Five Fantastic Winners of the Cannes Film Festival's Coveted Palme d'Or Streaming Online

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The 2015 Cannes Film Festival is now underway, with some of the year's most anticipated films contending for the Palme d'Or (known at various points in the festival's history as the Grand Prix). Always a source of controversy, the Palme d'Or has nonetheless honored throughout its history some of the most important films in world cinema.

To get into the mood for this year's festival, let's take a look back at five great films that have won the coveted Palme d'Or, all of which are currently available to stream online.


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Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings in Development at HBO

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Marlon James on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Author and Macalester College professor Marlon James is in cahoots with television behemoth HBO. Or at least they're working on turning James's third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, into one of their next projects.

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Marlon James Talks About Trying to Break into Prince's House on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Mallrats Reunion: The Best of Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Michael Rooker at Comic Con

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Jason Mewes (front, second from right) with a crew of Mallrats cosplayers.
The spirit of Mallrats took over Minneapolis for the weekend during the city's second annual Comic Con.

The legendary Kevin Smith came to the State Theatre for a Q&A that lasted a whopping two and a half hours, covering everything from his classic films to how surprisingly great Minnesota (and our weed) is. Smith's View Askew comrades and co-stars Jason Mewes and Michael Rooker were also in town this weekend at the convention, teaming up for their own Mallrats-themed Q&A.

Here are the best bits about Mallrats, Minnesota, and everything in between.

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The Most Fascinating Things We Learned from Celebs at Comic Con


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Michael Rooker Talks Mallrats 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

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What a difference a year makes.

Actor Michael Rooker was most recently seen as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, but Kevin Smith fans will remember him as Brandi Svenning's talk show producing dad in the cult classic Mallrats.

We spoke with Rooker just before last year's inaugural Minneapolis Comic Con, and he was pleased to find out there were even people still interested in Mallrats, which was filmed in Minnesota at Eden Prairie Center. Now, Rooker will be co-hosting a panel with his Mallrats co-star Jason Mewes at this year's event, thanks to the announcement of a sequel this spring.

We caught up with Rooker again to chat about sequels, action figures, and chocolate-covered pretzels, natch.

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Michael Rooker on Merle Dixon, Guardians of the Galaxy, and recreating his Mallrats look


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Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Fills This Buffy Fan With Despair

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Depending on whom you talk to, we live in an era of conformity or one of anything-goes individuality; in a golden age of television or the brightest of movie galaxies. But just about everyone will agree that we’re ruled by screens of all sizes, which means it’s harder than ever to make what's on them special.

In 1997 Joss Whedon launched a television show, adapted from the script he’d written for a not-so-great 1992 movie, about a teenage girl (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who learns that she’s part of a centuries-old lineage of young women fated to battle vampires, demons, and other enemies of humankind. She has friends to help her, classmates who are fiercely loyal yet sometimes shift shape and become adversaries. Whedon took a serial ostensibly chronicling the ups and downs of vampire slaying and, over the course of seven years, explored the capillary-delicate intricacies of what it means to be human: what it’s like to have your boyfriend turn against you after you’ve had sex for the first time, how it feels to lose a parent, maybe even what it’s like to die.

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Podcast: Avengers 2 Is Better Than Avengers 1

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For 150 minutes they shout at the audience, "You are having fun!"
Avengers: Age of Ultron director and screenwriter Joss Whedon wants to give us everything in his movie, and that he fits it all in is its own kind of feat, writes LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson in her review of the film, which opens May 1. Joining her on this week's Voice Film Club podcast are the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl on this week's episode, before recommending Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig, Felix and Meira, and Don't Think I've Forgotten. Follow us on Twitter at @Voicefilmclub.


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J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Makes a Successful Leap to the Small Screen

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Author J.K. Rowling's rags-to-riches biography is arguably better known than her most famous creation, Harry Potter. As the oft-repeated origin story goes, Rowling was a single mother making ends meet, aided by government assistance while she was scribbling the first installment of her phenomenally successful fantasy series in a café — which was heated, unlike her apartment. In five years, she went from being as poor "as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless" to becoming a multimillionaire, eventually surpassing the queen of England in wealth.


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Kurt Cobain Is Honored in the Stunning Montage of Heck

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A post-Wikipedia biographical documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck finds Brett Morgen constructing a feature-length collage of notebook entries, demo tapes, rehearsal footage, home movies, archival photos, and drawings and artwork by the late Nirvana frontman. It’s an impressive, comprehensive assemblage, designed to impart not a point-by-point historical account but, instead, a larger sense of why Cobain was who he was.


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Podcast: Marvel at Horror Film Unfriended, a Surprisingly Good Movie About the Internet

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we marvel at teen horror film Unfriended, and while it is "85 minutes of watching someone else use a computer," the filmmaker's adept at turning a screen into a natural storytelling platform: "Director Levan Gabriadze summons up exquisite unease just by the way a cursor darts about a desktop."


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FX's Hillbilly Noir Justified Was the Forgotten Prestige TV Show

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No show wears its love for language and land more proudly than FX's Justified, which ends its six-year run on April 14. Based on a novella by Elmore Leonard and starring squinty-eyed sex symbol Timothy Olyphant, the hillbilly noir never received the critical adulation or the audience one might expect for such a consistently moving and entertaining series. Boasting some of the best writing, acting, directing, and mythologizing anywhere on television, Justified left the innovations and the boundary-pushing to its more self-serious Golden Age cohorts, delving instead into the familial histories and economic dysfunctions that make its setting, Kentucky's Harlan County, such a dangerous place to call home.


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