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'Ernest & Celestine' English-Language Voice Cast Includes Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti and More

Renowned animation distributor GKIDS has unveiled the English-language voice cast for lovely French animated film "Ernest & Celestine." Forest Whitaker takes the lead, voicing vagabond bear Ernest, while child actress Mackenzie Foy ("The Conjuring," "Twilight: Breaking Dawn") will voice Celestine, a young mouse who wants to be an artist but feels pressured into dental school.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2013 12:38 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:53 AM
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Casting Watch: Franco, Bridges, McAdams, Cotillard and More Lined Up for Animated 'The Little Prince'

James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti are all on board as voice actors for an animated feature version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 classic novella "The Little Prince." Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda") is set to helm.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 6, 2013 1:38 PM
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Ari Folman's Animated Live-Action Hybrid 'The Congress' to Open Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Not in Competition

Ari Folman's sci-fi film "The Congress," which is part realist live-action, part fantasy animation and stars Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel and Kodi Smit-McPhee, will open the Cannes sidebar Director's Fortnight on May 16. Folman wrote and directed Israel's Oscar-nominated foreign film "Waltz with Bashir," an animated documentary which was slotted in the main Cannes competition, so this is something of a comedown for the established filmmaker, opening night or no. (Trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 1:08 PM
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JFK Assassination Pic 'Parkland' Begins Lensing in Austin with Giamatti, Thornton, Weaver, Harden, Strong, Haley and Hanks

JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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Cannes Review Round-Up: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" with Robert Pattinson

If anything, judging from Cannes critics, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a faithful adaptation of the Don DeLillo source material. The consensus is that Cronenberg keeps his fierce and trim style, despite striving to stay true to the novella.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:26 PM
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Cannes Market: Radiant Films Snags 'Madame Bovary' with Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Ezra Miller

Radiant Films acquired the international rights to "Madame Bovary," starring Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "The Kids Are Alright"), Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), and Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 10:47 AM
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Casting Watch: Mia Wasikowska Set to Play 'Madame Bovary,' Paul Giamatti In Talks to Co-Star

Mia Wasikowska is officially attached to star in Occupant Entertainment's adaptation of ''Madame Bovary" as Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's ever-hopeful passion-seeker perpetually bound to the banalities of domestic life. Paul Giamatti is circling a key role, with Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls," which starred Giamatti) set to direct.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 3:20 PM
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