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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup

Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup (photo)

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No surprise here. Terrence Malick’s bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where “The Tree of Life” will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I’m not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I’d want to see all of those, plus the new film from “Ratcatcher” director Lynne Ramsay and “Drive” by “Bronson”‘s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of “a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.” The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.

At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition’s high-end, high art fare and the glitzy mainstream low art playing out of competition and in the market. This year two star-studded sequels premiere on the steps of the Palais: Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The previous “Kung Fu Panda” screened out of competition at Cannes as well, quite successfully, I might add. You know the French and their love of pandas. Actually one of the most surreal days I ever spent at Cannes involved standing for hours on a broiling hot boardwalk, waiting for Jack Black to arrive and pose for pictures with every international star playing the Kung Fu Panda in their country’s dubbed version of the movie and a whole bunch of guys in giant Kung Fu Panda costumes. They played Black’s version of “Kung Fu Fighting” the entire time. For days I couldn’t get that song out of my head. On stormy nights, I can still hear it on the distant, howling wind.

Here’s the lineup as announced so far, including the Un Certain Regard sidebar, headlined by the Gus Van Sant’s “Restless.” And, as previously announced, the whole sheebang kicks off with Woody Allen’s new film “Midnight in Paris” on May 11.

Competition
“La Piel Que Habito,” directed by Pedro Almodovar
“L’Apollonide,” directed by Bertrand Bonello
“Parter,” directed by Alain Cavalier
“Footnote,” directed by Joseph Cedar
“Once Upon A Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“The Kid With The Bike,” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki
“Hanezu No Tsuki,” directed by Naomi Kawase
“Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Julia Leigh
“Polisse,” directed by Maiwenn
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“La source des femmes,” directed by Radu Mihaileanu
“Ichimei” (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), directed by Takashi Miike
“We Have a Pope,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“We Need To Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay
“This Must Be The Place,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino
“Michael,” directed by Markus Schleinzer
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars Von Trier
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition:
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“La conquête,” directed by Xavier Durringer
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” directed by Jennifer Yuh

Midnight Screenings:
“Wu Xia,” directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
“Dias de Gracia,” directed by Everado Gout

Special Screenings:
“Labrador,” directed by Frederikke Aspöck
“Le maître des forges de l’enfer,” directed by Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” directed by Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” directed by Christian Rouaud

Un Certain Regard:
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” directed Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin
“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro,” directed by Robert Guédiguian
“Skoonheid,” directed by Oliver Hermanus
“The Day He Arrives,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo
“Bonsaï,” directed by Christian Jimenez
“Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo
“Arirang,” directed by Kim Ki-Duk
“Et maintenant, on va où?,” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Loverboy,” directed by Catalin Mitulescu
“Yellow Sea,” directed by Na Hong-jin
“Miss Bala,” directed by Gerardo Naranjo
“Trabalhar Cansa,” directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
“L’Exercice de L’Etat,” directed by Pierre Schoeller
“Restless,” directed by Gus Van Sant
“Toomelah,” directed by Ivan Sen
“Oslo,” August 31st,” directed by Joachim Trier

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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