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Cannes Unveils Short Film Selection, and Cinefondation Program

With the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival's feature film lineup coming on April 18, the festival, now in its 66th edition, has announced its short film selection and its Cinefondation program, which features student films. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2013 2:30 PM
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Cannes Palme d'Or-Winner Jane Campion To Get Carrosse d'Or

New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose superb neo-noir "Top of the Lake" series is running on Sundance Channel, will receive the Carrosse d’or at Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2013 2:25 PM
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In the Works: Jason Clarke and Omar Sy Set to Star in 'Syriana' Writer/Director Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 8:48 PM
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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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