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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: May 18

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Cannes: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme d’Or French auteur Jacques Audiard’s mostly Tamil-language drama “Dheepan” was the unexpected winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Tops Slow Memorial Day Weekend With $32.2 Million There weren’t as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer… Read more »

Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

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Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85. No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Tops $200 Million in China

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” continues to attract crowds in China, where the Marvel sequel has earned a massive $210 million since opening in the People’s Republic two weeks ago. The superhero adventure now ranks as the fourth highest-grossing film release in Chinese history. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” topped foreign charts this weekend largely on the… Read more »

Cannes’ Honoree Agnes Varda Touts ‘Girls,’ Says Money is the Biggest Problem

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In advance of receiving the Cannes Film Festival’s honorary Palme d’Or, influential French director Agnes Varda addressed the issue of women in film during one of the Kering-sponsored talks. Varda was being interviewed by the well-known film historian Jean-Michel Frodon, who presented her as the filmmaker who truly launched the New Wave, three years before… Read more »

Cannes: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme d’Or

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CANNES — French auteur Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” an intimately observed, mostly Tamil-language drama about a makeshift family of Sri Lankan refugees in Paris, was the unexpected winner of the Palme d’Or at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night. “Thank you, Michael Haneke, for not making a film this year,” Audiard said as he… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Tops Slow Memorial Day Weekend With $32.2 Million

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There weren’t as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer “Tomorrowland” disappointed with a $32.2 million debut. The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” renown. The Disney release is expected to pull in a lackluster $40.7 million for… Read more »

John Nash, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician, Dies in Car Crash

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John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician whose brilliance and mental health struggles inspired the Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash in New Jersey on Saturday. He was 86. Nash’s 82-year old wife, Alicia Nash, also died after a taxi that they were riding in crashed into a guard rail. A spokesman… Read more »

Gerard Depardieu in Talks for Lead Role in Netflix’ French ‘House of Cards’

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Gerard Depardieu is in talks to play a role similar to Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood in “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French-language production, according to Europe1 news. Contacted by Variety on Sunday, Netflix declined to comment on the rumor. Though it’s not based strictly on “House of Cards,” the project has a similar political theme, centering on… Read more »

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Other Side’

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Having wrapped his Texas trilogy — “The Passage,” “Low Tide” and “Stop the Pounding Heart” — Italian chronicler of the American margins Roberto Minervini heads next door to Louisiana, where he finds a fresh group of desperados to observe.