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Twelve Years a Slave among those not heading to Cannes

The Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock has dug up some details on what might be in or out at Cannes in May.

Probably out:

Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave, starring Michael FassbenderBrad Pitt andQuvenzhane WallisLeeDaniels‘ ensemble White House historical drama The Butler; and FoxcatcherBennett Miller‘s high-profile follow-up to Moneyball.

Spike Jonze‘s Her believed to be finished; ditto for John Wells‘ August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Meryl StreepJulia Roberts,Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen, both of whom have frequented Cannes for years, are bypassing the festival this year with their respective new films, I’m So Excited and Blue Jasmine.

Possibly in:

Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, turning up, even though it is airing on HBO. Cannes launched Soderbergh’s career when it awarded Sex, Lies and Videotape the festival’s top prize in 1989.

Another shoo-in is Iranian director Asghar Farhadi‘s French film The Past, starring Berenice Bejo.

There’s buzz that Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, will play in some section of the festival. In 2006, Coppola’s Marie Antoinette made its notorious world premiere on the Croisette.

Among the high-profile wild cards are J.C. Chandor‘s ocean drama All is Lost, starring Robert Redford, and Alexander Payne‘s black-and-white drama Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. Cannes Film Festival managing director Thierry Fremaux, who is in the final stages of deciding the lineup, is courting both films, according to insiders.

Other titles in the offing include James Gray‘s Lowlife, starring Marion CotillardJoaquin Phoenix and Jeremy RennerGuillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, starring Cotillard opposite Clive OwenMila Kunis and Zoe SaldanaNicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives, which reunites the director with his Drive star Ryan Gosling; and Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Cannes favorite Tilda Swinton opposite Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. There’s also speculation that Jonathan Glazer‘s Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, could turn up.

Read the full article at the HR.