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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Film News Round Up -- May 22nd, 2011

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM


The 64th editon of Cannes ended tonight with a fairly shocking Palme D'or winner in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which received mixed reviews after it opened earlier in the week. And you don't even have to wait a year to see it. It opens at the Enzian on June 17.

Deadline has a list of all of the Cannes award winners. The biggest surprise to me? Kirsten Dunst won best actress. Did you ever think in your life that you would see that sentence?

Because I never thought I'd ever have to write it.

What else did we learn this week, aside from don't joke about being a Nazi? Let's see:

-The NYT scooped an amazing score, getting Paddy Chayefsky's original notes on Network, including the programming grid for UBS primetime.

-A Straw Dogs remake? Oh, but the dude is a screenwriter instead of a mathematician and the British townies are backwoods Tennessee hicks? GENIUS. I think James Marsden can step seamlessly into Dustin Hoffman's shoes. They're basically actors of the same caliber. Those people who say there are no good ideas left in Hollywood are totally fucked in the head.

-Indiewire has an early look at some of the Vencice Film Festival titles. Polanski's Carnage, David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, Andrea Arnold‘s adaptation of Wuthering Heights, Steve McQueen‘s Shame, Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, and Michael Winterbottom‘s Trishna.

-Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life debuted at Cannes on Monday to mixed reviews. Hardly a surprise due to the film's long, public editing process.

-Miramax has made a deal with Netflix for hundreds of titles to stream instantly starting in June. (Says one Miramax exec: "From day one, we’ve been very clear about the importance of digital." Oh, but I thought digital had no prospect of ever making money? Hmm.)

-Here is the first trailer for Pedro Aladovar's The Skin I Live In, featuring Antonia Banderas. It played at Cannes this morning and all of the buzz I've heard has been positive. I did think "The Skin I Inhabit" was a better translation of the title, personally.

-I know it's just a teaser, but this Tintin trailer doesn't feel at all like a Spielberg movie.

-One more trailer: some bullshit about robots or something.

-This is a really great interview with Francis Ford Coppola. His last few films haven't been great, but I don't think there has ever been a director that gives better interviews in the 100 year history of cinema.

-So... the Director's Cut of Ishtar is apparently good? Who knew?

-Spike Lee took to his Twitter account to answer the folks who still ask him 22 years later, "Why did Mookie throw the garbage can through the window of Sal's?". (Here's a screencap so I don't have to give you eight links.)

-So, it turns out that 99.9% of internet usage isn't for porn afterall. Netflix is actually the biggest use for internet in America to legally watch movies. Of course the thing right behind it is for illegally watching movies. I mean for downloading Linux ISOs.

-And finally, The Dark Knight Rises began shooting this week, with Chris Nolan at the helm for the "last time". I don't know why they're pretending this will only be a trilogy. (They also released a teaser pic of Bane.)

-And finally-finally, William Gibson's Neuromancer is in pre-production. From the guy who directed Cube and Splice. Hmm.

-Okay, really finally, I swear: It's not film related, but this girl got an insanely great picture of Endeavour's Monday liftoff from the window on her plane.

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