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First Look: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes Contender 'The Search' Starring Berenice Bejo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 9:36 AM
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The Search
With the film shooting in secret last summer and fall, director Michel Hazanavicius has been keeping a close veil over his forthcoming "The Search," slated to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, that veil is slowly being lifted with the first official image finally arriving.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Adam Sandler & Kevin James Team For 'Pixels,' Berenice Bejo Prepares For 'After The Storm' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:05 AM
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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Kevin James Adam Sandler
In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one — he might even worked with some pals he's worked with before.

Mélanie Laurent, Audrey Tautou & Bérénice Bejo To Star In Tran Anh Hung's 'Eternity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 10:17 AM
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Mélanie Laurent, Audrey Tautou & Bérénice Bejo Tran Anh Hung
Like the French cinematic equivalent of Voltron, three of the country's most famed actresses are joining forces for a project that has us sold on name recognition alone. That the material is promising is a nice bonus.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And this first trailer gives you all you need to know as you add it your must-see list before the end of the year.

'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Has Been Shooting His Remake Of 'The Search' In Secret Since August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 9:03 AM
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It's been a couple of years now since French director Michel Hazanavicius took the cinematic world by storm with this silent cinema homage, "The Artist." The box office hit and critical favorite took home five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Score for Ludovic Bource. Not a bad boost for a filmmaker who was previously best known for his spy movie spoofs, "OSS 117." Undoubtedly, expectations are going to be sky high on whatever he's working on next, but he's found a solution to keep the noise at bay: shoot in secret.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

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.

Cannes Review: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' A Mostly Powerful Look At The Messiness Of Stasis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2013 6:28 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. And it's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything

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