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Cannes Opening Night: 'Grace of Monaco' Arrives

The announcement this morning that Harvey Weinstein had negotiated himself a better deal on the US distribution rights for "Grace Of Monaco" (by $2-3m, according to Variety) must have been bittersweet for the film's producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogom, director Olivier Dahan and star Nicole Kidman.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 14, 2014 9:56 AM
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Gilles Jacob: Author, Raconteur, Lover of Cinema and Outgoing Cannes President

The Cannes Film Festival hits its titular locality for the 67th time on May 14th. Following a 22-year stint as Festival artistic director, Gilles Jacob, 83, rose to Presidency in 2001. But this year's Cannes will be his last. In 2015, Pierre Lescure takes over.
  • By Lisa Nesselson
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  • May 13, 2014 3:38 PM
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Cannes: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow Set for 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake

Director Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") has had a remake of Argentina's Oscar winner thriller "The Secret in Their Eyes" in the works for a few years, set up and then languishing at Warner Bros., and now rejuvenated at IM Global, who's set to shop the film at the Cannes market. And they've got a tantalizing cast in place: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2014 1:56 PM
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Terrence Malick's 'Voyage of Time' Heads to Cannes -- It's His "Most Ambitious Film to Date"

Ever wonder about Terrence Malick's 30-years-in-the-making "Voyage of Time"? Well, it seems the film will now emerge at the upcoming Cannes market. Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are set to present first images from the feature to festival buyers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2014 11:51 AM
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Quentin Tarantino to Close Cannes with 50th Anniversary Screening of Leone's 'Fistful of Dollars'

The mystery of the Closing Night at Cannes has been solved, and it's a very cool, unusual choice. Quentin Tarantino will be hosting a celebration of the life and work of director Sergio Leone with a 50th anniversary screening of 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2014 11:28 AM
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Jane Campion Talks Cannes Jury Duty, and the Fest's "Embarrassing" Gender Imbalance

Director Jane Campion talks her new turn as Cannes jury president, being the only female filmmaker to win the Palme d'Or, and the eight jury members she will oversee at the festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 12, 2014 3:43 PM
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Check Out This Telling Chart on Women Directors at Cannes Over the Past Decade

The number of women directors who make it into the Cannes lineup is a source of yearly contention. And it makes sense. Over the past ten years, there's been virtually no consistent improvement in terms of women auteurs landing in the hallowed competition program. Un Certain Regard has gradually improved -- slightly. Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog has created a handy if depressing chart to show the exact stats. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 12, 2014 1:22 PM
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Megan Ellison Heads for Cannes with 'Foxcatcher,' Rebrands Her Foreign Sales Arm

Heading into the Cannes International Film Festival -- which opens Wednesday with Nicole Kidman vehicle "Grace of Monaco"--producer-financier Megan Ellison (Oscar contenders "Zero Dark Thirty," "Her," "American Hustle") is launching Sony Pictures Classics' much-anticipated true murder drama "Foxcatcher" in competition, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. And now that Annapurna is established, she's rebranding her foreign sales arm Panorama Media with the Annapurna monicker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2014 12:36 PM
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Cannes Update: Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries

In 2014, fifteen films will be vying for the Camera d'Or award to be presented during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24th. French director Nicole Garcia will preside. Here's the jury.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2014 3:42 PM
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BBC Films Unveils Lavish Film Slate Ahead of Cannes

Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2014 12:36 PM
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