Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $27,470
Woo hoo!! And the first 31% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: cannes

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 'The Last Face': Cannes Review [Sean Penn falls hard on his face]

    05/21/2016 2:12:29 PM PDT · by Enchante · 13 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 20, 2016 | David Rooney
    A backdrop of Third World atrocity, suffering and merciless human-rights violations serves as the canvas for a faux-profound Hollywood love story in Sean Penn's stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn, The Last Face. Beautiful movie stars — rugged, earthy Javier Bardem sporting flawless, bedroom-chic stubble, and iron butterfly Charlize Theron, wearing dewy no-makeup makeup and an excellent moisturizer — battle for 130 stultifying minutes to listen to their hearts while their souls take a hammering. Audiences are more likely to check out and just leave them to it....
  • Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ Ripped Apart on Twitter After Cannes Debut

    05/20/2016 11:50:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | May 20, 2016 | Brent Lang
    UPDATED: Sean Penn’s humanitarian romance “The Last Face” is being savaged on Twitter after premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. Commenters on social media are describing the film, which stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, as the worst of the fest. Others are also quipping that the picture is so awful that it destroyed Penn’s relationship with Theron. The duo broke up a year ago. When critics weighed in, they largely echoed the flash reactions that bubbled up online.
  • Cannes: Oscar-Winning Muslim Filmmaker Calls for Trump ‘Boycott’ [trunc]

    05/13/2016 2:14:15 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 30 replies ^ | 13 May 2016 | Jerome Hudson
    British-Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia blasted Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim travel to America during a film forum Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. “Boycott Donald Trump,” Kapadia, who was raised Muslim, said Friday of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee at the 7th annual Winston Baker Film Finance Forum. “If he was president, I wouldn’t be allowed into the U.S.,” he added, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the 2010 documentary Senna is in Cannes this week to promote his latest documentary, Amy, about the late soul singer Amy Winehouse. The London-born Kapadia also said the...
  • George Clooney uses his platform at the Cannes Film Festival to denounce The Donald

    05/12/2016 11:46:37 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 94 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12 May 2016 | By Chris Spargo For
    George Clooney is making his disdain for Donald Trump known not just here in the United States but also overseas. The actor was interviewed by members of the international press at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday afternoon, and took some time to share with them his opinion of Trump. 'There's not going to be a President Donald Trump,' said Clooney, who held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last month in Los Angeles where tickets reportedly went for $353,400 per couple. 'That's not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We're not going...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ Doc Set To Stir Up Controversy As It Debuts At Cannes

    05/11/2016 7:45:14 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 7 replies
    msnbc ^ | 05/10/16 | Dana Kennedy
    CANNES, France — A massive police force will be guarding the Cannes Film Festival this year. But the only scuffle on the horizon may come in response to the right-wing producers of a devastating new documentary about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged influence peddling and favor-trading. “Clinton Cash,” screens here May 16 and opens in the U.S. on July 24 — just before the Democratic National Convention. The allegations are as brazen as they are controversial: What other film would come up with a plot involving Russian President Vladimir Putin wrangling a deal with the alleged help of both Clintons,...
  • How Jodie Foster stays one of the most ‘real’ stars in Hollywood [Wash Post pushes Lesbianism]

    05/08/2016 1:46:53 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 69 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | May 7, 2016 | Ann Hornaday
    Jodie Foster is on point. Mere minutes into conversation and she’s talking politics, specifically as they pertain to “Money Monster,” a timely thriller she’s directed. It’s impossible to watch “Money Monster,” which stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts and opens May 13, and not be reminded of the indeterminate rage of the Trump phenomenon. She’s eager to talk about “Money Monster,” in which Clooney plays Lee Gates, the swaggering, superficial star of a cable financial show who’s taken hostage by a young man, played by Jack O’Connell, whose savings have been wiped out by one of Gates’s stock tips. Foster...
  • The Other Side of Cannes: Muslim Community Fights Prejudice as Jihadi Cell Linked to City

    05/06/2016 8:53:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 5/6/2016 | Dana Kennedy
    Thirty-seven years ago, at the age of 32, Moustapha Dali quit show business. An Algeria native, he'd begun to build an acting career in France but tired of his Paris agents telling him he'd have to change his name to one "less Arabic, more French." As Dali recounts it, "I told them I wanted to keep my name. I said Omar Sharif didn't change his name, but they said, 'He's not a French actor, he works in Hollywood.' " Today, at age 69, the scholarly, erudite Dali is the soft-spoken but righteous rector of the Mosquee Al Madina, the main...
  • Cannes Steps Into Trouble With High Heel Dress Code [AP link]

    05/26/2015 3:33:39 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 may | some Associated Press flunky
    An AP story about lesbians, drug cartels, gender neutrality, and high-heel shoe dress codes.
  • Op-Ed: "Complicit": FDR's Refusal to Save the Jews on the MS St. Louis

    04/20/2015 8:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 189 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:04 PM | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    The more we learn about the Holocaust, even as it recedes into the “mists of time,” the more my blood boils, the closer I come to tears. Last night, I traveled far out into Syrian-Jewish Brooklyn, where there are not only Syrian shuls but Egyptian, Lebanese, and Iraqi shuls as well—sometimes two or three on a single block. […] Retired lawyer and filmmaker Robert Krakow was screening his film Complicit, which is about America’s and FDR’s refusal, in 1939, to allow the Jewish passengers on the German ship, the MS St. Louis, to enter the country. More than 900 Jews...
  • Cannes closer is call to arms on climate change

    05/24/2015 8:02:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 5/23/2015 | unknown
    The Cannes Film Festival's closing film on Saturday was a call to arms to tackle climate change featuring the scientific pioneer who spent decades in Antarctica proving the existence of global warming. "I used to be pessimistic, but I think people are changing," said Claude Lorius, the 91-year-old French scientist whose groundbreaking research on ice cores proved the link between greenhouse gases and global temperatures. His story is told in the documentary "Ice and the Sky", featuring footage from his earliest missions in the 1950s through to the present day.
  • 'Everyone loves sex, why hide it?' asks director at Cannes [Ted Cruz vindicated]

    05/21/2015 12:09:33 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 53 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5/21/2015 | Eric Randolf
    Director Gaspar Noe rejected the idea on Thursday that his ultra-graphic 3D sex film "Love" was controversial at the Cannes Film Festival, saying it was ridiculous to ignore a subject that "everyone loves". "I have friends who love money, some who love coke, some who love cinema, but the common point is that everyone loves having sex," the Paris-based director said at a press conference. "So why is it so poorly represented in cinema? It's to do with commercial and legal pressures," he added. Noe's latest film was the hot ticket on the French Riviera, with hundreds trying to squeeze...
  • Amy Winehouse documentary premieres at Cannes, shows fame’s dark side

    05/17/2015 10:19:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Celebrity-worshipping Cannes got a sobering reminder of fame's dark side Saturday with "Amy," a powerful documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse. ... Winehouse was a global celebrity when she died in July 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The sense that the singer foresaw her fate lends extra poignancy to the film, which is getting its world premiere at a Cannes midnight screening. ... Kapadia, who made the acclaimed documentary "Senna" about Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna - another star who died young - interviewed 80 of Winehouse's friends, family and collaborators for the film, layering their...
  • First Look Poster: ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’ – Cannes

    05/02/2015 6:13:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 28 replies ^ | May 1, 2015 7:12am | Nancy Tartaglione
    EXCLUSIVE: Content Media’s documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival later this month. Described as “Senna meets Bullitt,” it traces the complex making of the legendary star’s 1971 racing movie Le Mans. Check out the exclusive poster for the film below.
  • Iranian Actress’ Kiss Sparks Ire Back Home

    05/19/2014 4:39:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 20 May 2014
    Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by kissing the Cannes film festival’s president on the cheek, an act seen as affront to the “chastity” of the country's women. A photograph carried by Iranian media shows Hatami kissing Gilles Jacob at the opening of this year’s festival. “Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world,” Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi said
  • Grace of Monaco’ to open Cannes Film Festival

    01/25/2014 7:56:16 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 37 replies
    Fox 411 ^ | January 24, 2014 | John Hopewell
    PARIS — Nicole Kidman-starrer “Grace of Monaco” will open the 67th Cannes Festival on May 14, it was announced today. The film portrays a period in the life of American actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century.” An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) Hollywood-based filmmakers, she was suddenly confronted with an offer by Hitchcock to take the lead in his new film “Marnie” and French government ambitions...
  • Viewing Cultural Collapse at Cannes

    05/31/2013 3:41:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | May 31, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Stop the presses! Decadence dominated the publicity oozing out of the Cannes Film Festival in France. The festival's highest honor, the Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) went to "Blue Is the Warmest Color," which drew most of its buzz from an explicit 10-minute lesbian sex scene. This apparently was art, not pornography. The Cannes jury headed by Steven Spielberg took the unprecedented step of insisting that the movie's two stars be included as Palme award recipients. New York magazine's Vulture blog cooed that these awards were the festival's "Most Pleasant Progressive Surprise." In a review, Jada Yuan at Vulture reported...
  • Just In from Cannes: Polanski blames Obamacare and Big Pharma for “SheMales”

    05/26/2013 8:09:52 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-26-2013 | MOTUS
    We spent our first four years blaming everything on former President Bush, So long, butt not goodbye. We’ve now decided to (finally) move on to more sophisticated defenses for our inherent inadequacies. The new excuse alibi immunity is provided by defenses variously known as “the Sgt. Schultz,” “the Nuremberg” or the “Three Wise Monkeys” (I think we can reject that last one out of hand; not because it’s a dog whistle, butt because of the “wise” part.). (SNIP) Now, before you get out there and fire up the charcoal grill, or campfire if you’re in one of the Global Warming...
  • Paris Hilton Emotional During "Bling Ring" Screening

    05/19/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 10 replies ^ | 18 May 2013
    "I was like, Oh my God, this really happened to me." "When I see these kids, I want to, like, slap them."
  • Cannes: Horrified Viewers Flee Antonio Banderas' New Flick Due to Extreme Sex, Violence Scenes

    05/21/2011 6:50:06 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 104 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2011 | Jo Piazza
    Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's latest thriller, "The Skin I Live In," had filmgoers fleeing the theater Thursday night at its gala premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, due to some aggressively violent and disturbing content. The film, which stars Antonio Banderas and budding actress Spanish actress Elena Anaya, focuses on a mad but brilliant surgeon (Banderas) who kidnaps a man who raped his daughter. The doctor's daughter killed herself from the grief and it drives him to take very drastic measures. This is where it gets complicated and disturbing. Banderas then gives the rapist a sex change and transplants his...
  • Peter Fonda calls Obama 'traitor' at Cannes

    05/18/2011 9:53:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    AFP via The Straits Times ^ | May 18, 2011 | AFP
    CANNES - PETER Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. The star of the 1969 road movie Easy Rider was in Cannes for the premiere of The Big Fix by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year. Fonda - a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and...
  • Cannes Film Festival grand-prize winner had 'monastic adviser' on set

    02/27/2011 6:43:26 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | February 26, 2011 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Of Gods and Men," the Cannes Film Festival grand prize-winning feature now debuting across the country, had a "monastic adviser" on the set to help faithfully depict the lives of the French monks whose story is at the heart of the movie. Henry Quinson, who lived for six years at a Cistercian monastery in France, knew two of the monks portrayed in the film. The subject matter is not typical for a movie: the lives of seven Trappist monks in turmoil-ridden Algeria in the mid-1990s. All seven were kidnapped in 1996 and ultimately beheaded. "It's very...
  • Martyred monks film nabs second prize at Cannes festival

    05/25/2010 7:40:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 385+ views
    cna ^ | May 25, 2010
    A monk in "Of Gods and Men" and the film's director Xavier Beauvois. Cannes, France, May 25, 2010 / 01:12 am (CNA).- At the end the prestigious 12-day Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, a film on a group of French monks who were martyred in Africa during the 1990s won the event's second highest honor.“Of Gods and Men,” a film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, centers around the true story of seven Cistercian monks who were taken hostage and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. Though the monks were told to return to their native France, the group...
  • Lindsay Lohan begs friends for private jet, but time may have run out

    05/20/2010 9:09:17 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 40 replies · 1,997+ views ^ | Thu, May 20 2010 | Sean O'Connell Does anyone out there have access to a private plane? And if you do, would you be willing to let Lindsay Lohan borrow it? In a turn of events that is making an already sad story seem that much more pathetic, out-of-control celebrity Lohan begged friends and work associates for a private jet so she could return to Los Angeles from Cannes in time for her scheduled court date. For those who haven’t been paying attention (and God bless you, because it clearly means you have better things to do with your life), Lohan skipped town to promote...
  • Aishwarya Rai wows at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (The World's Most Beautiful Woman?)

    05/13/2010 2:08:42 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 69 replies · 3,073+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | 13 May 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    She did it again! Aishwarya Rai impresses us a second time in a row. The Bollywood actress walked the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival for the “On Tour” Premiere.
  • Pro-Life Movie Based on Botched Abortion Will Play at Cannes Film Festival

    04/20/2010 9:02:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 338+ views
    LifeNews ^ | April 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt - Printer Friendly Page© V2.0 - CJ Website Designwww.cj-design.comPro-Life Movie Based on Botched Abortion Will Play at Cannes Film Festival by Steven Editor April 19, 2010 Email RSSPrint Cannes, France ( -- A movie about a baby born alive after a failed abortion is set to premier at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in May. The film "22 Weeks" tells the true story of a baby aborted alive in an Orlando, Florida abortion center in 2005 and director Ángel Soto has announced the 22-minute picture will air at the respected event.A woman named Angele sued an Orlando abortion...
  • Fox holds 'Wall Street' sequel (Oliver Stone gunning for Cannes as Michael Moore did)

    03/16/2010 7:55:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 390+ views
    Variety ^ | 03/10/10 | PAMELA MCCLINTOCK
    Fox holds 'Wall Street' sequel Studio to release 'Money Never Sleeps' on Sept. 24 By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK With an invite from the Cannes Film Festival likely coming, 20th Century Fox is pushing back the release of Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" from April 23 to Sept. 24. Insiders say the film has a strong shot at being included in the fest, which runs May 12-23. Fox would not comment. The sequel returns Michael Douglas return in the role of Gordon Gekko, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin. Stone's film picks up 23 years after his...
  • No room at the Hotel Du Cap for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie...not when Bill Clinton's in town

    05/21/2009 5:06:58 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 1,499+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-21-09 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be royalty in the showbiz world, but Bill Clinton showed who's really got the power in Cannes this morning. The former US president has completely 'taken over' the Hotel du Cap, where Brangelina normally stay when they are in the south of France. A source said: 'There's a complete lock-down of the hotel for 36 hours. Nobody is allowed anywhere near the hotel, its restaurant or bar while Bill is there. There's even an air block to stop helicopters flying over.' Mr Clinton is in Cannes to host an AIDS fundraiser dinner with Sharon...
  • How Cannes went down the pan

    05/20/2009 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 18 replies · 1,619+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21st May 2009 | By Laura Topham
    Empty champagne bottles are already stacking up on Saturday afternoon at Nikki Beach, an exclusive bar on Cannes seafront where Mariah Carey and Eva Longoria Parker dined the night before. The alcohol's effect is all too evident as a crowd clad in garishly expensive designer clothes dances on the sand. Suddenly, a blonde woman jumps on to a table and cheers erupt as her boyfriend sprays a Ł350 magnum of Piper Heidsieck champagne over her already see-through white dress, which she promptly peels off, followed swiftly by her underwear. Onlookers whoop appreciatively as she writhes around wearing only a huge...
  • Ang Lee brings 'peace and love' to Cannes ("Taking Woodstock" movie offering)

    05/16/2009 4:53:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 537+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16 | Claire Rosemberg
    CANNES , France (AFP) – Oscar-winning director Ang Lee Saturday offered Cannes' glitzy festival-goers a message of "peace and love" with a warmly acclaimed movie on the iconic hippie Woodstock festival, vying for the Palme d'Or award. "It is the innocence of a young generation departing from the establishment and trying to find a fair way of living with people and with nature," Lee said of the 1969 festival that gathered half a million people for three days of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. "I think they planted the seed of some of what is happening today," the "Brokeback Mountain" 2005...
  • The 2009 Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet: Aishwarya Rai and Elizabeth Banks

    05/15/2009 7:08:51 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 9 replies · 635+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | May 15th, 2009 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    The Cannes Film Festival has kicked off, and as a result, we can look forward to an outstanding week of stunning couture gowns, bedazzling brilliance and some movie drama, of course. Another cutie was Elizabeth Banks, who wore a red shouldered Armani Privé Spring 2009 gown for her Up premiere.
  • Time traveller lands in Cannes [Dr. Who]

    05/14/2009 4:20:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies · 590+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Victoria Lindrea
    As he prepares to step into the role of Doctor Who, Matt Smith is just months away from becoming a major star, continuously stalked by the paparazzi, Whovians, et al. But, for now, he is keeping a low profile in the French Riviera, as he promotes the short film Together, which opened Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. The 26-year-old star has bundles of charm. I am under strict instructions not to ask questions about the new series of Doctor Who (his agent hovers close by, growling), so I try a leftfield approach: No, he did not...
  • Moore interviewed Berg for "Fahrenheit" [index to thread at reply #1859]

    05/27/2004 9:26:51 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 2,046 replies · 6,258+ views ^ | May 27, 2004 | Rebecca Traister
    May 27, 2004 | Filmmaker Michael Moore filmed an interview with American Nicholas Berg in the course of producing his documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11" before Berg left for Iraq, where he was taken hostage and killed, Moore confirmed to Salon in a statement Thursday. The 20 minutes of footage does not appear in the final version of "Fahrenheit 911," according to the statement. Word of the footage reached Salon through a source unaffiliated with Moore or his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which is reported to feature stark images of U.S. civilians and soldiers grappling with conditions in war-torn Iraq, as well...
  • Cannes: The sad decline from greatness to mediocrity

    06/04/2008 8:49:50 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 23 replies · 235+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | June 04, 2008 | Yervand Kochar
    Cannes' Voyage to Neverland By Yervand KocharDuring the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, few had a doubt that Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” was not just a masterpiece but a milestone achievement that will signal a new epoch in filmmaking. The film was not merely contending for the Grand Prize; it was clear that no conventional prize can put a tag on the sheer artistic genius and refreshing power of the movie. Threatened by Fellini’s highly formalistic language, the Communist party’s movie department that was behind making the decisions of the festival, as usually, suspected something potentially harmful for the cause...
  • Sean Penn warns Barack Obama at Cannes Film Festival opening

    05/14/2008 1:26:36 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 40 replies · 165+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 14, 2008 | Anita Singh
    Telegraph - Print Version Sean Penn warns Barack Obama at Cannes Film Festival opening By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor Last updated: 8:05 PM BST 14/05/2008 The Cannes Film Festival got off to a lively start with Sean Penn, president of this year's jury, sounding off about US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and the opening movie almost being upstaged by a bunch of performing pandas. Penn joined fellow judge Natalie Portman on the red carpet for the premiere of the first night film, Blindness, a thriller starring Julianne Moore. At a press conference beforehand, the actor, an outspoken critic of the...
  • Cannes Film Festival 2008 [caption/pictures etc.]

    05/14/2008 1:26:36 PM PDT · by lainie · 100 replies · 394+ views
    various | 5-14-2008
    Jack Black, master thespianwhat's goin on with this ensemble? short pantsuit = little Hillary?Richie HavensJulianne Mooreand this year's President of the Jury, that's right, your friend and mine, Jeff Spicoli.
  • Michael Moore afraid the Government will take his movie away

    06/11/2007 4:36:00 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 37 replies · 842+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2007 | Michelle Nichols
    Moore fears film seizure after Cuba trip NEW YORK (Reuters) - Filmmaker Michael Moore has stashed a copy of his latest documentary in Canada because he fears the U.S. government will try to confiscate it after part of it was filmed during an unauthorized trip to Cuba. The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating Moore's trip to communist Cuba in March to film part of his documentary, "SiCKO," which takes a swipe at the U.S. health-care system and is due to be released in U.S. theaters on June 29. U.S. citizens are generally barred from going to Cuba, unless approved by...
  • Despite Cannes Festival Win, Film Misses Romania Abortion Problems

    05/28/2007 10:13:11 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 532+ views ^ | May 28, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Bucharest, Romania ( -- The Romanian film "4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days" portrays the plight of a student trying to get an illegal abortion in the days Communists controlled the country. The film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival but media portrayals of the victory say nothing of how abortion has become a means of birth control there. After the fall of communism, one of the first acts of the new leadership in Romania in 1990 was to legalize abortion.As doctors learned they could make money from selling abortions to women, they encouraged the practice and...
  • Cannes warmly welcomes Moore's 'Sicko'

    05/19/2007 5:32:11 PM PDT · by libertarianPA · 27 replies · 926+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/19/07 | JILL LAWLESS
    CANNES, France - "Sicko," Michael Moore's attack on the U.S. health care system, got a warm welcome at Cannes Saturday that marked the director's triumphant return to the film festival and a respite from the controversy his work has started at home. More than 2,000 people applauded loudly after the film's first Cannes screening at the packed Grand Theatre Lumiere, the main festival auditorium. "I know the storm awaits me back in the United States," said Moore as he absorbed the enthusiastic response of critics and journalists. The movie doesn't open until late June, but it has already been criticized...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Mr. Enviromentalist) 'wrecks neighbour's garden'

    05/13/2007 8:23:09 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 38 replies · 1,820+ views
    NineMSN ^ | 5/14/07
    Leonardo DiCaprio has been fighting to save the world from climate change — but the star's neighbours claim it is he who is wrecking their environment. The Departed actor — who will debut his environmentalist call to action film The 11th Hour at Cannes next week — is being taken to task in court for allegedly undermining and trashing the garden of his neighbours' multi-million dollar mansion. DiCaprio is being sued for "maliciously" crossing onto a neighbouring couple's property while renovating his Hollywood Hills home — cutting and removing hedges, excavating earth and bedrock which the couple claims destabilised their...
  • Wii Raffle

    04/29/2007 4:10:32 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 2 replies · 151+ views
    MySpace ^ | April 29, 2007 | Dave footman
    A classmate of mine has had a short film accepted for the Cannes Film Festival, and is raffling off a Wii to finance his accomodations. His name is Dave Footman, and here is his message: ************************************************************ Hello my friends, I wanted to give you the official "Foots Update" news. Since I hit the Big 5-0 in January I have been a traveling man (insert Ricky Nelson song here). I was asked to go to Australia and work with a good friend, producer/writer/director Natalie Hechtman, on her short film, Courting Hope. I'm happy and proud to report that the film looks...
  • Americanized 'Marie' French-fried at Cannes [Pseudo-history jeered by Cannes Film Festival audience]

    05/30/2006 12:17:29 AM PDT · by sully777 · 14 replies · 469+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | By William Booth
    AS THE FINAL credits rolled for Sofia Coppola's new candy-colored teen-dream film fantasy about history's most notorious poor little rich girl, "Marie-Antoinette," the audience at the Palais du Festival began to hiss like a box of snakes. And then they booed. Booing at the Cannes film festival, at a screening before an audience of a thousand international movie critics and film writers, is never a pleasant way for a director to start the day. While no one in the mob was shouting "Off with her head," the European press couldn't resist the pun. "At Cannes, Marie-Antoinette Guillotined," declared a 24-hour...
  • (Weird) Al Gore plays leading man - MEGA PROJECTILE BARF ALERT !!!!

    05/28/2006 12:48:22 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 53 replies · 2,202+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 28, 2006 | ROGER EBERT
    When there is a new outrage, I have to download some of my existing outrages, to make room. -- Al Gore CANNES, France -- What he wants you to know is that he has not made a political film. Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" tries to move outside politics and focus on the facts of global warming. Gore says those facts are established, the returns are in, there is almost unanimous scientific agreement about them, and we may have about 10 years before the earth reaches a tipping point from which it cannot recover. He has been traveling the world...
  • Cannes sex films question role of porn, Internet

    05/25/2006 5:06:29 AM PDT · by peyton randolph · 29 replies · 997+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2006 | Kerstin Gehmlich and Mike Collett-White
    Directors at the Cannes film festival this year say they are using radical images of sex to challenge mainstream pornography and its widespread availability on the Internet. -snip- He said that the United States had a puritanical view of sex which turned it into an issue in young people's minds. In one particularly provocative scene in his film, three gay men engage in a sex session while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner". -snip-
  • Via Drudge: US 'obsession' with force slammed by top Cannes director

    05/23/2006 10:32:05 PM PDT · by Panerai · 38 replies · 838+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 05/23/2004
    The United States has an "obsession" with power and is making mistakes in the way it pressures other countries to cooperate in its "war on terror", a leading Mexican director said at the Cannes film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu made the jabs during the presentation of his film, "Babel", which itself provides subtle criticism of the US. "There is an obsession in the United States today... about, you know, showing the power but at the same time having the fear of the other," he said. He claims that a sort of xenophobia has crept into US security policy in the...
  • Stone brings ‘World Trade Center’ to Cannes

    05/22/2006 7:19:10 PM PDT · by RDTF · 23 replies · 640+ views ^ | May 22, 2006 | AP
    CANNES, France - Oliver Stone presented a 25-minute preview at the Cannes Film Festival of his upcoming “World Trade Center,” promising an agonizing portrait of courage, camaraderie and perseverance. Stone, who introduced the footage that was shown Sunday night before a 20th anniversary screening of his Vietnam saga “Platoon,” said that war film and his Sept. 11 drama both deal with working-class heroes, not superhuman deeds. “It seems like the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iraq, all these things get built up, 9/11, into mythologies,” Stone told The Associated Press. “This is about what it was like at ground zero.” “World Trade...
  • Caption Pic of Al Gore at the Cannes Film Festival in France

    05/21/2006 9:06:44 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 67 replies · 2,328+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | May 20,2006
    Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore is seen during a press conference for the film 'An Inconvenient Truth,' at the 59th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Saturday, May 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Laurent Emmanuel)
  • Hugo Chavez Teams Up With Oliver Stone For New Film

    05/21/2006 5:14:24 PM PDT · by Bangupjob · 22 replies · 733+ views
    CANOE Jam Showbiz Movies ^ | 21 May 2006 | Associated Press
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - American director Oliver Stone and British producer John Daly plan to make a film about the 2002 coup that briefly brought down Venezuela's government, President Hugo Chavez said Sunday. Chavez said Stone and Daly plan to announce the upcoming film at the Cannes Film Festival in France. He added that the two called Venezuela Sunday morning to discuss their plans. "They've asked for our permission to announce it today in Cannes, and we've told them yes, that we're interested in that film being made," Chavez said during his weekly television and radio program.
  • Al Gore Promotes Warming Movie in Cannes

    05/20/2006 7:30:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 504+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/20/06 | AP
    The United States is emerging from a "bubble of unreality" about the problem of global warming, former Vice President Al Gore said Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. Gore was in Cannes to promote the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which chronicles his efforts to bring the dangers of climate change to greater attention. "I think that up until fairly recently the United States has been in a bubble of unreality where global warming is concerned," he said, speaking before the Cannes premiere of the film, which debuted at last winter's Sundance Film Festival and opens in U.S. theaters Wednesday. Gore...
  • 'Shortbus' sex bonanza a slap to Bush, Cannes director says (Art At It's Finest! Barf!)

    05/20/2006 5:12:08 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 67 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | May 20 4:24 PM US/Eastern | No Culprit
    A US film featuring actors performing real sex is a "call to arms" against President George W. Bush, the director told journalists at the Cannes film festival. "Shortbus," an explicit, largely improvised arthouse flick that includes a rendition of the American national anthem during a gay sex scene, is a direct provocation, director John Cameron Mitchell admitted. "It's a little bit of a cri de coeur to us, a little bit of a call to arms" against the prevailing conservatism, he told a media conference, adding that his country was living in "the era of Bush, which is about clamping...
  • Da Vinci Code movie bombs before media audience

    05/18/2006 6:44:30 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies · 1,155+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5-18-06 | Father B.F. Heffernan
    Cannes-Last night, Cannes Film Festival hosted the world premiere of The Da Vinci Code movie. Never was a debut so globally hyped. Never was a movie so awaited; never was excitement globally greater.