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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Reveals Its Festival Lineup

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This morning in Paris, the official competition lineup for the 67th Cannes Film Festival was announced. Jean-Luc Godard, the Dardenne brothers, Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Michel Hazanavicius, Tommy Lee Jones and Xavier Dolan are among the directors with films in this year's Cannes competition of 18 features.  Read More: 10 Films Not Heading To Cannes (But Sure To Hit Venice and/or Toronto) Over in the Un Certain Regard section, highlights include Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River" (previously titled "How to Catch a Monster"), Matthieu Amalric's "The Blue Room," Wim Wenders’ and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's "The Salt of the Earth," and Ned Benson's two-part "Eleanor Rigby" (previously titled "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her"), starring Jessica Chastain. Zhang Yimou's latest, "Coming Home," starring Gong Li, is playing out of competition. As previously announced, Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, »

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‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy

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X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer  has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1999 in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii federal court.

The plaintiff, Michael Egan, claims he was 17 when Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other allegations. Egan’s lawyers, led by Jeff Herman, allege that Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion in 1999. His suit claims battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion, and it seeks unspecified damages.

Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, called the lawsuit “absurd and defamatory.”

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” the attorney said. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated.”

Marc Collins-Rector, the former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, an ambitious Internet startup that sputtered in the dotcom bust of 2000, is also cited in the Singer lawsuit, »

- Ted Johnson

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Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'

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So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis:  Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Open Road Acquires U.S. On ‘Tupac’, John Singleton-Directed Pic On Hip-Hop Icon

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Exclusive: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in the East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996. Related: All Eyez On John Singleton As Director Boards Tupac Shakur Biopic The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, »


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‘Spider-Man 2′ Facing Formidable Foes at Foreign Box Office

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In “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker faces off against a double dose of villains played by Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan.

But when the upcoming sequel debuts in theaters abroad (April 16) and in the U.S. (May 2), Spidey will find himself entangled with even more formidable foes — Marvel rivals Captain America and Wolverine— not to mention a terrifying Japanese monster named Godzilla.

Of all the studios in summer 2014’s battle of the superheroes, Sony Pictures, which backs “Spider-Man 2,” arguably has the most at stake. Chairman Michael Lynton and co-chair Amy Pascal need the latest installment of their web-slinging franchise to deliver outsized grosses to offset the studio’s substantial investment, and reverse a recent string of domestic duds that include “RoboCop” and “The Monuments Men.”

Aside from the necessary financial boost, Sony is desperate to lift morale at the studio, which has been reeling from an onslaught of »

- Alexandra Cheney and Ramin Setoodeh

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10 Films Not Heading To Cannes (But Sure To Hit Venice and/or Toronto)

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup is out, and while it certainly includes enough highly anticipated films to fulfill any cinephile's dreams between now and the festival's May 14th kick-off, there were a few films that didn't end up making the cut -- some bigger surprises than others. Whether due to the film not being done or a strategic move to screen it elsewhere or maybe even Cannes rejecting it, quite a few high profile films are now officially major contenders for the fall festival circuit's main trio -- Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride. Here are 10 examples: "Big Eyes" Directed by Tim Burton Tim Burton -- who headed the Cannes jury two years back -- has gotten a lot of flack as of late thanks to big budget, critically panned films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows." And while it seems like he is making a return to fantasy-free, low-budget »

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Chinese film delegation heads to UK

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A delegation of Chinese film and TV industry executives is heading to London in September to forge ties with UK indies and broadcasters as part of the Screen China event.

The four-day event is scheduled to run from September 12 and has been organised by the Allied China Europe Society with the China Record Cultural Media Company and CTV Audio-Visual.

The Chinese delegation, expected to include directors, location scouts and businesses interested in funding British TV productions, will attend a strand of the conference, titled the British Chinese Film & TV Summit.

A party of senior officials from China’s State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television will also attend.

A series of panel discussions are planned to cover topics including co-production, financing and distribution opportunities. Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has also been confirmed to speak at the event, due to the success of the period drama in China.

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Chef leads Tribeca Film Festival buzz

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Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.

Chef, Starred Up and Goodbye to All That are the most discussed films online showing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, according to latest research from Way To Blue.

Jon Favreau’s comedy Chef leads the way on overall buzz, tucking into 881 mentions, but has the lowest intent to view score (22%) of the top ten most buzzed about films.

Angus MacLachlan’s comedy-drama Goodbye to All That has the highest intent-to-view with 81%, followed by David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up at 59%.

The most discussed star at this year’s festival is Keira Knightley, pipping Chris Messina by one mention who, in turn, tops Mark Ruffalo by one mention.

Knightley and Ruffalo lead the cast of the festival’s closing film Begin Again, while Messina’s directorial debut Alex of Venice, which he also »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

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The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what »

- Nina Terrero

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Cannes lineup: Ryan Gosling, Bennett Miller, and 'Dragons' get festival showcase

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Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell, was one of the high-profile movies that was announced this morning for competition in next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Also competing for the Palme d’Or is The Homesman from director Tommy Lee Jones, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which features Robert Pattinson.

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, starring Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes, will premiere in the Un Certain Regard side category.

How to Train Your Dragons 2 will also premiere at Cannes, with an out of competition screening. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Cannes 2014 line-up: 'A mouth-watering selection'

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The Guardian's film critic, Peter Bradshaw, gets his teeth into a Cannes programme that includes new films from David Cronenberg, Olivier Assayas and Ken Loach

The announcement of the Cannes competition list is an event which becomes every year more tinglingly tense and exciting. These are the films which will, for good or ill, dominate world cinema conversation in the coming twelve months: an alternative canon to the English-language "awards season" movies which emerge after Venice and Toronto in the autumn. With films by big-hitters like Cronenberg, Godard, Hazanavicius, Ceylan and the Dardennes brothers, this is likely to be the case once again. The formidable Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev is there with his Leviathan and from Mauritania, Abderrahmane Sissako represents new African cinema with Timbuktu. However, some will be disappointed not to see the new movies from Terrence Malick, Emir Kusturica, Fatih Akin and Roy Andersson. (It is possible that Andersson's film, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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What Stands Out From the Cannes 2014 Lineup? Here Are 5 Observations

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The announcement of the lineup for the Cannes Film Festival always arrives with a tidal wave of excitement around the world. Its competition, an international survey of new work from directors around the world, invites plenty of scrutiny about what did and didn't make the cut — the dominance of some countries over others, the prevalence of "the Cannes family" of auteur directors in relation to the lesser known quantities, and so on. You can spin the numbers in countless ways, but ultimately the quality of the selection as a whole remains intangible to even the savviest viewers until the festival takes place next month. Until then, here are a few brief observations that immediately stood out to this writer upon joining thousands of cinephiles this morning to peruse the list. Let us know what you're looking forward to reading more about and check out the full list of titles here. »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire 2′ In Development for Robin Williams and Chris Columbus

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Over 20 years have passed since director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams teamed up for the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. In that time, it’s become a cable staple. A movie some of us have seen dozens of times, whether we wanted to or not. Now, it seems we’ll be seeing more of Mrs. Doubtfire […]

The post ‘Mrs. Doubtfire 2′ In Development for Robin Williams and Chris Columbus appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Behind the Counter at "Bob's Burgers": 5 Reasons Why This Show Is So Tasty

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When there's a "Bob's Burgers" table read, it's an open secret. They aren’t advertised to the industry or the public, but a bright yellow sign ("Bob's Burgers Table Read") at the entrance to Bento Box's Burbank offices is visible from the street.Created by Loren Bouchard, best known for co-creating “Home Movies” on Adult Swim, “Bob’s Burgers”  is equal parts heartfelt and cheeky, a show that tests the limits of an ordinary premise with a cast of exceedingly eccentric characters. However, “Bob’s Burgers” has a secret sauce.  So how do they do it? Here is our unofficial five-step recipe for “Bob’s Burgers,” that we came up with after hanging out at a table read and chatting behind the scenes:Step 1: Bring together producers and writers that have worked together in the past. It doesn’t hurt if the show that they worked on happened to be massively successful. »

- Shipra Gupta

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New Pics From Cannes Contenders 'Maps To The Stars' & 'The Homesman'

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In case you just woke up or are still on your morning cup of coffee, the Cannes Film Festival lineup was unveiled this morning, and the promo materials are pouring in. And among them are new pics from two Competition titles that will be generation lots of heat. First up is David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars," from which we've already seen two trailers (here and here), and now comes a couple fresh images from the movie starring Robert PattinsonJohn CusackJulianne MooreMia WasikowskaOlivia Williams and Sarah Gadon. Here's the official synopsis: Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we witness the convoluted world of shallow, selfish celebrities and their minions, all of whom are about to be manipulated and destroyed by the young woman who literally represents the fruit of their twisted machinations, Agatha, Benjie’s tormented, apparently psychotic sister. As much as it is a sharp, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The force of law: Prisoner claims persecution for Star Wars faith

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'I fear retaliation from the dark side', says anonymous prisoner at London's Hmp Isis, alleging widespread intolerance of Jedis

A British prisoner who claims to be a practicing Jedi says he faces persecution from authorities unwilling to recognise the Star Wars religion.

The unnamed prisoner has written to prison newspaper Inside Time, asking editors not to publish his name or other details "as I fear retaliation from the dark side". In a letter published on the newspaper's website, he writes: "I recently put in an application asking that I be allowed to practise my religion freely I am a Jedi. The written reply said, 'whilst Jedi is a recognised religion according to the UK census, it is not recognised by the National Offender Management Service, and we cannot change your religious record because of this.'"

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Watch The Gritty New Trailer For Guy Pearce And Robert Pattinson's The Rover

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"Things fall apart," promises the newest trailer for David Michod.s The Rover, a gritty crime thriller in the same vein as the director.s gripping Animal Kingdom. And with this new tease comes the big(ger) news that The Rover has officially been selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, scheduled for May. The trailer was shared via A24.s official YouTube page. Michod sets The Rover is a post-apocalyptic society, where the normal rules of civilization have faded. It calls to mind the mise-en-scene of his native Aussie "brother" George Miller, and every time I see a car speeding along a desolate highway in the above Rover clip, it makes me think we.re going to see "Mad" Max join the fray. Instead, we get Guy Pearce, playing a loner who is associated with an abandoned drifter (Robert Pattinson) after the man is left to die by his brother. »

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Tribeca film festival 2014: the most anticipated films

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The 13th Tribeca film festival is expected to be the best one yet. From grown men who love My Little Pony to Irish horror, here's a roundup of the ones to watch

In the past, the Tribeca film festival, the event founded in the wake of September 11 by Robert De Niro and his producing partner Jane Rosenthal, had a less than sterling reputation among industry professionals and viewers. There was a feeling that many of its world premieres were selected from whatever was left over after bigger, more established festivals had cherry-picked the best titles available. But now in its 13th year, Tribeca is quietly gaining in stature and respect for the much improved quality of its programming (thanks in part to the hire in 2012 of Frédéric Boyer, former head of Cannes's Directors' Fortnight, as artistic director). The word from New York City is that this looks like it might »

- Leslie Felperin

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Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

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Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.

Jon S. Baird and Sally El Hosaini [pictured] will direct the upcoming series of Babylon, currently shooting in and around London.

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s six-part series follows the metropolitan police’s director of communications (Brit Marling) as she attempts to drag the force into the new media age.

James Nesbitt, Adam Deacon and Jill Halfpenny are among the cast reprising their roles from the pilot episode which aired in February.

Baird, director of the award-winning Filth, directs the first three episodes, while El Hosaini, winner of Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival for My Brother the Devil, will direct the final three episodes.

BAFTA winner Jon Brown joins the writing team for two episodes of the series.

Babylon is created and executive produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain, and is produced »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Watch: Everything Burns In Moody New Trailer For Cannes-Bound ‘The Rover’ With Guy Pearce & Robert Pattinson

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Fear The Man With Nothing Left To Lose. So goes the tagline of David Michod's "The Rover" starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and with the film now headed to Cannes, A24 has dropped a new trailer and a couple of posters for the thriller. And yes, it looks pretty damn good. Already showcasing his skill at capturing men pushed to the brink in "Animal Kingdom," Michod's latest takes it even further. Set ten years after the collapse of society, with the rule of law now tossed out the window, the story kicks off when Rey (Pattinson) is carjacked and left for dead, only to fall into an partnership with loner Eric (Pearce), who helps him track the down the gang of thieves. And the story, conceived by Michod and Joel Edgerton, looks like one packed with a grim sense of place and a palpable atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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