"The White Ribbon" Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 

Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," a black-and-white drama set in a rural German village on the eve of WWI, received Cannes' highest honor, the Palme d'Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" won best actor for Christoph Waltz (the only honor given to an American production). Now, being Asian myself, I was proud to see fellow Asian folks winning some much-touted categories.

Although there's drama!

According to Variety:

All three of the Asian kudos drew heavy booing from the assembled press corps. Biggest scorn was reserved for the director prize for Filipino Brillante Mendoza’s rape-and-dismemberment drama “Kinatay” (of which even admiring jury member Hanif Kureishi admitted, “I don’t ever want to see it again, myself”), followed by jeers for “Thirst” and mainland Chinese director Lou Ye’s “Spring Fever,” which copped the nod for screenplay (generally seen as its weakest element).

Oooh! Drama indeed!

Here's the complete list of the winners at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.


Palme d'Or

"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-France-Austria-Italy)

Grand Prix
"A Prophet" (Jacques Audiard, France)

Lifetime achievement award
Alain Resnais, "Wild Grass" (France)

Brillante Mendoza ("Kinatay," France-Philippines)

Jury prize
"Fish Tank" (Andrea Arnold, U.K.), "Thirst" (Park Chan-wook, South Korea-U.S.)

Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" (U.S.-Germany)

Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Antichrist" (Denmark-Germany-France-Sweden-Italy-Poland)

Mei Feng, "Spring Fever" (Hong Kong-France)


Main Prize

"Dogtooth" (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)

Jury Prize
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Special Prize
"No One Knows About Persian Cats" (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran), "Father of My Children" (Mia Hansen-Love, France)


Camera d'Or

"Samson and Delilah" (Warwick Thornton)

Special Mention
"Ajami" (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, Israel-Germany)

Critics' Week Grand Prix
"Farewell Gary" (Nassim Amamouche, France)



"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-Austria-France-Italy)

Un Certain Regard
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Directors' Fortnight
"Amreeka" (Cherien Dabis, Canada-Kuwait-U.S.)


Palme d'Or

"Arena" (Joao Salaviza, Portugal)

Special Mention
"The Six Dollar Fifty Man" (Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, New Zealand)


First Prize

"Baba" (Zuzana Kirchnerova-Spidlova)

Second Prize
"Goodbye" (Song Fang)

Third Prize
"Diploma" (Yaelle Kayam)
"Don't Step Out of the House" (Jo Sung-hee)

"Looking for Eric" (Ken Loach, U.K.-France-Italy-Belgium-Spain)

Aitor Berenguer, sound mixer ("Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain)

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Relics vs. Terminators! "Night at the Museum 2" Tops "Terminator Salvation" at Box-Office! 

Ben Stiller beat Christian Bale at the box-office.

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" starring Stiller took in $70 million over the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, Bale's "Terminator Salvation" pulled in $53.8 million to a total of $67.2 million since debuting Thursday.

(Read my written review of "Terminator Salvation" right here, and watch my fun one-on-one interviews with the cast right here.)

Bale's film was seen as the would-be leader at the box-office, so what happened?

"I think people expected it to be No. 1 because of that 'Terminator' name alone," said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. "If you look at it objectively though, it's a sci-fi action film that played to an older audience. It didn't have the broad based appeal of 'Night at the Museum.'"

Could it be that moviegoers were just tired of the back-to-back sci-fi adventure flicks? Since "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opened May 1st, there was an onslaught of sci-fi films such as "Star Trek" and "Terminator Salvation."

Speaking of "Star Trek," the film is living long and prospering at the box-office. With $29.4 in ticket sales last weekend ($191 total since it opened), it's now approaching the title "the year's top-grossing movie."

Previous No. 1 film, "Angels & Demons" fell to fourth place with $27.7 million lifting its domestic total to $87.8 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 22nd:

1. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $70 million.
2. "Terminator Salvation," $53.8 million.
3. "Star Trek," $29.4 million.
4. "Angels & Demons," $27.7 million.
5. "Dance Flick," $13.1 million.
6. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $10.1 million.
7. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $4.8 million.
8. "Obsessed," $2.5 million.
9. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $1.9 million.
10. "17 Again," $1.3 million.

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Why You Have to See "Outrage" Right Now! 

I love this film! After watching so many Hollywood summer popcorn flicks, I opted for a quiet experience of "Outrage." But the film gave me so much adrenaline much like watching an action flick!

Directed by Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"), "Outrage" explores the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation.

Yes, there are many talks on Sen. Larry Craig's toe-tapping production number inside a Minneapolis airport restroom. And there are equal talks about Craig's bizarre yet comical insistence that he's not gay, and his anti-gay voting history.

It's the double standard and hypocrisy that really makes my blood boil, like Governor Crist from Florida, a conservative "bachelor" who also vetoed many pro-gay rights bills.

And just like many incendiary but thought-provoking documentaries, "Outrage" made me want to take action. So my first action is to share the experience of watching this wonderful documentary to you, loyal web watchers!

Don't miss this film, I give it :35k

Check "Outrage's" website right here.

See if "Outrage" is coming to a theater near you, by clicking here.
And finally, watch the trailer:

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Manny's Movie Minute: My Quick Thoughts on Weekend's Other New Releases 
Besides "Terminator Salvation" (watch my review here, and my interviews with cast and director McG here), there's an onslaught of new releases vying for your hard-earned movie money.

First, we have "Dance Flick."

The Wayans family, purveyor of spoof films ("Scary Movie" franchise), returns to deconstruct the dance genre in "Dance Flick."

By now, if you've seen one spoof, you've seen them all, but director Damien Wayans shows flair for directing this genre even though the film is a hit or miss in the comedy department. I did chuckle once or twice though, so "Dance Flick" gets :2k dance baby dance kisses.

We also have "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Ben Stiller returns in the role of security guard Larry Daley in the sequel. Director Shawn Levy also returns and this time, the plot revolves around Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan). The cowboy dude and the Roman Emperor are accidentally shipped to the Smithsonian. Ooooops.

Kids, the target demographic of the film, will be entertained, but the production goes a little nuts with some special effects and jokes. Still, credit the film for making moviegoers re-discover the magic of going to a museum. And for that, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" gets :25k museum kisses.

And for documentary lovers, we have "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story."

You may not know their names, but you certainly know the songs they created. Songs such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins" or "It's a Small World" from Disneyland.

The film documents the brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, their rise to fame, working relationship with Mr. Walt Disney, and inevitable sibling rivalry fallout.

But through it all, their wonderful music is the one that remains constant.

I love this movie, it's great to see the inner workings of the Sherman brothers, and I always love seeing old Hollywood. Plus, seeing Disney right there on the big screen is reason enough to watch this documentary. Go on and hum! "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" gets :35k Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kisses.

Check out the trailer, and oh yeah, "Night at the Museum's" Ben Stiller was interviewed for this documentary:

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A Double Dose of Thank Yous! My Emmy Nomination, and LA Press Club! 
I finally received my certificates, so I'm posting them, for the inevitable self-congratulatory :happy

First, I won 2nd Place for the Los Angeles Press Club National Entertainment Journalism (NEJ) Awards. The category? Best Film Critic for Television.

Click here to see full story and complete list of winners!

Then, I'm also nominated for an Emmy (Pacific Southwest Region) for Best On-Air Camera Talent, who knew? :happy

I know it's cliche to say, I'm glad to be nominated, but darn it, I'm glad to be nominated but I hope I'll win :happy

The 35th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards, will be held
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, located at One Park Boulevard in San Diego, CA.

And I'll be there to present, and knock on wood, I hope I hope I hope, to get my trophy! Yay!

For a full list of nominees, click here.

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