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'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

Cannes Preview: First Official Look At Sean Penn In 'This Must Be The Place'; Clip From 'Miss Bala'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 10:06 AM
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Based on that pic alone, via InContention, we'd already be lining up for "This Must Be the Place," but with the great cast and talent behind the film on top of it, it's yet another exciting entry in what is shaping up to be one helluva year on the Croisette. Starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirsch and Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson, the film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo"), centers on Penn's character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, if that's not enough, David Byrne is collaborating with Will Oldham on the soundtrack. Game, set, match. The film will premiere In Competition at Cannes; bigger pic of Penn and that hair below.

Michael C. Hall & Vera Farmiga To Share 'Love, Scotch And Death'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 9:37 AM
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Michael C. Hall has had no problem being a TV star. He broke out in "Six Feet Under" and currently leads the popular "Dexter," but his moves into film have been less successful. "Gamer" was terrible and "Peep World" never lived up to the promise it had on paper. But he's hoping that James Manos Jr., the man who adapted Jeff Lindsay's "Dexter," will have the key to break him into something worthwhile.

Patton Oswalt Joins 'Odd Thomas'; Lauren Weedman Gets A 'Five Year Engagement'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eva Longoria Rolls With Billy Bob Thornton In 'Baytown Disco'Okay, a few bits of casting here because time is precious and sometimes you gotta use one stone to make a few lemonades or something like that, got it?

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Still Hilarious In Spanish, Trailer For 'House Of My Father'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 8:26 AM
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We have to say, we're pretty impressed by Will Ferrell's ability to speak Spanish, and while we were initially a little bit in the dark about what this mysterious project, "Casa de mi padre" (aka "House of My Father") -- a front-to-back Spanish language comedy featuring the funnyman -- would turn out to be, the first trailer is just plain hilarious.

'Man Of Steel' Villainess To Be Faora?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 7:25 AM
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As you might recall, a couple of months ago a whole batch of names -- including Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike -- were tipped as candidates for a mysterious female lead role that was not Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel." Well, word quickly dropped off -- and while guesses ranged from Ursa to Cat Grant for the mysterious part, Team Nolan seems to have closed the lid on that early leak. Or have they?

First Official Look At Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Bound 'Drive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 7:00 AM
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First Look At Takashi Miike's 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'Cannes is basically Comic-Con for movie nerds, and so in the coming weeks, we'll be treating each image or morsel of info of the films playing there with the same weight as new toys for "Transformers" or covers for limited edition runs of Captain America that more genre-oriented sites might do.

DreamWorks Starts Work On 'Real Steel' Sequel, Hires John Gatins To Start Writing Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 6:27 AM
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With the release date still six months away, DreamWorks thinks they have a big winner in "Real Steel" and they're putting the wheels in motion to get a script for a sequel ready to go.

Glenn Danzig Writes New Song For 'Hangover 2'; Linkin Park Remix Themselves For 'Transformers 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 6:07 AM
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New Character Posters For 'The Hangover 2' RevealedNow that we got all of that Cannes stuff out of the way -- at least for this morning -- back to the summer blahs which means big, expensive popcorn fare that won't tax the brain, but aims to dazzle the eye. And with these projects looking to obliterate all of your senses, no surprise that that two films have brought on some big names to help flex their muscle in the music department.

Review: 'The Conspirator' An Antiquated Costume Drama With A Political Message

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 5:40 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF.

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