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  • April 19, 2014 2:45 PM
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Pick Hit: Raunchy R-Rated Comedy 'Neighbors,' Starring Rogen, Byrne & Efron, that Even Critics Love (RED BAND TRAILER)

Universal Pictures smartly debuted "Neighbors," a raunchy, R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as the titular domestic warmongers, at SXSW 2014, where it picked up great word-of-mouth from festival-goers and critics alike. But the best thing in the movie is Rose Byrne. The films opens May 9. Read review, roundup and see Red Band trailer here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 5:17 PM
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First Look: Ryan Gosling's Trippy Cannes-Bound Directorial Debut 'Lost River'

Cannes certainly knows how to roll out the red carpet for Hollywood stars, so it came as no surprise yesterday when Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River" landed a slot in the fest's edgy Un Certain Regard sidebar.
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  • April 18, 2014 2:28 PM
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Wim Wenders Sets Sail for Cannes, But Where Is 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'?

Among the many surprises in the yummy Cannes Film Festival lineup is the absence of German auteur Wim Wenders' eagerly awaited 3D redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine." So when will we see it?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 12:28 PM
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Fledgling Director Gillian Greene's 'Murder of a Cat' Is One to Watch at Tribeca

Fledgling director Gillian Greene's "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 17, 2014 4:31 PM
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Kevin Spacey Q & A: 'House of Cards' Wouldn't Exist Without Richard III, Focus of Self-Released Tribeca Doc (VIDEO)

In an in-depth interview, Kevin Spacey explains why "House of Cards" wouldn't exist without Shakespeare's Richard III, how he and Sam Mendes put together the Bridge Project, which took five plays to audiences around the world, and why Spacey financed and is self-releasing a documentary, of the "Richard III" tour, "NOW Behind the Scenes on a World Stage."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 3:56 PM
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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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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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