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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

16 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Foxcatcher will debut at Cannes and might be on a collision course with Oscar

17 April 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

About a month ago, I wrote a piece here that speculated on some of the Academy Award hopefuls that might be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, the lineup for Cannes has been announced (at least the preliminary list of titles…look for some movies to be added in the coming weeks), and while a few flicks I mentioned in that article like The Homesman, How to Catch a Monster, and Maps to the Stars are set to unspool in France, the film that probably is the most anticipated, especially in terms of awards potential, is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. In fact, I’ve listed it as a Best Picture frontrunner in my Oscar predictions, if you haven’t already noticed. In case you’re not up to speed on this movie, it’s obviously directed by Miller based on a script from Dan Futterman and based on a true story. »

- Joey Magidson

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New Trailers and Posters for Foxcatcher, The Rover, and The Captive

17 April 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earlier today, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced, which means that marketing materials are going online, or in the case of Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, back online.  A teaser trailer was released last fall, but then Sony pulled it shortly before announcing that the film would be pushed back to 2014.  Now that the movie is playing in competition at Cannes, the Foxcatcher trailer is back online, and I highly recommend watching it if you haven't already.  There are also new posters and trailers David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and for Atom Egoyan's The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos.  Both films look fascinating, and I'm eager to hear the reaction to all of these pictures after they play at Cannes. Hit the jump to check out the trailers and posters.  The Rover opens in New York and L. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed: Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, and More

17 April 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This morning the lineup was announced for the annual Cannes Film Festival, the glittery European festival where a premium is placed luxury and decadence and many super important, Oscar-bound films make their starry debut. And this year's festival, which didn't include any big surprises or giant-sized premieres, is still an embarrassment of riches nonetheless.

The opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," features Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. This lavish period biopic, directed by "La Vie En Rose" filmmaker Olivier Dahan, had been previously announced. But it still set the bar pretty high, at least when it came to prestige movies starring big time celebrities. Thankfully, the rest of the slate followed through.

Amongst the movies with big names are "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's based on a true story "Foxcatcher," which features Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum; genius French director (and Cannes favorite) Olivier Assayas's drama "Clouds of Sils Maria, »

- Drew Taylor

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The Rover, Charlie's Country bound for Cannes

17 April 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Michôd.s The Rover and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country will have their world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Rover, a futuristic thriller starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Anthony Hayes and David Field, will have a midnight screening out of competition.

Charlie.s Country, which stars David Gulpilil as an aging man who struggles to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia, will screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

The South Australian Film Corp. and Screen Australia invested in both films. .This caps off a pretty good 12 months for Safc-backed films,. said CEO Richard Harris, also referring to The Babadook, 52 Tuesdays and The Infinite Man.

"This recognition from Cannes is very significant for the possibilities of the film in the marketplace," de Heer said. "I am so pleased for David, for all his effort to be rewarded and for »

- Don Groves

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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

17 April 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.

The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”

One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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Wally Pfister Turns to Directing With 'Transcendence.' Here Are 15 Other Cinematographers Turned Directors.

16 April 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wally Pfister made a name for himself as one of the top cinematographers in Hollywood over the past decade, shooting Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," and the films of Christopher Nolan, culminating with his Oscar win for "Inception." But with "Interstellar," Nolan has to do without Pfister for the first time since his debut, "Following," as his regular Dp has greater ambitions. Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence" hits theaters on April 17. It's a highly ambitious, fascinating concept, but it remains to be seen whether Pfister has a shot at a long-term career as a director. In anticipation for that project, here are fifteen major cinematographers who tried their hand at directing, with varying results. [Just a quick note: this list doesn't include directors who serve as their own cinematographers, such as Steven Soderbergh or Robert Rodriguez.] Mario Bava Cinematography Background: Bava got his start working with none other than Italian »

- Max O'Connell

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Cannes Film Festival Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for 67th Edition

16 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris – Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, Moneyball director Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius' Chechnya war film The SearchKen Loach's Jimmy's Hall and David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars will all be part of the competition lineup of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in May. The lineup is heavy on films featuring Hollywood and international stars, but somewhat light on U.S. directors. Female directors have a strong presence this year. Overall, 18 films, down from 20 last year, will compete for the festival's main award, the Palme d'Or. One film could be added, organizers said. The opening film,

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- Rhonda Richford, Georg Szalai

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Listen: 4 Tracks From The 'Transcendence' Soundtrack By Mychael Danna, Plus New Viral Video

11 April 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After delivering excellent scores for both Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" and Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" (he won an Oscar for the latter), we're going to be paying attention to whatever Mychael Danna does next, and we won't have to wait long. Next week, he's the man behind the music in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," and a preview of his work is here. Moviefone has dropped four tracks from the soundtrack, ranging from the percussive "Transcend," to the delicately electronic "Building Will" along with "Get Off The Grid" and "The Only One He Trusts." It's a nice sonic set-up for the film. Meanwhile, another viral video has dropped, highlighting the two opposing forces of the film: R.I.F.T., an anti-ai group who don't want the singularity to happen, and Dr. Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, who promises profound changes to humankind if he's allowed to harness the collective power of every computer. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Draft Day – The Review

10 April 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A sign of a good sports film is if the audience enthusiastically cheers during a film like a crowd at a live sporting event. That’s exactly what happened when I went to see Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. The theater was into every second as the film counted down the minutes to the big event. For football fans, the NFL draft signals the start of the new season as predictions and expectations are quickly assigned to each team after the new recruits are signed on. Depending on your love of the game, you may be able to look past some of the more predictable elements of the script and view Draft Day as an acceptable entry into the sports film genre.

Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is on a mission to get the best pick for his club the Cleveland Browns. If only it was so simple. In the »

- Michael Haffner

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Forecast: 'Rio 2,' 'Captain America' Could Both Reach $40 Million This Weekend

10 April 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Animated sequel Rio 2 could cruise to around $40 million this weekend, which would put it in a close race for first place against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Draft Day and Oculus are targeting more modest debuts.Captain America: The Winter Soldier set an April record last weekend with $95 million. Most comic book movies fall hard in their second weekends: similar movies Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fell 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Captain America has better reviews and stronger word-of-mouth, though it would still be surprising if it dropped less than 50 percent. Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 could give the Captain a run for its money. The first Rio opened to $39.2 million around the same time in 2011, and ultimately closed with a solid $143.6 million. While it was well-liked enough, its reputation doesn't seem to suggest a huge bump for the sequel.Rio 2 shifts the action »

- Ray Subers <>

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Scott Rudin Producing ‘Flash Boys’, the Anti-’Wolf of Wall Street’

9 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Michael Lewis isn’t a Hollywood guy per se, but he has been behind a couple of big recent hits. Best Picture nominees The Blind Side and Moneyball were both based on books of his, and movies based on his tomes Liar’s Poker and The Big Short are both in the works. Now Sony and producer […]

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- Angie Han

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'Flash Boys,' The Anti-'Wolf Of Wall Street,' Will Get A Film From 'Moneyball' Team

9 April 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

If the champagne-spewing, cocaine-snorting excesses of "The Wolf of Wall Street" left a bad taste in your mouth, don't worry: the next Big Banking drama to come out of Hollywood is going to be a nice, populist palate-cleanser. Per a report from Deadline, the non-fiction bestseller "Flash Boys" will be adapted for film. The project marks a second collaboration between author Michael Lewis and producer Scott Rudin; the pair worked together previously to bring "Moneyball," ...

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Sony Nearing Movie Deal on Michael Lewis’ ‘Flash Boys’

8 April 2014 10:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures is nearing a movie rights deal on Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.

“Flash Boys,” published March 31 by W.W. Norton, focuses on high-frequency trading in the financial markets and possible market manipulation.

Lewis alleges in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Guys” also focuses on the creation of Iex, the Investor’s Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.

Bloomberg News reported on April 1, the day after publication of “Flash Guys,” that the Federal Bureau of Investgation was investigating whether high-frequency trading firms break U.S. laws by acting on nonpublic information to gain an edge over competitors.

It’s the second Sony deal for a Lewis’ book following “Moneyball,” which the studio acquired in 2004. Brad Pitt »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Pictures, Scott Rudin Acquiring Michael Lewis Bestseller ‘Flash Boys’

8 April 2014 9:25 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are near a deal to acquire Flash Boys, the hottest-selling book in the country. Michael Lewis’ nonfiction work is about a group of Wall Street guys who grew frustrated by a loophole that gave traders the opportunity to game the stock market. They banded together to reform the financial markets by creating an exchange that rendered impotent the act of high-frequency trading, a growing form of trading that gave insiders an advantage. A story that is the antithesis of the practices that created the 2008 financial crisis, the book traces how the Flash Boys walked away from huge-money jobs to use their expertise to investigate big banks, stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms. They peeled back the layers to bare why many feel that Wall Street is such a rigged game. The Flash Boys are the kind of guys who would have hated Jordan Belfort, »


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Sony Acquiring Wall Street Thriller 'Flash Boys' From 'Moneyball' Writer

8 April 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures is nearing a deal for the rights to Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, the newest book from Moneyball writer Michael Lewis. Scott Rudin will produce with Eli Bush. The book, which hit stores on March 31, is a financial thriller about a group of Wall Street traders who band together to reform the market and fight the long-secret phenomenon known as high-frequency trading (Hft). Photos: 11 Biggest Book-to-Big Screen Adaptations of the Last 25 Years Lewis, a non-fiction writer with more than a dozen books under his belt, has had two of

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- Rebecca Ford

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Transcendence Giveaway

8 April 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wally Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer on films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but he’s making the move to the director’s chair with the ambitious sci-fi thriller Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  In anticipation of the pic’s release, we’re happy to give away a few Transcendence-related items to some lucky readers, including a solar charger, T-shirts, passes to see the film, and more. Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the materials.  Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th, following special 8pm screenings on April 17th. In order to enter the contest, email »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch 7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Transcendence

6 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence opening April 18th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips and thirteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but the big question is can he make the leap to the director's chair.  So far the marketing materials have promised Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and I'm very curious what audiences are going to think. Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Acquires Anonymous Vs Steubenville

3 April 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the extraordinary success of the award-winning 12 Years A Slave, all eyes have been on Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions, waiting to see what project they would throw their weight behind next. After tackling militant extremism (A Mighty Heart), existential philosophies (The Tree Of Life), statistics (Moneyball) and AIDS ( the upcoming The Normal Heart), there has never been any way to predict which subject matter would grab Pitt’s eye next. The company seems to have answered that question for us, however, as Defamer are reporting that Plan B have apparently secured the rights to the Rolling Stone article, Anonymous Vs Steubenville, by David Kushner.

To be fair, if it wasn’t based on now infamous real-life horror, this excellent article would read like a particularly gripping movie pitch. The fact that it is based on actual events makes the story all the more astonishing. Following the tale of »

- Sarah Myles

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Brad Pitt Reportedly Producing Film About Anonymous & The Steubenville Rape Case

2 April 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Brad Pitt has never been afraid of tackling tough subject matter, particularly when it comes to his own Plan B production shingle. They were team behind this year's Oscar winning Best Picture "12 Years A Slave," and they have put their weight behind the films of Terrence Malick, a movie about statistics ("Moneyball") and HBO's upcoming AIDS drama "The Normal Heart." Now, Pitt's company is looking to tell the story of Steubenville rape case. Plan B has reportedly acquired the rights to "Anonymous vs. Steubenville," David Kushner's article for Rolling Stone that appeared in last November's issue. In case you missed the media coverage, hacker collective Anonymous exposed the attempted cover up in Steubenville, Ohio of the rape of 16 year-old girl by two high school football players, who left evidence of their crimes all over social media. It was thanks to Anonymous, who brought the allegations to light, that criminal »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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