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This Monday, Tim Burton, along with French actress Marion Cotillard, was awarded with a very high honor among the French entertainment industry. He was added to France’s cultural honor roll, which the director is very proud of.

During a ceremony in Paris, Burton was given a medallion and made an official officer in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. This couldn’t come at a better time for the quirky movie afficionado. With his latest release of Alice in Wonderland, he’s got millions of fans eating out of his hands.

The Associated Press reported the following statements made by Burton about the high honor: 

“From the beginning of my career, I always felt a very special place in my heart (for) France,” he told the crowd of journalists and fans. “Because whether or not you liked the movies, I always felt that the French were looking for the poetry, looking for the meaning, looking for the things I was trying to do.

“France has such a special place in my heart and I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country, and I always have,” he said, adding: “I thank you very much.”

That last comment has brought some controversy to people from the United States, but we’ll let that slide here. Come on, let the guy enjoy his honor!

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It’s no surprise that many people, businesses, and artists have been paying homage to Woodstock, the 1969 hippie fest where peace and love ruled all this summer. After all it did happen 40 years ago this month.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

I have seen Woodstock clothes in warehouse and other retail stores. There have been re-releases of the original Woodstock dvd. I even saw some Woodstock pint glasses at Target. Some people have deemed this the ‘Summer of Love’ yet again.

But this seems to be even greater — Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain and Chosen, has created an onscreen homage to the famous festival in his movie Taking Woodstock.

See the complete trailer for Taking Woodstock by clicking this YouTube.com link.

The movie is based on the true story behind the creation of the three day shindig. It starts at the choosing of Yasgur’s farm and ends with the culmination of events from the entire experience. It details locals reactions, kids coming into the music festival, and the general goings-on of the festival creators themselves throughout the whole concert.

Fortunately, the movie will come out soon. August 28 to be exact. That’s only about a week after the real 40th anniversary date of Woodstock. Not bad timing.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited for this flick to premiere. Woodstock, as a topic by itself, is so intriguing. It’s history, culture, and music all wrapped up into one little three day jaunt. Until then, peace and love. 🙂

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