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The Punisher Netflix Series: Does It Hit the Target? (Spoilers)

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The latest Marvel-based Netflix series came out this week, continuing the adventures of gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle, Aka the Punisher. The character was popular when he appeared in Daredevil. Does the Punisher fare as well in his own series? (Spoilers below.)

The Punisher is the sixth Marvel Netflix series (Following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders) and it’s probably the most controversial, since it deals not only with Ptsd and the treatment of war veterans, it also touches on the gun control debate. Beyond all that, this is an action shoot-em-up. It’s surprisingly dark and violent for a Marvel comics adaptation, but the Netflix shows are quite different from what you’ll see in Thor: Ragnarok.

The Punisher is once again seeking answers to day of the shooting that led to the death of his family. This was dealt with in Daredevil season 2, but it’s expanded upon here,
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Clint Eastwood's 15:17 to Paris gets early 2018 release

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Clint Eastwood is a regular at the Oscars, with movies like Mystic River and American Sniper snagging Best Picture nominations, with Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby going on to win (and him Best Director with them). This is why folks had hoped his new movie, 15:17 To Paris, would be a key player this year the race. However, the movie has officially been given a release date of February 9, 2018, putting it far... Read More...
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Camera Japan 2017 Review: Lee Sang-il's Rage Keeps You Guessing

A lot of films tend to look unpolished, and bland, handheld video is often accepted to be good enough it seems. Not so with the films of Lee Sang-il, which look as bright and shiny as if the visuals have been dipped in gloss. Take his remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, which looked absolutely drop-dead gorgeous throughout. The same can be said about his new thriller drama Rage, which premiered a year ago in Japan and is now traveling film festivals worldwide. Whether the camera visits a very bloody murder site, a sunny beach or the neon-lit gay nightclubs of Tokyo, Rage never fails to impress on a visual level. Rage starts with police investigating a double murder. Some guy entered a house, brutally slaughtered...

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High Plains Drifter: One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever

This was the second time that Clint Eastwood sat in the director’s chair and the first ever Western he directed. For some reason a lot of people seem to overlook this film in favor of movies like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, For a Few Dollars More, and so on and so forth. Why is that? High Plains Drifter wasn’t the typical western in that it was more of a revenge story crossed with a ghost story. So what? It was still set in the wild west and catered to those that loved the genre. The ghost

High Plains Drifter: One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever
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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award

Iconic actor Morgan Freeman is to receive the Life Achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild.

Freeman has starred in countless classics over the years, with memorable roles in everything from The Shawshank Redemption to Unforgiven and The Dark Knight.

The actor’s career has been a memorable one, and brought joy to movie fans all over the world. And it comes as no surprise to hear that Freeman will be receiving the Life Achievement award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21st.

Freeman will be the 54th recipient of the accolade which is bestowed on those for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part.
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Morgan Freeman Will Be Awarded SAG’s Highest Honor

A voice that is recognized all over the world is now being recognized for a lifetime of achievement. Morgan Freeman has been awarded SAG-aftra’s highest distinction, the SAG Life Achievement Award. Freeman is not only being celebrated for his iconic style and proficiency as an actor, he is also being honored as an unrelenting humanitarian and changemaker in America. Read: ‘Fences,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Win at 2017 SAG Awards As a child, Freeman garnered attention for winning a statewide theater competition in Mississippi. The prolific actor, who has over 100 film credits to his name, is most known for his interpretation of characters in “Unforgiven,” which won four Oscars, and “The Shawshank Redemption,” for which Freeman received best actor nominations at the SAG Awards, Oscars, and Golden Globes. Both films are catalogued in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. He won an Oscar statue for “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman
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Star Wars: what could an Obi-Wan movie entail?

Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017

An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?

When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork.
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The 25 Best Westerns Of All Time

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It feels like we’ve been silhouetted in a doorway with our hand hovering over the low-slung six-shooter on our hip for an age now, waiting for the opportunity to run through our favorite films in one of our very favorite genres — the Western. And so, with the news that this week sees the 25th anniversary of Clint Eastwood‘s “Unforgiven,” the last “true” Western (as opposed to the Coens‘ neo-take “No Country For Old Men“) to win Best Picture and still the best film of Eastwood’s directorial career, we thought, shucks, let’s pull the trigger.

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‘Unforgiven’ Turns 25: 14 Reasons Why Clint Eastwood Film Is One of the Best Westerns (Photos)

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‘Unforgiven’ Turns 25: 14 Reasons Why Clint Eastwood Film Is One of the Best Westerns (Photos)
The last 25 years have not been kind to the Western genre, but that’s in part because Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” shaped the genre for the next several decades. Like “The Wild Bunch” back in the ’60s, it removed the romanticism from the Old West but introduced the humanity that has led to revisionist takes like “True Grit,” “Dead Man” and “The Revenant.” Here are all the reasons “Unforgiven” remains the best Western of the last 25 years, and one of the best of all time. The film’s opening overture falls in line with the classical tradition, but Eastwood quickly subverts.
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'Unforgiven': THR's 1992 Review

On Aug. 3, 1992, Warner Bros. premiered Clint Eastwood's R-rated Western Unforgiven. The film went on to win four Oscars, including best picture and director honors, at the 65th Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

A pig farmer with two young mouths to feed and his swine dying of the fever has got to put some food back on the table. With his wife dead and the moral beacon she shown for him faded, he's easy pickings for going back to his old ways, in this hard case, to gun down a couple of woman-brutalizing cowboys and...
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A League of Their Own, Pt. 1: Cow Girls & Charm School

25th Anniversary Four-Part Mini Series Event

Welcome sports movie fans. Or, in a pinch, actressexuals who will watch largely female casts do practically anything.

Twenty-five years ago on July 1st, 1992, Penny Marshall's period comedy A League of Their Own (1992) opened in theaters. It wasn't quite an immediate blockbuster but word of mouth was spectacular -- in its second weekend it grossed practically as much as its first, which as you know is exceedingly rare. The female led comedy proved another home run for the director of Big, eventually grossing over $100 million domestically. It ended 1992 as that year's tenth biggest hit, just behind Basic Instinct and shutting Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven out of the moneyed top ten.

For the next few days we'll be revisiting this beloved classic tag-team style like we did with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), Thelma & Louise (1991), Rebecca (1940), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Please join
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Hollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in Canada

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Hollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaHollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaDaniel Bettridge6/27/2017 3:00:00 Pm

Everyone knows that Hollywood is the centre of the movie universe. But did you know that the likes of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have made some pretty important contributions to the multiplex too? Because they have. In fact the great white north has played an important role in the film industry down the years.

So to help celebrate Canada 150, join us as we look back on 11 blockbusters that you didn’t know were made in our home and native land.

The Twilight Saga – British Columbia

Want to follow in the brooding footsteps of Edward, Bella and the rest of the Twilight crew? Then head on over to beautiful British Columbia where the majority of the blockbuster franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling teen novels were shot.

Pacific Rim - Toronto

Guillermo del Toro
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Tamed Aliens, Harmonic Nuns and a Leather Catsuit: Strange Tales from 1992’s Summer of Cinema

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Author: Cai Ross

The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.

Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.

The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.

Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.

Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.

It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.

Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.

Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.

Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.

As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.

It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.

Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.

The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).

Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap. It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.

Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.

So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.

On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘DocEmmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.

Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.

The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)

Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.

Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.

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Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
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Trailers for New Restorations of Mike Nichols’ ‘The Graduate’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’

A pair of Oscar winners have recently undergone new restorations ahead of theatrical releases. While one can’t get much better than The Criterion Collection edition of The Graduate, a new 50th anniversary 4K restoration will be coming to U.K. cinemas this month and a new trailer has landed for Mike Nichols‘ coming-of-age masterpiece led by Dustin Hoffman.

Following that, there’s a new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Best Picture-winning western Unforgiven, which turns 25 this summer. With the restoration premiering as part of the Cannes Classics line-up, it’ll fittingly come to France first. The new restoration of The Graduate hits U.K. theaters starting June 23 while Unforgiven returns to theaters in France two days prior. Stay tuned for updates on U.S. releases and check out both trailers below.

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion as
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New Trailer for Restored Re-Release of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

"We all have it coming, kid." Any big fans of this film out there? Clint Eastwood's Best Picture-winning classic western Unforgiven is being re-released with a brand new, restored 4K print. Eastwood was just at the Cannes Film Festival last month, presenting the restored version of film in the Cannes Classics section and talking at a masterclass seminar during the festival. Unforgiven "summarizes everything I feel about the Western,” director/star Clint Eastwood told the La Times. The film features Eastwood as Bill Munny, with Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, Anna Levine, David Mucci, and Rob Campbell. It was first released in 1992. Hopefully this 4K version will end up in Us theaters after first playing in France this summer. Watch the official trailer below. Here's the French trailer (+ poster) for the re-release of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, from YouTube: Retired Old West
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Re-Release Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s Newly Restored ‘Unforgiven’

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It’s a bit of a shame that most of the press attention at the Cannes Film Festival tends to go to the buzzy new films, while the Cannes Classics programming gets neglected. We get it, everyone wants to know about the hot new thing, but every year, the Croisette hosts some great classic films, often in stunning new restorations. And while Clint Eastwood‘s “Unforgiven” might not seem like it’s of the age to be considered part of the western genre canon, you may have forgotten the picture turns twenty-five years old this year.

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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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