Welcome to our 847th weekly edition; Thursday, May 30, 2013

CANNES 2013 - tick, tick, tick - and a boo. Nick Roddick closes his Cannes reports with this overview.

Insider Interview:
THE GREAT GATSBY - MAKING THE CUT
An immersive 3D Great Gatsby with appeal to younger audiences was what Baz Luhrmann set out to make, and editor Matt Villa relished every minute of helping him cut the film to get there, as he tells Andrew L. Urban. (Jason Ballantine and Jonathan Redmond also worked on the edit.) The Great Gatsby - in Australian cinemas from May 30, 2013.
REVIEWS

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* Hugo Weaving & John Noble on The Mule;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
HAPPINESS NEVER COMES ALONE
Win one of 15 double inseason passes to Happiness Never Comes Alone, starring Gad Elmaleh, Sophie Marceau, courtesy Madman Entertainment. In cinemas May 30.

MIFFY THE MOVIE DVD
Win one of 10 DVDs of Miffy the Movie, courtesy Transmission Films. Available to rent and own on DVD (RRP $19.95) and digital download now.

Festival de Cannes 2013 - winners:
PALME D'OR IS BLUE
As predicted by our man in Cannes, Nick Roddick (in his Postcards from Cannes Day 10), the winner of the Palme d'Or is La vie d'Adèle - Chapître 1 & 2 (Blue Is the Warmest Colour), by French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche. (See story for list of winners & prizes.)
Nick Roddick's unique take on the 66th Festival de Cannes: POSTCARDS FROM CANNES

Movie review:
A HAUNTED HOUSE
(US, 2013) Dir: Michael Tiddes. Stars Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Nick Swardson. "Somewhere between a spoof on Paranormal Activity and crazy fun, A Haunted House gathers pace and comedic momentum as it goes. The cumulative effect, especially if enjoyed in a group of relaxed friends, is likely to be hilarity . black dude jive kinda hilarity," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
HAPPINESS NEVER COMES ALONE
(France, 2012) Dir: James Huth. Stars Gad Elmaleh, Sophie Marceau, Maurice Barthélémy, François Berléand. "Like a good piece of jazz that surprises by its melodies, harmonies and rhythms, this delectable comedy mixes up music, art, kids and love in surprising juxtapositions, delivering a vibrant splash of life," says Louise. "The establishing scenes are the best things about the film, as it shows its heart on its sleeve, turning on the magic realism charm, seducing us with its overt romanticism and letting us feast on two characters falling madly in love," says Andrew.

Movie review:
SINISTER
(US, 2012) Dir: Scott Derrickson. Stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone. "I especially like inventive horror concepts, or those with a bizarre sense of humour. Sinister has the former: inventiveness, which is increasingly difficult to create in a genre as enormous as horror," says Andrew.

Movie review:
1 MILE ABOVE
(China/Taiwan, 2011) Dir: Di Jiayi. Stars Bryan Chang, Li Xiaochuan, Li Tao, Michael Chang. "An act of brotherly love, an adventure, an endurance test, a spiritual test and a dangerous trek; these are all the descriptions that fit One Mile Above, which has been likened to The Motorcycle Diaries," says Andrew.

Great stories from our archives:
25 FILMS YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
Although this list was compiled in 2005 and refers to a programming strand at World Movies while Andrew L. Urban was Channel Host, it is as relevant and interesting to browse as it was then. The screening times may be out of date, but the films are timeless.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Coming in June, A Lady in Paris, stars Jeanne Moreau, Laine Mägi, Patrick Pineau. "At the grand age of 85, Jeanne Moreau steals every scene as the viperous grand dame, Frida, who demands the world pays attention, in this gentle but rewarding film from Estonian director Ilmar Raag," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
World War Z, stars Brad Pitt;
Behind the Candelabra, stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon;
Captain Phillips, stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener;
After Earth, stars Will Smith, Jaden Smith;
Fast and Furious 6, stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson;

At a glance:
TOP 20
Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight or tomorrow or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors' favourites if they don't make the top 20.)

NEW DVDS
THE IMPOSSIBLE
Stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Geraldine Chaplin. "There are many powerful scenes in this true life and death scenario about the impact of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to one family," says Louise.

THE GUILT TRIP
Stars Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen. "Likeable and entertaining, The Guilt Trip isn't quite the blast it could have been," says Andrew.

MIFFY THE MOVIE
Voices of Sandra Agababyan, Tutti Druyan, Sophie London. "This is the perfect first film for children - at 70 minutes it is not too long and attention spans are not tested. It's ultra sweet," says Louise.

Competition winners:
LAY THE FAVOURITE DVD
To win one of 10 DVDs of Lay the Favourite, starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vince Vaughn, courtesy Roadshow Home Entertainment, we asked: Who among family and friends would make a great bookie why? Kaz Reimann (VIC): Oh FFS me! I love a GG and if I can make money off the four legged darlings will do!!! Giddy Up Profit.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / DVD / video release), or have reported from the set, or featured in any way, is listed here, going back to films made even before the launch of Urban Cinefile, such as The Piano, Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Doing Time for Patsy Cline (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
FREQUENT FOOLERS
The mostly misnamed loyalty programs of major airlines are looking increasingly like Frequent Foolers programs, intended not so much to reward loyalty to the airline as to demand it. What began as a marketing tool has developed into a sales trap, writes Andrew L. Urban.

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