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Cannes: Melancholia Raves Overshadowed by Von Trier Tempest; Scorsese's Five Obstructions

You can count on Denmark's puckish auteur Lars von Trier to deliver the goods in Cannes, having shown 12 films here since 1984, from grand prix winner Breaking the Waves (which also starred Stellan Skarsgard) and The Idiots to Manderlay, Palme d'Or-winner Dancer in the Dark and The Antichrist, starring actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 10:08 AM
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Jennifer Lawrence as Hunger Games Star Katniss Everdeen

Here's the first look of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games franchise. She tells EW during their cover interview (the magazine hits stands May 20): "I knew that as soon as I said yes [to the role], my life would change, and I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2011 8:42 AM
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Teaser Trailer: Super 8 Preview

Well, I finally saw, here at the Star Cinema in Cannes, the 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (June 10) Paramount had screened to media in New York and exhibitors at CinemaCon. The footage looks very Spielbergian, and serves to set up the film's characters, a group of teen guys and one girl (Elle Fanning) as they film a super 8 movie at a train station, when a truck veers onto the tracks and causes a stupendous train crash that lets out something wicked and alien into the area.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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68th Venice Film Festival May Feature Polanski, Cronenberg, Solondz, McQueen, Winterbottom, Arnold

Cannes' loss is Venice's gain as departing director Marco Muller heads into either his ultimate year or a contract extension.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 8:00 AM
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Oz: The Great and Powerful: All Star Cast of Williams, Franco, Kunis, Weisz, Braff, Spencer (UPDATE)

The acting chops of Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful are looking good. Michelle Williams is joining the already stellar cast to play the good witch, Glinda. James Franco is Oz, Weisz and Mila Kunis are sisters Evanorah and Theodorah (evil witches of the East and West, respectively). Zach Braff will play Oz's assistant.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2011 7:55 AM
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Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Lineup: Opens with Perfect Family; Honors Aronofsky, Farmiga, Maysles

The Provincetown International Film Festival lineup of over 50 features, panels and events opens June 15 with The Perfect Family and closes with Master Harold and The Boys.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 18, 2011 6:05 AM
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MGM and Sony Partner on Bond, Dragon Tattoo and Now, 21 Jump Street

MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering on several projects, from James Bond 23 (November 9, 2012) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to 21 Jump Street. MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, had announced that they would partner on several projects over five years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:52 AM
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Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign

Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign
While Cannes is thinning out after the first week--the crowds at The Grand are diminished---buyers expect to announce a raft of sales over the next few days. One of the films still being hotly debated--and tipped for a well-deserved best actress prize here for Tilda Swinton--is Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin. It's a polarizing love/hate kind of thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:47 AM
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First Look: Adventures of Tintin Teaser and Poster Revealed

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3-D motion-capture extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, finally has an international poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 1:51 AM
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Cannes Update: Film Society Celebrates New Lincoln Center Cinemas with Free Programming

The Film Society of Lincoln Center director Rose Kuo threw a Cannes party at the Stella Artois beach attended by New York Film Festival director Richard Pena (pictured), Film Comment editor Gavin Smith and columnist Amy Taubin, former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson, Film Society and Snagfilms consultant Bingham Ray, festival players such as Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam, San Francisco's Rachel Rosen, Venice's Giuilia d'Agnolo Vallan, SXSW's Janet Pierson, Telluride's Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger, critics Todd McCarthy, Melissa Anderson, Stephanie Zacharek, John Powers and Karina Longworth and Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 11:24 AM
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