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  • Cannes Film Review: 'The Blue Room'

    Not a chamber piece in the most literal sense, but with all the poky airlessness that its title implies, "The Blue Room" represents a disappointing return to Cannes for actor-turned-auteur Mathieu Amalric. Adapting Georges Simenon's slender mystery novella with fidelity to its bleak narrative but indifference to its disquieting erotic and psychological subtext, Amalric's fourth feature as a director is less a whodunnit than a whodunwhat, with the star on wounded, taciturn form as a businessman under investigation for an initially unspecified crime. But while this appropriately brief film unravels its enigma at a tidy clip, it gather neither enough heat, nor quite enough of a chill, to linger in the bones. Amalric's name and a sexy premise may secure some distributor interest outside France, but the view from this "Room" is nonetheless limited.
  • Shibuya, Tezuka, Caribara Reboot 'Astro Boy'

    ANNECY - Monaco-based Shibuya Productions, Japan's Tezuka Productions and France's Caribara Animation are launching a brand new animated TV series reboot of "Astro Boy," one of Japan's most famous anime properties. The project was announced at a Japan...

    French TV Animation Production Drops 16% and Theatrical Admissions of Toons Fall 18.6% in 2012

    ANNECY, France -- French TV animation production dropped 16.3% to 181.8 million Euros ($246.7 million) while theatrical admissions of animated features fell 18.6% to 26.4 million tickets sold in 2012. Figures were unveiled on Wednesday in Annecy,...

    Fernando Trueba let 'Artist and the Model' ripen with age, as he has

    Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba had to grow older before he felt ready to direct "The Artist and the Model," which opens Friday. Not long after he won the foreign language film Oscar in 1994 for "Belle Epoque," Trueba began thinking about doing a film...

    And ... action! The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is back.

    And ... action! The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is back.
    A scene from Deadheads There's something oddly tropical about the crop of roughly 150 American independent, world and documentary films screening at the 26th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, opening this Friday and running through...