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Anyone? Anyone?

As far as I can tell, for the first time in memory, the Cannes closing night awards are not scheduled to be televised anywhere in America. Anyone know different?

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13 Responses to “Anyone? Anyone?”

  1. jeffmcm says:

    They were televised before? Where?

  2. jeffmcm says:


  3. David Poland says:

    Thye’ve been on IFC for years… think they moved to Bravo one year… live with Annette Insdorff and Roger Ebert…

  4. Jimmy the Gent says:

    So, they’re not on IFC this weekend? Why wouldn’t IFC broadcast the ceremony?

  5. Blackcloud says:

    I think ESPN dropped them because poker was drawing better ratings. Oh, wait, that’s hockey. Never mind. My bad.

  6. Richard Nash says:

    This is the type of event that hardly anyone, even passionate film lovers, cares about. But they should always be able to find a home on a cable station. Like Sundance or IFC.

  7. Eric says:

    Why would you take the time to watch a televised awards event for a bunch of movies you haven’t yet had the chance to see? Where’s the suspense?

  8. jeffmcm says:

    The suspense is: what will Zhang Ziyi and Monica Bellucci wear to the awards ceremony, and will there be any opportunities for Sophia Coppola to start crying?

  9. EDouglas says:

    “will there be any opportunities for Sophia Coppola to start crying?”
    Maybe when she’s presented with the “Delayed Sophomore Slump Award”?

  10. PetalumaFilms says:

    I always watched the Cannes Closing “Festivities.” It’s fun. Especially when Tarantino was the jury head…emphasis on head. That guy has a huge noggin’….”it’s like an orange on a toothpick….”

  11. Kambei says:

    mmmm…ZZ and Bellucci. Did WKW get to choose his jury? Because those are the kind of choices i can respect in an auteur.

  12. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    I’m still shocked from finding out the other day that you guys all miss the tv event of the year in the form of Eurovision. How can y’all live knowing you’re missing out on Eurovision? I’d die if I couldn’t get my yearly fix of bad music, bad fashion, bad hosting and bad voting.

  13. BostonGuy says:

    I think they may be webcast on the IFC website on Sunday…

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