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May 14, 2014

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Two New Clips from Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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Screening in Cannes a few hours from now:

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Kathryn Bigelow on Board to Make True American with Tom Hardy to Star

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Runny that the true American is actually a British actor but other than that, wow, check this out: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures have reteamed on a film based on the non-fiction book THE TRUE AMERICAN by NEW YORK TIMES journalist Anand Giridharadas. Tom Hardy is set to star. Bigelow will direct and produce the film through her production shingle, First Light. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously…

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Searching for Sugar Man Director Malik Bendjelloul Takes Own Life

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The AP reports that the death of Malik Bendjelloul has been ruled a suicide. The filmmaker, who won an Oscar for the brilliant Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead earlier today. His heartbroken brother confirmed that he took his own life at 36 years old.   Bendjelloul’s brother said the director had been suffering with depression for quite some time.   [AP]

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Cannes 2014: Two Posters from MacBeth

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Hitfix just posted these character posters for MacBeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

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Nicole Kidman Does Grace Kelly in Cannes Opening Film

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Grace of Monaco does many interesting things but one thing it won’t do is enable Nicole Kidman to win an Oscar the way Olivier Dehan’s last major film, La Vie En Rose, enabled Marion Cotillard to win for her performance as Edith Piaf. That isn’t going to happen, and neither are many other Oscar nominations, with the possible exception of costume design.  But that doesn’t mean Grace of Monaco is…