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First Look: Six 'Great Gatsby' Character Posters

Warner Bros. is displaying six new character posters for Baz Luhrmann's giddily awaited film, "The Great Gatsby," colorfully adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. These jazzy posters feature our golden boy anti-hero (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) and her beau Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2013 4:02 PM
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Cannes 2013 Unveils Poster, American Pavilion Celebrating 25th Year

The 66th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival (May 15-26) has unveiled its poster, featuring a snuggling stars and husband-and-wife duo Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in an eye-popping black-and-white starburst. Cannes reports that "the couple embodies the spirit of the cinema like no other."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2013 1:45 PM
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Cannes Picks Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' to Open Fest May 15, After its Stateside Release UPDATED

Cannes opening night is always Fest Delegate General Thierry Frémaux's biggest headache. How to find the right combination of "big" movie with artistic pretensions directed by a proven auteur delivering some glamorous stars for the red carpet? All too often, the actual quality of the film is irrelevant. Thus the opening night of the 66th Festival du Cannes is "The Great Gatsby," Warner Bros.' 3-D spectacular from Baz Luhrmann. The Australian filmmaker memorably opened the fest with Fox's "Moulin Rouge" in 2001, with one of the best parties I have ever been to in my life. I remember Rupert Murdoch dancing with Nicole Kidman, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2013 1:53 AM
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L'Atelier Announces 15 Selected Projects Looking for International Partners at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

The ninth edition of L'Atelier at the upcoming 2013 Cannes Film Festival has announced 15 selected projects from 14 different countries. Since its creation in 2005, L'Atelier has invited directors and producers to meet hundreds of potential partners at the Cannes festival and market.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 2:20 PM
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Yes It's True: Spielberg Is Jury President of the 66th Festival de Cannes

Like Clint Eastwood before him, Steven Spielberg has agreed to be the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. It's his first time. “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none," Spielberg stated. "The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2013 12:49 AM
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Jane Campion to Head Cannes Short Film Jury and Cinefondation

Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 1:14 PM
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Cristian Mungiu Talks Not Cutting Cannes Winner 'Beyond the Hills,' New Poster, EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The rare and glorious 35 mm "Beyond the Hills," which won the best actress prize at Cannes for its two non-pro leads, plays too long for many who expect conventional pacing and don't accept Mungiu's rigorous aesthetic, which requires that he not cut within a scene. He can trim the front or the back, but not the middle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2013 1:49 PM
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Garcia Bernal and Larrain Just Say 'No' EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oscar-shortlisted "No," a hit on the festival circuit, comes from Chilean director Pablo Larraín and Mexican producer-star Gael García Bernal, who collaborated on a novel recreation of the 1988 ousting of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after 15 years of oppression. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North American rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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Review: 'Killing Them Softly' Has Bold Style, Skips Heartbeat

Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," adapted from George V. Higgins' 1974 crime novel "Cogan's Trade," takes place in an atrophied post-Katrina New Orleans in 2008. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a hitman whose preferred method of execution is explained in the film's updated title.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 6:44 PM
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Review: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors' Is Bonkers

The word ‘bonkers’ was used with abandon along the Croisette when it came to describing Leos Carax’s fifth film (his first full-length feature since 1999’s "Pola X") and "Holy Motors"’ reception at the critics’ screening and official Competition unveiling was so enthusiastic...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 2, 2012 4:22 PM
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