Bill Pohlad wants 'Love & Mercy' to take you inside the genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson

Bill Pohlad wants 'Love & Mercy' to take you inside the genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson

Also: What do Wilson and filmmaker Terrence Malick have in common?

Biopics are a double-edged sword. On one hand, carving out a larger-than-life persona on the big screen drives iconography and extends a legacy. On the other, the inherent trap of the "greatest hits" approach, a structure often leaned on just because of the sheer amount of information you can carry across, can lead to a lack of dimension, sapping the humanity out of a subject. Bill Pohlad was aware of those pitfalls when he set out to make "Love & Mercy," a cinematic portrait of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, and he avoided them expertly.

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Review: Gaspar Noé's 'Love' is a barrage of sex mainstream cinema has rarely seen

Review: Gaspar Noé's 'Love' is a barrage of sex mainstream cinema has rarely seen

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A rare sliver of intimacy is found amongst the noise

[This review contains descriptions of graphic sexual acts.]

CANNES — The first shot of Gaspar Noé’s new drama “Love” lets you know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. Murphy (Karl Glusman) and Electra (Aomi Muyock) are naked on a bed. She is giving him a hand job while he fingers her. The camera does not move. There is no cut to another shot. There is no music. And then, in what will be a common occurrence, Murphy ejaculates in Electra’s hand. Noé has given you ample warning of what’s ahead. This film will not simulate sex. The intercourse will be real and it will dominate the proceedings.

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Roger Deakins will shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' sequel

Roger Deakins will shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' sequel

There go my pants

Oh wow. So cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on to shoot Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner" sequel. I'm paying attention now, folks.

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I'll miss you, David Letterman
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I'll miss you, David Letterman

The king signs off one last time tonight

As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd.

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7 things I learned from the Wired oral history of Industrial Light & Magic

7 things I learned from the Wired oral history of Industrial Light & Magic

40 years of rich history and great stories

Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time.

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Review: 'Sicario' simmers as it indicts the fallacy of the drug war we can't win

Review: 'Sicario' simmers as it indicts the fallacy of the drug war we can't win

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Benicio Del Toro hasn't been this good in a long time

CANNES — In 2001 Benicio Del Toro won an Oscar for his portrayal of a Mexican police officer attempting to take down the drug cartels in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.” Fourteen years later he’s starring in another film about North America’s “drug war,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” and the picture makes the disheartening argument that things may have actually gotten worse.

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Mindy Kaling says she wept when she visited Pixar to discuss 'Inside Out'

Mindy Kaling says she wept when she visited Pixar to discuss 'Inside Out'

Amy Poehler still holding out hope for the Palme d'Or

CANNES — "Inside Out" made a splash at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on Monday morning earning thunderous applause after its first press screening and rave reviews including one from this particular pundit.

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Review: 'Inside Out' is simply one of Pixar's most creative films ever

Review: 'Inside Out' is simply one of Pixar's most creative films ever

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Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith are superb

CANNES — Stop and think about it for a just a minute. Imagine a movie almost completely centered on individual emotions living in a young girl's head. Not a short, but a feature length film. It sounds like some sort of nightmare screenwriting assignment, doesn’t it? How do you explain how the emotions work? Do they control her every action? Do they grow and mature alongside her? How do you make a coherent, entertaining and moving experience out of that concept? Pete Docter, who previously directed one of Pixar's best films, "Up," doesn't make things easy on himself taking on that challenge and it makes the success of "Inside Out" more admirable than it initially might seem.

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The deification of 'Steve Jobs' begins with first look teaser trailer

The deification of 'Steve Jobs' begins with first look teaser trailer

Apparently this guy was some sort of genius

It seems pretty obvious given what's on paper that, if you're interested in the annual film awards derby at year's end, you should be keeping a pretty close eye on "Steve Jobs." Produced by Oscar winners Scott Rudin ("No Country Old Men") and Christian Colson ("Slumdog Millionaire") along with nominee Mark Gordon ("Saving Private Ryan"), written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and winner Kate Winslet ("The Reader") — yeah, this is that "sight unseen" territory.

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Cate Blanchett says she told reporter she hasn't had sexual relationships with women

Cate Blanchett says she told reporter she hasn't had sexual relationships with women

That and more from the 'Carol' press conference in Cannes

CANNES — There's nothing like a Cannes Film Festival press conference to stir things up a bit. This year we've already had Tom Hardy publicly apologize to director George Miller for his behavior during the filming of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and on Sunday none other than Cate Blanchett stoked the flames. Something tells us she's been waiting for the opportunity.

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