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Steven Spielberg Named Jury President For 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:50 PM
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Steven Spielberg could use a bit of a break. Cranking out three films over the last few years -- mo-cap and animated "The Adventures Of Tintin," WWI epic "War Horse" and presidential tale "Lincoln" (which walked away with two Oscars on Sunday), one might understand if would rather be watching movies instead of making them. And with his "Robopocalypse," originally planned to shoot this summer, now on hold as he gets the script right, it looks like Spielberg will be taking a little cinematic vacation to the south of France.

'Nymphomaniac' Will Miss Cannes Film Festival Submission Deadline, Producer Says Film Is Lars Von Trier's "Masterpiece"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 8:05 AM
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With winter's chill still felt, the spring might seem far away, and while we will have our attention on the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW in March, we're only a few months away from the Cannes Film Festival. Easily the most prestigious movie festival on the calendar, we'll soon start to see talk heat up about what films will -- and won't -- be making an appearance. And while Lars von Trier's hugely buzzed "Nymphomaniac" has been grabbing headlines in recent days as buyers swarm the movie in Berlin, it won't be headed to the Cannes for a premiere like many speculated. But not for the reason you're thinking of.

6 Personal Highlights From The Film Festivals Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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We're generally anti-navelgazing here at The Playlist, but being the end of the year, it can't really be avoided. As we continue to take a look back at the cinematic year of 2012, we're trying to shake things up and keep things fresh outside of the usual Best/Worst lists. This year saw The Playlist making a presence around the world at more than a handful of festivals. And while you've already read our reviews and news, we thought we'd give you a taste of the experience of attending these festivals. Even if you can't make Cannes or board a flight to Marrakech, we hope this helps in translating what it's like to run around a foreign country with nothing more than a laptop and a love of cinema. So, without further ado, here are six personal highlights from the various film festivals in 2012 we attended.

Marrakech ‘12: James Gray Says ‘The Nightingale’ Probably Reverting Back To Original Title ‘Lowlife,’ Hopes To Premiere In Cannes 2013

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 11:19 AM
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With James Gray serving on the jury of the Marrakech International Film Festival this year, we were lucky enough to get some time with a director who has, in just four movies, firmly established himself as one of our very favorite filmmakers. There are a couple of further pieces to come from our talk, so articulate and interesting an interviewee he turned out to be (we left his quotes mostly uncut below), but for now, here’s a small sampler of some news that will interest anyone anticipating his next film, a period piece set around Ellis Island, even half as eagerly as we are: it seems “The Nightingale” is probably going to be jettisoned as the film’s title in favor of the original “Lowlife."

Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Lands May 15, 2013 Release In France, Will It Open The Cannes Film Festival?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 11:15 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival ended just over a month ago, but it looks like we can start speculating about what will appear next year already, as a highly anticipated film has justed landed a release date in France that just happens to coincide with festival's opening.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Came Out Of Cannes As Potential Oscar Contenders?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 1:09 PM
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Gosh, it feels like only yesterday we were talking about the 2011 Oscar season, with films like "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Moneyball" jostling for position in the chase for little gold statues. And that's because, well, it basically was yesterday: we're only a little over three months since Oscar season wrapped up. But time marches on, and with the arrival of the Cannes Film Festival, we've got some of the first indications of what might come into play in the awards season by the end of this year.

5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners, actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

5 Breakout Performers & Directors From The 2012 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2012 3:31 PM
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One of the greatest things about film festivals, one of the things that gets you through the worst films, the lack of sleep, and the terrible B.O. of your fellow moviegoers, is the chance to discover new talent. You'll see absolute newcomers blast off into the stratosphere, or relatively well-known faces suddenly show what they've always been capable of, and it's never less than a thrill.

The Playlist's Complete Coverage Of The 2012 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2012 12:00 PM
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Cannes is done for another year. Exhausted filmmakers, writers and sales types have pretty much emptied out of the South of France, Michael Haneke has his second Palme D'Or in four years, and some of the most anticipated films of the year have been unveiled. The lineup had been incredibly eagerly anticipated, but the festival didn't quite live up to expectations: some nay-sayers early on started to complain about it being the worst competition roster ever -- perhaps swung by the unusual level of rain -- but generally, opinion was that it wasn't a hall-of-famer, but the acclaimed likes of Haneke's "Amour" and Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" -- the two critical faves of the festival -- meant that there was plenty of food for the eyes, ears, mind and heart.

Cannes: Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Talk Making Walter Salles' 'On The Road'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2012 10:58 AM
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If any film at Cannes this year faced the most fevered anticipation, it was Walter Salles' "On The Road." Not just because the project had been over thirty years in the making, and was based on a beloved, groundbreaking novel, but also because it features an exciting young cast lead by "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, "Tron: Legacy" lead Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley from "Control," with a strong supporting roster including Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, and more.

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