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The Cannes Film Festival played host to some good movies this year (there is never a year when it doesn’t), yet throughout the 12-day event, there has been a pervasive feeling, shared by critics and distributors and publicists and audiences alike, that the festival’s been having a soft year, that the magic was tamped down…. Read more »
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing its way to an easy domestic box office win this weekend, but it’s international numbers are on course to make an even bigger splash. The fifth film in the Disney franchise is expected to net $275 million globally this Memorial Day weekend after reeling in… Read more »
In an evenly matched competition, guessing what Pedro Almodovar’s jury will honor is even trickier than usual.
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s “Lerd” won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival this evening.
Memorial Day weekend marks the opening for two summer blockbusters this year — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” — but only one of the nautical-themed narratives is sailing away with a 4-day win. That’s because Disney’s “Pirates” is currently on course for a debut just under $75 million, while Paramount’s “Baywatch”… Read more »
CANNES — Robin Campillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Kantemir Balagov’s “Closeness” and Pedro Pinho’s “The Nothing Factory” won International Critics’ Prizes Saturday afternoon at the Cannes Festival. Awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) one day before a international jury headed by Pedro Almodovar announces Cannes Festival’s 2017 Palme d’Or on May 28,… Read more »
Polish-French director Roman Polanski said Saturday that Netflix and other digital services “don’t pose a basic threat” to moviegoing. “People want to go to the movies not because of better sound, projection, or seats, but because they want to participate in an experience with an audience around. This is as old as humanity — look… Read more »
Producer Uri Singer launched Passage Pictures in 2016, taking its drama ‘Marjorie Primes,” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith, to Sundance earlier this year. That film was picked up by FilmRise, which plan an awards push for Smith. Also in its slate: “I am Rose Fatou,” written by Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”), “Tesla,” which… Read more »