Oscar Beat: Early Contenders Arise from Cannes Film Festival

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It seems like only yesterday we were closing out the lengthy and eventful awards season with my 2015 preview installment of Oscar Beat, but the next race is already starting to heat up.  The first awards barometer of each year arrives with the Cannes Film Festival, and the most recent fest is no different.  A number of potential contenders premiered on the Croisette over the past couple of weeks, and after all the standing ovations (and a fair amount of boos), some serious Oscar contenders have emerged.

Hit the jump as I take a look at the post-Cannes Oscar landscape, which includes contenders like Foxcatcher, Mr. TurnerMaps to the Stars, and even a possible Oscar nomination for Channing Tatum.

WINTER SLEEP Wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; FOXCATCHER’s Bennett Miller Takes Best Director

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Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at the 64th XX Cannes Film Festival for his three-hour twenty-minute film Winter Sleep. The director had fierce competition… with better films – mainly Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller, The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones and the critically-acclaimed Still the Water by Naomi Kawase.

Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) won the Grand Prize, while Bennett Miller takes home the best direction Palme for another favorite amongst critics, Foxcatcher. Julianne Moore won the best actress award for her performance as a C-list actress in David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars and Timothy Spall the best actor award for his unforgettable rendition in the title role in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.  Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners.

Quentin Tarantino Talks THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Rewatching His Own Movies, His Disdain for Digital, Exciting Filmmakers, and Much More

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Two decades after winning the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction in 1994, Quentin Tarantino is back at the Cannes Film Festival for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.  In anticipation of the screening, Tarantino participated in a press conference, and unsurprisingly it was rather lively.  We already shared what he had to say about putting together a 4-hour miniseries version of Django Unchained, but since the conference was chock-full of fascinating quotes from the one-of-a-kind filmmaker, we thought it fitting to provide the full audio for your listening pleasure.  If you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, we’ve also pulled some of the more interesting quotes.

Hit the jump to see what Tarantino had to say about how he enjoys rewatching his own movies, his disdain for digital projection and the “death of cinema”, why he doesn’t like using original scores in his films, the most exciting directors working today, and more.

Cannes 2014: SAINT LAURENT Review

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Yves Saint Laurent used to say that he was the last of the great couturiers.  He is also the only one who has been the subject of two biopics in less than six months. While Jalil Lespert’s insipid Yves Saint Laurent opened to fair reviews, critics at the Cannes Film Festival were less than enthused about Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent.  Were two biopics within a year really necessary?

A better film would have been a combination of both.  Except for one problem:  While Yves Saint Laurent was pre-approved by the late designer’s lover and business partner Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent was not.  The former is a sterile tribute, the latter depicts him as a recluse, meticulous in his work to the point of tyranny and focuses mostly on his self-destructive streak.  And it quickly becomes tedious as there seems to be only two scenes that keep alternating for two hours and thirty minutes.  Hit the jump for my Saint Laurent review.

Early Reviews for Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER Are Ecstatic; First Poster Released

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Bennett Miller’s new film Foxcatcher screened last night at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, and now the first reviews have gone online.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  The reactions to the film have been immensely positive with critics citing the film’s incisive look at power and privledge in America.  Those who saw the film also agree that all three performances are terrific.  Naturally, this kind of buzz has ignited Oscar talk, but it’s May.  Let’s wait until the fall season before we start tumbling down that rabbit hole.

Hit the jump to check out snippets from the Foxcatcher reviews along with the first poster.  The film opens on November 14th and also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.

New Images from CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, BROOKLYN, and STANGERLAND

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The Cannes Film Festival begins later this week, which means new images are popping up online.  Among them are new images from Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest from Oliver Assayas (Summer Hours).  Per The Playlist, “the film follows a middle aged actress who decides to star in a new version of the play that made her famous years ago, but this time taking the older leading lady part. However, when she meets her co-star, a younger actress in the role that made her name, things take an interesting turn.”  The movie stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, and Brady CorbetClouds of Sils Maria will play on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the Clouds of Sils Maria images along with the first images from Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and from Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced; FOXCATCHER, MAPS TO THE STARS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, and More to Premiere

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been announced, and it has some heavy hitters.  Technically, the biggest is How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Cannes has played host to DreamWorks Animation films in the past in an attempt to give the festival a wider appeal.  Plus, that movie is playing out of competition.  Among the indies, the one I’ll be keeping an eye on is Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.  Other notable contenders include David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, David Michôd’s The Rover, Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster), Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, and Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

Marcello Mastroianni Peeks Behind His Shades in Posters for the 67th Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival unveiled this year’s poster today in Paris. Conceived by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designer Gilles Frappier of the Lagency creative studio, the poster features Marcello Mastroianni based on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini‘s 8 1/2, which starred Mastroianni and was presented in the festival’s Official Selection in 1963.

The Oscar-nominated Italian actor, who passed away in 1996, was cast in many of Fellini’s film, including La Dolce Vita. He was the perfect actor to play the director’s complex, tortured leading men. His final film, Manoel de Oliveira‘s Voyage to the Beginning of the World, was released in 1997.  Hit the jump for more.

Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, Starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, Likely to Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

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Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher was previously set for a 2013 release, but it was delayed to give Miller more time to work on the movie.  I’m sure it didn’t hurt that the film was able to escape 2013′s highly-competitive awards season.  The question then became when we would see it in 2014.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  A trailer was briefly online last fall, and made the film look excellent, especially Carell’s performance.

According to Hitfix, the audience lucky enough to get a first look at the feature will be those who attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  It’s a bit of a surprise/personal disappointment since Miller’s previous two films, Capote and Moneyball (which were both nominated for Best Picture), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Although Foxcatcher hasn’t been officially announced for Cannes, I trust Hitfix’s reporting, and I’ll just have to wait patiently for the movie to premiere stateside.  The full Cannes line-up will be announced on April 17th.

Lars Von Trier Hoping to Premiere “Hardcore Version” of NYMPHOMANIAC at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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Two years after coming under fire at the Cannes Film Festival for his questionable comments regarding Nazis, it appears that filmmaker Lars Von Trier might be making quite the return.  Montages (via The Playlist) reports that the “hardcore version” of Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac will be premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.  The two-part, five-hour film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  The pic has already drawn considerable interest for its graphic depiction of sex, with the actors’ heads being digitally added to their porn stunt double’s bodies for maximum impact.

While Nymphomaniac is still on track to open in Denmark on Christmas Day, this will apparently be the “softcore” version of the film, as Von Trier wants to show Nymphomaniac in all its twisted glory at Cannes.  Obviously nothing is certain, but the French festivalgoers may be in for quite an experience come next May.

18 Images of Posters, Banners and More from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Including WORLD WAR Z, THE LONE RANGER & THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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Intrepid reporter Samantha Cheirif is currently snapping some movie marketing images from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  We hope to have more images in the coming days, but for now we have looks at international posters for World War Z, The Lone Ranger, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hercules 3D, Despicable Me 2 and more.  There are also quite a few promos for films that might not even be on your radar yet, so it’s definitely worth a look.

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15th to May 26th.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

THE GREAT GATSBY to Open Cannes Film Festival

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Director Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been selected as the opening film of the upcoming 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  The pic was originally slated to open this past December, but Warner Bros. wisely pushed the release date in lieu of the crowded holiday season.  Now the move has had another positive effect on the film, as the colorful 3D iteration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel is getting a wonderfully prestigious premiere.  The pic will be screening out of competition, but Lurhmann is no stranger to the festival as his first feature Strictly Ballroom screened in Cannes in 1992 and Moulin Rouge! opened the festival in 2001.

The Great Gatsby will serve as the first 3D opening film since Pixar’s Up, and fans will be graced with appearances by castmembers Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and even Jay-Z, who penned the score for the filmThe Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th, and the 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15-26.

 

Steven Spielberg Is 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury President

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Steven Spielberg has been named jury president for the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.  In recent years, the likes of Nanni Moretti, Robert De Niro, and Tim Burton have led the jury.  As arguably the most important American filmmaker working today, Spielberg is an ideal candidate.  The director remarked:

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.” [The Wrap]

Spielberg won Best Screenplay for The Sugarland Express in 1976 and premiered E.T. at Cannes in 1982.  Jane Campion will head the Short Film Jury and the Cinefondation at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26.

22 Strange Posters from Cannes Including LESBIAN VAMPIRE WARRIORS, GHOST SHARK, VAMPIRE DOG, and More

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The Cannes Film Festival has been running for over a week now, and we’ve been bringing you snapshots of some of the sales posters on display courtesy of our correspondent Magdalena (follow her on Twitter).  We got a look at some billboards for Django Unchained, One Shot, Spring Breakers and more, and just recently we shared some sales posters for films like White House Taken starring Gerard Butler and Homefront, written and produced by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham.

Today we’ve got some sales posters of a different sort.  They’re not exactly high caliber movies, but after the jump you can peruse art from such gems as Lesbian Vampire Warriors, Zombie Ass, Million Dollar Crocodile, Vampire Dog, Ghost Shark, Dragon Wasps and many, many more.  Hit the jump to take a look.

23 New Posters from Cannes Including STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, WHITE HOUSE TAKEN, HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham, and More

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The Cannes Film Festival is currently running over in France, and while the Fest hosts the premieres of such prestige pictures as Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and John Hillcoat’s Lawless, it’s also a place to sell movies for distribution.  We’ve already brought you some billboards and sales posters for Django Unchained, One Shot, Spring Breakers and more, and now our international correspondent Magdalena has sent over quite a few more posters.  We’ve got new looks at the Gerard Butler-fronted White House Taken, Chris Colfer’s Struck By Lightning, the drama Love and Honor starring Liam Hemsworth, a film called Homefront written and produced by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham, and many more.  Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

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