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Gael Garcia Bernal Drinks Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater'; More Join 'Child 44' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 28, 2013 9:38 AM
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As the red carpets are rolled up and the screening rooms shut for another year, a final few nuggets of casting news reach us from Cannes. First, via The Wrap, is some news on “Rosewater,” the film Jon Stewart is taking 12 weeks off "The Daily Show" this summer to shoot (don’t panic, John Oliver will be hosting in his absence). Despite Stewart’s comedic day job, "Rosewater" is a drama, based on a true story about Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was detained in Iran while covering the 2009 elections there.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'The Kings Of Summer' Plus Stream The Soundtrack

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 28, 2013 9:21 AM
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Kings of Summer
Last week we showed you the fantastic trailer for the Sundance hit “The Kings of Summer,” and this week we have some clips for you from Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ directorial debut, as well as the entire soundtrack, steeped in tones of 8-bit heroism, to watch and listen to below.

Watch: 3 New 'Man Of Steel' TV Spots Brings Hope Against General Zod

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 28, 2013 8:59 AM
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Man of Steel,  Henry Cavill,
The release of “Man of Steel” is just two weeks away. One month after an 'Iron Man' movie, seven years after “Superman Returns,” could “Man of Steel” still be the movie event of the year? As we get closer to the release date, Superman is certainly becoming more ubiquitous. Today, for example, we have three new TV spots, a Hardee’s commercial, and an online game has just arrived where you can fly Superman around Metropolis. Is that enough to get you on board? After all, we are talking about a cultural icon. This can’t just be “another superhero movie,” can it?

Cannes Review: The Bright Colors Of 'Grigris' Can't Save Monochrome Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2013 2:39 PM
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While Cannes had no shortage of high-profile titles to choose from, sometimes the most exciting thing about hitting the Croisette is discovering something flying under the radar. And unlike the auteur and star-driven movies, the push and pull over going to see something unknown versus eating, writing or catching up on a couple of hours of valuable sleep, can come down to the images. And wisely, the folks behind "Grisgris" put their greatest asset -- dancer and lead actor Souleymane Démé -- front and center on the press material. His lean muscular form and captivating face are a draw, and the crisply colored, expertly composed images from the movie, drew us into sitting down for this Cannes competition entry, but unfortunately, it didn't wind up being the hidden jewel we were hoping for.

Cannes Review: Worthy Medieval Parable 'Michael Kohlhaas' Nowhere Near Sum Of Impressive Parts

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS BY ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES
Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ Cannes competition entrant “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”).

Read: Rare 1970 Book 'The Making Of Stanley Kubrick's 2001'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2013 9:35 AM
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The mysterious beauty of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" still resonates and haunts more than 45 years after it was first released into theaters, blowing the minds of an entire generation of movie-goers. And while there has been plenty printed about the movie since then, this might be one of the very first books about the movie ever to hit shelves. Now thanks to the interwebs, you can see how it must have felt like back in 1970 when the phenomenon was just picking up.

Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain & Reese Witherspoon Eyed To Play Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2013 9:04 AM
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Even though her political career isn't over yet, with a 2016 Presidential race still a distinct possibility, it looks like the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton is being prepared for some cinematic reflections. Last month, "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" director James Ponsoldt signed to direct the Black List approved "Rodham," a biopic focusing on Hillary's student days and her rise into the world of politics. It's some strong material and a good story, and naturally, some big name actresses are already being bandied about to take the lead role.

Cannes 2013: 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Top Palme d'Or Award; Coen Brothers Take Runner-Up Prize

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 26, 2013 1:50 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ten days or so of the annual cinephile orgy that is the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close today, and Steven Spielberg and his jury have decided which movies were the best of heap on the Croisette. It was an interesting year at Cannes in 2013, with American films putting forth a strong showing in all categories, while auteurs ranging from Claire Denis to Jim Jarmusch to Roman Polanski and more all brought their latest works.

Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 26, 2013 1:28 PM
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It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ago, when Universal reluctantly re-assembled the pieces for “Fast & Furious” and Warner Bros. gave us the first 'Hangover.' For one, success in perpetuity: an immediate sequel to “Fast & Furious 6” is already slated for next summer. But put down your bottles and cans, boys and girls – “The Hangover” ends here. With this weekend, Vin Diesel and the boys might be looking at a three-day global total close to $270 million.

Cannes: Tilda Swinton Suggests ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Could Be A Documentary For The Outsiders Of The World; Jim Jarmusch Won’t Analyze This

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 25, 2013 3:12 PM
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Only lovers lef Alive, Cannes
The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival is quickly coming to a close. In fact the Un Certain Regard winners were just announced a short while ago (you can catch up with them right here). This year’s line-up, unlike years past, positioned a lot of heavyweights near the end of the festival, filmmakers like Roman Polanski, whose “Venus In Fur” screened today, and Jim Jarmusch, whose deadpan, odd and deeply enjoyable vampire movie “Only Lovers Left Alive” screened last night (you can read our review right here).

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