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The prestigious Palme d'Or prize, awarded for the top director of a film at the Cannes Film Festival, will be presented Sunday.

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The changing culture of SXSW Interactiveupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 16:30:00

If 2011 was the year that South by Southwest Interactive grew up, 2012 may be when it decides it wants to don a suit and enter the corporate world -- or run off and join the Peace Corps.

Famous Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos dies in road accident updated: Wed Jan 25 2012 09:57:00

On the day film lovers around the globe tuned in to find out this year's Oscar contenders, the world of cinema mourned the loss of one of its most respected figures.

A critics' notebook from TIFFupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 17:27:00

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is massive. Hundreds of members of the global film industry descend on Canada's "Queen City" each September to partake in the city's premiere cultural event. This year, more than 330 shorts and features from 65 countries were screened, and directors, actors and crew members from many of them were in town to promote their films. Toronto International Film Festival: What to Watch Forupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 18:31:00

A slew of stars - including Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling - are heading to Canada

George Clooney, Stacey Keibler are still datingupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 16:42:00

George Clooney's summer romance is heading into fall.

'The Tree of Life' garners top prize at 2011 Cannes film festivalupdated: Mon May 23 2011 04:52:00

"The Tree of Life," an American film helmed by director Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, took home the top prize Sunday at the Cannes film festival. Brad Pitt Wants His Kids to Consider Him a 'Damn Good Actor'updated: Mon May 16 2011 16:16:00

The Tree of Life star explains how his upbringing influenced his stern new movie role Cannes Film Festival to Welcome Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolieupdated: Wed May 11 2011 15:56:00

The stars are set to flock to the south of France as the film festival opens Wednesday

Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' opens Cannes Film Festivalupdated: Wed May 11 2011 12:37:00

The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off in high gear Wednesday along a sun-drenched French Riviera.

Tribeca Film Festival opens with Elton John concert and documentaryupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 09:54:00

Elton John's fingers froze up midway through an outdoor performance following a screening of "The Union" last evening, the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. "Please excuse any wrong notes," he said to the crowd. "My hands are like ice!" Ben Affleck, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix Fuel Toronto Film Fest Buzzupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 16:31:00

Their films are ones to watch - some as Oscar contenders, some for shock value America Ferrera Is Engaged!updated: Fri Jun 18 2010 07:47:00

The Ugly Betty star will wed her longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams

June on The Screening Roomupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 11:21:00

As the 2010 World Cup kicks off in South Africa, The Screening Room takes a closer look at representations of "the beautiful game" in cinema.

Cannes film slams Berlusconiupdated: Wed May 26 2010 13:40:00

A clip from the documentary about the Italian PM's handling of the L'Aquila earthquake that's making waves at Cannes.

Iranian filmmaker released from prisonupdated: Wed May 26 2010 00:26:00

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who has been imprisoned since March 1, was released from prison Tuesday.

Iranian filmmaker releasedupdated: Wed May 26 2010 00:26:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the release of an Iranian filmmaker who's been jailed for nearly three months.

This month on The Screening Roomupdated: Thu May 13 2010 12:52:00

This month let The Screening Room be your guide to the Cannes Film Festival. Presenter Myleene Klass goes beyond the glamour and the glitz at the most important festival on the movie calendar. We rub shoulders with the creators of the next billion dollar blockbusters, arthouse auteurs and low budget bloggers. Directors such as Ridley Scott and Woody Allen will strut up the red-carpeted steps of the Palais. Oliver Stone talks global financial meltdown as his follow up to the 80s classic "Wall Street" premieres in Cannes. And Mick Jagger brings rock 'n' roll swagger to the Croisette. From Algeria to Russia, China to Iran, 18 films will battle for the top prize. The Screening Room will tell you who takes home the coveted Palme d'Or. Russell Crowe Recalls Getting His Feet Wet at Cannes - Literallyupdated: Thu May 13 2010 06:32:00

The actor, who's debuting Robin Hood at the film festival, suffered a soggy fashion faux pas years ago

Showbiz Tonight at Cannes Film Festivalupdated: Wed May 12 2010 20:58:00

Showbiz Tonight's Brooke Anderson tours the 63rd Cannes Film Festival as everyone awaits this year's biggest stars.

Cannes 101: A film festival field guideupdated: Wed May 12 2010 20:58:00

It's that time of year again: The annual Cannes film festival is poised to kick off more than a week of glamour, prestige, and of course, some of the best in international cinema.

Cartagena Film Festivalupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 12:56:00

The Screening Room travels to Cartagena in Colombia where Latin America's longest-running film festival turns 50.

The Screening Room in Januaryupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 12:05:00

Charlie Chaplin shorts to Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns this month The Screening Room focuses on film restoration.

Iraqi films emerge from the chaos of warupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:04:00

Mohamed Al-Daradji has cut something of a lonely figure in Iraqi cinema over the past seven years.

Traveling film festival lands in heart of troubled Niger Deltaupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 11:39:00

Nigeria's Port Harcourt International Airport is buzzing with unusual activity. And perhaps for the first time it's not the departure hall that is attracting all of the attention.

Thessaloniki turns 50updated: Thu Dec 03 2009 12:25:00

The Screening Room Xtra visits Thessaloniki for the 50th anniversary of one of the world's oldest film festivals.

Fall festival season kicks off race to the Oscarsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 06:59:00

If Cannes Film Festival raises the curtain on the spectacle that is the movie awards season, then the fall festival circuit is the critical first act.

Cannes icons throughout the yearsupdated: Thu May 14 2009 08:47:00

The Cannes Film Festival possesses a unique continental glamour of its own that has attracted the great and the good of film for decades. The sun-drenched beach setting is a perfect opportunity for stars to exhibit their style, be it on the sand or on the red carpet.

Sundance Film Festivalupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 13:52:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands showcases at the latest highlights from the Sundance Film Festival.

Interview with Jeon Do-yeonupdated: Sun Jan 04 2009 22:24:00

Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actress prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the South Korean film "Secret Sunshine." Celebrated in her native South Korea for her roles in melodramatic soap operas and independent films, Jeon is the first Asian to win this prestigious prize. South Korea's most famous actress joins Talk Asia to discuss her rise into renown and takes a stroll around the cultural neighborhood of Daehango in Seoul with host Anjali Rao.

Six of the best: London film festivalsupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 12:27:00

As Hollywood stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz grace the red carpet at the 52nd London Film Festival, the UK's capital city shows it has become a thriving, creative hub for filmmaking.

This month on 'The Screening Room'updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 13:30:00

Venice and Toronto Film Festivals

Analysis: Toronto film fest could offer surprisesupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 11:07:00

A mere film festival cannot compete with the Academy Awards' grip on the public imagination, but the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (which begins Thursday) comes pretty close -- in part because it has become the first important bellwether for the onslaught of Oscar hopefuls.

A non-traditional thespianupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 05:49:00

The Screening Room Extra follows the unique Oscar winning Actress, Tilda Swinton across a very busy six months.

Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton starts film festivalupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 05:49:00

Robert Redford did it, so has Robert De Niro; now the latest actor to start a film festival is Tilda Swinton. Natalie Portman Makes Her Directorial Debutupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 15:58:00

The star's short film, Eve, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September

Fortune: MySpace goes to the moviesupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 13:42:00

The Toronto Film Festival has been the launching pad for many an Academy Award-winning movie. "Ray," the gripping tale of legendary singer Ray Charles' rise to fame and his battle with drug addiction, was unveiled at the festival several years ago. So was "Crash," the gritty saga of racial and social strife in Los Angeles.

The latest movie clips from Down Underupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 09:22:00

Here are a selection of clips from some of the latest movies to come out of Australia -- a country set to become a global over-achiever in the movie-making field. Sharon Stone Apologizes - Again - for China Remarksupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 07:24:00

"Yes, I misspoke. I could not be more regretful," she says in a statement Sharon Stone Not Welcome at Shanghai Film Festupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 09:00:00

The backlash in China against Sharon Stone continued as the Shanghai International Film Festival said the American actress was not welcome at this year's event

Cannes Film Festival kicks offupdated: Fri May 16 2008 10:12:00

ITN's Nicholas Glass previews the mix offerings at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The wild and wonderful world of Cannesupdated: Mon May 12 2008 13:56:00

The first Le Festival de Cannes opened September 1, 1939, an attempt to extend the tourist season and bring a little film flash to the little French Riviera town.

Venice Film Festivalupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 10:04:00

The world's oldest film festival celebrates its 75th anniversary

Middle Eastern film festivalsupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 05:09:00

Marketplace Middle East takes a look at why the Middle East is becoming an attractive location for Hollywood film productions.

Competing for center stageupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 05:09:00

Never before have film stars had so many opportunities to pose for the paparazzi. The cinematic diary is crammed full of festivals. Now there's a new one in Abu Dhabi.

'Brokeback' director in China rowupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 08:51:00

The Venice Film Festival opens its 75th anniversary edition Wednesday with an all-world premiere competition for the coveted Golden Lion, a cascade of stars including George Clooney and Keira Knightley, and its share of international controversy. Thumbs Up for Roger Ebertupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 11:55:00

A happy, healthy birthday to Roger Ebert, America's movie critic

Fortune: Meet the new Harvey Weinsteinupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 05:47:00

Wait until you see what is about to happen to you," says Harvey Weinstein, sitting in the back seat of a midnight-blue Peugeot, car No. 3 in a nine-vehicle motorcade. The procession is inching down La Croisette, the seaside boulevard that meanders through Cannes on the French Riviera. Tonight it is lined on both sides with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities en route to the premiere of Michael Moore's "Sicko." The U.S. Mostly Snubbed at Cannesupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 12:45:00

A searing abortion drama from Romania takes the festival's top prize, while the Americans are largely ignored Handicapping the Palme d'Orupdated: Wed May 30 2007 08:15:00

It's almost impossible, but here's a look at two of the Festival favorites

Cannes and the cult of celebrityupdated: Mon May 28 2007 03:34:00

Start with the romance and allure of the French Riviera, the warm weather of an evening in late May infused with the smell of blooming jasmine, add a lineup of air-kissing international movie stars, directors, and film-makers, and voila! The 60th Cannes Film Festival gets under way.

Prestige and glamour at Cannesupdated: Tue May 22 2007 07:14:00

We've come to the south of France to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cannes -- the most famous film festival of them all. Big hopes for Lil' Romeoupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 14:28:00

As Master P sits on the edge of a velvet couch taking in the scene at a Los Angeles club he is doing his best to set a good example for his 17-year-old son Romeo by sticking to water.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 13:03:00

Angelina Jolie has filed legal papers to change the name of her newly adopted son to Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt.

Tribeca Film Festivalupdated: Mon Apr 23 2007 11:12:00

In just five years Tribeca has joined the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin as one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.

Money Magazine: Collateral Damageupdated: Mon Jan 01 2007 00:01:00

When the bomb finally goes off, 20 minutes into Blues By The Beach, there is no burst of light, no loud explosion, no screaming. There is just an eerie silence, followed by a frenzy of lights, sire...

The insider's guide to 2007updated: Fri Dec 29 2006 11:20:00

From the silver screen to the sports field, we present a round up of the potential hits and misses of 2007.

Independent films move into spotlightupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 15:38:00

Penelope Spheeris put herself on the map as an independent filmmaker in 1980 with "The Decline of Western Civilization" about the punk music scene. More than a decade later, she was given an opportunity most of her peers only dream of -- directing Mike Myers in "Wayne's World," her first studio film.

Early viewers pan 'Da Vinci Code' updated: Wed May 17 2006 00:30:00

A mixture of fiction, fact and faith, "The Da Vinci Code" has made its worldwide film debut, opening the Cannes Film Festival -- but while the book was a mega-selling hit, the critics largely panned the cinematic version.

'Vinci' stars make tracks to premiereupdated: Tue May 16 2006 05:46:00

The stars of movie blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" have arrived at the Cannes Film Festival on board a train that broke the world record for the longest nonstop international rail trip.

Brosnan, Gilliam to judge best of short filmsupdated: Wed May 03 2006 08:08:00

Actor Pierce Brosnan and director Terry Gilliam will be among other high-profile judges at this year's TCM Classic Shorts film competition.

showbuzzupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 11:57:00

Barry and Robin Gibb, two-thirds of the Bee Gees, reunited on stage for a Miami charity concert, their first performance since the death of brother Maurice three years ago.

'Jane Lloyd' wins short film award at London festivalupdated: Wed Nov 02 2005 09:32:00

"Jane Lloyd," a four-minute film that tells its story without the use of dialogue, won top honors Wednesday at the TCM Classic Shorts competition.

Short films in spotlight at London festivalupdated: Thu Oct 20 2005 07:38:00

The international film community -- with all its glam and glitter -- will share the spotlight next week with up-and-coming talent at the 49th annual London Film Festival.

'Gay cowboy movie' shatters stereotypesupdated: Mon Sep 12 2005 11:39:00

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger weren't drawn to "Brokeback Mountain," the story of two cowboys involved in a homosexual relationship, by the movie's risky subject matter or the controversy it may raise.

Hip-hop's poet laureate speaks outupdated: Mon Jan 17 2005 10:24:00

Saul Williams isn't out to save hip-hop, but he is out to elevate the art form. The actor, activist and leader of the self-described "industrial punk-hop" movement, is effectively breaking boundaries while blurring the lines between poetry and rap.

showbuzzupdated: Mon Oct 18 2004 13:07:00

"Shrek," the tale of a lovable green ogre, was one of the biggest movies of the last several years. And its sequel was equally successful.

Subject of cat-killing film arrested at protestupdated: Thu Sep 16 2004 10:50:00

As more than 100 animal-rights activists converged on the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday to protest a documentary about the torture and murder of a cat, the man who sparked their outrage not only showed up at the rally, but was arrested.

Movie by 'Scrubs' star wins Maui festivalupdated: Fri Jun 25 2004 14:36:00

A newcomer's directorial debut, "Garden State," walked away with the award for best feature film at the fifth annual Maui Film Festival, which wrapped up this week after a record-setting turnout.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' sparks controversy and wins attentionupdated: Fri Jun 25 2004 14:14:00

Some movies win Academy Awards. Others win film festival prizes. But this week, a movie has won the most coveted prize of all -- the political Play of the Week.

CNNMoney: Firing up Fahrenheit 9/11updated: Wed Jun 16 2004 11:44:00

Michael Moore couldn't have asked for a better buildup to "Fahrenheit 9/11," the anti-Bush flick expected to break box office records for a documentary, if he had tried. That's assuming, of course, he isn't trying.

A world awayupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 12:40:00

Before you talk to Barry Rivers, creator of one of the world's most serene and successful young film festivals on picturesque Maui, you may expect a subdued "aloha," demure descriptions of the event, and other soothing tones.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 14:11:00

Juliette Lewis has movie stardom and a burgeoning career as a rock musician, but what she really wants is to find out what happened to her little dog, Chowie.

CNNMoney: Surviving the Weinsteinsupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 12:04:00

Despite Michael Eisner's pollyannaish take this week, the chances of The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios finding their way back to the bargaining table are slim at best.

Glamour and controversy at Cannesupdated: Wed May 12 2004 05:30:00

The 57th annual Cannes Film Festival has opened with strife, star power and a 12-day lineup of the usual mix of glitz, glamour and controversy.

showbuzzupdated: Tue Mar 16 2004 13:34:00

Pope John Paul II met Monday with Jim Caviezel, star of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," the Vatican said.

CNNMoney: Bravo, Sofia! Now what?updated: Tue Feb 24 2004 13:58:00

When the nominees for Best Director are read aloud at this month's Academy Awards, a quartet of male names will be interrupted by a lone female name: Sofia Coppola, for "Lost in Translation."

When the independents took overupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 07:42:00

Love him or hate him, Harvey Weinstein is bigger than life.

Review: 'Butterfly' not effectiveupdated: Thu Jan 22 2004 15:27:00

The new film "The Butterfly Effect" premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It got the same reaction there that it did at a private screening in Los Angeles two weeks ago -- laughter in all the wrong places.

Robert Redford opens upupdated: Thu Jan 15 2004 11:36:00

Every year, thousands of filmmakers, journalists, public relations people, and marketing directors from every major film company in the world descend on the tiny resort town of Park City, Utah.

Fortune: Your Ad Should Be In Pictures Ethnic film festivals are the place to be for advertisers.updated: Mon Oct 27 2003 00:01:00

Spotlights pan the sky, and the line of smartly dressed patrons weaves outside a glittering movie theatre. Six new BMW 745LIs slowly come to a stop as celebrities, executives, and other VIPs spill ...

FSB: The Next Picture Show Film festivals are more popular than ever, but you don't need an in with Gwyneth to attend oneupdated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

When you hear people talk about film festivals, you probably conjure up images that make them seem off-limits to mere mortals--Harvey Weinstein of Miramax puffing on a cigar while discussing his la...

Fortune: The Real Secret of Blair Witchupdated: Mon Sep 18 2000 00:01:00

In July 1999, a movie called The Blair Witch Project debuted in just 27 theaters around the U.S. and was an instantane-ous smash hit, quickly grossing well over $100 million. Why? You've already he...

Fortune: The Talented Messrs. Weinstein They built Miramax Films into a movie powerhouse. But how big can the company updated: Mon Mar 06 2000 00:01:00

Every once in a while a young actress comes along who seems to have everything: good looks, talent, a killer smile. She appears on the cover of, say, Vanity Fair, wearing very little, next to a hea...

Fortune: The Dude's Film School An independent film can be worth nothing, or it can be worth millions. It's all in how you perceive it. Mupdated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

Last year, more than 2,000 feature-length independent films were produced. Of those films, 97%, give or take, were dreadful, bad, or mediocre. Around 50 were actually pretty good. And one of them w...

Fortune: How The Blair Witch Project Built Up So Much Buzz MOVIE MOGULDOM ON A SHOESTRINGupdated: Mon Aug 16 1999 00:01:00

Last week I sat in a packed movie theater watching a horror movie. Now, there's nothing especially unusual about a crowded show--except, perhaps, that it was 12:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. And that,...

Money Magazine: FORGET ABOUT CANNES! GO TO A FILM FESTIVAL NEAR YOU THIS FALLupdated: Wed Oct 01 1997 00:01:00

Missed the Cannes Film Festival? Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and check out these events closer to home. They offer a mix of blockbuster and independent films, all for about the price of a tick...

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