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.

U.K. Trailer for GRACE OF MONACO Starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, and Frank Langella

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This new trailer for Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco highlights the fact that not every princess who finds her prince lives happily ever after.  The U.K. cut goes fairly deep into the complications that plague the life of Princess Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman).  Set six years after her wedding and departure from the Hollywood lights, Grace must reconcile a desire to return to the big screen while navigating a political minefield.  The trailer gives rather more time to her own internal conflicts than the government-level threats, but it’s a solid introduction to the film at any rate.

Also starring Paz Vega, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek JacobiGrace of Monaco will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May.  Hit the jump to watch the new U.K. trailer.

The Weinstein Company Pulls GRACE OF MONACO from Release Schedule [UPDATED]

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The biopic Grace of Monaco will no longer be hitting theaters this March, and it’s unclear when, exactly, we’ll be able to see it.  The Weinstein Company pulled director Olivier Dahan’s (La Vie en Rose) Nicole Kidman-fronted portrait of Grace Kelly from its scheduled November release last fall, noting that the film wasn’t yet finished, but Dahan was singing a different tune.  The filmmaker said that the film was, in fact, finished, but in two different versions: his and Harvey Weinstein’s.  He called the situation “catastrophic” at the time, but it appears that the director and studio still have yet to hash out their issues, as The Weinstein Company has now pulled Grace of Monaco completely off its 2014 calendar, nixing its scheduled March 14th release date.  The studio will instead release the British dramedy One Chance on that weekend.

No official reason was given for the move, but THR reports that the film has yet to be delivered to the studio, making it impossible to begin a marketing campaign.  Hopefully we hear more soon. [Update: Variety reports that the movie will open this year's Cannes Film Festival, and so while it may not have theatrical release date, it will definitely have to be finished by May]

PHILOMENA Set for November 22nd Release, ST. VINCENT Dated for April 11, 2014, and GRACE OF MONACO Pushed to March 13, 2014

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The Weinstein Company has announced a trio of release date shifts.

  • Philomena – Director Stephen Frears’ pleasantly surprising comedic drama will now open in US theaters on November 22nd.  Judi Dench stars as a woman who, with the help of a BBC journalist (Steve Coogan) sets out to find the child she was forced to abandon.  Read my review from TIFF here.
  • St. Vincent – The Bill Murray/Melissa McCarthy dramedy will open in theaters on April 11, 2014 opposite the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage and the animated film Rio 2.  Murray stars as an alcoholic war veteran who befriends his 12-year-old neighbor.
  • Grace of Monaco – The biopic starring Nicole Kidman has been pushed out of this year’s awards contention and dated for March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed and the comedy Walk of Shame.

THE GIVER to Open August 15, 2014, Starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites; GRACE OF MONACO Pushed to Spring 2014

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Today’s release date shuffle includes one new scheduling and one delay:

  • The GiverPhillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Alexander Skarsgard will open August 15, 2014.
  • Grace of MonacoOlivier Dahan’s biopic of Grace Kelly, starring Nicole Kidman, has been pushed out of this year’s major awards contention and will open in the spring of 2014.

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First Trailer for GRACE OF MONACO Starring Nicole Kidman

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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Grace of Monaco.  The film takes place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil.  The trailer treats Kelly like some shining beacon of wealth and nobility that came down to shower us mere mortals with her presence.  But this is Oscar season, and that’s when stuff like this starts creeping in to get Academy voters to remember the importance of famous people playing other famous people.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Paz Vega, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek JacobiGrace of Monaco opens December 27th.

Weinstein Co. Starts 2013 Oscar Bid, Sets Dates for FRUITVALE, GRACE OF MONACO, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, and MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

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It’s been less than a week since this year’s Oscars, but The Weinstein Company has already set fall release dates for four of next year’s contenders.  And with Meryl Streep in the mix, it’s safe to say that Harvey Thanked More Than God Weinstein’s chances are looking good.  So what’s on tap?  Check it out below:

  • Fruitvale – This Sundance darling (read our review), the true story of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot to death in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, will open October 18.
  • August: Osage County – A family comes together after their alcoholic patriarch goes missing in this adaptation of Tracy Lett’s comedic play, which is slated for November 8.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomIdris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in this film based on the South African president’s 1995 autobiography, scheduled for November 29.
  • Grace of MonacoNicole Kidman steps into the shoes of the legendary Hollywood star who became a princess in this film, which opens on December 27.

Hit the jump for more on each of the movies, as well as their release dates.

Nicole Kidman Talks STOKER and Playing Screen Icon Grace Kelly in GRACE OF MONACO

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Stoker marks the latest in a long line of risky independent pictures for the enduringly talented and ageless Nicole Kidman.  The Paperboy, Rabbit Hole, Margot at the Wedding, Birth – Kidman isn’t afraid to take a chance on risky material or art-house filmmakers. In Stoker, Kidman co-stars as Evelyn, the neglectful mother to India, a weird and troubled girl.  Evelyn doesn’t know what to make of her daughter – her own flesh and blood a stranger even to herself.  After her husband suddenly dies, Evelyn finds herself drawn to her husband’s long-thought-lost brother Charlie, unaware that her brother-in-law only has eyes for her daughter.

In the following interview with Kidman, she discusses her favorite Hitchcock films, working with as meticulous a filmmaker as Park Chan Wook and playing screen icon Grace Kelly in the upcoming Grace of Monaco. For the full interview, hit the jump.

First Look at Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in GRACE OF MONACO

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Since the Oscars haven’t completely faded my mind yet (give me another 12 hours or so), I’m immediately looking at the Oscar math of Nicole Kidman‘s upcoming Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco.  You have an Oscar-winner playing an Oscar-winner, and if that isn’t enough, Deadline reports that Oscar-addict The Weinstein Company has picked up the film for distribution.  The film takes place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil.  The first images from the film have been released, but I would happily accept Kidman holding up a hastily hand-painted sign reading “Noms Pleeze”.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Paz Vega, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek JacobiGrace of Monaco currently doesn’t have a release date, but don’t be surprised to see it show up in the festival circuit this fall.

Milo Ventimiglia Talks Web Series CHOSEN, Exploring a Full Arc in 6 Episodes, and Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR

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The new original series Chosen, available on Sony’s multi-platform online entertainment network Crackle, is a heart-pounding thriller that follows Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia, who is also an executive producer on the project), a husband, father and lawyer who discovers a mysterious box on his doorstep that contains a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within the next three days.  Transformed into an unwilling assassin, Ian must risk everything to protect his family while looking for a way out of his predicament.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/producer Milo Ventimiglia talked about why this web series appealed to him, how he first got involved with Crackle, when he started to see the viability of online programming, how much fun he had exploring such a full arc for his character in only six episodes, and how much he appreciates being in a position where he can contribute more, both creatively and on the business side of things.  He also talked about how excited he is to get back to work on Frank Darabont’s crime drama L.A. Noir, picked up by TNT for six episodes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Emmy Rossum in Talks for YOU’RE NOT YOU, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Joins A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT, Derek Jacobi Refines GRACE OF MONACO

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Up-to-the-minute casting information follows below:

  • Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow) is in negotiations to join Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) in You’re Not You, directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe).
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) will join Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) in the indie drama A Thousand Times Good Night for co-writer/director Erik Poppe (Hawaii, Oslo).
  • Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech) will be tasked with refining Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) from an American movie star into a princess in Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose).
  • Finally, Tye Sheridan (Tree of Life) has joined Joe, a drama starring Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) and directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express).

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Parker Posey and Milo Ventimiglia Join GRACE OF MONACO, Kate Bosworth Joins HOMEFRONT with Jason Statham and James Franco

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In today’s casting news, Parker Posey (The House of Yes) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) are poised to join director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco.  The biopic, which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, centers on the Hollywood star’s involvement with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III during his financial difficulties under taxation from France’s Charles De Gaulle.

We also have word that Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) has joined Jason Statham and James Franco in Gary Fledler’s Homefront. The adaptation of the Chuck Logan book centers on ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life.  Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (Franco).  Hit the jump for more details on these latest casting assignments.

Tim Roth and Frank Langella Join GRACE OF MONACO, Tobey Maguire to Produce and Star in Z FOR ZACHARIA and Dale Dickey Joins IRON MAN 3

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Here’s another casting round up for you:

  • Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) and Frank Langella (Robot & Frank) have both landed roles in Grace of Monaco, Olivier Dahan’s picture which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.
  • Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) is set to produce and star in Z for Zacharia, a post-apocalyptic drama from director Craig Zobel (Compliance).
  • Dale Dickey (True Blood) has been cast in writer/director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Hit the jump for all the details.

Nicole Kidman in Talks to Star as Grace Kelly in GRACE OF MONACO

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A star has finally been chosen to lead the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco.  Variety reports that Nicole Kidman beat out a number of top actresses to take on the coveted role of the gorgeous starlet.  La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan is onboard to helm Grace of Monaco, and the pic will take place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil.  For those unaware, Kelly only starred in a handful of films before she retired from acting to serve as Monaco’s monarch alongside Prince Rainier III, but she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in The Country Girl and had a memorable turn in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.  Also, she was incredibly beautiful.  Hit the jump for more.

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