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Tracy Letts Talks Leading 'The Lovers' and Penning His Next Broadway Play

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The Lovers centers on a married but estranged couple who are both seriously involved with other people. When their respective partners pressure them to fully commit, the two amicably resolve to call it quits — a move that ends up leading their newfound fling.

Directed by Azazel Jacobs, the A24 comedy stars Debra Winger and Tracy Letts — the latter in a leading role for the first time. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Letts about how Homeland helped his starring turn, what to expect from his next Broadway-bound play and why it’s “bullshit” when viewers refer to his onscreen »


- Ashley Lee

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'Pirates of the Caribbean': The Diminishing Returns of Johnny Depp

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.]

There was once a time when Johnny Depp joining a big-scale franchise would be exciting news, instead of something that inspired dread and snarky online comments among movie goers.

Depp, whose fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film is in theaters now, was front and center in this week's first cast photo of Universal's newly titled Dark Universe — a shared universe launching next month with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe's The Mummy, and also set to feature Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster and <a »


- Josh Spiegel

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Cannes: THR Critics Debate Wretched Russians, the Robert Pattinson Revelation and a Bad Fest for Actresses

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Jon Frosch: Hi, team. Last year at Cannes, I think we griped that the competition was sort of middling. Anyone care to revise that sentiment? In retrospect, and especially in comparison to 2017's listless main slate, 2016 looks pretty darn strong: Paterson, Elle, Aquarius, The Handmaiden, Personal Shopper and a few others were striking films from directors playing either at, or close to, the top of their game. This year? Meh. The line-up of movies vying for the Palme D’Or felt heavy on the filler and even heavier on the grade-a auteurs doing grade-b work. There was lots of moralizing »


- Jon Frosch,David Rooney,Leslie Felperin

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Cannes: The Top Parties at This Year's Festival

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TUESDAY, MAY 16

Bloom

A pre-Cannes cocktail at the New Bloom Villa.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

Swarovski

A Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc-set luncheon hosted by Nadja Swarovski with special guest Naomie Harris to "celebrate Ateilier Swarovski's 10 years of collaboration with the world's greatest design talents and the unveiling of its first Fine Jewelry Collection in Swarovski-created diamonds and crystals," according to the invite.

Chopard's "Glittering Prizes"

The luxury jeweler is hosting a luncheon at Chez Albane to celebrate "Glittering Prizes," an exhibition presented by Chopard and Vogue featuring photographs of actresses and models on the Cannes red carpet.

DDA

The firm is back for its annual Carlton Beach cocktail bash, ahead of the fest's opening night screening.

L'Oreal

Always a major festival player, L'Oreal takes over the old CanalPlus beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez to create an open air cinema. Each night during the fun of the festival, a L'Oreal partner will speak and introduce a film of their choice. Julianne Moore kicks it off with a showing of her Maps to the Stars.

Nikki Beach

The global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand returns to Cannes for the special anniversary year to take over the InterContinental Carlton at La Plage for its annual pop-up of can't-miss events from May 17-28. Included on the lineup: HFPA hosts an event and ongoing activations to honor a charitable partner. »


- Chris Gardner

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Cannes: '120 Beats Per Minute' Tops Fipresci Critics' Prizes

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The International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded its prizes Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute took home the top honors among the official selection competition films. The drama documenting the Act Up AIDS activists in the 1980s has been getting strong reviews.

In the Un Certain Regard competition, Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness (Tesnota) took to the honor. The story set in a Jewish family in late-nineties Russia that is torn apart by a kidnapping.

The prize for a first or second film in the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week »


- Rhonda Richford

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‘Based on a True Story’ (‘D’Apres une histoire vraie’): Film Review | Cannes 2017

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There are multiple levels on which to enjoy Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story (D’Apres une histoire vraie), none of them very deep or complicated. But together they raise the resonance of a masterfully made psychological thriller in the traditional mode. This story of rivalry invites comparison with the director’s award-winning 2010 thriller The Ghost Writer, not least because one of the two main characters is a ghostwriter of celeb autobiographies. A teasing, tongue-in-cheek tale of literary cannibalism, it's a film with in-jokes that will play best with audiences who watch France Culture programs and recognize references. But there’s »


- Deborah Young

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Cannes: Agnes Varda's 'Faces Places' Takes Golden Eye Documentary Prize

19 hours ago

Agnes Varda and Jr’s documentary film Faces Places (Visages Villages) has taken the Golden Eye prize, which recognizes a documentary from across all sidebars.

The film screened out of competition in the official selection.

The prize was awarded by a jury of French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, Oscar-nominated The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom director Lucy Walker, Oscar-nominated The Gatekeepers director Dror Moreh, Toronto Film Festival programmer Thom Powers and film critic Lorenzo Codelli.

“Our jury has been deeply moved by Agnès and Jr’s decision to meet local people, aimed by this movie-tale about consideration for Human throughout Art. This combined »


- Rhonda Richford

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Cannes: Top European Theater Group Demands Theatrical Release for Film Festival Movies

21 hours ago

As the Cannes Film Festival wraps up its final few days, the Netflix issue arose once again when Europe's top theater group released a statement demanding that films playing in festivals all have a theatrical release.

"We believe that leading film festivals around the world should celebrate this social, cultural and economic relevance of cinemas," said the statement from the International Union of Cinemas ("Unic"), representing cinema associations and key operators across 36 European territories.

The statement underlined the importance it attaches to ensuring that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a theatrical release and supporting the »

- Rebecca Ford

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