017 7:10 AM, PDT

However you might feel about “Love Actually,” it’s not often you get a cast like Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson. And all those players have returned for the film’s sequel, which aired in the U.K. in March and in the U.S. last night as part of the Red Nose Day special.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson Get Triggered In New Trailer For ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

26 May 2017 7:02 AM, PDT

The early marketing for “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” really leaned heavily on parodying “The Bodyguard,” with first poster showing star Ryan Reynolds carrying his co-star Samuel L. Jackson similar to how Kevin Costner held Whitney Houston. The first trailer used the famous Whitney Houston song, “I Will Always Love You,” to really drive home the message that this movie was just like that one, but with laughs.

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- Charles Dean

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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’

26 May 2017 6:50 AM, PDT

Sadly, this isn’t news about “The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman,” a still-gestating musical from Guy Maddin with the music of theatrical ‘70s rockers Sparks. But hey, a project called “Seducing Ingmar Bergman” with Jessica Chastain is a pretty good runner-up.

The two-time Academy Award nominee and current Cannes Jury member will star and produce “Seducing Ingmar Bergman’ through her Freckle Films shingle.

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- Edward Davis

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Gillian Anderson Is David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust In New ‘American Gods’ Teaser

25 May 2017 1:50 PM, PDT

Given that I’m still behind on “Master Of None,” “Fargo,” and “The Leftovers” (among a handful of others), my bandwidth for new TV shows at the moment is pretty small (and only going to narrow with new seasons of “Bloodline” and “House Of Cards” coming up). But it looks like I should carve out some space for yet another show….

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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