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CANNES FESTIVAL, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain on jury

Read our coverage during the festival May 17-27.

Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Maren Ade, Fan Binbing, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared (a French-Lebanese composer known for writing the score for "The English Patient") have just been announced as this year’s jurors at the 2017 Cannes Festival, celebrating seventy years this year. These brave men and women will help jury president Pedro Almodóvar in choosing a winner among this ... more >

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UMA THURMAN to preside over Cannes Fest’s non-competition program

This afternoon the Cannes Festival, still ensconced in their rue Amélie offices in central Paris, announced that Uma Thurman will preside over this year's Un Certain Regard jury. The Un Certain Regard ("a certain perspective") program offers a mishmash of diverse films by known and unknown filmmakers. Past jury presidents have included Isabella Rossellini and Pablo Trapero. COMING SOON: the ... more >

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CANNES SHORT TAKES, “Blade of the Immortal”

Starring Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki
Directed by Takeshi Miike

One of the films to appear out of competition this year at the Cannes Festival is Takeshi Miike's adaptation of the manga opus "Blade of the immortal" ("Mugen no Junin" in the romaji original). The film combines magic with swordsmen, valor, many good sword fights, and the need for revenge. Manji's (played by Japanese actor Takuya Kimura) younger sister is killed in front of him. He goes on a quest ... more >

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CANNES SELECTION UNVEILED | John Cameron Mitchell makes comeback

Gentlemen, start your engines! The filmmakers, their movies, all of these, and more, were announced during a well-attended press conference at a grand movie theater on the Champs Elysées this morning. Two notable comebacks this year are Fatih Akin, with “Aus Dem Nichts” (“In the Fade”) and John Cameron Mitchell, who was last in Cannes in 2006 with “Short bus.” This year he’ll be showing “How ... more >

“Last men in Aleppo” coming to theaters soon

Coming out on May 3rd in New York

Syria's white helmets are the country's first responders. They're there when bombs go off, when buildings collapse, when bodies need to be recovered and the wounded hospitalized. "Last Men in Aleppo," a documentary directed by Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad in collaboration with the Aleppo Media Center, follows two men from the White Helmets who navigate the war-torn city of Aleppo in various ... more >

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Five things to expect from “Logan”

It's the grand finale; and it's gonna be huge
Doris Morgado, Hugh Jackman and Boyd Holbrook
Directed by James Mangold

The first few months of the year can be a little bit slow at the cinema, but in 2017 film fans will have something to look forward to. “Logan” is due out in March as the finale to Hugh Jackman’s seventeen-year run playing Wolverine and expectations are already high. The trailer got the whole internet excited, and while the "Wolverine" spin-off films haven’t always been particularly successful, ... more >

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LOCARNO | Roger Corman named guest of honor

He launched the careers of Robert de Niro and Charles Bronson

PRESS RELEASE - Roger Corman will be paid tribute during the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno via screenings of two of his films. Guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy, the training project for young directors, Corman has long been considered a cult filmmaker who helped change the way films are conceived, produced and directed. As director and screenwriter he made a long series ... more >