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CANNES – Her fourth Oscar nomination this past January somehow an afterthought, Nicole Kidman has arrived on la croisette as, arguably, the queen of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. That may give Isabelle Huppert stans heart palpitations, but after nearly universal acclaim and an Emmy nomination in sight for her work on HBO’s “Big Little Lies” Kidman has not one, not two, but four different projects screening during the fest. Continue reading Nicole Kidman Resurgence Hits Cannes: ‘I Don’t Have To Work. I Work Because It’s My Passion’ at The Playlist.

A hodgepodge of genres is splattered all over John Cameron Mitchell’s ludicrous (and ludicrously-titled) “How To Talk to Girls at Parties,” making for an incredibly brazen, outlandish, and totally bananas time at the movies. The creative collision of author Neil Gaiman and the director of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a match made in bizarro world heaven as ‘Girls’ thrusts a conventional coming-of-age premise into a romance-horror-comedy-sci-fi blender with the top off, twists the knob to max-level, and blasts the angriest Sex Pistols song you’ve ever heard in your life. Continue reading ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ With Elle Fanning & Nicole Kidman Is Gloriously Bananas [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

Elle Fanning may only be 19 years old, but she’s becoming something of an expert on punk rock and the 1970s. The actress starred in Mike Mills‘ “20th Century Women,” which played against the backdrop of that milieu, and this weekend she’ll be in Cannes for “How To Talk To Girls At Parties,” where she’ll learn all about becoming punk. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, and co-starring Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Alex Sharp, the film is a “punk alien love story.” Here’s the synopsis from Cannes: A story about the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties. Continue reading Elle Fanning Gets Punk In First Teasers For ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ at The Playlist.

With four projects headed to the Croissette, Nicole Kidman is clearly the belle of the ball at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. She’ll be appearing in season two of Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake,” and has three films being veiled, including two in Competition: Sofia Coppola’s American civil war film-set “The Beguiled,”  and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” And then there’s John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” The last time the director/actress paired together, Kidman earned her third Best Actress Oscar nomination for the film “Rabbit Hole.” Adapted from the Neil Gaiman short story, according to The Guardian, Kidman plays an extravagant fashion and music entrepreneur who sees Elle Fanning’s mysterious alien character as a possible protegée. Continue reading Nicole Kidman & Elle Fanning Are Punks In New Photos From ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ at The Playlist.

You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.

You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.

It feels like spring is the best time to be a cinema lover: the Oscars and all the attendant politicking and campaigning are in the rearview mirror and the noisy blockbuster summer has not yet kicked into gear. In this mood of thankfulness, our thoughts tend to turn to Cannes aka Cinephile Christmas in May, as we start to wonder which of our Most Anticipated 2017 titles might show up on the Croisette. So while it’s still a way off, seeing as anticipation is almost as enjoyable as the festival itself, we’re bringing you this early list of the films we hope most will make it into the selection this year. Continue reading 21 Films We Hope To See In The Cannes 2017 Lineup at The Playlist.
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There’s now less than a month until Christmas, and after a start last week with our look at the Best Posters and Best Trailers of the year, this week commences in earnest our annual smorgasbord of movie love that is our annual Playlist year-end features marathon. We’ll be looking at the best and worst of films, performances, sequences, cinematography, soundtracks and more across the next few weeks, which will serve as a reminder that 2016 was a pretty strong year at the movies. Continue reading The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017 at The Playlist.