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The Cannes Croisette Digest Day #2: 'Django Unchained' Sneak Playing To Buyers? 'Cloud Atlas' Gets Revealed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2012 8:51 PM
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It's day two of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, and in a timely fashion we're kicking off our not-so-daily Cannes report. What's happened so far?

Back Together At Last: Nicolas Cage & Mickey Rourke To Have A Crazy-Off In 'Marble City'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 8:15 PM
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Guys and girls, we have some news: Cinema is over. Not that it's being replaced or anything, but if you're a professional screenwriter or director, it might be time to start looking for work in another industry. Because the movies have entered their endgame: some time in 2013, the artform will reach the aim it was created for, and present-day Nicolas Cage and present-day Mickey Rourke will share a screen together. And after that, there will be no point in making any new movies.

First Official Look At Colin Farrell In Thriller 'Dead Man Down' As FilmDistrict Take U.S. Rights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 7:50 PM
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Over a decade after he first emerged on the scene (his breakout, "Tigerland," was way back in 2000), Colin Farrell is having a moment again. The actor looked to have chucked his chance at A-list stardom away after films like "Alexander" tanked, but the actor has slowly been working his way back up again, aided by a well-received pair of villains last summer in "Horrible Bosses" and "Fright Night."

'Blade Runner' Follow-Up Officially A Sequel, Original Writer Hampton Fancher Developing Story With Ridley Scott

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 7:29 PM
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We pretty much covered this in the last couple of days, but it's possible we buried the lead a little, plus a press release is out, so it's now official: with "Prometheus" nearly upon us, Ridley Scott has started to seriously work towards his other sci-fi follow up, the continuation of "Blade Runner" that was originally announced last summer. A couple of details have been confirmed via a press release from Alcon Entertainment, among them that Scott is going right back to the well when it comes to nailing down the story for his new replicant-themed picture.

Interview: Maïwenn Talks The Research And Multiple Cuts Of 'Polisse'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2012 6:50 PM
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After playing the victim in '70s horror throwback "High Tension" and directing the comparatively light dramedy "Actress' Ball," French thespian/filmmaker Maïwenn yearned for something a bit more serious. So what better topic to tackle than one focusing on France's Child Protection Unit (CPU)?

Interview: 'Elena' Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks Changed Ending, Favorite Filmmakers

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2012 5:45 PM
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Cinephiles, unite! The name Andrei Zvyagintsev is relatively unknown on these shores, as his remarkable debut "The Return" quietly came and went (though it is now on Netflix Instant -- GO!) and his tremendous sophomore effort "The Banishment" never saw a proper release in the West. That's all about to change with "Elena," his third and most refined piece of work, which not only saw a premiere at Cannes Film Festival but also left with the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize. Zvyagintsev's aesthetic might make him seem like Andrei Tarkovsky II, but his voice is still his own, eschewing his mentor's liberal use of magic for more grounded, realistic stories.

Daniel Radcliffe Might Voice Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio,' While Juno Temple Joins 'Maleficent'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 5:21 PM
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Right now, it's still unclear if the fairy tale movie is really going to end up being a potent force. While "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" have found fans on the small screen, in the cinema, "Alice in Wonderland" aside (and that's a film that's only really a fairy tale by the loosest definition of the word), none of the live-action reboots of classic folklore material, from "Red Riding Hood" to "Mirror Mirror," have gotten much traction with audiences. That could (and we suspect will) change in a couple of weeks when "Snow White And The Huntsman" opens, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped studios moving forward with a myriad of fairy tale projects: everything from "Beauty & The Beast" to "Cinderella" is in various stages of development.

Get Your Thirst On This Summer, Dudes! 'Dark Knight Rises' Partners With Mountain Dew, 'Prometheus' With Coors

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2012 4:54 PM
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You know when you've had a long-ass day terraforming somewhere in the Zeta2 Reticuli system? You've had facehugger jackasses making your day a grind, and then there's these space jockeys who think they own the universe and make the job a horrific experience? Well, there's nothing like a nice cold one at the end of the day. And 20th Century Fox and Coors think the same thing.

Watch The Plagiarist Admonish: Bradley Cooper & Zoe Saldana In The Trailer For 'The Words'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2012 3:48 PM
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While it sounds decent on paper what with the cast and all,  Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde, we can't say we're entirely convinced of this new trailer for "The Words." It probably doesn't help that we didn't give this one a particularly enthusiastic review when we saw it at Sundance earlier this year. It's been called both a drama and a thriller and it's about a writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. The official synopsis is here, which we didn't plagiarize and instead simply copied and pasted from a press release (same thing?).

Marvel-Mania: Joss Whedon Torn About Whether To Do 'Avengers' Sequel; Robert Downey Jr. Got Paid More Than Rest Of Cast Combined

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2012 3:30 PM
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Another day, another dollop of Marvel related news. Super hero movies like "The Avengers" are a team effort, only they're not so much when it comes to the payscale. Awkward for all involved? The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that the motormouthed and scene-stealing Robert Downey Jr. (who reportedly has a lot of say when it comes to these movies; see the director having to re-convince him of some strong ideas) will get paid a cool $50 million for his involvment in Joss Whedon directed film thanks to bonuses and backend deals (and that figure may even rise as the box-office for the superhero film continues to soar). The bad news for the rest of the team that helped out in this group effort? Apparently even combined the rest of the cast didn't make that much money. The next time they all do press together and RDJ inevitably tries to steal the spotlight, that's going to smart.

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