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Watch Steve Earle, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Raucous ‘T’ain’t Nobody’s Business’

While in town to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the end of April, Steve Earle joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band for an intimate late-night gig at the group’s namesake venue in the French Quarter for one of their annual Midnight Preserves shows. In a new video, the performers collaborate on a swinging version of “T’Aint Nobody’s Business,” a blues standard that’s been cut by Billie Holiday, B.B. King and Hank Williams, Jr.

While Earle heartily strums his acoustic guitar, he blends
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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

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Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film Festival.

Vivarium,” described by Critics’ Week’s artistic director Charles Tesson as reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Truman Show,” follows a young couple (Eisenberg and Poots) who have just moved into a new housing development and find themselves in a maze of identical homes and a surreal world.

“A White, White Day” marks Pálmason’s follow up to his 2017 feature debut, “Winter Brothers,” which won three prizes at Locarno, followed by a healthy festival run. “A White, White Day” stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as an
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Hear Steve Earle’s New Guy Clark Covers for Record Store Day

Following the March release of his Guy Clark tribute album Guy, Steve Earle has returned to the deep well of Clark songs to record a couple more. To celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 13th, Earle is releasing an exclusive 7-inch with his covers of “El Coyote” and “Don’t Let the Sunshine Fool You,” both of which are premiering today.

El Coyote,” which Clark penned for his 2013 album My Favorite Picture of You after hearing a story about a border smuggler who left his human cargo to die,
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The First Time: Steve Earle

The First Time: Steve Earle
Steve Earle released his tribute album to songwriter Guy Clark last week. In Rolling Stone‘s video series “The First Time,” he recounts his first meeting with the no-nonsense Clark, who along with Townes Van Zandt, became creative north stars for Earle.

Both introductions didn’t start off particularly well, with Clark poking fun at Earle’s hat while he played pool and Van Zandt attending one of his gigs — and incessantly calling for him to sing “Wabash Cannonball.” “I’m being heckled by my hero,” Earle recalls.

The “Copperhead
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Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film

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Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film
Xavier Legrand’s feature debut “Custody,” a tense portrait of a family torn by domestic violence, won best film, actress (for Lea Drucker), and original screenplay at the 44th Cesar Awards, which took place at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The awards are France’s highest film honors.

“Custody,” which marks Legrand’s follow up to his Oscar-nominated short, tells the story of a boy named Julien (Thomas Gioria), who is forced by a court ruling to split his time between his mother (Drucker) and estranged father (Denis Ménochet), whom he regards as a violent monster, amid his parents’ bitter divorce. “Custody” world-premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where it won two awards, and went on to play at Toronto in the competitive Platform section.

In her speech, Drucker paid homage to all the brave women who have inspired her and also dedicated the award to women who
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now: Reba McEntire, Steve Earle

10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now: Reba McEntire, Steve Earle
A classic Reba McEntire ballad, a Guy Clark cover from his acolyte Steve Earle and a Spanglish love song from the Last Bandoleros make up our list of the best country songs to hear this week.

The Last Bandoleros, “Enamorado”

A bilingual love song, “Enamorado” mixes the ramped-up romance of Latin pop ballads with the hooks and harmonies of Southwestern roots music. YouTube singing star Alexander Stewart co-wrote the track and released his own version last summer, but “Enamorado” sounds like a Last Bandoleros original, with all four bandmates contributing
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Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Wins Big at France’s Lumieres Awards

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Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Wins Big at France’s Lumieres Awards
After winning best director at the Venice Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers” picked up three awards, including best film, director and cinematography, at the 24th Lumières Awards, France’s équivalent to the Golden Globes. The ceremony took place on Monday at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Although it has not made its way into the awards season in the U.S. despite its fall festival bow, the movie is well-positioned in France where it will be vying for nine Cesar Awards, France’s équivalent to the Oscars, on Feb. 22.

Produced by Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not, “The Sisters Brothers” stars starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Sisters Brothers” won over Jeanne Herry’s adoption drama “In Safe Hands,” Mikhaël Hers’ “Amanda,” Alex Lutz’s “Guy” and Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquières.”

Xavier Legrand’s heart-pounding domestic violence drama “Custody” won best first film.
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'The Sisters Brothers' wins top prize at France's Lumière awards

'The Sisters Brothers' wins top prize at France's Lumière awards
Jacques Audiard’s dark comedy western won best film and best director.

Jacques Audiard’s dark comedy western The Sisters Brothers, co-starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, won best film and best director at the 24th edition of France’s Lumière awards on Monday evening.

In a third prize for Audiard’s English-language debut, Benoît Debie, who was also nominated for his work on Gaspar Noé’s Climax, won best cinematography.

The Sisters Brothers was a front-runner at the nomination stage alongside comedy of manners Mademoiselle de Joncquières, adoption drama Pupille and Venice-winning divorce drama Custody although there were no stand-out favourites this year.
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‘Sink or Swim,’ ‘Custody’ Lead Race for France’s Cesar Awards

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‘Sink or Swim,’ ‘Custody’ Lead Race for France’s Cesar Awards
French actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche’s “Sink or Swim” and Xavier Legrand’s feature debut “Custody” lead the race for this year’s Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, with 10 nominations each, including best picture and best director.

Sink or Swim” (“Le Grand Bain” in France), a star-driven dramedy about a men’s synchronized swimming team, world-premiered at Cannes out of competition and was released by Studiocanal. The ensemble film, which was one of the highest-grossing French films in 2018, picked up multiple nominations in the best supporting actor and actress categories, for Jean-Hugues Anglade, Philippe Katerine, Leila Bekhti and Virginie Efira.

“Custody” follows a boy named Julien (Thomas Gioria), who is forced by a court ruling to split his time between his mother (Léa Drucker) and estranged father (Denis Ménochet), whom he regards as a violent monster, amid his parents’ bitter divorce. “Custody” world-premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival,
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MyFrenchFilmFestival Highlights ‘Sauvage’ ‘Black Tide,’ ‘Guy,’ ’The Bureau’

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MyFrenchFilmFestival Highlights ‘Sauvage’ ‘Black Tide,’ ‘Guy,’ ’The Bureau’
Paris — Two Cannes Critics’ Week hits – ‘Guy,” “Sauvage” – and Erick Zonca’s comeback, “Black Tide,” are three potential highlights in a still-expanding MyFrenchFilmFestival, French promotion org UniFrance’s annual online selection of French and French-language films.

Unveiling MyFFF’s 2019 edition in Paris on Wednesday, UniFrance also revealed that this year’s ninth edition will bow a TV strand, showcasing espionage thriller “The Bureau,” a recent and game-changing Canal Plus Création Originale. The international filmmakers’ jury – unveiled by UniFrance’s president Serge Toubiana and co-managing director Isabelle Giordano on Wednesday morning at Google’s offices in Paris — comprises Jaco Van Dormael (“The Brand New Testament”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), Coralie Fargeat (“Revenge”), Mikhaël Hers (“Amanda”) and Kim Nguyen (“Rebelle”). Citing “Divines” which sold to Netflix, and “Revenge” which was acquired by AMC’s Shudder, Toubiana and Giordano said all the filmmakers on the jury have had a connection with a digital service.
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"High Maintenance"

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Take a look at Season 3 of the comedy series "High Maintenance, created by Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, starring Sinclair as 'Guy', a nameless cannabis deliveryman in New York City, premiering January 20, 2019 on HBO:

"...filmed throughout various neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan, each episode is between five and twelve minutes. Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "High Maintenance"...
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France's Lumière awards unveil mixed bag of nominations

France's Lumière awards unveil mixed bag of nominations
Lumières are the Golden Globes of France.

A mixed bag of nominations for the 24th edition of France’s Lumière awards was unveiled in Paris on Monday (Dec 17).

Jacques Audiard’s Us-set, English-language The Sisters Brothers, period comedy-drama Mademoiselle de Jonquières, adoption drama Pupille and Venice-winning relationship drama Custody came out as the front-runners with four nominations each.

Following with three nominations each were Alex Lutz’s comedy-drama Guy, about a man who discovers he is the illegitimate son of a fading variety star and decides to follow him on tour; comedy The Trouble With You, sexual abuse drama Little Tickles,
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France’s Lumieres Awards Unveil Nominations

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France’s Lumieres Awards Unveil Nominations
Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers” has been nominated for best film and director at the 24th Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

The Western starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal world-premiered at Venice Film Festival, where it earned Audiard a best director award.

Produced by Paris-based company Why Not, “The Sisters’ Brothers” is vying for best film against Jeanne Herry’s adoption drama “In Safe Hands,” Mikhaël Hers’ “Amanda,” Alex Lutz’s “Guy” and Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquières.”

“In Safe Hands” and “Mademoiselle de Joncquières” lead the nominations with four each. Mouret’s critically acclaimed French period drama, “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” world-premiered at Toronto and was recently acquired by Netflix for most rights worldwide. The film’s star, Cecile de France, has been nominated for best actress, along with Elodie Bouchez for “In Safe Hands,” Léa Drucker for “Custody,” Virginie Efira
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Les Arcs’s Co-Production Village Kicks Off 10th Edition

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Marylise Dumont’s “Black Dog,” Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Ashes and Snow” and “Each of Us” are among the 20 projects which will be pitched at the 10th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village.

The Co-Production Village will run alongside the festival which will be presided by Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish helmer of Palme d’Or-winning and Oscar-nominated “The Square,” and will open on Dec. 15 with Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man.” The movie will compete along with nine films selected by Frederic Boyer, the artistic director of both Les Arcs and Tribeca festivals.

Besides Ostlund, a flurry of high-profile European filmmakers, industry figures and talent are expected to attend the festival, notably Laetitia Casta (“A Faitful Man”), Alex Lutz (“Guy”), Lukas Dhont (“Girl”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Promise”), Jeremie Renier (“Double Lover”), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Les estivants”), Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!), and Thomas Vinterberg
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