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CANNES FESTIVAL – “The Dead Don’t Die,” a manichean take on our unraveling society

Film came out in French theaters today
Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

After planetary disaster strikes the planet one naturally turns to country-music for solace. Wouldn't you? I would. The country song used in Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die" was written by Grammy-nominated country music singer Sturgill Simpson for the movie and keeps making an encore throughout the film. The song is a mantra, something for the inhabitants of a small American town named ... more >

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ANNETTE BENING and Michelle Pfeiffer to star in Gideon Raff’s “Turn of Mind”

Some Cannes Festival-related announcements

Academy Award nominees Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right,” “American Beauty”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“Murder on the Orient Express”) have signed on to star in director Gideon Raff’s (“Homeland”, “Tyrant”, “Dig”, and the upcoming “The Red Sea Diving Resort” and “The Spy” thriller “Turn of Mind.” Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Quills”) and based on Alice ... more >

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BELLA THORNE JOINED BY JAKE MANLEY IN JOSHUA CALDWELL’S SOCIAL MEDIA HEIST THRILLER “SOUTHLAND”

Highland Film Group announced today that Jake Manley (“The Order,” Roland Emmerich’s upcoming "Midway") has joined Bella Thorne in writer-director Joshua Caldwell’s Southland. Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson of Lucidity Entertainment are producing alongside Thor Bradwell and Scott Levenson. Garrett Clayton, Katie Leary, Bennett Litwin and Adam Litwin will serve as executive producers. Highland ... more >

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Six minutes into the future: a conversation with Karim Huu Do, director

"I have this Westernized mind, and at the same time, I have roots that are not coming from here. All this stuff mixed together creates something interesting"

What would it be like if you existed six minutes in the future, ahead of everyone? Things around you look familiar, being young is still cool and institutional repression hasn’t caught on with your latest act of rebellion. This is the world of Karim Huu Do, director. Some of the most esthetically-intense, visually-rousing short films come from advertising work. And some of the most ... more >

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up. During childhood, Anderson also began writing plays and making super-8 movies. He was educated at Westchester High School and then St. John's, a private prep school in Houston, Texas, which was later to prove an inspiration for the film Rushmore (1998). Anderson attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in philosophy. It was there that he met Owen Wilson. They became friends and began making short films, some of which aired on a local cable-access station. One of their shorts was Bottle Rocket (1993), which starred Owen and his brother Luke Wilson. The short was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was successfully received, so much so that they received funding to make a feature-length version. Bottle Rocket (1996) was not a commercial hit, but it gained a cult audience and high-profile fans, which included Martin Scorsese. Success followed with films such as Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and an animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). The latter two films earned Anderson Oscar nominations.

Editorial: Happy Birthday, Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson turns fifty today. 50 is a big deal. If you've come this far it probably means one, or both, of two things: (1) you've got awesome survival skills and (2) you're the type of person who looks forward to whatever comes next. I wonder how the passage of time has affected Wes Anderson, our great American filmmaker. Does the spark to create more easily? Or, rather, do he fall into a new ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL | Kelly Reichardt among this year’s jury members (FULL ANNOUNCEMENT)

Gender parity has finally been achieved

Gender parity and multiculturalism are on the program at this year's Cannes Festival. Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux have done their homework and they've taken the temperature. Quite right! This year’s program, which we reported on on April 18th after attending the press conference here in Paris, is gleaming with talent and may even earn the Cannes Festival a Nobel Peace Prize, with women ... more >

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Editorial: Spielberg spoke. Nobody listened.

Netflix: 1

In an odd reactionary display, Steven Spielberg had recently called for a change in the Academy Awards eligibility criteria in order to rule out any chance for the streaming platform Netflix to be able to throw nominees in the race for an Oscar. He lost. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which is responsible for handing down the Oscars, announced last week that it ... more >