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CANNES FIRST LOOK: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic, Starring Timothy Spall

A first image has arrived for Mike Leigh's much anticipated and long in-the-works J.M.W. Turner biopic -- simply titled "Mr. Turner" -- with Timothy Spall in the lead role as the famed Brit Romantic landscape painter. The film was announced this morning as part of the Cannes competition lineup. Check out the new still, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2014 12:50 PM
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CANNES WATCH: First Trailer for Dardenne Brothers' 'Two Days, One Night,' Starring Marion Cotillard

With the Cannes lineup dropping early this morning, a first trailer has arrived for the Dardenne brothers' latest, "Two Days, One Night," starring Marion Cotillard as a woman who has a single weekend to convince her colleagues to forgo their bonuses so she can keep her job. The title's playing in competition, natch.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2014 12:30 PM
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Cannes Lineup: Veteran Auteurs, Newcomers and Awards Hopefuls; Who Missed the Cut?

Speculation about what would play at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) has been rampant. Well, now we know. Some movies that weren't finished or didn't make the cut will wind up in Venice or the fall film festivals. What we will see in the Official Selection of 49 titles (out of 1800 submissions) announced Thursday by Thierry Fremaux is a mix of established auteur perennials who keep coming back to competition lineup, year after year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 9:33 AM
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Yah, That's a Good One: 'Fargo' Premiere Lands More Than Four Million Viewers UPDATED

UPDATE: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million total tuning in throughout the first and repeat airings.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 4:52 PM
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As Tribeca Kicks Off, 'A Brony Tale' Leads Some Must-See Docs

“The business of the business is so crazy and complicated that we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing,” said veteran producer Paula Weinstein (“Analyze This,” “The Perfect Storm,” “The Company Men,” “The Astronaut Farmer”), now in her third month as a VP at Tribeca Enterprises. “Now, I’m reminded everyday why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 16, 2014 4:46 PM
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Warner's Tsujihara Taps Dee Dee Myers as Highpowered Head of Corporate PR

Warner's chief Kevin Tsujihara has brought in his own high-powered head of corporate PR: political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 4:12 PM
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WATCH: Stars Collide in First Trailer for Paul Haggis's 'Third Person'

A trailer has landed for the most recent effort from writer-director Paul Haggis (Oscar winner "Crash"). "Third Person," which bowed at last year's Cannes, is finally eyeing a limited stateside release on June 20. Like the multiple-narrative-heavy "Crash," this new drama also follows an array of characters -- in the forms of Liam Neeson, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody and Moran Atias.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 3:34 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks Hitchcock, 'Taxi Driver' and Story vs. Plot with Jon Favreau

Check out this vintage clip from Jon Favreau's IFC talk show "Dinner for Five" where guest Martin Scorsese talks about approaching story and character, his favorite Hitchcock films and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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Hollywood Stars Michelle Williams, James Franco and Zach Braff Walk the Broadway Boards (VIDEOS)

Why is Sam Mendes back in New York with "Cabaret?" Michelle Williams. She's the talk of the town as she makes her Broadway debut as song-and-dance ingenue Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming in Roundabout's revival of the dark musical "Cabaret," directed by Mendes, a prolific stage director before foraying into film with his Oscar-winning debut "American Beauty" in 1999. (Watch a clip from "Cabaret" below.) While many Hollywood stars are packing up their bags and moving to television, a few A-listers are heading to a new arena: Broadway.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:16 PM
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Talking Tech and 'Transcendence' with Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister (VIDEO)

You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but the recent tech talk about "Transcendence" and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other things, that he's too clumsy when it comes to texting and that his role as an AI scientist-turned megalomaniac was difficult without a flamboyant mask to hide behind.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 16, 2014 1:37 PM
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