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Bad teacher

Rise and shine Cameron Diaz fans
Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake and Lucy Punch
Directed by Jake Kasdan

Because Cameron Diaz is less afraid to look stupid, unsympathetic or even unattractive than other models-turned-actresses, she often comes across as more intelligent than she perhaps is. With her unfailingly fit torso, blonde cheerleader bangs and hip-shaking runway walk, she can play the ditzy floozie in her sleep, but she also has sparkling, curious eyes that convey real hurt, like a ... more >

Happy, Happy

Unconventional family dynamics that make for an exciting story
Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen and Joachim Rafaelsen
Directed by Anne Sewitsky

It’s a cliché to say that all films made somewhere near the Arctic circle are Bergmanesque but “Happy Happy” is. There is a gentleness about them which lacks in the sometimes judgmental world of American cinema. Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky’s feature debut, originally titled “Insanely Happy,” (though there may be something lost in translation) is the story of a housewife who attempts to ... more >

Revenge of the electric car

Car geek heaven but a must-see

Director Chris Paine's "Revenge of the Electric Car" will be released this fall in a "non-traditional" distribution format by Area23a. The film will have both regular theatrical runs in large cities as well as some one-time screenings, and will expand to a larger market across the U.S. later this fall. "Revenge" premiered at Tribeca this year, and is slated to be the closing feature at this ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL – The backstory of the festival’s musical theme

A piece of the Cannes myth is revealed

I was looking for some music online when, by some coincidence, I ran into the “Carnival of the Animals” suite by French romantic composer Camille de Saint Saëns. The arrangement I found was by Barry Wordsworth and the London Symphonic Orchestra. The melodies had a pleasant, cinematic quality to them. The titles of the arrangements,  “Kangaroos,” “People with long ears,” sounded as if they’d ... more >

Investment banker makes doc “UN Me” about the UN

Serious subject deliriously funny host

A New York investment banker for thirteen years, Ami Horowitz has turned documentary filmmaker (he's also written for The Huffington Post) and made what looks like a probing study of the United Nations’ position in world affairs--he co-directed with Matthew Groff. So there is art after investment banking. What’s especially thrilling about Horowitz is that he seems to pour all his investment ... more >

Cars 2

A wild ride compliments of Pixar
Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine
Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis

Imagine that after “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” George Lucas ditched the whole Anakin/Vader storyline and turned “Attack of the Clones” over to Jar Jar Binks. If you can imagine that without crawling into a mental fetal position, then you can imagine “Cars 2.” In this animated sequel from Disney’s Pixar studio, Owen Wilson’s neurotic race car Lightning McQueen turns over the keys ... more >

NORA ARNEZEDER: A French actress to watch

A frenchwoman makes her mark on American cinema

New York-based photographer Taghi Naderzad recently shot a portrait of French actress Nora Arnezeder and sent us this exclusive shot. She appeared opposite Gerard Jugnot in "Paris 36" in 2008. Arnezeder will be appearing opposite Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in the Brian Klugman-directed "The Words." ... more >