The two great directors both have films at the famous French festival, but neither quite succeeds.Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty
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Not long after he took the stage Friday at the Gorge Amphitheater's Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington State, the lead singer of Father John Misty began making love to himself, in front of all of us.
Not literally, of course. No, Joshua Tillman was just gyrating and twirling and making up his own weird sign language to punctuate what is, without any visual accompaniment, fantastic music.
But that's why Sasquatch — and music festivals in general, to some degree — is for "adventurous music enthusiasts thirsty for discovering new bands,” as festival founder Adam Zacks told the Tacoma News-Tribune. So if you're at Sasquatch too and you come to the realization that Mumford & Sons' lyrics are cheeseball and obnoxious right in the middle of tonight's set, take heart! There are alternatives. And if you're not at Sasquatch, skip on over to iTunes and check out these ten great bands you've never heard of.
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While waiting in one of the many interminable lines at the Cannes Film Festival, I struck up a conversation with a contributor to Cahiers du cinéma, France’s best-known film magazine. “I’m particularly looking forward to James Gray’s The Immigrant, ” he remarked. Rather self-deprecatingly, he added, “But then, of course, I’m French.”
Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant". (Anne Joyce)
Like Jerry Lewis, Gray, a director known for—among other films—The Yards, We Own the Night, and Two Lovers, has long received a much more sympathetic reception from critics in France than in the United States. (On Thursday, Lewis was feted on stage in Cannes at a screening of Daniel Noah’s Max Rose, a new film in which he has the starring role.) Although Gray’s films often star well-known actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Wahlberg, and especially Joaquin Phoenix (The Immigrant is Phoenix’s fourth collaboration with Gray), he barely registers as a Hollywood contender on most American filmgoers’ radar. Even Conversations With James Gray, edited by The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer and the only major book on the director in English, was published in France.
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10. Convos With My 2-Year-Old
It’s usually adorable to talk to toddlers. Unless, of course, that toddler is really a grown man. In this hilarious exploration of family relationships, Matt Clarke reenacts real conversations he has with his daughter, who’s played by another dude.
Richard Porton on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes snoozer, ‘Only God Forgives,’ starring Ryan Gosling, which received the ‘heartiest boos so far’ at the festival, and ‘Nebraska.’
If protracted eye-gouging, torture facilitated by steel chopsticks, the brutal and thoroughly gratuitous murder of prostitutes, ponderous camera movements and a semi-catatonic performance by Ryan Gosling sound like fun, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives might be the movie you’ve been waiting for.
Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives". (via Cannes Film Festival)
Refn’s film, which premiered Wednesday at Cannes, received, at least at the press screening, the heartiest boos so far of any Competition entry. It seems destined to please only the most ardent fans of the Danish director (he won the festival’s 2011 Best Director prize for Drive). It’s true that judiciously deployed violence has distinguished a number of brilliant genre films, particularly from Asia, in recent years. Unfortunately, Only God Forgives lacks any of the playfulness, not to mention the coherence, of stellar thrillers by, among others, Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike, Johnnie To, and Bong-Joon-ho; films by Mikke and To—not representative, alas, of their best work, are also featured in this year’s edition of Cannes.
The troubled child star donned a platinum blonde wig while facing drug charges in court Friday. The meltdown was inevitable, so why are we still surprised?
You know when you’re turning the crank on a jack-in-a-box, and you keep turning and you know that creepy clown is going to jump out at you any second—you expect it—but it doesn’t stop you from jumping when it does finally spring out? That’s kind of what it’s been like to chronicle Amanda Bynes’s downward spiral these past months.
Amanda Bynes appears in court in NYC facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and marijuana possession after allegedly throwing a bong from her apartment window. (Steven Hirsch/Splash)
The 27-year-old child-star-turned-cautionary tale was arrested Thursday night in Manhattan on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana. The police were called to her midtown apartment after a building official reported seeing the former actress wandering the lobby with a joint, acting erratically and muttering to herself. By the time the cops arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment. When they opened her door, they were allegedly greeted by a damning cloud of weed smoke.
Morgan Freeman fell asleep during a TV interview. After the clip went viral, he issued the best response ever. But the actor has a history of great quotes. Here are the best.
We all know that Morgan Freeman is one of cinema’s greatest character actors, but he’s also quite a character off-screen as well.
Morgan Freeman stars in Dark Knight Rises. (Ron Phillips / Warner Bros.)
The 75-year-old Oscar winner was being interviewed—along with Michael Caine, 80—by Fox's Seattle-Tacoma affiliate TV station, Q13, on Wednesday. The duo was discussing Now You See Me, a film about a group of illusionists who pull off head-scratching heists during their performances, when Freeman began getting sleepy. He kept nodding. His eyes started to close. They closed completely. Then, his head dropped down to his chest. He was fast asleep.
Whether it’s because of ‘Foolish Games’ or ‘You Were Meant for Me,’ you know you love Jewel. Now, the ’90s superstar is back, starring as June Carter Cash in a new Lifetime movie.
I have some jarring news.
Matt Ross (as Johnny Cash) and Jewel (as June Carter Cash) star in the all-new Lifetime original movie ‘Ring of Fire,’ premiering Monday, May 27 at 9pm ET/PT
Someone who was born on the day Jewel’s Pieces of You, the album that sold 12 million copies and launched the career of the folk-turned-pop-turned-country singer-songwriter-actress, would now be 18. Feeling old? Implausibly—again, this is a singer who burst onto the music scene crooning hit folk songs in the '90s—Jewel’s career has also made it to adulthood. On Monday, she stars as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime biopic Ring of Fire, and is a sight for sore eyes for fans who, as they have so many times when she’s returned to the spotlight after long hiatuses, are offering a heartfelt chorus of “Welcome back, but where have you been?”
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