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Is it Anvil? Nah dude, it’s CannesVil!

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anvilThey came, they played … no, they thrashed.

Heavy metal band Anvil, led by frontmen Steve “Lips” Kudlow (guitar) and Robb Reiner (No, it’s not the movie director. It’s the drummer, with two bb’s) livened up the Cannes film festival on Sunday night in show at Morrison’s Irish pub.

It was a decidedly different type of affair – a hot and sweaty one – here in this seaside French Riviera town known more for gowns, tuxedos and flutes of champagne than leather jackets, t-shirts and pints of beer. But that’s what made it rock — it was real. We watched Anvil play on Sunday. You can go, too, by clicking below. … rock on!

 

If you don’t know Anvil, you’re not alone. But a documentary about the Toronto-based band, “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” will tell you a lot. The doc has played at the Sundance film festival and it opened in U.S. theaters in April. So far, it has taken in a modest $368,000 at U.S. box offices, according to figures at boxofficemojo.com, but that is not bad for a non-fiction film. More important, the doc is picking up fans – and box office steam – as more people here the story of the band and as its members tour around the globe promoting the film.

Anvil first formed about three decades ago (click here) and was among an early wave of metal bands that played alongside other acts such as Whitesnake and Poison. But they never really broke through and made it big on record  charts. Still, Ludlow and Reiner have maintained their band and their friendship through thick and thin, and they continue to crank out albums. The documentary tells of their struggles, follows them on a difficult (to be kind) European tour, and picks up as they strive to make a new album with an old producer. Will they ever get a hit? Doesn’t matter. Because what emerges is a tale of dreams, endurance, and head banging hard rock.

It’s Art (but not entirely cinematic) at Cannes

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Hundreds of movies will screen over roughly 10 days of the Cannes film festival, either as part of the cinematiccannes2 event or in the movie market that takes place here every year. It is the perfect meeting of film art and movie commerce.

But Saturday night, there was a little less art, some commerce, and a lot of giving at a fundraiser held for non-profit group The Art of Elysium, which encourages artists to give their time to kids with medical conditions. For more about them, click here.

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