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The Morning Feed: Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Wins Cannes Palme d’Or

May 23, 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday and according to The Guardian Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, a drama about a 1950s Texas family, starring Brad Pitt as a somewhat stern father and Sean Penn as his present-day son, won the prestigious Palme d’Or award.

The Tree Of Life, an artful drama that makes a poetic connection between a 1950s family and the creation of life, was Malick’s first film since his 2005 drama The New World about John Smith and the founding of Jamestown.

Malick, famously private and firm in his refusal to participate in traditional Hollywood publicity, earned controversy from the festival press corps for refusing to participate in a festival press conference on behalf of the film. Instead, Malick made a brief appearance at the Palais for its public premiere.

Malick’s controversy paled compared to the major news story of the festival, Danish director Lars von Trier and his outrageous anti-Semitic jokes and comments about “sympathizing with Hitler” at a May 18 press conference for his end-of-the-world drama Melancholia and his subsequent ban by festival directors.

Von Trier’s film remained in competition and its lead actress Kirsten Dunst received a Best Actress award  for her performance.

Hollywood studios continued to be savvier than ever when it comes to fueling the passions of the fanatic fan boys and fan girls who pack cinemas for the latest superhero movie. The web caught fire May 20 thanks to the Warner Bros. viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight Rises, the next installment from filmmaker Christopher Nolan in the Batman franchise.

The Dark Knight Rises Twitter feed @thefirerises published links to the first photo of the villain Bane played by British actor Tom Hardy.

In the photo, Hardy’s turned away from the camera with his face covered by an ominous black guard. What fans noticed immediately were Hardy’s bulging back and shoulder muscles.

Fans stitched together their idea of the plot for the upcoming movie. They believed Batman (Christian Bale) fights the mysterious League of Shadows; the army of assassins led by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson in Batman Begins). Except this time the League would be led by his daughter Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) and her henchman Bane (Hardy).

The 1848 Cincinnati Panorama, a 19th-century daguerreotype taken by photographers and early creatives Charles H. Fontayne and William Southgate Porter on Sept. 24, 1848 of the Cincinnati riverfront from a bluff across the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky, was unveiled for public display May 21 at the Main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in downtown Cincinnati.

Ralph Wiegandt, senior project conservator from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY, referred to the eight separate 8 ½ by 6 ½-inch plates as an “iconic American treasure” to The New York Times.

Daguerrotypes captured light on silver-coated copper plates coated with iodine and bromine and the process achieved amazing detail more precise than any film photography and the delicate art worked required extensive restoration, stabilization and mounting from conservators at the Eastman House. Research by the library’s genealogy and local history department throughout the seven-year  project with recent support work from the digital services staff allowed viewers to magnify points of interest in the panorama and learn more about the people and places on the Cincinnati waterfront from 163 years ago.

Specialty film fans and colleagues paid homage to Donald B. Krim, a distribution exec at United Artists Classics who bought Kino International in 1977 and steadily grew the company into a significant distributor for classics like the restored Metropolis and foreign-language films such as the 2010 Greek drama Dogtooth.

Krim, the President of Kino International and co-president of Kino Lorber Inc. passed away March 20 at age 65 after a long bout with cancer.

The Morning Feed: Lars von Trier Says He’s Proud of Cannes Ban

May 20, 2011

The biggest news out of the 64th Cannes Film Festival continued to be Danish director Lars von Trier. Not Von Trier’s competition film Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst as a bride preparing for her wedding while a planet hurtles towards the Earth; or any other festival film for that matter, but Von Trier’s outrageous comments about “sympathizing with Hitler” at a Wednesday press conference and his subsequent ban by festival directors.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Von Trier quickly apologized for his anti-Semitic remarks and described them as a bad joke he let go out-of-control. The festival ban remained and the press day for Melancholia was cancelled. Von Trier soon returned to his bad boy ways and talked about being proud of being banned at Cannes.

“I have to say I’m a little proud of being named persona non grata,” Von Trier said. “I think my family would be proud. I have a French order. Now they will likely tear it off my chest.”

Music labels Hip-O Select and Sanctuary received great support from music fans for their reissues of the first three albums from The Kinks last month.

According to Pitchfork, Hip-O Select and Sanctuary announced their next three Kinks reissues — 1966’s Face to Face and 1967’s Something Else and 1969’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) — to street June 13.

The reissues, claiming both mono and stereo mixes of the albums in addition to BBC sessions and interviews, would coincide with Kinks front man Ray Davies at the Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in London June 10-19 where he will perform along with Wire, Nick Lowe, Madness and Yo La Tengo.

With their shiny new reissues in hand, Kinks fans hoped Davies performs classics from the albums including Waterloo Sunset, Victoria and Plastic Man.

Web entrepreneur, digital strategist and TV host Dan Abrams pushed aside his multiple achievements and successful digital strategy firm and argued via his new book Man Down that women basically out-perform men in just about everything.

In a Q&A at The Window blog for, Abrams convinced Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan that Man Down gets things right.

“I have been surprised by how many men have told me they agree with my findings,” Abrams said. “Most of them take issue with a particular chapter or two, but it seems that many have always secretly known what this book proves.”

The Morning Feed: Johnny Depp Turns Cannes Crowds Into a Frenzy Promoting ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

May 16, 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival wrapped up its opening weekend festivities and the crowds went crazy for Johnny Depp and the rest of his Pirates of the Caribbean colleagues as they hit the Croisette to promote the fourth installment in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Critics teased that the fans were jubilant because they hadn’t watched the latest film yet. Still, producer Jerry Bruckheimer matched the fans’ goodwill with promises of more Pirates films.

“There’s much more fun to be had,” Bruckheimer told The Guardian. “As long as the scripts are good and we’re working with filmmakers such as Rob Marshall, we’re all good.”

German artist and Seattle transplant Trimpin premiered his experimental opera The Gurs Zyklus (The Gurs Cycle) May 14 at Memorial Auditorium at Stanford University. According to The L.A. Times, Trimpin made great use of his extraordinary sound sculptures including giant teeter-totters, a Ferris wheel that projects photos and a fire organ made of Bunsen burners and glass tubes to tell the story of a Nazi internment camp that was used as a way station in the French Pyrenees for Jews bound for Auschwitz. Four singers and a narrator brought a human element to the video projections and sound sculptures in the 73-minute opera. Still based on the review, Trimpin’s elaborate art works were the stars of the show.

The Erbil Literature Festival wrapped May 9 in the Northern city and capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. With various readings and seminars held in Erbil’s ancient citadel and numerous other venues, the literature festival was a welcome alternative to the frequent stories about political strife and U.S. military occupation that determine how the world sees Iraq and much of the Middle East.

Sponsored by the British Council and featuring Arabic and Kurdish writers together at panels, readings and round-table discussions, the Erbil Literature Festival proved that literature can be a force for diplomacy.

“We have too many poets in Iraq,” Dr. Saad Iskander told The Telegraph. “Everyone wants to be a poet but we need writers who archive who use facts and primary sources.”

Shoppers at the various concept stores for Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo’s fashion line Commes des Garçons or Rem Koolhaas’s Prada store in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood learned years ago that great architecture and interior design go hand-in-hand with luxury fashion. A cool photo gallery in Gizmodo was a great reminder that artful stores can exist outside the world of high fashion. Javier Maya’s Pave bicycle store in Barcelona displayed its two-wheel goods with the style and flair equal to what one experiences walking the rotunda at the Guggenheim.

The Morning Feed: Lynne Ramsay Wows Cannes with ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’

May 13, 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival entered its opening weekend with Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay receiving the lion’s share of acclaim so far for her family drama We Need to Talk about Kevin.

Ramsay adapted Lionel Schriver’s bestselling novel for her first feature since 2002’s Morvern Callar; making the argument that her enthusiastic Cannes reception was well-earned.

Festival press including TheGuardian’s Xan Brooks raved about Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly as parents of a troubled teen (Ezra Miller) who murders several classmates, a teacher and a worker at his high school, the tense storytelling as well as the artful production work of Ramsay and cameraman Seamus McGarvey.

Fans of Ramsay’s earlier features Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher, myself included, wouldn’t expect anything less from the talented Ramsay.

Visitors to The Jewish Museum in New York enjoyed the chance to view more than 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by modern masters Renoir, Gauguin, Courbet and van Gogh. More importantly, they learned the story of the incredible sisters Etta and Claribel Cone and how they traveled from their Baltimore home at the turn of the 20th century to Paris and became major patrons of Matisse and Picasso.

The Cone sisters began their art collecting with a $300 gift from an older brother and by the time of Etta’s death in 1949 acquired nearly 3,000 pieces.

“This exhibit is really the first opportunity to tell the story of the Cone sisters and their significance in the art world,” curator Karen Levitov told Vogue.

The Cone Sisters donated their collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art but the exhibition Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore at the Jewish Museum through September 25 promised to tell their amazing story to new audiences.

NPR reported on the Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment partnering to launch the National Jukebox, the largest online collection of historical recordings available to the public.

“This represents a strong step in the Library’s efforts to return out of ciculation recordings to public access,” Gene DeAnna, head of the Library’s Recorded Sound Section, told NPR.

The Library of Congress, Sony and the University of California, Santa Barbara via its Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Records made available 10,000 historical recordings for free bit streaming (no downloads).

Highlights included the first recording of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra’s Rhapsody in Blue Parts 1 and 2 with composer George Gershwin at the piano and Woodrow Wilson’sspeech on labor from September 24, 1912.

The latest chapter on the ongoing Charlie Sheen meltdown story came to a conclusion with The Hollywood Reporter breaking the news that actor Ashton Kutcher agreed to replace the recently fired Sheen on his hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Sheen doused any chances of his being rehired with recent rants against Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre.

While Sheen wrapped his stand-up tour to mixed reviews, Kutcher looked to finalize his Two and a Half Men deal with a reported paycheck of $1M per episode.

Kutcher earned the best reviews of his career on the FOX sitcom That 70’s Show and executive produced the hit MTV hidden camera series Punk’d.

Returning to TV might turn out to be the smartest career move Kutcher ever makes.


The Morning Feed: Restored ‘A Clockwork Orange’ To Debut at Cannes!

May 12, 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival continued today with Angelina Jolie’s photo call in support of the DreamWorks animated feature Kung Fu Panda 2 attracting much of the media attention. For the cinema buffs on the Croisette, the bigger news was the May 19 festival screening of a newly restored version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 masterpiece A Clockwork Orange to help promote an upcoming 40th anniversary Blu-ray release and iTunes download.

As reported by The Guardian, Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell reminded fans of the moral panic that erupted when Kubrick’s adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel about Alex, a sadistic gang leader clad in a white jumpsuit and a black bowler hat, and his cruel rehabilitation by the state, first landed in cinemas in 1971.

Kubrick caved in to politicians who blamed the film for copycat crimes and withdrew the film in England in 1974.

Forty years later, McDowell pointed to the Cannes screening as proof that audiences have finally caught up with Kubrick’s black, comic intentions for the movie.

“When we made the film 40 years ago, we made it as a comedy, albeit a very black one,” McDowell said. “There was a lot of humor but when it came out because it was so startling and shocking people just sat there dead silent. At the end they didn’t move out of their seats. Of course, I know it has a lot of violence and stuff but it’s more psychological than ketchup on the screen. Now audiences take it how we meant it. They really have a good time and laugh. They caught up with it.”

Singer George Michael announced his next album would reflect his experience as an openly gay middle-aged man and said he hoped the album would help undo some of the homophobia his private life has generated.

“I’m looking to work with gay and gay-friendly artists,” Michael told The Independent. “It will be a collective with some songs sung by myself and some songs by unknown gay artists. I have a serious problem with the fact that every time I made a big mistake I definitely felt I was letting young gay people down because of the homophobia that was thrown at me and the wording of that homophobia.”

Michael, 47, and former member of the pop duo Wham!, also announced a new tour with a symphony orchestra including dates at London’s Royal Opers House and Paris’ Garnier opera house.

Mike Petty, a commercial filmmaker and owner of Moving Still Productions, shared his latest short film No Joy of the abandoned Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita Kansas on the video sharing site Vimeo. Granted, the background music felt hokey but his close-up images of the abandoned rides and wide-screen footage of the park itself proved to be stunning.

Producers of TV dramas talked to the L.A. Times about the challenge of engaging distracted TV viewers who watch their favorite shows while operating their favorite mobile devices.

“Most people are watching TV with a laptop on their legs,” said Laurie Zaks, executive producer of the ABC mystery Castle. If you don’t capture the audience in the first two episodes you don’t have a chance.”

Zaks and other producers pointed to the hard-knock odds they’re facing these days: five of the 22 new TV dramas that premiered on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and CW won’t be back next season.

Shawn Ryan understood the challenges first-hand. Despite good views and solid audiences, Fox axed any sophomore season for his cop drama The Chicago Code soon after its midseason premiere.

“There is a cynicism that if it’s good and complicated it is going to get cancelled,” Ryan said. “People don’t want to get emotionally involved.”

Don’t think cable is the sole answer. FX cancelled both its boxing drama Lights Out and Ryan’s Terriers after one season.

The Morning Feed: Weinstein Company Buys ‘The Artist’ For First Deal of Cannes 2011

May 11, 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival started today with a photo call for the DreamWorks animated feature Puss in Boots and The Weinstein Company made the first deal by buying U.S. rights as well as some key foreign territories for The Artist, a black-and-white silent film about a silent movie star in 1927 Hollywood worried about the impact of talking pictures on his career.

According to Deadline, the Weinstein Company planned to release the film, starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller in late 2011.

Hoping for a sales announcement of their own, Wide Management agreed to handle international sales for This Is Not A Film, by Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, an intimate look at Panahi awaiting the verdict on his court appeal regarding his charges of propaganda against the state, scheduled to screen May 20 out of competition.

“The reality of being alive and the dream of keeping cinema alive motivated us to go through the existing limitations in Iranian cinema,” Panahi and Mirtahmasb said in a statement to Screen Daily. “The existing possibilities in cinema have convinced us that a filmmaker has only himself to blame if he is unable to make films.”

Critics described Belgian-born artist and Mexico City resident Francis Alÿs as an “elongated Charlie Chaplin” when describing his performance in various video pieces like Re-enactments (2001); walking through Mexico City streets with a loaded gun in his hand, or Tornado, his latest work, as he chases a tornado.

“First you see it, probably a couple of miles away and it’s pretty fast,” Alÿs told Vogue. “Often, there’s one following the other. So if you miss the first one, there’s a good chance that you get another.”

The 51-year-old artist and Mexico City resident for the past 25 years also created additional paintings, drawings and photographs to help explain his ideas of rehearsal and re-enactment in his installations When Faith Moves Mountains (2002) and Rehearsal 1 (Ensayo 1) (1999-2001) at the exhibition Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at MoMa in New York through August 1.

Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat criticized overzealous fans that take to the web and give away plot details in advance in a recent interview on BBC Radio 5. Granted, these hardcore Who fanatics have helped make Doctor Who a sci-fi smash but Moffat slammed fans who blow the show’s cliffhangers in advance as “vandals.”

“It’s heartbreaking in a way because you’re trying to tell stories and stories depend on surprise,” Moffat said in The Independent. “Stories depend on shocking people. Stories are the moments that you didn’t see coming, that are what live in you and burn in you forever. If you are denied those, it’s vandalism.”

The Morning Feed: Filmmaker Terry Gilliam Receives Praise for Debut Opera ‘The Damnation of Faust’

May 9, 2011

Despite standout fantasy movies like Brazil, 12 Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, filmmaker Terry Gilliam consistently struggled to secure financing for his features. So fans weren’t surprised to watch Gilliam step to the left and stage his first opera, a large-scale production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, for the English National Opera.

Gilliam received enthusiastic acclaim for his inventive staging that updated the story to World War I Germany though the rise of Nazism to a World War II concentration camp and The Telegraph singled out his collaboration with designer Hildegard Bechtler and the performances of Peter Hoare as Faust and Christopher Purves as Mephistopheles.

Gilliam was reportedly worried about working with Berlioz’s score and the singers. Still, opera probably felt like a breeze compared to all his recent moviemaking headaches.

Musician, songwriter, Gnarls Barkley co-founder and producer Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, finally completed his five-year project with Italian composer Daniele Luppi, Rome, an album of music inspired by Italian film scores.

According to The Guardian, guest artists Jack White and Norah Jones received the lion’s share of attention for collaborating with Burton and Luppi. True to the project’s origins in Italian cinema, Burton gathered musicians who performed on original Ennio Morricone soundtracks to work on Rome.

The 2011 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival wrapped May 8 in Toronto and the Best International Feature prize went to Dragonslayer, director Tristan Patterson’s film about the California skate-punk Skreech.

Director Massimo D’Anolfi received the Special Jury Price Prize for an International Feature for The Castle, about the daily tasks for the border security staff at Milan’s Malpensa Airport.

The Best Canadian Feature prize went to Julia Ivanova’s Family Portrait in Black and White, about an orphanage in Ukraine where a woman raises 16 abandoned mixed-race children.

The HBO Emerging Artist Award went to Polish filmmaker Michael Marczak for his film At the Edge of Russia, about a young recruit who works at an isolated Arctic military post.

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob and the festival’s head of selection Thierry Frémaux announced the last-minute additions of two films made in clandestine conditions from persecuted Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

According to Deadline, Rasoulof’s Good Bye (Be Omid e Didar), about a young lawyer in Tehran in search of a visa to leave his country, became an official selection in Un Certain Regard with its debut screening May 13.

This Is Not A Film, by Pahahi and co-director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, an intimate look at Panahi awaiting the verdict on his court appeal regarding his charges of propaganda against the state, was scheduled to screen May 20 out of competition.

“Mohammad Rasoulof’s film and the conditions under which it was made and Jafar Panahi’s diary of the days of his life as an artist not allowed to work are by their very existence a resistance to the legal action which affects them,” Jacob andFrémaux said in a joint statement. “That they sent them to Cannes, at the same time, the same year when they face the same fate is an act of courage along with an incredible artistic message.”

The 64th Cannes Film Festival begins May 11.

The Morning Feed: Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight Announced for 64th Cannes Film Festival

April 19, 2011

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob and the festival’s head of selection Thierry Fremaux rounded out the lineup for the 64th Cannes Film Festival with the announcements of the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week programs, two sections that screen independently of the Palme d’Or competition.

According to The Guardian, French master André Téchiné joined the Directors’ Fornight with his adaptation of the Philippe Djian novel Impardonnables.

Critics’ Weeks selections included new films from Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories) and Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) as well as Israeli actress and director Hagar Ben Asher with her film Hanotenet (The Slut), about a woman addicted to sex.

Earlier, Fremaux announced the festival’s competition titles including Spanish veteran Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin That I Inhabit and U.S. master Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.

Accusations of exaggeration on the scale of disgraced writer James Frey and his mostly made up account of addiction, A Million Little Pieces, brought unwanted publicity to Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.

A 60 Minutes report reported a large discrepancy in the number of schools Mortenson claimed he opened in Afghanistan and that many of the schools built lacked funds to operate.

According to The New York Post, Mortenson’s publisher Viking Press began an investigation into claims that he made up the number of schools he built in Afghanistan as well as scenes in his best-selling memoir including his account about being kidnapped by the Taliban.

The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced last night at Columbia University and the talented recipients included Los Angeles Times photographer Barbara Davidson who won the Feature Photography award for her story of innocent victims of gang violence in Los Angeles. As reported by The Telegraph, playwright Bruce Norris received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Clybourne Park, a two-part production that looks at a Chicago suburb as a white family moves out in 1959 and another white family moves into the community in 2009.

“I’m deeply honored and totally flabbergasted to receive this recognition,” Norris said. “I want to thank both Playwrights Horizons and Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. for simultaneously taking a chance on this play and to thank Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago for their 10 years of support.”

Jeff Bridges remained busy as an actor with recent lead roles in Tron Legacy as long-lost computer games designer Kevin Flynn (reprising his role from the first Tron movie) and as grizzled U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the remake of True Grit. But the Hollywood veteran made news today announcing his record deal with Blue Note and his plans to hit the studio with producer T-Bone Burnett. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bridges intended to record some of his own compositions as well as songs from Tom Waits, Bo Ramsey and others.

Burnett wrote songs for Bridges’ film Crazy Heart including the Oscar-nominated number The Weary Kind.


The Morning Feed: Andy Serkis Reveals SFX Magic Behind ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

April 14, 2011

Andy Serkis might be the Laurence Olivier of Motion-Capture performance; an expert at wearing the bodysuit covered with markers that allow engineers to create digital characters like Kong from King Kong and the villainous Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies based on his movements and facial expressions.

Yet, during a live Facebook interview (streamed worldwide by 20th Century Fox for fans no less), Serkis spoke about finding the emotional truth needed to play Caesar, the lab chimpanzee and main character of director Rupert Wyatt’s latest installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

“I never approach a performance capture role or a physical role any differently from a dramatic role,” Serkis said, sitting alongside WETA Sr. VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri at the WETA Digital studios in Wellington, New Zealand. “It’s emotional truth that’s going to tell the story.”

Serkis not only performed as Caesar, the test subject chimp used by James Franco’s scientist in research for an Alzheimer’s cure, but other gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees in the movie’s epic crowd scenes.

20th Century Fox scheduled Rise of the Planet of the Apes for an Aug. 5 release date, although Serkis quickly pointed out he has more sound effects work to do as a chimp before the movie is complete.

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob and the festival’s head of selection Thierry Fremaux announced the line-up for the 64th Cannes Film Festival today and Spanish veteran Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin That I Inhabit and U.S. master Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life joined the competition for this year’s festival.

According to The Telegraph, other films included Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, the latest from the Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, Le Gamin au Velo and Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsey’s adaptation of the Lionel Shriver novel We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Earlier, Fremaux announced that Woody Allen’s latest comedy Midnight in Paris would open the festival May 11 and Gus Van Sant’s teen drama Restless was chosen to launch the Un Certain Regard screenings.

The L.A. Times reported on comic Chris Rock and his ensemble cast including Bobby Cannavale and Annabella Sciorra enjoying enthusiastic reviews for their work in playwright Stephen Adly GuirgisThe Motherf*cker With the Hat.

In the LAByrinth Theater Company production, which just premiered at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Rock starred as Raph D., the Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor to recovering addict Jackie (Cannavale).

Rock, best known for his standup act and feature films, made his Broadway debut with strong reviews, perhaps enough to encourage him to make theater a regular part of his creative life.