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Trailer Watch: Sweet Wasikowska Goes Sadistic in Park Chan-wook's Deliciously Menacing 'Stoker'

Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy," "Thirst") is up to his devilishly stylish genre work again in this hypnotic new trailer for "Stoker," starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and a quietly ruthless Mia Wasikowska (packing heat! and a pencil!). Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" seems to be a major reference, as Goode plays Uncle Charlie, an outsider with murderous intentions who comes to stay with the two women.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 1:13 PM
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Park Chan-wook Thriller 'Stoker' Gets March 2013 Release; Stars Wasikowska, Kidman, Goode, Mulroney & Weaver

Fox Searchlight has picked a March 1, 2013 release date for "Stoker," the same day as Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium." Directed by Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") and scripted by Wentworth Miller, the film features Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "Alice in Wonderland"), Matthew Goode ("A Single Man," "Brideshead Revisited")...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 4:29 PM
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Which Stars Came Out Ahead at Cannes? Who Should Have Stayed Home? From Pitt, Kidman & Mikkelsen to Hardy, Cotillard, Pattinson & Stewart

Cannes can have a huge impact on careers--as the world media watches. That walk up the red carpet can be dazzling for talent, but boos and reviews can be deadly, too. Ask Lee Daniels, who had to pull out the race card to explain the devastating pans for "The Paperboy," which Avi Lerner's Millennium may wind up releasing itself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 1:08 PM
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Cannes Photo Call: The Stars Pose for "Cosmopolis," "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Our continuing coverage of the Cannes photo calls shows more strutting, posing, and co-star clutching. Today we have Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg in what appears to be a real moment of affection, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 2:57 PM
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Cannes 2012: Lee Daniels' Nasty 'Paperboy' Reviews In A Poem

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" has arrived at Cannes, and it's receiving quite a reception. With stars like Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Macy Grey, it was always going to get attention. But critics are having a field day with its pulpy content.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 4:26 PM
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Cannes 2012: Competition Films for the Red Carpet, from Kidman in 'Paperboy' to Pitt in 'Killing Them Softly'

Several films in the Cannes Competition feel like they were booked for their red carpet star value, and are lesser efforts than films that Cannes did not see fit to place in competition. Why not place Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "NO" in the Competition? It's his fourth film, and his third, the well-received "Tony Manero," was also in Director's Fortnight. And Gael Garcia Bernal is an international star. I suspect that the Festival worried that the film's low-quality video presentation--a daring aesthetic choice for Larrain--would not work in a glamorous gala Palais setting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2012 8:10 AM
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'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Debuts in Cannes and on HBO: Kidman & Owen Talk Sex and Hemingway's Boots

Philip Kaufman's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" will premiere out of competition in Cannes before its Monday, May 28 debut on HBO. It stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen as the titular pair, as well as Peter Coyote ("Erin Brockovich"), David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck"), Molly Parker ("The Road"), and Parker Posey ("A Mighty Wind").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 4:02 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada Join Firth, Kidman, Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky's 'The Railway Man'

More board the train as Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada join Oscar-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, as well as up-and-comer Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2012 11:55 AM
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Cannes Stars: Considering 14 Careers Heading Into Festival

Cannes can have a huge impact on a star's career--from the dazzling experience of walking up the Palais red carpet, to facing a gauntlet of international press. With the Cannes lineup revealed, let's dig into what this year's stars have to win or lose.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:31 PM
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Teaser Watch: Phil Kaufman's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Check out this HBO Films teaser promo reel for biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (May 2012) about the tempestuous romance between war journalists Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, directed by Phil Kaufman, yet another disenfranchised Hollywood filmmaker turning to HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2012 1:11 PM
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