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“On the Road” – The Movie | Jamie Tuohy

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes”.

Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” is my all time favourite book. It is the epitome and probably the definition of the Beat Generation of postwar literature, where new experiences were the essence of life.

Now the adventures and escapades of Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty and Marylou have been made into a movie, starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. The trailer has just been released and I’m feeling ambivalent about the motion picture. I’m excited to see how successful its adaptation is and how well the transition from book to film has been made. I just hope the heart and life of the book isn’t compromised for commercialism and Hollywood cliché.

Check out the trailer for yourselves! It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the reviews weren’t astounding and it’s on limited release at the moment, with no official date being given for its international release.

We await avec impatience.

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Lifestyle, Showbiz

Michael Haneke’s “Amour” wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2012 – Jamie Tuohy

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival drew to a close last night, with Michael Haneke’s “Amour” winning the festival’s most prestigious award; the Palme d’Or.

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The award which marks the culmination of the week long event is the highest accolade in the competition and was presented to the Austrian director for his feature film which tells the story of an elderly couple struggling to cope, after a series of strokes leaves one of them with debilitating and deteriorating health.

The film stars  85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant and is a touching picture about life and death. This is the second time that Haneke has received Cannes’ top prize – he also won the Palme d’Or back in 2009 for “The White Ribbon”.

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Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody present Michael Haneke with the Palme d’Or

Haneke was one of the favourites to scoop the award and in his acceptance speech, he thanked the actors, saying that they are “the essence” of the piece and also thanked the jury, before paying tribute to his wife of thirty years.

Matteo Garrone’s “Reality” took home the Grand Prix, Cannes’ second-place prize, for his satirical take on  the influence of reality television, as it tells the story of a Naples fishmonger obsessed with becoming a reality TV star.

However, all eyes were on Haneke, as Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody presented the director with the festival’s most celebrated award for his unflinchingly honest depiction of disease, decline, austerity and unsentimentality.

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Men's Fashion, Showbiz

Cannes 2012: Best Dressed Men – Jamie Tuohy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you’ll be fully aware that the annual Cannes Film Festival is in fully swing, with the world’s most talented and glamorous superstars descending on the French Riviera for the festival’s 65th year.

 The prestigious festival which is running until May 27th celebrates the finest new films and documentaries from around the world. For the past few days, stars such as Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole, Heidi Klum and Jane Fonda have paraded on the red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, dazzling onlookers with their showcases in stunning haute couture.

Le Festival International du Film de Cannes is undoubtedly the most publicised film festival in the world and has become an important platform for portraying various genres of European film. However, the event has also become a fashion extravaganza, which is possibly even more important than the Oscars. Whilst the Oscars often present loud images of glamour and celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival is an altogether more refined occasion but it also one where style never dominates over film. The main focus is on film, but movie stars posing for photographers has become an integral part of the festival’s tradition.

 The focus tends to be on the female stars and their choice of dress, but I decided that it was only right to give credit to the gents who make an equally respectable effort to get spruced up and don their Sunday best for the world’s paparazzi. Whether they’re partying on a yacht or walking the red carpet, these guys know that Cannes is the place to garner some serious fashion stripes. There have been classic tuxedos, relaxed suits and anti-conventionalists wearing jeans (Kanyé West, I’m looking at you) and as the event culminates with tonight’s presentation of the Palme d’Or, we expect more displays of sartorial magnificence.

 Here’s my pick of the best dressed men at Cannes 2012:

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Ewan McGregor

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Zac Efron

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Chris Pine

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Robert Pattinson

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Kanyé West with his new girlfriend Kim Kardashian

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Brad Pitt

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Jamie

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