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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Main Competition, Un Certain Regard & Special Screenings

16 April 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.

Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Aussie prospects for Cannes festival

15 April 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australia hasn.t had a film selected for official competition at the Cannes Film Festival or the Un Certain Regard sidebar since 2011 and in the Directors. Fortnight section since 2009.

But the prospects are looking brighter this year. According to If.s straw poll among industry figures, David Michôd.s The Rover, Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country and Zak Hilditch.s These Final Hours are promising candidates for one or more of the festival.s competitive sections.

The official competition line-up for the 67th Cannes festival and Un Certain Regard will be unveiled on Thursday night local time by fest director Thierry Frémaux.

Baz Luhrmann.s The Great Gatsby was the opening night film in Cannes last year, out of competition. Julia Leigh.s Sleeping Beauty was the last Australian film to screen in competition in 2011, the same year that Ivan Sen.s Toomelah was invited to Un Certain Regard. »

- Don Groves

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique Could Get Her Own ‘X-Men’ Spinoff

10 April 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anything Wolverine can do, Mystique can do better?

Following her increased role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” X-Men franchise producers said that Jennifer Lawrence’s shapeshifter could star in her own spinoff.

“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo,” “X-Men: First Class” writer-producer Simon Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue.

Rebecca Romijn played the older version of the naked blue mutant in previous “X-Men” films.

Aside from a solo film with Mystique, Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced every “X-Men” movie, told EW that Gambit and Deadpool are also worthy of standalone movies.

“There was a regime (at the studio) that didn’t see the worth in (spinoffs), and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it and we »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Cate Blanchett To Star In Susanne Bier's 'The Dig,' Amy Poehler Heads To 'The Nest' With Tina Fey & More

8 April 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Susanne Bier doesn't stop. Already in post-production on "A Second Chance" starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (first look here), and with "Serena" forever dangling over her head as that completed but still somewhat shelved Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence joint, the director is already plowing ahead on new a movie, one that is aiming to shoot this fall, with a pretty big star attached. Screen Daily reports that two-time Oscar winner Cate Blachett is in talks to star in "The Dig." Penned by Moira Buffini ("Tamara Drewe," "Byzantium") and based on the novel by John Preston, the story follows amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty, who with the onset of World War II, leads a team in excavating the English site of Sutton Hoo, a cemetery site from the 6th and 7th century, with untold artifacts inside, including a full-blown ship used in a burial. The film is said to be in the vein of "The Remains Of The Day, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jennifer Lawrence Plays the Real-Life Role of Blushing Bridesmaid

7 April 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Before taking the red carpet during the 2014 award season, Jennifer Lawrence played the role of celebrity bridesmaid at her brother's wedding, which is featured in the latest special issue of Martha Stewart Real Weddings. Jennifer stood with her older brother Blaine and his now-wife, Carson Massler, at the couple's wedding ceremony in Kentucky last October. The Hunger Games star left her bow, arrow, and Oscar award at home as she served as one of 11 bridesmaids during the event, looking stunning in an ivory-colored J.Crew gown. Despite the rainy weather, which Carson described as "crazy, epic, and very wet," Jennifer looked every bit as glowing as the bride as she posed for photos with her brother. Keep reading to see Jennifer's gorgeous bridesmaid gig, and check out recent photos of her latest film with Bradley Cooper, Serena. Source: Ryan Ray / Martha Stewart Weddings View Slideshow › »

- Brittney Stephens

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Cannes Wishlist: 15 Movies Our Critics Hope to See at This Year’s Festival

2 April 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although films like Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” look like Cannes shoo-ins, the festival’s 2014 lineup is still very much a work in progress. That hasn’t stopped Variety’s top film critics from naming what they’d like to see included when the official selection is announced April 17.

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Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson

When people talk of ambition in Hollywood, they usually mean big budgets and visual effects, but what impresses me about Anderson is his ability to render cinematic the most challenging of subjects — from Scientology to, in this case, a Thomas Pynchon novel.

“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson

It takes the Swedish master so long to make his meticulously composed absurdist satires that there have only been two in my lifetime: “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, the Living. »

- Variety Staff

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First Look: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Serena

31 March 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Serena" film, re-teaming Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It's directed by Susanne Bier and co-stars Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones. Check out the photos below. Plot: The story follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate »

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Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper Reunite In New 'Serena' Images

31 March 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's pretty hard to argue against the success that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have had together. The acting duo first came together as an odd-ball romantic pairing in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook (a performance that won Lawrence the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards), but just last year they reunited when Russell hired them to play characters on opposite sides of the same story in the period comedic thriller American Hustle. That's two films in two years, but perhaps what's most amazing is that a third is already on the way. Director Sussane Bier's dark drama Serena will once again bring Cooper and Lawrence back together on screen, and while we still don't know exactly when we will get to see the movie, at the very least today The Film Stage has delivered a while bunch of new stills. Admittedly these perhaps aren't the most »

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New images from Susanne Bier's 'Serena' with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

31 March 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last thing I heard about Susanne Bier's long-awaited "Serena" is that certain parties involved didn't want the film released in 2013. I have no idea if it's a bad film or not and would have hurt the Oscar prospects of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle," but it remains quite strange that a film starring that hot a duo coming off "Silver Linings Playbook" still hasn't been released, and moreover, still hasn't landed a distributor. It's also been in post-production for a long while, however, and films can be fashioned out of trouble with the right editorial care. Just ask, well, "American Hustle." I'm a big Susanne Bier fan (she took home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar a few years back for "In a Better World" — more awards cache for the film) and I'm intrigued by this story, set in Depression Era North Carolina and based »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Stills Emerge From ‘Serena’ Starring Cooper & Lawrence

31 March 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After Jennifer Lawrence brought in Oscar glory for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook opposite Bradley Cooper, it made sense for the pair to collaborate again in David O. Russell’s follow-up American Hustle. It seems they’re sticking to the saying ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’, as new stills have been released of the duo performing in Susanne Bier’s (Love Is All You Need) Serena.

Adapted from the Ron Rash novel of the same name, the story follows George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), a happily married couple building up a successful timber company in 1929. Intensely in love, George and Serena will bring down anyone in their way. However, when Serena is told she cannot have children, she goes on a jealous rampage to find the woman George had a baby with before they met…with plans to kill her.

Co-starring Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, »

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12 'Serena' Photos with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

31 March 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

12 new photos have arrived for the upcoming drama Serena, which reunites Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for their third film following 2012's Silver Linings Playbook and 2013's American Hustle. The screenplay is based on Ron Rash's best-selling novel about the golden age of the timber industry and a young couple who travel to North Carolina in the 1930s to seize control of it.

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Newlyweds George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence) travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, »

- MovieWeb

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First Look: More of Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence in 'Serena'

31 March 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been nearly two years since we got a first look at the new drama Serena from director Susanne Bier (In a Better World). We're still not sure when the film starring Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will arrive in theaters, but we do have some new photos from the film, showing off the period sets, not to mention Lawrence and Cooper looking rather dashing. The film follows the Pemberton couple, Boston natives who create a 1929 timber empire in North Carolina, as their intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward a shocking reckoning. New photos below! New photos from Serena from production designer Richard Bridgland (more at The Film Stage): Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire) from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (Alexander) adapting Ron Rash's novel of the same name. »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Images from Serena Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

31 March 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

New images have been released for the drama Serena. The pic is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling Ron Rash novel about George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), a 1930s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena to plot the murder of George’s illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.  I'm very excited to see what Lawrence does with the role, since it sounds like a juicy part and unlike anything she's done before. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film, directed by Susanne Bier (In a Better World) also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans.  There's currently no release date, but hopefully we'll see it sometime this year. Via Production Designer Richard Bridgland's website and a Hunger Games fan site »

- Matt Goldberg

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Are Together Again!

31 March 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are at it again! The two, who costarred in 2012's Silver Linings Playbook and last year's American Hustle, are taking on a Depression-era adaptation called Serena. Despite the fact that the film was actually shot before American Hustle, there is still no release date for the period story of a lumberman's wife (Lawrence) who descends into vengeful insanity. At least we have these pictures to moon over for a while! Take a look. Source: 2929 Entertainment View Slideshow › »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Jennifer Lawrence Goes Retro Glam In New 'Serena' Photos

31 March 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

For the last couple of years or so, articles about Jennifer Lawrence have frequently mentioned a series of collaborations with Bradley Cooper. The co-stars started work together on David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and his follow-up "American Hustle," and a third movie, "Serena," which has yet to materialize. The Depression-Era drama from director Susanne Bier shot in back when "The Hunger Games" was opening in March 2012, but according to a story from The ...

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New Images Of Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper In Susanne Bier's 'Serena'

31 March 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Shot before "American Hustle," but still unreleased, a big question mark remains stamped on Susanne Bier's "Serena" starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. We know that Steven Soderbergh watched some version of it in 2013, but since the first image dropped in 2012, there has been pretty much total silence. Late last year, reports surfaced that the movie had been quietly screening for distributors, but it says something that months later, there has been no official deal announced, even though heavyweights like The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight has been circling. So, is it a troubled production or just a director trying to get it right? "Actually, it was just the opposite," an unnamed source told THR about the 18-month post-production on the film. "There were no reshoots or anything like that. It was just a real precision edit because the story is about a woman's descent into madness. And Susanne is a total perfectionist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bradley Cooper And Jennifer Lawrence Reunite In New Images From Serena

30 March 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence made quite the pair in 2012′s Silver Linings Playbook, which culminated in an Oscar nomination for Cooper and a win for Lawrence. They then both starred in last year’s American Hustle, but unfortunately didn’t share even a second of screen time together. Those of us who found that disappointing will be happy to know that Lawrence and Cooper are reuniting on the big screen again, this time in a period piece from Susanne Bier called Serena

Serena was actually filmed back in the spring of 2012, but the film has gone through a gruelling 18-month post-production process, as Beir is reportedly a perfectionist who spent a great deal of time in the editing room. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, and at its core is about a woman’ descent into madness. Though we have no news »

- James Garcia

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See New Images From Susanne Bier’s Serena

30 March 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The latest film to bring together Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is director Susanne Bier's Serena, a Depression-era period piece adapted from Ron Rash's novel of the same name. It tells the story of newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton (Cooper and Lawrence, respectively), a couple who builds a timber empire in the North Carolina mountains only to turn against each other when Serena learns that she can't have children and launches a deadly vendetta against George's illegitimate son.The movie has now been in post-production for 18 months, apparently because Bier is a real perfectionist. Luckily for those who would at least like to catch a glimpse of the project, production designer Richard Bridgland just posted some photos of the beautiful-looking set to his website. See a couple more below: »

- Delia Paunescu

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French study reveals gender pay chasm

27 March 2014 8:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First official study on female employment in the French film industry reveals growth in women directors, gender pay chasm.

Women directors accounted for 23% of French features in 2012, a new study on female employment in France’s film industry has revealed.

According to the National Cinema Centre (Cnc) study, which covers the period 2008 - 2012, 61 of the 279 films approved by the Cnc in 2012 were directed by women, 210 were directed by men and eight were co-directed by male and female directors.

This marked a slight improvement ove 2008 when 18.4% of films, or 43 out of 191 features, were directed by women.

The study showed that 27.3% of debut French features were directed or co-directed by women in 2012, versus 25.7% in 2008, while 33.3% of second films were directed or co-directed by women in 2012, versus 29% in 2008.

Female-directed films budgeted lower

The study showed that the average budget estimate for approved female-directed films in 2012 came in at €3.45m ($4.74m) against €5.66m ($7.78m) for men. The overall »

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Cannes Prospects: ‘Foxcatcher,’ Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Likely Headed to the Croisette

26 March 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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