1. ”Inside Out, Carol and Macbeth Highlight the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Selections.” Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees and Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario both in competition.
“Once again, the world is coming to Cannes and with it some of the more anticipated films of the year. Festival du Cannes President Pierre Lescure and General Delgate (aka Festival Director) Thierry Fremaux revealed this year’s main competition and Un Certain Regard slates during a long and rambling press conference early this morning and a number of American auteurs are once again in the mix. Todd Haynes’ Carol with Cate Blancehtt, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, Pixar’s Inside Out, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario with Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness are some of the initial highlights from today’s announcement that will perk the ears of American audiences.”
2. ” Elizabeth Warren, Bradley Cooper, Kanye West, and Jeb Bush among TIME 100.” Among the film names are Lee Daniels, Emma Watson, Julianne Moore, Richard Linklater, Chris Pratt, and Kevin Hart. Below is Barack Obama on Narendra Modi.
“As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise. Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ’digital India.’ When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world. “
3. ”Justified Cuts to Black.” Matt Zoller Seitz on the final episode of the series.
“The final scene is a classic. Just Boyd and Raylan, talking to each other through bulletproof glass in the prison. Boyd tells Raylan he’s ’just spreading the word of my calamitous fall and precipitous rebirth in the light of the Lord,’ and Raylan grins. He tells Boyd that Ava is dead, and shows him documents that ’prove’ it. The tough guy’s eyes fill with tears. Tears are shed for Ava, but we know there is an extra-dramatic aspect to it, as is so often the case during series finales. Boyd’s sadness, and Raylan’s, are the sadness of the writers, actors, and crew. They’re grieving for the loss of a shared land of make-believe. This is Timothy Olyphant’s and Walton Goggins’s last scene together in character. The characters are bonded by their shared past. The artists are bonded by their shared experience as storytellers.”
4. “Horror’s Newest Haunted House Is Your Social Media Feed.” For Wired, Matt Barone on a new horror bandwagon that includes Unfriended and The Den.
“’I think The Den has a shelf life of about five years,’ says Zachary Donohue, The Den’s writer and director. ’I recently watched Scream again, and there’s a big twist early on that hinges on the fact that one of the characters has a cell phone and the fact that they actually have a cell phone makes them super-suspicious—now, that moment is just laughable. So I’m aware that The Den will eventually be like that Sandra Bullock movie The Net, but I’ll be okay with that. I wanted to make a commentary on where we were at the moment.’”
5 “Gay audiences are still short-changed by Hollywood, Glaad survey suggests.” Last year saw a marginal improvement in film but shows such as Looking and Orange is the New Black have led the way on the small screen.
“The film industry is still falling behind television in its depiction of gay characters, according to a report published yesterday that found only a marginal improvement last year. The annual analysis from Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which covers releases from the seven major studios, found that just 17.5% of the films covered (20 out of 114) featured a character who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. This is a small improvement on 2013 when just 16.7% (17 out of 102) were recorded in the same category. But when the films are studied in detail, the numbers are less encouraging with 10 of the 20 films mentioned containing less than five minutes of screen time for them. The report also finds that transgender characters are still rare in Hollywood. While shows such as Transparent and Orange is the New Black might have improved visibility on television, film still lags.”
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