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Cannes: Michel Gondry Discusses 'The Green Hornet' & Admits "Fans Didn't Like My Vision Of The Superhero"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2012 10:02 AM
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Just one more reason why we love French filmmaker Michel Gondry: not only is he constantly challenging the preconceptions of who he is as a filmmaker by moving from documentary to mainstream tentpole back to micro-budgeted indie film, he's also frank with his opinions on his on work. Maybe it's a lost in translation thing, but the Gallic director just doesn't seem to beat around the bush. 

'Act Of Valor' Helmer Scott Waugh Has 'Need For Speed'; Pete Segal Builds 'The Machine' With Vin Diesel & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 24, 2012 9:47 AM
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Although still reeling from the failed domestic launch of “Battleship,” Universal still believes in the premise of toys-as-movies, and has entered negotiations to acquire the rights to Lego's robotic toy line Hero Factory. The writing duo behind 2010’s “Predators,” Michael Finch and Alex Litvak, will pen the script. [THR]

Hanging Out At Cannes, Brad Pitt Talks 'The Counselor' & Chris Pine Chats Up Brewing Jack Ryan Reboot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 24, 2012 9:18 AM
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“The Counselor,” the first original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, is set to begin shooting in just a few short weeks with Ridley Scott at the helm. The film follows the titular character (Michael Fassbender) who ventures into the world of drug dealing with deadly consequences, and it features a stellar cast including Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. In a conversation with Empire at Cannes, Pitt dished on his excitement about the project, saying, “I’ve read every word [McCarthy’s] published and most of them more than once. So this was a chance to do something of his and also work with Ridley again.”

Robert Pattinson To Reunite With David Cronenberg For A New Film

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 24, 2012 9:11 AM
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Watch out Viggo Mortensen, your mate David Cronenberg may have found a new muse. The Canadian helmer is now set to reunite with his "Cosmospolis" lead Robert Pattinson for an upcoming film that's set to shoot in France.

Watch: 5 Minute Clip From Pablo Larrain's Cannes Sensation 'No' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 24, 2012 8:42 AM
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One of the best-received films so far over at Cannes is Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "No," starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Its rave reviews have even seen many question why it wasn't chosen for the official competition lineup as opposed to the Directors' Fortnight as it may very well have been a Palme d'Or candidate.

Cannes Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 24, 2012 8:08 AM
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Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about any question of judgment for a long time based on that half-hearted ironic "endorsement" of one of the worst films of the year, never mind at Cannes. Like the patina on a bronze roof, there are two ways to acquire trashterpiece/camp/so-bad-it's-good status. One is through time, and patience, as entropy and erosion bring down the bright gleam to a more interesting set of colors and nuanced shades; the other is to spray it on artificially with a hose, with plenty of spillage and waste, toxic and cheap and jumped-up and unconvincing.

Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Moves Up A Month To Nov 21st, 'The Internship' With Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn Opens June 28th, 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 9:03 PM
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Only earlier today, we were thinking to ourselves: "By jove, this Christmas season at the movies is going to be an absolute clusterfuck" (and yes, the voice inside our heads is that of David Niven in "A Matter Of Life And Death"). Last Christmas was pretty bad on its own, when films like "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "War Horse," "The Adventures of Tintin" and "We Bought A Zoo" all cannibalized each other, and this summer, we're already seeing at the box office the effects of one massive hit overwhelming the competition, as "The Avengers" decimates "Dark Shadows," "The Dictator" and "Battleship" beneath it.

Cannes Review: Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' - Or, "Natural Born Campers" - Is A Black-Comedy Holiday Hoot

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 23, 2012 7:43 PM
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After "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," midnight-movie manqués and buffs in the know were wondering what director Ben Wheatley would do next; the answer is, apparently, make you laugh until you sound like a hole in the side of an airplane. "Sightseers," starring and written by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, starts as Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) embark on a camping tour of Britain, various caves and pencil museums and heritage sights -- a nice, relaxing trip for a couple in their third month of going out. Things go off the rails early, though at a streetcar museum where Chris is incensed by a litterbug … and, later, distractedly backs over the man and kills him.

New 'Dark Knight Rises' Photos Show Off Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anne Hathaway's Catsuit, Plus 2 TV Spots

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 23, 2012 7:31 PM
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Update: Two TV spots for the film have arrived, with tiny snippets of new footage. Empire has even more new photos. Check it out at the bottom.

Gary Oldman Will Play The Man Who Turns Joel Kinnaman Into 'Robocop'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 7:17 PM
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In case you were wondering how Gary Oldman's career would shift and change after he finally won his first Oscar nomination, for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the answer is: it wouldn't, really. We hope he's getting paid more, certainly. And there's talk of a return appearance from George Smiley, while the actor is starting to think about stepping behind the camera again, for the first time since 1997's "Nil By Mouth." But as for his acting roles, it seems to be the same kind of mix of villain roles (see "Leon," "The Fifth Element") and mentor roles ("The Dark Knight," "Harry Potter") that have constituted the bulk of his studio work.

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