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Watch: Brandon Cronenberg Turns Up The Creep Levels In First Clip From Cannes Success Story 'Antiviral'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 11:20 AM
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Everything we've seen so far of Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral" has promised a leaf out of his father's book and, based on early positive word from the Croisette, it looks like Cronenberg Jr. has definitely delivered. We now have a the first clip from the picture, which sees the young helmer turn up the creep levels a few notches with his lead Caleb Landry Jones, who played Banshee in Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class."

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 11:00 AM
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After thirty years, three terrible prequels and acres of spin-off material, the "Star Wars" brand has been somewhat tarnished. The fans are still legion, but it's become harder and harder to get excited about the series, and the highlights drift further and further from memory. That being said, we'll always have a place for the original trilogy in our hearts, and much of that comes down to the second (or fifth) installment, 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" Despite the success of the original, creator George Lucas seemed to have taken some of the criticism to heart and took a back seat for the follow-up, handing over the directorial reins to his old film school professor Irvin Kershner ("The Eyes of Laura Mars," "The Flim-Flam Man") and hiring veteran screenwriter Leigh Brackett and bright young thing Lawrence Kasdan, who'd come to fame thanks to his as-yet-unmade scripts for "The Bodyguard" and "Continental Divide."

Mark Duplass, Jennifer Aniston & Ben Kingsley Head To 'Convention,' Patrick Wilson & Christina Hendricks Lead Darren Aronofsky-Produced 'Zipper'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 21, 2012 10:40 AM
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Mark Duplass has had busy couple of years, directing and writing three films with his brother, and starring in a number of projects including the raunchy FX comedy, “The League,” and in the upcoming sci-fi tinged indie dramedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” with Aubrey Plaza. He’s following up that role with one in another indie film with a sci-fi element, “Convention,” and he’s going to be acting opposite some pretty big names.

New 'Gangster Squad' Photos Pop With Explosive Tommy Gun Fire From An Angry Sean Penn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 10:20 AM
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While that rumored appearance at Cannes never happened (and given the mixed reception to the similar period shoot-em-up "Lawless," perhaps it was  a good move), the buzz is starting to build on Warner Bros' "Gangster Squad." A trailer landed a few weeks back, and soon after it was given a September 7th release date, where it'll compete directly with John Hillcoat's film for the late summer/early fall audience that saw films like "The Town" and "Contagion" become hits in the last few years.

Exclusive: New Images Of Gael Garcia Bernal In Pablo Larrain's Cannes Hit 'No'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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He's still relatively little-known in the U.S, but we've become huge fans of Chilean director Pablo Larrain over the last few years. The director first came on the scene with the excellent "Tony Manero," and followed it up a few years back with the equally good, but very different "Post Mortem." Neither received more than a perfunctory release in the States, but that may be about to change; Larrain's closing out his self-described trilogy looking at his birthplace under the rule of General Augusto Pinochet with "No," which premieres in Un Certain Regard at Cannes tonight, and stars international star Gael Garcia Bernal.

Fox Searchlight Hands John Hawkes Led Sundance Sensation 'The Surrogate' New Title & October 26th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 9:40 AM
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Park City has been birth place of several award-season runs in recent years with "Precious" in 2009, "Winter's Bone" in 2010 or "Martha Marcy May Marlene" last year all coming into the Oscar conversaton a year after their premieres. This year, the water was a little murkier with no definitive picture leaping out of the pack though, along Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" and Ben Lewin's drama "The Surrogate" starring Sundance favorite John Hawkes seem to be the most likely candidates.

Luc Besson Directing Robert De Niro In Gangster Thriller 'Malativa'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 21, 2012 9:20 AM
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Man, Luc Besson really didn't take to retirement, did he? Besson recently turned to a stack of scripts he's written in a co-financing partnership between Besson's EuroCorp and Relativity Pictures, getting support for two new Besson-ian efforts.

Cannes Review: Abbas Kiarostami Drives In Circles In Dull 'Like Someone In Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 9:00 AM
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After heading to Italy for his last effort "Certified Copy," famed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami had a very simple reason for making Japan the next stop on his international production jaunt. "...if I make a film in Japan, I won't be accused of making a film for the West. Making a film in Japan is like making a film in Iran. Whether actors speak Japanese or Persian, there are still subtitles." Unless he makes "Men In Black 4," it's hard to fathom that Kiarostami would ever be thought of as submitting to the conventions of American filmmaking. And no matter what language its in, "Like Someone In Love" is pure Kiarostami, but whether or not it succeeds is up for debate.

Tahar Rahim To Star Opposite Marion Cotillard In 'A Separation' Helmer Asghar Farhadi's Upcoming French-Language Effort

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 8:40 AM
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Merely days after "A Separation" helmer Asghar Farhadi cast fellow Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in his mysterious French-language feature, the Iranian has added another prestigious Gallic talent to the project in actor Tahar Rahim.

Nicole Kidman To Reunite With 'The Paperboy' Helmer Lee Daniels For 'The Butler'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 8:20 AM
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With their teaming on "The Paperboy" set to unveil this Thursday at Cannes, it seems Lee Daniels and Nicole Kidman aren't sick of each other's company just yet, with the two lining up a reunion on the helmer's next project, "The Butler."

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