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Tribute to Robin Williams

Modern Green, an experimental marketing company, made this short but tribute by combining his character’s valedictorian speech in the 1996 movie “Jack” with footage from some of his movies, including “Hook,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Patch Adams.”

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Winter Sleep Wins 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday with the announcement of this years Palme d’Or winner. The Turkish film WINTER SLEEP took home the festivals highest honor. The 3 hour and 16 minute film was directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Summary of plot from IMDB:

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

 

This years jury included Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Winding Refn chose the winners from this years selection of 18 films.

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman announced the winner of the Palme d’Or.

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It’s doubtful that WINTER SLEEP will be a movie that Americans run out to see. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter writes a mostly positive review, but also notes:

Here, things are different. The 3½ hour running time takes no prisoners even among art house audiences and demands a commitment to attentive viewing that, despite the film’s sometimes terrible longeurs, pays off in the end. But the challengingly long dialogue scenes, shot in brazenly elementary shot-countershot style, will further challenge audiences who lack excellent subtitle-reading skills.

 

Past Palme d’Or winners rarely make it to the Oscar race. Mostly because the Oscar world and the Cannes world look at films completely differently. Hollywood is about big stars and the almighty dollar. The “real” cinema world rewards the art. Although many would disagree, the Oscars are a part of Pop Culture. Something Cannes juries could care less about. Only 2 movies that have won the Palme d’Or went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Billy Wilder’s 1945 LOST WEEKEND and MARTY starring Ernest Borgnine in 1955. Plenty of Cannes winners have gone on to get Oscar nominations, including TAXI DRIVER, ALL THAT JAZZ, THE PIANO, PULP FICTION and M*A*S*H. Last years winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR turned out to not be eligible for an Oscar because of it’s late release. In 2012 Palme d’or winner AMOUR was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. The year before, THE TREE OF LIFE was also a Best Picture nominee.

While WINTER SLEEP may not go to the Oscars, other festival winners like FOXCATCHER, MAPS OF THE STARS and MR. TURNER just might.

List of Cannes Film Festival winners:

Palme d’or
Winter sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Grand Prix
Les Merveilles (Le Meraviglie) directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Jury Prize
Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language

Best Actress
Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars

Best Actor
Timothy Spall for Mr Turner

Prix du scénario
Andrei Zviaguintsev et Oleg Negin for Leviathan

Camera d’or
Party Girl from Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

The Movie That Took 12 Years to Shoot

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BOYHOOD written and directed by Richard Linklater was shot for 3 or 4 days at time over a 12 year period. Filming began in 2002 in Houston, Texas and completed in October of 2013. Ellar Coltrane plays the boy Mason who was 6 years old when filming began. Throughout the movie we see the real Coltrane aging to 18 years old.

BOYHOOD premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It also competed in the main competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

BOYHOOD is scheduled to be release July 11th.

 

Cannes Lineup 2014

Official Cannes 2014 Poster

The lineup for this years Cannes Film Festival was announced on Thursday. The Festival runs from May 14th to the 25th. 18 films will compete for the  Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award. Last years winner, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR ended up not qualifying for an Oscar. Cannes is not as influential as Toronto or Telluride in the Oscar race, but it does begin the conversation. After Cannes screenings people will jump on Twitter to announce that they have just seen this years best picture winner. That is usually the kiss of death for a movie this early in the year.

 

OPENER
Grace of Monaco

 

COMPETITION
Adieu au langage
The Captive
Clouds of Sils Maria
Foxcatcher
The Homesman
Jimmy’s Hall
La Meraviglie
Leviathan
Maps to the Stars
Mommy”
Mr. Turner
Saint Laurent
The Search
Still the Water
Timbuktu
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales
Winter Sleep

 
OUT OF COMPETITION
Coming Home
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Les Gens du Monde

 

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Amour fou
Bird People
The Blue Room
Charlie’s Country
Dohee-ya
Eleanor Rigby
Fantasia” (Wang Chao)
Harcheck mi headro
Hermosa juventud
Incompresa
Jauja
Lost Rive
Party Gir
Run
The Salt of the Earth
Snow in Paradise
Titl
Touris

 

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
The Rove
The Salvation
The Targe

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
The Bridges of Sarajevo
Eau argentee
Maidan
Red Army
Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie

 

87th Academy Awards Dates Announced

The countdown has begun. Next years Oscars will happen February 22, 2015.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy’s return to their standard pattern after pushing the show back to March 2 this year because of the Olympics.

2015 Oscar nominees will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, which follows the academy’s recent plan. 2014 nominations were announced Jan. 16. Voting for the 2015 nominees will begin on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2015.

The Academy Awards’ annual luncheon for nominees is set for Feb. 2, 2015.

Final Oscars voting will commence on Feb. 6, 2015. Voting will end Feb. 17.