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CANNES WATCH: ‘Sicario’ takes muscular look at drug war

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — Denis Villeneuve unveiled his drug war thriller “Sicario” at the Cannes Film Festival, premiering a muscular saga that plunges deep into Mexico only to reveal more about the other side of the border. “For me,...
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Anti-censorship theater event to go on without LaBute play

AP Photo/Charles Sykes NEW YORK (AP) — A play festival benefiting the National Coalition Against Censorship will go on at a new location but without the Neil LaBute play that led to it being scrapped at its initial venue. Playwrights for a Cause said Tuesday that its...
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Filmmakers defend a language switch at English-heavy Cannes

AP Photo/Thibault Camus CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is as close to the movies’ answer to the United Nations. The filmmakers and media of the world are usually represented in one way or the other. The Croisette, Cannes’ seaside promenade, is...
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Review: Melancholy ‘Aloft’ buckles under leaden themes

AP Photo/Jose Haro “Aloft” is not an easy film. Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s meditative, generation-spanning drama about a falconer (Cillian Murphy) on a journey to find his healer and artist mother (Jennifer Connelly) languishes in tragedy. The frozen...
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Law journal publishes special issue examining ‘Breaking Bad’

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” – and what might have happened if the...
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Glittering gowns mix with glittering tutus at ballet gala

AP Photo/GENE SCHIAVONE NEW YORK (AP) — Socialites, models and actresses in brightly colored, sparkly spring gowns packed into the audience, and ballet stars in brightly colored, sparkly tutus packed onto the stage – all to celebrate the 75th anniversary of American...
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Cannes steps into trouble with high-heels dress code

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its strict dress code after women not wearing high heels were turned away from a premiere. Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that...
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CANNES WATCH: Jackson patriarch makes a splash at Cannes

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — Along with film stars and other top actors and directors in the industry, Cannes Film Festival red carpet premieres tend to bring out the random celebrity that makes you wonder why they’re there. On Tuesday, that...
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‘Fun Home’ composers Tesori and Kron can make Tony history

AP Photo/Andy Kropa NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to breaking new ground in the theater, the axiom, “Chance favors the prepared mind” sometimes works out nicely. Just ask “Fun Home” composers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron. Not only does their musical...

CANNES WATCH: Scholarships aim to aid Arab women directors

CANNES, France (AP) — A new scholarship program announced at the Cannes Film Festival hopes to help more Arab women break into filmmaking. The Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund will pay for three aspiring filmmakers to study directing at the University of California at...