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The Latest: Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

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The Latest: Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

- CANNES, France (AP) - The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square." "Oh my god! OK," the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed after he bounded onto the stage to collect the prize. He led the crowd in a cheer, too. Ostlund previously won the Jury Prize in the 2014 festival's Un Certain Regard section for "Force Majeure

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The Latest: Is filmmaker's Cannes callback an award omen?

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The Latest: Is filmmaker's Cannes callback an award omen?

- CANNES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): Among those spotted on the Cannes red carpet ahead of the award ceremony was filmmaker Robin Campillo. His AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" earned some of the best reviews of the festival. Campillo told French broadcaster Canal Plus he had returned to Paris after the screening of his film, but returned after getting a call asking him back for Sunday's award ceremony

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Who is Demetri Martin? Comic, actor, filmmaker . . . Oh, and he likes to draw.

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Who is Demetri Martin? Comic, actor, filmmaker . . . Oh, and he likes to draw.

- Stand-up comic turned film director Demetri Martin is a living, breathing example of the amended adage that what you see is not always what you get. If another comic were doing a routine about him, it might go: “Demetri Martin walks in to a bar . . . and is carded.” Martin is a baby-faced fellow, a quick-witted bright man with a charming quasi-naiveté about him that belies the fact that he is 44 years old

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'Spirit Game,' about the Iroquois roots of lacrosse, is no ordinary sports documentary

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'Spirit Game,' about the Iroquois roots of lacrosse, is no ordinary sports documentary

- “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” isn’t a standard sports documentary. Its focus is on spiritual matters as well as the physical because it deals with a game its adherents believe is just about as old as time. That would be lacrosse, a sport the Iroquois, who originated it, call “the creator’s game,” something they believe was played between animals, the winged creatures versus the land ones, before man was on the scene

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Southington Drive-In Opening 5th Season Of Family Film Classics

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Southington Drive-In Opening 5th Season Of Family Film Classics

- Southington Drive-In, the town-owned movie theater at 995 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, begins begin its fifth season of film screenings of classic family-friendly films. Each Saturday from June 3 to Sept. 2, the gates will open at 6 p.m. and the movies will begin when it gets dark. Southington residents pay $10 a carload. Non-residents pay $15 a carload. Walk-ins pay $2 a person and should bring lawn chairs

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Cannes: VR exhibit shines sympathetic light on illegal immigration

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Cannes: VR exhibit shines sympathetic light on illegal immigration

- CANNES, France — One of the best things at this year's Cannes Film Festival isn't a movie, at least in a traditional sense. Carne y Arena ("Flesh and Sand") is a groundbreaking virtual-reality exhibit that invites visitors to step into the shoes of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Created by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), the seven-minute installation drops participants into the middle of a chilly desert at dusk, where a group of weary, multi-generational Hispanic families are spotted by helicopters and caught by U

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With Greenwich Film Fest in town, Sundown Saloon relaxed spot for film debates

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With Greenwich Film Fest in town, Sundown Saloon relaxed spot for film debates

- A moviegoer cannot live on popcorn and candy alone. Part of the fun of the Greenwich International Film Festival, June 1-4, is squeezing in as many screenings of new movies as possible. So food breaks need to be carefully planned; quick and convenient pit stops are essential. GIFF patrons can always grab a good slice from Planet Pizza, a few doors down from the theater, but for something a little more substantial, this festival veteran and Movie & A Martini host has come to rely on the Sundown Saloon, which is right around the corner from the Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas on Greenwich Avenue

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SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week

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SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week

- The Seattle International Film Festival continues this week at screens all over town. Here are a few highlights from movie reviewers John Hartl, Moira Macdonald, Brent McKnight and Michael Upchurch. For more information, see siff.net. For tips on how to navigate the festival, go to seattletimes.com/movies. In 1983, director Pamela Yates came to Seattle to show “Guatemala, When the Mountains Tremble,” her feature-length history of the largely Mayan country that has been dominated for centuries by a handful of wealthy families

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Superb documentary revisits Buena Vista Social Club

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Superb documentary revisits Buena Vista Social Club

- Sadly, legends are just as susceptible to the laws of entropy as anything else. That even applies to that stellar band of elderly Cuban musical masters, the Buena Vista Social Club. Brought out of retirement by German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ 1997 documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” they toured with triumphant stage appearances and an ebullient album celebrating the vanishing music of prerevolutionary Havana

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Review: ‘Adios’ says goodbye to Buena Vista Social Club

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Review: ‘Adios’ says goodbye to Buena Vista Social Club

- The documentary follows up the 1999 doc on the collective of Cuban musicians The celebratory “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” is both a prequel and a sequel to Wim Wenders’ 1999 Oscar-nominated documentary, which made stars of the collective of Cuban musicians known as the Buena Vista Social Club. “Adios” digs into the group’s roots as well as following individual members after the release of the documentary, showing how their lives were affected after they found fame late in life

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'Star Wars' 40th anniversary: the 40 greatest moments from a galaxy far, far away

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'Star Wars' 40th anniversary: the 40 greatest moments from a galaxy far, far away

- The Star Wars franchise began in 1977, and 40 years later it is going stronger than ever. What started with an ambitious little sci-fi film would grow into a trilogy of movies - a trilogy that would later expand to a total of eight films with several more planned for the next few years. That's to say nothing of the comic books, novels, video games, TV specials and series that the movies would inspire

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GLAAD reports only slim increase in LGBTQ characters in major films

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GLAAD reports only slim increase in LGBTQ characters in major films

- LOS ANGELES — The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1% in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive. The media-monitoring group's annual report released Thursday surveyed 125 releases from the seven major Hollywood studios and found them again to be severely lagging behind strides made in television and independent film, which produced the LGBTQ-friendly best-picture winner Moonlight

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‘Star Wars’ 40th anniversary: Readers share memories of seeing film for the first time

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‘Star Wars’ 40th anniversary: Readers share memories of seeing film for the first time

- The original Star Wars, now known as “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” was the ultimate summer blockbuster when it debuted 40 years ago on May 25, 1977. In honor of the anniversary of what some consider the greatest science fiction movie of all time, we asked readers to share their memories of the first time they saw the original “Star Wars

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Movie review: 'Long Strange Trip' takes a four-hour deep dive into the Dead

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Movie review: 'Long Strange Trip' takes a four-hour deep dive into the Dead

- What, did you expect a short documentary about the Grateful Dead? Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary “Long Strange Trip” clocks in at just over four hours, which seems right for a band known for whom three-hour-plus concerts were the norm, rich with extended jams that stretched songs into double or triple their original running times. “Long Strange Trip” has a one-night-only screening at Marcus Point Cinemas at 7 tonight

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Watch the new trailer for 'one of the most promising family films hitting theaters this year'

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Watch the new trailer for 'one of the most promising family films hitting theaters this year'

- Lionsgate recently released the trailer for "Wonder," a new movie which follows the heartwarming story of a boy with facial deformities. The 10-year-old boy has had 27 facial surgeries by the time he starts fifth grade, the time in which the movie takes place, and he faces criticism from friends and peers as he starts school. By the end of the movie, the community learns the importance of seeing through appearances, recognizing the humanity in everyone, and showing others compassion

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A round-up of Utah's summer arts, film and music festivals and special events

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A round-up of Utah's summer arts, film and music festivals and special events

- Along with the change in weather comes a wide variety of summer festivals. Utahns of all backgrounds are likely to find summer festivals to suit their interests. Film Festivals. June 2: Ogden Film Festival, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Boulevard, Ogden www.egyptiantheaterogden.com. June 16: Motorcycle Film Festival, Egyptian Theatre - Park City, 328 Main St, Park City www.nowplayingutah.com. June 19 - June 24: Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, various locations www

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A Lackluster Cannes and Not Just for the Extra Security

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A Lackluster Cannes and Not Just for the Extra Security

- Photo CANNES, France — Will Smith and Jessica Chastain were there, as were Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro and Roman Polanski. On Tuesday, the Cannes Film Festival gave itself a 70th birthday party and filled its red carpet with stars and auteurs. The beautiful people smiled, the throngs cheered, and the guards scanned the scene while the national police with machine guns stood by — a grim image that has become a new symbol of the world’s most famous ode to cinema

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The Latest: Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes
The Latest: Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes CANNES, France (AP) - The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square." "Oh my god! OK," the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed after he bounded onto the stage to collect the prize. He led the crowd in a cheer, too. Ostlund previously won the Jury Prize in the 2014 festival's Un Certain Regard section for "Force Majeure   Read More ...
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Diane Kruger has won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade"
CANNES, France (AP) — Diane Kruger has won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade"   Read More ...
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The Latest: Cannes honors 'A Gentle Night,' 'Loveless'
The Latest: Cannes honors 'A Gentle Night,' 'Loveless' CANNES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded two — not one — screenplay awards this year — for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and "You Were Never Really Here." Jury president Pedro Almodovar said as he announced the selection on Sunday night, "We have our first surprise   Read More ...
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The Latest: Is filmmaker's Cannes callback an award omen?
The Latest: Is filmmaker's Cannes callback an award omen? CANNES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): Among those spotted on the Cannes red carpet ahead of the award ceremony was filmmaker Robin Campillo. His AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" earned some of the best reviews of the festival. Campillo told French broadcaster Canal Plus he had returned to Paris after the screening of his film, but returned after getting a call asking him back for Sunday's award ceremony   Read More ...
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The Latest: Almodovar: Cannes deliberations went ‘very fast’
The Latest: Almodovar: Cannes deliberations went ‘very fast’ CANNES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local): The Cannes Film Festival Jury has done its job. But its president isn’t letting slip which film it has picked for the coveted Palme d’Or award. Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar told a French BFM television reporter who managed to squeeze a few words out of him that the award deliberations Sunday were “very fast   Read More ...
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Who is Demetri Martin? Comic, actor, filmmaker . . . Oh, and he likes to draw.
Who is Demetri Martin? Comic, actor, filmmaker . . . Oh, and he likes to draw. Stand-up comic turned film director Demetri Martin is a living, breathing example of the amended adage that what you see is not always what you get. If another comic were doing a routine about him, it might go: “Demetri Martin walks in to a bar . . . and is carded.” Martin is a baby-faced fellow, a quick-witted bright man with a charming quasi-naiveté about him that belies the fact that he is 44 years old   Read More ...
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Testy Cannes Film Festival comes to an end
Testy Cannes Film Festival comes to an end CANNES, France — The 70th Cannes Film Festival opened this month under the Cote D'Azur sunshine and high-wattage stars such as Will Smith and Marion Cotillard. But a brewing storm over Netflix's place at the world's most prestigious film festival clouded the event. Optimism was high at this year's Cannes, which featured a lineup widely considered to be well-stocked with heavyweight filmmakers, including Todd Haynes ("Wonderstruck"), Sofia Coppola ("The Beguiled"), Michael Haneke ("Happy End") and Lynne Ramsay ("You Were Never Really Here")   Read More ...
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Flint water crisis gets clear, compelling documentary it deserves on 'Nova'
Flint water crisis gets clear, compelling documentary it deserves on 'Nova' Protecting scientific facts from partisan politics was one aim of the March for Science on April 22. What happens when the two merge? "Poisoned Water," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the PBS series "Nova," offers a cautionary tale. The one-hour documentary is probably the most concise, compelling retelling yet of what happened in Flint when, as part of a money-saving effort, the city's water source was switched in 2014 from Lake Huron (supplied by Detroit) to the Flint River   Read More ...
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Not exactly Cannes, this film fest is Fargo _ with drones
Not exactly Cannes, this film fest is Fargo _ with drones FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Spencer Kuhlman was playing junior hockey in Canada when a knee injury wiped out his hopes of playing in college. With time on his hands, Kuhlman turned to another passion — aviation — and soon lost himself in the pleasures of drone photography. Kuhlman is a finalist in a surprisingly popular first-year film festival that aims to highlight the possibilities of art from above   Read More ...
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Hollywood is running out of hit ’80s movies to reboot
Hollywood is running out of hit ’80s movies to reboot Hollywood is running out of blockbuster films from the 1980s to remake or reboot, after a string of movies celebrating the era of big hair, shoulder pads and Ronald Reagan. Of the top 15 highest-grossing films of that decade, just three to date have not been given a sequel or prequel or turned into a franchise: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Tootsie” and “Rain Man   Read More ...
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'Spirit Game,' about the Iroquois roots of lacrosse, is no ordinary sports documentary
'Spirit Game,' about the Iroquois roots of lacrosse, is no ordinary sports documentary “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” isn’t a standard sports documentary. Its focus is on spiritual matters as well as the physical because it deals with a game its adherents believe is just about as old as time. That would be lacrosse, a sport the Iroquois, who originated it, call “the creator’s game,” something they believe was played between animals, the winged creatures versus the land ones, before man was on the scene   Read More ...
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'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios' returns Cuban musicians to spotlight
'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios' returns Cuban musicians to spotlight The 1997 “Buena Vista Social Club” album and Wim Wenders’ accompanying 1999 tour documentary re-introduced the world to the long-forgotten yet infectious Cuban sound of son. Lucy Walker’s follow-up, “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” is both prequel and sequel to Wenders’ film. This vital documentary serves as background tale and epilogue to the first film, illuminating the origins of these musicians’ lives, rooted in the history of slavery, spanning Communist revolutions and political turmoil   Read More ...
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Southington Drive-In Opening 5th Season Of Family Film Classics
Southington Drive-In Opening 5th Season Of Family Film Classics Southington Drive-In, the town-owned movie theater at 995 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, begins begin its fifth season of film screenings of classic family-friendly films. Each Saturday from June 3 to Sept. 2, the gates will open at 6 p.m. and the movies will begin when it gets dark. Southington residents pay $10 a carload. Non-residents pay $15 a carload. Walk-ins pay $2 a person and should bring lawn chairs   Read More ...
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D-Day documentary narrated by Belichick to premiere in RI
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A documentary about D-Day that was narrated by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is premiering in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation produced "D-Day: Over Normandy." The world premiere is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is the host. Tickets are free for veterans with proof of military service at the box office, or $15 for the public   Read More ...
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Cannes: VR exhibit shines sympathetic light on illegal immigration
Cannes: VR exhibit shines sympathetic light on illegal immigration CANNES, France — One of the best things at this year's Cannes Film Festival isn't a movie, at least in a traditional sense. Carne y Arena ("Flesh and Sand") is a groundbreaking virtual-reality exhibit that invites visitors to step into the shoes of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Created by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), the seven-minute installation drops participants into the middle of a chilly desert at dusk, where a group of weary, multi-generational Hispanic families are spotted by helicopters and caught by U   Read More ...
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Robert Pattinson Tipped For Oscar Glory After Stunning Cannes Film Festival With ‘Good Time’ Performance
Robert Pattinson Tipped For Oscar Glory After Stunning Cannes Film Festival With ‘Good Time’ Performance Robert Pattinson has wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival with his performance in Good Time, which has even been compared to Al Pacino’s in Dog Day Afternoon. In fact, not only has it been suggested that the Twilight actor could win the Best Actor award at the festival when the accolades are announced in a few days time, but there’s also been early speculation that it could lead to Robert Pattinson being in contention for the Best Actor gong at the Academy Awards in February, too   Read More ...
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Grandson of silent film pioneers spends years tracking down old movies
Grandson of silent film pioneers spends years tracking down old movies PORTLAND, Ore. — Northeast Portland resident Ned Thanhouser has spent more than 30 years tracking down hundreds of silent movies in the United States and abroad. He's the grandson of Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser, who founded the nation's most important motion picture studios in New Rochelle, New York in 1909. "When I'm watching the silent films, I really feel my grandparents' presence," Ned Thanhouser said   Read More ...
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With Greenwich Film Fest in town, Sundown Saloon relaxed spot for film debates
With Greenwich Film Fest in town, Sundown Saloon relaxed spot for film debates A moviegoer cannot live on popcorn and candy alone. Part of the fun of the Greenwich International Film Festival, June 1-4, is squeezing in as many screenings of new movies as possible. So food breaks need to be carefully planned; quick and convenient pit stops are essential. GIFF patrons can always grab a good slice from Planet Pizza, a few doors down from the theater, but for something a little more substantial, this festival veteran and Movie & A Martini host has come to rely on the Sundown Saloon, which is right around the corner from the Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas on Greenwich Avenue   Read More ...
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SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week
SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week The Seattle International Film Festival continues this week at screens all over town. Here are a few highlights from movie reviewers John Hartl, Moira Macdonald, Brent McKnight and Michael Upchurch. For more information, see siff.net. For tips on how to navigate the festival, go to seattletimes.com/movies. In 1983, director Pamela Yates came to Seattle to show “Guatemala, When the Mountains Tremble,” her feature-length history of the largely Mayan country that has been dominated for centuries by a handful of wealthy families   Read More ...
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‘Salvation’ On CBS: EP Teases Optimistic Apocalyptic TV Show, Solutions Use More Fact Than Science Fiction
‘Salvation’ On CBS: EP Teases Optimistic Apocalyptic TV Show, Solutions Use More Fact Than Science Fiction There is growing popularity with apocalyptic TV shows and this summer, CBS is adding a new one to its lineup. Called Salvation, the show is aiming to be a bit different than others in its genre. For one, it will not be all gloom and doom. There will be optimism strewn throughout the episodes. Also, the show has an astrophysicist on set to make sure the solutions are more factual and realistic than other television shows   Read More ...
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We're Still Waiting For Jennifer Garner The Movie Star
We're Still Waiting For Jennifer Garner The Movie Star The role of wife and mother is something Jennifer Garner knows well. It’s one she’s played in her last seven consecutive films, an identity that’s boosted her cultural relevance over the past decade, as her on-screen career has taken a back seat to raising a family ... and, err, Ben Affleck. Films like “Juno” and “Miracles of Heaven” showed Garner making the most out of the “wife” character, delivering her best film performances to date, exploring the joys and challenges of motherhood   Read More ...
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Superb documentary revisits Buena Vista Social Club
Superb documentary revisits Buena Vista Social Club Sadly, legends are just as susceptible to the laws of entropy as anything else. That even applies to that stellar band of elderly Cuban musical masters, the Buena Vista Social Club. Brought out of retirement by German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ 1997 documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” they toured with triumphant stage appearances and an ebullient album celebrating the vanishing music of prerevolutionary Havana   Read More ...
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Review: ‘Adios’ says goodbye to Buena Vista Social Club
Review: ‘Adios’ says goodbye to Buena Vista Social Club The documentary follows up the 1999 doc on the collective of Cuban musicians The celebratory “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” is both a prequel and a sequel to Wim Wenders’ 1999 Oscar-nominated documentary, which made stars of the collective of Cuban musicians known as the Buena Vista Social Club. “Adios” digs into the group’s roots as well as following individual members after the release of the documentary, showing how their lives were affected after they found fame late in life   Read More ...
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'Star Wars' 40th anniversary: the 40 greatest moments from a galaxy far, far away
'Star Wars' 40th anniversary: the 40 greatest moments from a galaxy far, far away The Star Wars franchise began in 1977, and 40 years later it is going stronger than ever. What started with an ambitious little sci-fi film would grow into a trilogy of movies - a trilogy that would later expand to a total of eight films with several more planned for the next few years. That's to say nothing of the comic books, novels, video games, TV specials and series that the movies would inspire   Read More ...
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Blake Lively to lead film from 'Big Little Lies' author
Blake Lively to lead film from 'Big Little Lies' author LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Lively is set to star in an adaptation of the best-seller "The Husband's Secret," from "Big Little Lies" author Liane Moriarty. CBS Films said Thursday.   Read More ...
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GLAAD reports only slim increase in LGBTQ characters in major films
GLAAD reports only slim increase in LGBTQ characters in major films LOS ANGELES — The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1% in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive. The media-monitoring group's annual report released Thursday surveyed 125 releases from the seven major Hollywood studios and found them again to be severely lagging behind strides made in television and independent film, which produced the LGBTQ-friendly best-picture winner Moonlight   Read More ...
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Child actors take the Cannes Film Festival by storm
Child actors take the Cannes Film Festival by storm CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn't an ideal place for children. Few of its movies are PG-rated, nor is much of the nightlife. Yet at this year's Cannes, kid actors have delivered many of the festival's most memorable performances, often by not just equaling their better-known and taller co-stars, but by towering above them   Read More ...
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‘Star Wars’ 40th anniversary: Readers share memories of seeing film for the first time
‘Star Wars’ 40th anniversary: Readers share memories of seeing film for the first time The original Star Wars, now known as “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” was the ultimate summer blockbuster when it debuted 40 years ago on May 25, 1977. In honor of the anniversary of what some consider the greatest science fiction movie of all time, we asked readers to share their memories of the first time they saw the original “Star Wars   Read More ...
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Movie review: 'Long Strange Trip' takes a four-hour deep dive into the Dead
Movie review: 'Long Strange Trip' takes a four-hour deep dive into the Dead What, did you expect a short documentary about the Grateful Dead? Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary “Long Strange Trip” clocks in at just over four hours, which seems right for a band known for whom three-hour-plus concerts were the norm, rich with extended jams that stretched songs into double or triple their original running times. “Long Strange Trip” has a one-night-only screening at Marcus Point Cinemas at 7 tonight   Read More ...
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LGBTQ People Are 'Nearly Invisible' in Major Hollywood Films, According to GLAAD Report
LGBTQ People Are 'Nearly Invisible' in Major Hollywood Films, According to GLAAD Report LGBTQ people continue to be woefully underrepresented in mainstream Hollywood movies, according to GLAAD’s fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index . The report, which examines the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ representation on film, found that only 23 of the 125 movies released by major studios last year, or 18.4 percent, included characters identified as LGBTQ. That figure represents a slight uptick from 17   Read More ...
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Watch the new trailer for 'one of the most promising family films hitting theaters this year'
Watch the new trailer for 'one of the most promising family films hitting theaters this year' Lionsgate recently released the trailer for "Wonder," a new movie which follows the heartwarming story of a boy with facial deformities. The 10-year-old boy has had 27 facial surgeries by the time he starts fifth grade, the time in which the movie takes place, and he faces criticism from friends and peers as he starts school. By the end of the movie, the community learns the importance of seeing through appearances, recognizing the humanity in everyone, and showing others compassion   Read More ...
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A round-up of Utah's summer arts, film and music festivals and special events
A round-up of Utah's summer arts, film and music festivals and special events Along with the change in weather comes a wide variety of summer festivals. Utahns of all backgrounds are likely to find summer festivals to suit their interests. Film Festivals. June 2: Ogden Film Festival, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Boulevard, Ogden www.egyptiantheaterogden.com. June 16: Motorcycle Film Festival, Egyptian Theatre - Park City, 328 Main St, Park City www.nowplayingutah.com. June 19 - June 24: Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, various locations www   Read More ...
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Cannes Film Festival fetes itself on 70th anniversary
Cannes Film Festival fetes itself on 70th anniversary CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration Tuesday for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d’Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival’s birthday. Big names from across cinema streamed down the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night for a ceremony. Earlier in the day, the festival gathered more than 100 current and former Cannes participants for a “Cannes family portrait   Read More ...
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‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ 40th Anniversary – How It Changed Everything
‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ 40th Anniversary – How It Changed Everything Forty years ago, on May 25, 1977, the path of Hollywood was changed forever. Thirty-two movie screens, including the famous Mann’s Chinese Theater, showed the premiere of a small science-fiction film that told the story of a plucky young pilot, a dashing smuggler, his furry companion, and a lost princess. The director was a relatively untested George Lucas, who had one hit film to his name – the seminal American Graffiti, and the leads were played by a trio of relatively unknown stars   Read More ...
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A Lackluster Cannes and Not Just for the Extra Security
A Lackluster Cannes and Not Just for the Extra Security Photo CANNES, France — Will Smith and Jessica Chastain were there, as were Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro and Roman Polanski. On Tuesday, the Cannes Film Festival gave itself a 70th birthday party and filled its red carpet with stars and auteurs. The beautiful people smiled, the throngs cheered, and the guards scanned the scene while the national police with machine guns stood by — a grim image that has become a new symbol of the world’s most famous ode to cinema   Read More ...
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Grateful Dead Documentary: A Four-Hour Jam on Jerry Garcia’s World
Grateful Dead Documentary: A Four-Hour Jam on Jerry Garcia’s World Photo Four-hour documentaries about rock bands are nothing new — Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have all been the subjects of these visual equivalents of boxed sets. But the latest entry in the field is perhaps the most detailed yet: Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip,” an elegy for what that director calls the “most American of all rock bands,” the Grateful Dead, and its ringmaster, Jerry Garcia   Read More ...
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The Wit of Ernst Lubitsch, Revisited at Film Forum
The Wit of Ernst Lubitsch, Revisited at Film Forum You can’t go wrong with a retrospective of Ernst Lubitsch, whose movies still sparkle with urbanity and sly wit. Film Forum serves up a feast of them beginning Friday, June 2, in “The Lubitsch Touch,” which commemorates the 125th anniversary of his birth. The program, which runs through June 15, features 31 films, an array that demonstrates versatility and adaptability. Lubitsch, who died in 1947, began directing in the silent era but transitioned with apparent ease into talkies   Read More ...
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‘Pennywise: The Story Of It’ Documentary Offering Producer Roles To Fans
‘Pennywise: The Story Of It’ Documentary Offering Producer Roles To Fans Pennywise: The Story of It is a documentary in the works about the making of 1990’s miniseries that will touch on everything from Tim Curry’s iconic performance as Pennywise the clown to the rash of coulrophobia (fear of clowns) the movie inspired in millenials. The documentary has already succeeded in securing a lot of never-before-seen set photos from and exclusive interviews with dozens of the movie’s cast members (including Pennywise himself)   Read More ...
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Documentary about former Concord High principal premieres
Documentary about former Concord High principal premieres CONCORD, N.H. — A premiere was held at Red River Theatres in Concord Tuesday night for a short film about former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly. Connolly, who has ALS, stepped down from his position in 2016. The movie, directed by Concord filmmaker Dan Habib, is called “.” Connolly and his family were in the audience for the film’s debut, which documents how he fostered inclusive education at Concord High – even more so when ALS changed his path   Read More ...
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Cannes fetes itself with big birthday bash
Cannes fetes itself with big birthday bash The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration Tuesday for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d’Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival’s birthday. Big names from across cinema streamed down the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night for a ceremony. Earlier in the day, the festival gathered more than 100 current and former Cannes participants for a “Cannes family portrait   Read More ...
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