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At Cannes, Filmmakers Break Out of the Box at Their Peril: Ask Ryan Gosling

Filmmakers at Cannes beware. Make an unpredictable movie well outside your comfort zone and sometimes, critics will heap you with praise, as they did when comedy director Michel Hazanavicius went dramatic with "The Artist" at Cannes and went on to win a bevy of prizes including the Best Picture Oscar. So he took the once in a lifetime chance to make a passion project close to his heart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2014 4:10 AM
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How Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Was Almost Named 'Without a Trace'

When Alfred Hitchcock began work on a film adaptation of the French novel, "D'entre les Morts" in the late 1950s, Paramount did not like his selected title: "Vertigo." Studio executives sent the director a list of strongly suggested alternatives that includes a bevy of melodramatic choices:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 1, 2012 10:39 AM
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