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Doug Liman, Woody Allen and Oliver Stone head to Cannes.

Doug Liman, Woody Allen and Oliver Stone head to Cannes. (photo)

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“Fair Game,” Doug Liman’s take on the Valerie Plame incident, will play at Cannes this year in a competition that’s otherwise light on Americans. At least for now — as indieWIRE puts it, festival chief Thierry Fremaux has left the door open for more additions to the line-up, and “Twenty films screened in competition last year, making it likely that four more will be added to that section as the fest approaches. The closing night film has also yet to be unveiled.” So there’s still the possibility that Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” premiere at the festival.

Elsewhere, Woody Allen’s latest will screen out of competition, along with Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel and opening night film “Robin Hood.” Representing the Amerindies, Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” plays as a midnight screening, and Lodge Kerrigan’s new film “Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)” will screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar along with Derek Cianfrance’s excellent “Blue Valentine,” fresh from being one of the most beloved films at Sundance.

Other names that leap out include Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who contributes a comedy about a man who recalls his past lives from his deathbed; Takeshi Kitano, who returns to the gangster film with “Outrage”; Mike Leigh, with “Another Year”; Jean-Luc Godard, with “Film Socialisme”; new films from Cristi Puiu, Hong Sangsoo and Hideo Nakata; and the fourth feature from actor./director Mathieu Amalric, about American burlesque dancers on tour in France.

04152010_tournee.jpgIN COMPETITION:

“Tournée,” directed by Mathieu Almaric

“Des Hommes et des Dieux,” directed by Xavier Beauvois

“Biutiful,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

“Hors la loi,” directed by Rachid Bouchareb

“Un Homme Qui Crie” (A Screaming Man), directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

“Housemaid,” directed by Im Sangsoo

“Copie Conforme” (The Certified Copy), directed by Abbas Kiarostami

04152010_outrage2.jpg“Outrage,” directed by Takeshi Kitano

“Poetry,” directed by Lee Chang-dong

“Another Year,” directed by Mike Leigh

“Fair Game,” directed by Doug Liman

“You, My Joy,” directed by Sergei Loznitsa

“La Nostra Vita,” directed by Daniele Luchetti

“Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2,” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

“La Princesse de Monptpensier,” directed by Bertrand Tavernier

“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

04152010_talldarkstranger.jpgOUT OF COMPETITION:

“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger,” directed by Woody Allen

“Tamara Drewe,” directed by Stephen Frears

“Robin Hood,” directed by Ridley Scott (opening night film)

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” directed by Oliver Stone

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS:

“Kaboom,” directed by Gregg Araki

“L’Autre Monde” (Blackhole), directed by Gilles Marchand

04152010_abel.jpgSPECIAL SCREENINGS:

“Inside Job,” directed by Charles Ferguson

“Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow,” directed by Sophie Fiennes

“Nostalgia de la Luz” (Nostalgia for the Light), directed by Patricio Guzman

“Draquila: L’Italia Che Trema,” directed by Sabina Guzzanti

“Chantrapas,” directed by Otar Iosseliani

“Abel,” directed by Diego Luna

02032010_bluevalentine.jpgUN CERTAIN REGARD:

“Blue Valentine,” directed by Derek Cianfrance

“O Estranho Caso de Angelica,” (Anjelica), directed by Manouel de Oliveira

“Les Amours Imaginaires” (Heartbeats), directed by Xavier Dolan

“Los Labios,” directed by Ivan Fund and Santiago Loza

“Simon Werner a Disparu…” directed by Fabrice Gobert

“Film Socialisme,” directed by Jean-Luc Godard

“Unter Dir Die Stadt” (The City Below), directed by Christoph Hochhausler

04152010_rebeccah.jpg“Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs),” directed by Lodge Kerrigan

“Pál Adreinn” (Adrienn Pal), directed by Ágnes Kocsis

“Udaan,” directed by Vikramaditya Motwane

“Marti Dupa Craciun” (Tuesday, After Christmas), directed by Radu Muntean

“Chatroom,” directed by Hideo Nakata

“Aurora,” directed by Cristi Puiu

“Ha Ha Ha,” directed by Hong Sangsoo

“Life Above All,” directed by Oliver Schmitz

“Octubre,” directed by Daniel Vega

“R U There,” directed by David Verbeek

“Rizhao Chongqing” (Chongqing Blues), directed by Xiaoshuai Wang

[Photos: “Fair Game,” River Road Entertainment, 2010; “Tournée,” Les Films du Poisson, 2010; “Outrage,” Bandai, 2010; “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2010; “Abel,” Canana Films, 2010; “Blue Valentine,” Weinstein Co., 2010; photo from the filming of “Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs),” Wild Bunch, 2010]

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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