Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekend reading: End of the world edition

If you can read this, the earth is still here.

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Damn it! Now Ill never redeem my Coke points!
  • Damn it! Now I'll never get to redeem my Coke points!

In case you missed it, here's Catherine Durkin Robinson's CL cover story on the end of the world, "The End is Near Here."

Joe Bardi provided a little context with his piece, "The End is Why?"

More on "The man behind judgment day." (No matter what happens Saturday, he's going to be gone soon.)

Salon.com's Mortifying Disclosures: When I fell for a doomsday prophecy.

Huff Post on why we seem to desire the end of the world.

Keep reading for a huge dose of Cannes news, and all the best from politics and the arts …

With Cannes 2011 coming to a close, here's a recap of what went down in the south of France this week:

Lars Von Trier caused the biggest controversy in some time at the fest when he jokingly declared himself to be a "Nazi." Cannes then banned (or something like that) him from the rest of the festival. On the very same day, Mel Gibson's performance in the Jodie Foster film The Beaver got a standing ovation from Cannes audiences. It really is the end of the world!!

But Von Trier's latest film Melancholia (which, coincidentally enough, is about the end of the world) fared better, getting the director some of his strongest reviews in years.

Pedro Almodovar's latest The Skin I Inhabit was well received but not loved.

Takachi Miike's 3D epic Hara-kiri: The Death of a Samurai was D.O.A.

Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive
  • Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 'Drive'

The Nicolas Winding Refn-directed action film Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan got some of the best reviews at the festival.

Paolo Sorrentino's bizarre comic road movie This Must Be the Place got a mixed reaction. But Sean Penn's performance as a retired goth rock star drew raves.

Sound on Sight: Three sexually charged clips from Sion Sono’s (Love Exposure) 2011 Cannes entry, Guilty Romance.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Must read: Ali Arikan's review of Pirates 4 may be the most negative review ever written: "If you like this movie, your a c**t."

With Obama's endorsement of the 1967 borders in a Palestinian/Israeli peace deal, he and Netanyahu face a turning point.

The Onion: Planned Parenthood opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.

Wired.com: Creating the Nebula — This series examines what it takes to make a gigantic piece of kinetic art.

It was a big night at NBC. In case you missed it, here's the star studded season finale (part 1) of The Office. Click here for part 2.

Also, here's the Parks and Recreation finale:

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