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Almodóvar, Bardem and other famous Spaniards take on Franco.

General Franciso Franco inspired one of "Saturday Night Live"'s first running gags, in which original Weekend Update anchor Chevy Chase would come up with new and original ways to remind viewers that "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead," a joke which went on for months and months. Franco's name was a byword in a certain kind of charged '60s movie. In "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," '30s teacher Maggie Smith exhorts his glories to her students...

Killer crossovers we'd love to see (and never will).

Earlier this week, Aint It Cool News reported that a proposed fifth "Die Hard" film had been given the working title "Die Hard 24/7" because "at one point, The Powers That Be mulled an idea - 'Die Hard 5' and the TV show '24' were to cross over. The intent was for Kiefer Sutherland to appear as Jack Bauer in an adventure with Bruce Willis' John McClane. Hence 'Die Hard 24/7.'" The article acknowledges that the idea didn't pan out (look...

Cannes Review: "Biutiful"

Reviewed at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Beneath all the swift camerawork and rapid editing, Alejandro González Iñárritu remains a sentimentalist. In his latest, "Bituiful," a stylized paean to a devoted father in the slums of Barcelona, the Mexican director once again plays up the melodramatics -- with mixed results. Dedicated to his own father, and working for the first time without screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Iñárritu abandons the interlocking narrative trickery of "Amores...