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Acclaimed Cinematographer Harris Savides Dead at 55

Hollywood mourns celebrated craftsman

(Newser) - Harris Savides, one of the most acclaimed cinematographers in modern American cinema, has died of brain cancer at the age of 55. Savides, who started out as a fashion photographer, started working in movies in the mid-90s and his gift for bringing an understated beauty to film made him one... More »

10 Buzziest Cannes Films

The latest from Woody Allen, Gus Van Sant, Pedro Almodóvar, and more

(Newser) - Cannes kicks off on Wednesday, and the Daily Beast rounds up 10 of the most buzzed-about movies featured at the 64th annual film festival:
  • The Tree of Life: From filmmaker Terrence Malick, the story of a Texas boy (played in adulthood by Sean Penn) torn between the worldviews of his
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SF Pol's Resolution: I'll Drop F-Bomb at Every Meeting

Colleagues, bloggers just shake heads at Chris Daly

(Newser) - After being taken to task by a local alt-weekly for his off-color language, a San Francisco city supervisor has made it his New Year’s resolution to use “fuck,” or a variation thereof, at every board meeting this year. Chris Daly, the 37-year-old representative of the city’s... More »

LiLo, Sean Penn Talk Collaboration

Spy overheard celebs gabbing with director Gus Van Sant

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan and Sean Penn may make a movie together, the New York Post reports. LiLo, out with girlfriend Samantha Ronson, was overheard talking shop with the actor and director Gus Van Sant. They discussed “possibly doing a film together,” an eavesdropper told Page Six. “Lindsay seemed... More »

Penn Embraced Gay Love Scene

Co-star surprised by scene

(Newser) - As he got into the character of Harvey Milk, Sean Penn pushed for a more explicit sex scene in Milk, surprising his co-star, the New York Post reports. James Franco tells Elle magazine the one kissing scene he read in the original movie script turned into “a full-on love... More »

Van Sant Spills About Milk

(Newser) - What do President-elect Barack Obama and a 1970s gay activist have in common? Grassroots backing and a yes-we-can ethos, Rachel Abramowitz writes in the Los Angeles Times. “I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living,” said Harvey Milk, a... More »

Romanian Film About Abortion Wins Palme d'Or

Gus Van Sant wins special Cannes 60th anniversary award

(Newser) - A disturbing Romanian film about two college coeds trying to get an illegal abortion in the twilight days of the communist regime won this year's Palme d'Or  at the Cannes film festival yesterday. The low-budget  4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was a critical favorite at the festival, known... More »

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