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Meet Ruben Östlund, Director Of The Newly-Crowned Palme D’Or Winner, ‘The Square’ – Cannes

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Ruben Östlund is riding high this week, as the newly-crowned winner of the Palme d'Or for his latest film, The Square, which premiered in Cannes a week last Saturday. It's a continuation of themes Östlund explored in his last film, Force Majeure, about the burden of human intelligence and societal propriety inasmuch as it contradicts with our more base desires. But with laughs. In The Square, Claes Bang plays Christian, a well-to-do artistic director at a contemporary a… »


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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

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Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida.

The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »


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‘Jeannette’s Bruno Dumont Doesn’t Care Where He Watches A Film – Cannes Studio

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Bruno Dumont, a two-time Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, was back this year with Jeannette, The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc. The director, who last year was in Competition with Slack Bay, continues to evolve in his choices; this time not only delving into the origins of one of France's most famous figures, but doing it in musical form. Based on the novels by Charles Péguy, the Directors' Fortnight title is set to electro-pop and is sold by Luxbox Films… »


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Netflix Sets First Turkish Series; Ex-Studiocanal Chief Joins French Gov’t – Global Briefs

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Expanding its international offerings, Netflix has set its first original series from Turkey. The untitled 10-episode action drama weaves together Ottoman and Turkish legend and history and is expected to launch in 2018. The story focuses on a young man who discovers he has special powers. When dark forces that threaten to destroy Istanbul emerge, he must team up with a group of misfit friends to harness these powers and defend the city. Istanbul-based O3 Medya is… »

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‘Rambo’ Remake’s Tiger Shroff & Siddharth Anand On Building An Indian Action Hero – Cannes Studio

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Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing. Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… »


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Surprises Are Few, But Most Winners Were Highly Deserving And A Nice Way To Bid Adieu To The 70th Cannes Film Festival

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The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival is over and the prizes handed out on a night that surprisingly had no real surprises. I am not sure why some pundits are acting with eyebrows lifted  toward the announcement by Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Film Festival jury that Sweden’s The Square from director Ruben Ostlund was the winner of the Palme d’Or, top prize of the fest. The wry and pertinent (if overlong at 2 hours and 20 minutes) satire of the art world… »


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