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Cannes Film Review: ‘Before We Vanish’

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Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish” may be a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack and brain-drain à la “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” but its ultimate message is the salvation of love. Playing frequently like an absurdist political satire with only flashes of violence, this low-tension, drawn-out work won’t gratify the chills or… Read more »

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Summit’

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It’s not just in its star, Ricardo Darín, that Argentinian director Santiago Mitre’s Un Certain Regard title “The Summit” seems built to evoke his countryman Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in their Eyes.”

Cannes: Studiocanal, Universal Music Group, Terra Mater Sign Co-Development Partnership

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CANNES — Vivendi-owned Studiocanal and Universal Music Group and Red Bull’s Terra Mater Film Studios have entered into a co-development partnership to produce feature films. Studiocanal’s Ron Halpern, EVP international production & acquisitions,  and Marc Robinson, president of Globe, Universal Music Group UK,  closed the partnership deal with Terra Mater Film Studios CEO Walter Koehler…. Read more »

Cannes: Morelia Showcases Young Mexican Film Talent at Critics’ Week

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A selection of three Mexican short films, demonstrative of the deep Mexican young talent pool promoted every year by the Morelia Intl. Film Festival, screen May 25 at Cannes, invited by Cannes Critics’ Week. Taking place every Cannes since 2005, the presentation is fruit of a strategic alliance between the Morelia Festival and the Cannes… Read more »

Cannes: Celluloid Dreams’ Clemence Lavigne Wins the 2017 Cinando Best Sellers Contest Award

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CANNES — Clemence Lavigne, a sales agent at Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams, won the second Cinando Awards – for her accomplished pitch of “Jumpman,” a new film project from Russia’s Ivan L. Tverdovsky (“Zoology”). The Award, a statue, was presented to Lavigne at the Plage des Palmes event on Wednesday evening. Made before a jury… Read more »

‘Empire’ Showrunner on Finale Cliffhanger, Season 4 ‘Trumpian’ Theme (SPOILERS)

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Empire” Season 3 finale, which aired on Wednesday, May 24. Following the first part of “Empire’s” Season 3 finale last week, which killed off Tariq (Morocco Omari) at the hands of Lucious’ mother (Leslie Uggams), the grand finale nearly saw the death of another… Read more »

Meryl Streep, Judith Light, Lena Dunham, More Tell Sheila Nevins’ Stories in New Audiobook

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“It was easier to hear myself through someone else’s voice,” says Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films and first-time author of the well-received collection of short stories, “You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales.” A New York Times bestseller released earlier this month, the audiobook features such boldfaced names as Meryl Streep, Glenn… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘Building the Wall,’ the Hot-Button Drama About Trump’s America

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There’s a hold-your-breath inevitability to what is finally disclosed in “Building the Wall,” the powerful dystopian drama about life in the Donald Trump era by Robert Schenkkan. You hear it in the distant, unnerving soundscape. You see it as two characters increasingly come to grips with their worst fears. Most of all, you feel it in… Read more »

‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix

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Netflix has canceled Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” after one season. The cancellation brings an official end to a series that was plagued by behind-the-scenes troubles and failed to connect with viewers in the ways that buzzy Netflix hits such as “Stranger Things” and “Orange is the New Black” have. Season one premiered in two… Read more »