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15 Winners and Losers From Cannes 2015

As your jet-lagged Vulture staffers put their fancy clothes in with mothballs and break out the sweatpants, join us as we reminisce about what the Cannes Film Festival had to offer this year. Which movies came out of Cannes smelling like a rose, and which will now be tainted by the scent of merde? Here are 15 of this year's winners, losers, and other superlatives.

Including Mad Max, Carol, and Pixar's Inside Out. »

Whoa, Fox Is Rebooting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has plans to reboot 2003's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. John Davis is set to produce, and Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are helping facilitate the project. Like the flick with Sean Connery, this one will be based on Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, and Bill Oakley's comic-book series, which essentially had literary characters turn into steampunk Avengers and kick ass together in Victorian England. The 2003 movie was Connery's last live-action commitment before he retired, so he probably won't be coming back for this one as Allan Quatermain. But that doesn't mean we can't dream.

Azealia Banks, RZA Have a Musical Drama Coming Your Way

RZA's directorial follow-up to The Man With the Iron Fists will be much different: The Hollywood Reporter writes that the rapper turned helmer is making an inspirational musical drama with Azealia Banks, Common, and nobody with iron fists. It'll be called It Doesn't Have to Rhyme and will feature Banks as a female rapper who signs up for a college poetry course and develops a passion for slam poetry. Common is supposed to play Banks's mentor; they'll be joined by Jill Scott, a professor who reportedly believes rap and slam poetry can't exist together, and Lorraine Toussaint, the rapping student's mom. THR notes that the movie will be similar in tone to 8 Mile and will begin production this week in New York. Does that mean this will be a depressing, semi-autobiographical, rags-to-slightly-better-rags-and-then-riches kind of story? Does that also mean there could be a rap battle between Banks and Iggy Azalea? It's all unfortunately a bit unclear right now. Either way, get ready for dramatic brooding and writing scenes on public transportation, as well as some super-intense mirror rehearsals.

Exude the Zen of John Turturro in These 7 Easy Steps

John Turturro is such the ultimate Brooklynite that one sometimes forgets the 58-year-old has a lifetime of accumulated wisdom from globetrotting under his belt. Vulture met up with the veteran actor for a stroll along the beach to pick his brain on what he’s learned since his first of six trips to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when both Barton Fink and Jungle Fever debuted and Fink swept the top awards. Turturro was at Cannes this year as the comic relief for Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, playing the disastrously unprepared, big-name American actor shipped in to star in an Italian film about labor unions directed by a woman (Margherita Buy) whose mother (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. It’s Turturro at his zaniest, spouting off dreams he’s had about Kevin Spacey trying to kill him, singing Italian songs about milk with his head out the window of a moving car, and throwing glorious temper tantrums on set. And while the film got a somewhat lukewarm reception, Turturro remained blissful: seemingly happy just being in the South of France, catching up with old friends Joel and Ethan Coen and Frances McDormand, eating good food, and taking long walks in the sun. What’s the secret to his Zen-like Don Draper–ness? We compiled our conversation into an easy guide.

For one, call your mother! »

The Point Break Trailer Will Cure Your Fear of Heights

The first full trailer for the Point Break remake (out this Christmas) is here, in all its fear-of-heights-curing, death-and-gravity-defying glory. Virtually everybody in it has lemming instinct and wants to stress you out by taking part in the gnarliest shenanigans. BASE jumping? Easy peasy. Scaling the side of a mountain with no harness or protection? Whatever. Racing a rock slide? Sure, classic Friday afternoon activity. Clearly these versions of Bodhi and his bad-influence friends are way more extreme and less presidential than the original ones. Godspeed, Johnny Utah. Godspeed.

Sundance Hit Diary of a Teenage Girl Gets Appropriately Banjo-y Trailer

Alongside Dope and Me and Earl and the Dying GirlDiary of a Teenage Girl was one of of a trio of coming-of-age films that left audiences enraptured at Sundance this year, with our critic Bilge Ebiri praising the "earthiness" of festival breakout Bel Powley's performance. Set in the "liberated" world of '70s San Francisco, the film stars Powley as a teen girl who falls into a romance with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård). It's creepy, but as this trailer makes clear, it's also kind of cute.

Channing Tatum: Gambit Will Be an Unconventional Origin Story

Channing Tatum has revealed that his solo Gambit X-Men movie will be an origin story, according to SlashFilm. Score. The actor was talking about the project in the most recent issue of Empire and mentioned that its first draft is done. "[I]t's killer. None of us were sure how [Josh Zetumer] was going to deal with the X-Men world," he says. "But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It's always about saving the world, but maybe we're going to shift things a little bit." Zetumer is reportedly working off of a treatment penned by Gambit's creator, Chris Claremont.

The Ragin' Cajun, as Tatum pointed out in his interview, is not exactly a straightforward superhero; his badass kinetic energy control is offset by his vice-driven sketchiness and penchant for thievery. Naturally, Tatum is pumped because that makes for some fun acting, but also because he just loves Gambit. "I grew up in the South; my father's from Louisiana. We'd go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that," he adds. "[Gambit] always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He's kind of a tortured soul and he's not a good guy. But he's not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!" SlashFilm notes that we could see Tatum's Gambit in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse film, but if not, Remy LeBeau and his unconventional rise to mutant superheroics hits the big screen October 7, 2016.

Cary Fukunaga Isn’t Directing It Anymore

Cary Fukunaga will not direct New Line's It, according to the Wrap, which adds that the summer project has been stalled indefinitely. Fukunaga reportedly butted heads with the production company because his first scripts were coming in over the two-part adaptation's budgets, and he "did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded." The Wrap's sources also noted that Fukunaga tried to bring Ben Mendelsohn onboard (but couldn't because of a slashed paycheck), and that shooting locations were problematic because Fukunaga wanted pricy New York spots. It's unclear if New Line will replace Fukunaga right away; the helmer shake-up is also up in the air in terms of how it will affect Will Poulter's role in the movie. The Wrap and its sources speculate that the next move will probably involve re-conceptualizing the two-part adaptation as one long movie, with all new personnel. Don't worry, Fukunaga will still have plenty to do: an anti-bullying movie about Joe and Jadin Bell, as well as the Alienist miniseries. And in the meantime, if you want a clown to scare the crap out of you, go see the new Poltergeist, or, as Stephen King has pointed out, Tim Curry.

Chris Pratt Apologizes for Anything Offensive He May or May Not Say

Chris Pratt, the biggest star of 2014 and the Michelangelo of Poop Pics, is one internet-savvy guy. After the series of unfortunate incidents that was The Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour, which included Robert Downey Jr. walking out of an interview (then pompously insulting indie films) and a weird, sexist bro moment courtesy of Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner (Evans apologized; Renner didn’t), Pratt has beaten the internet outrage machine to the punch: The Jurassic World star issued an apology for anything offensive he may say during his upcoming press tour. We forgive him already.

And the Cannes Film Festival Winners Are ...

The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in the world, and its top prize, the Palme d’Or, is film's highest honor. Consequently, people have really strong feelings about what they think should win. Regardless of which film takes whichever award, it’s usually controversial. This year, the main competition jury, considered by some to be one of the best juries in the festival’s long, illustrious history, was headed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski) and featured Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traoré, and Sienna Miller. Here are the films that won at this year’s Cannes, as reported by Indiewire. Let the angry think pieces commence.

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Star Wars Fan Compiled All of the Force Awakens Rumors Into an Epic Plot Synopsis

Get your geek on: For fan site MakingStarWars.net, user DarthLightlyBruise has compiled all of the Force Awakens rumors from the internet and amalgamated them into one long, cohesive plot synopsis. Of course, this could be 100 percent wrong, but as far as pure speculation and fan fiction go, it’s pretty fun. You can read it here, and it should go without saying that the force of potential spoilers is strong with this one.

  • Posted 5/22/15 at 2:58 PM
  • Movies

The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence Review: No. Nope. Uh-uh.

No. Nope. Uh-uh. In case you were expecting director Tom Six’s sicko human-anus-to-mouth-stitching horror saga to suddenly become better, or at least tolerable, by its third installment, let me just shatter your dreams right now. Human Centipede 3 is the worst of the lot. Is that even possible? Apparently, it is. Maybe it’s because it’s also the most ambitious — ambitious in a way that undermines the earlier films’ peculiarly chilly and disquieting world view, their … wait, integrity can’t possibly be the word I’m looking for, can it? Let me put it this way: I suspect that even those who consider themselves fans of the Human Centipede franchise will feel betrayed by this outing.

“I told you this film would be shit, and it literally is shit!” »

  • Posted 5/22/15 at 2:43 PM
  • Movies

Faith-Healing Drama Aloft Is a Little Humorless, But I Liked It Anyway

In the opening scenes of the brooding Aloft, a young boy carrying a falcon rushes along with his mom (Jennifer Connelly) across a bleak, frozen stretch of road in the Arctic, on their way to see a mysterious faith healer. We don’t know what era we’re in, or who exactly these people are. Director Claudia Llosa doesn’t like to answer a lot of questions about her characters — which can be maddening, especially when they’re doing portentous, symbolic things like walking around with falcons and waiting in line to see Arctic faith healers.

The story is certainly strange. »

The Men of Chocolate City Will Melt Your Brain

Right before the first trou drops in Chocolate City, strip-club owner and emcee Princeton (Michael Jai White) asks an audience of screaming, fiending women (both in the film and, presumably, in movie theaters around the country), “Y’all have seen Magic Mike, right? Now, we gonna add a little chocolate.”

Indeed, there are some similarities: Both movies have lead characters named Michael and called Mike. Both movies involve dance sequences that involve “Pony" (in this case, performed by Ginuwine himself). And both spend ample time driving home the point male strippers sell not merely just sex, but fantasy — complete with prolonged eye contact and artful attention to the wiener. But be warned: While you may have seen Channing Tatum pump his pelvis with every ounce of energy he had, you are not prepared for the sexual power of Chocolate City.

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  • Posted 5/22/15 at 12:35 PM
  • Sequels

Abracadabra, Now You See Me Is Now a Trilogy

Pay attention, do not take your eyes off this screen: Where once there was just one forthcoming Now You See Me sequel, now, suddenly, through the power of money, there are two! On an earnings call today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed his plans to conjure up a trilogy for the 2013 Jesse Eisenberg vehicle, which grossed over $350 million worldwide without having a superhero, giant robot, or even a colon in its title. It's as if magic were real after all! Feltheimer did not hint at any plans for the title of the final installment, but you have to guess Now You 3 Me is on the table.

Meet Zhao Tao, the Chinese Actress Who Might Beat Cate Blanchett and Marion Cotillard at Cannes

You may not have heard of Chinese actress Zhao Tao, but chances are you will during the awards ceremony at the end of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tuesday night, the movie she starred in, Mountains May Depart, directed by her husband and longtime collaborator Jia Zhangke (A Touch of SinStill Life), got a seven-minute standing ovation. And the loudest cheers and applause came for Zhao — who had tears streaming down her face. More and more, she's looking like a likely spoiler for the Best Actress race. 

What's required of Zhao is enormous. »

  • Posted 5/22/15 at 10:07 AM
  • Movies

When Marnie Was There Starts Slow, But You’ll Be Crying by the End

“In this world, there’s an invisible magic circle,” our heroine Anna, 12, tells us at the beginning of the new Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There, based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1967 children’s book. “There’s inside, and there’s outside.” Judging by the forlorn way she looks at her schoolmates playing among themselves, the lonely Anna, we suspect, is very much outside the circle. Or rather, she sees herself outside it: Though the film is sympathetic to her self-loathing, it also makes it clear that Anna’s feelings of persecution stem from within. A foster child who lost her biological parents at a young age, this girl seems forever to be poking away at an unhealable wound.

Initially, it’s hard to pin down exactly where the story is going. »

  • Posted 5/22/15 at 9:56 AM
  • Movies

The New Poltergeist Isn’t Quite a Travesty, But It’s Not That Scary Either

Call off the bomb threats. The new Poltergeist is not the raging hellfire of sacrilege many of us feared it might be. This reboot of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s 1982 horror classic seemed like a bad idea from the start. The original, about a little girl sucked into a television set by ghosts from the beyond, played on the weirdly unsettling phenomenon of TV white noise. To those of us who grew up in the age of the cathode ray, that blast of blank sound and static overload felt like a time bomb waiting in the family boob tube. But it’s largely absent in today’s HDTV world. Plus, the earlier film’s greatness may even have been something of an accident — a result of the fortuitous, though at the time reportedly quite contentious, conflict between Hooper’s go-for-broke nihilism and Spielberg’s paeans to suburbia. Besides, if you’re going to remake Poltergeist without the whole TV angle, Insidious already kind of did that.

To be fair, this new Poltergeist isn’t anything special, either. »

  • Posted 5/22/15 at 8:00 AM
  • Theater

God’s IMDB: A History of Actors Playing the Almighty

God comes to Broadway this month in the form of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will portray the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God. But he’s not the first to portray the man upstairs. Here’s a history of Gods in movies, TV, and theater.

Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman, and more stars. »

Keanu Reeves Yells a Lot in the New Knock Knock Trailer

Cute dog, nice house, Keanu Reeves — at first glance this trailer might look more like something for John Wick than the psycho-sexual thriller Knock Knock. But then Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas appear. After Reeves's character slips up, the two femme fatales break all his stuff and make him lose his marbles. Lots of yelling and laughing ensues; most of it is uncomfortable because this is Eli Roth and bad things must happen to semi-bad people (hopefully the dog gets a pass).