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


“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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Back to Work

How the Comedy Bang! Bang! Crew Spent Their Break

Watch the final season of Comedy Bang! Bang! Fridays at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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Comedy Bang! Bang! is finally back this Friday October 28th at 11P. Even though the show has been on break, the cast and crew have stayed very busy. After ensuring each of CBB’s final episodes will be the best yet and kissing each other goodbye, the Comedy Bang! Bang! family left the studio to try some new things. Catch up with what the CB!B! cast and crew have been up to during the break and then make sure you watch back-to-back episodes every Friday on IFC.

“Weird Al”

Weird Al keyboard
“Weird Al” Yankovic is probably best known as the Comedy Bang! Bang! co-host and bandleader. But, apparently he’s also a musical parodist and comedy icon. While season 5 has been on break, he’s been busy with a cross-country live tour. His live performances continue after the Comedy Bang! Bang! premiere with a headlining gig at Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme.

Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman is the Comedy Bang! Bang! host with the most. He’s also the host with the most jobs. According to the show’s IMDB trivia page, Scott stays busy with a podcast that has the same name as the TV show. He’s also a producer of multiple TV shows on SeeSo and recently helped his famous friend Zach Galifianakis interview Hillary Clinton.

Neil Campbell

When Comedy Bang! Bang! is in full swing Neil Campbell is busy writing Emmy-caliber puns and keeping the time as fan-favorite Maxwell Keeper. But given a short break he’s made the leap to guest starring on (and writing for) Fox’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s a classic cop swap.

Slow Joey

Slow Joey glue
Slow Joey is usually busy on set being one of Scott Aukerman’s best friends and playing his favorite game Caves and Chameleons. But did you know he’s also Hollywood actor Haley Joel Osment? He is.

Mike Hanford

CBB John Lennon
Mike Hanford is both a writer for Comedy Bang! Bang! behind the scenes and Mike the Boom Operator on the screen—but also kind of behind the scenes. Mike helped Comedy Bang! Bang! go international with the live CBB tour in Australia and Great Britain. He’s never been seen in the same room as John Lennon.

Sir Couchley

CBB Sir Couchley
Sir Couchley, the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch who occasionally talks, has been waiting patiently for new celebrity guests to sit on his plush cushions.

Get ready to say Comedy Bye! Bye! and watch the final season of Comedy Bang! Bang! Fridays at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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