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'Winter Sleep' wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

The top award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has gone to Winter Sleep, an epic-length family drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

A jury including Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, and Nicolas Winding Refn selected the winners from the 18 films in competition. Prizes were handed out during Saturday night’s closing ceremony.

Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year,” referring to a coal mine accident that killed 301 workers.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher took home the runner-up Grand Prix prize for the coming of age story The Wonders. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' at Cannes: When critics attack...

The Cannes Film Festival is somewhat unique in that its audiences feel entitled — obliged, actually — to boo the crap out of films that don’t live up to their collective expectations, whatever those might be. On Tuesday, Ryan Gosling unveiled his directorial debut, Lost River, “a modern day fairytale [set] against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city,” and the immediate response was harsh. Boos reportedly drowned out the applause, and some unimpressed critics and journalists quickly took to Twitter to express their antipathy in a contest of colorful language. Grantland’s Wesley Morris is currently the clubhouse leader on denigrating the film, writing, “If a $200 haircut and $900 shades were given lots of money to defecate on Detroit, the result would be Ryan Gosling’s directing debut.”

Not everyone was so cruel. IndieWire’s Anne Thompson tweeted, “Impressive impressionistic well-wrought debut for with Lost River. Very @DAVID_LYNCH!”

Lynch and Gosling’s Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, seem to be the names most mentioned as influences on Lost River, which stars Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.), Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith (Doctor Who). Click below for some of the online reaction and the film’s first teaser trailer — which, if nothing else, captures some of the WTF that seems to be sprinkled throughout the film’s reception.  READ FULL STORY

'Lost River' teaser trailer: First look at fantasy thriller from writer/director Ryan Gosling -- VIDEO

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Ryan Gosling has moved completely behind the camera and into a dark underworld for the film Lost River. Gosling wrote and directed the film about a teenage boy who discovers a mysterious road leading to an underwater town. From the looks of the first official trailer for the film, that barely begins to tell the fantastical story. With bikes and houses burning in flames and a song about admiring one’s own body, it’s hard to tell what the film is actually about, but I think that’s probably Gosling’s point. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Iraq drama 'The Yellow Birds'

Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to The Yellow Birds, a film adaptation of Kevin Powers’ 2012 National Book Award finalist about the Iraq War.

The Sherlock star will star as a sergeant who takes two young soldiers — played by Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan — under his wing. The story focuses on 21-year-old Private Bartle and the teenaged Private Murphy, who meet at boot camp and are deployed to Iraq. Some of the story is autobiographical; Powers served as an Army machine gunner in Iraq after enlisting at the age of 17. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2014: find out which films have been picked up for U.S. distribution

Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, also stars Judy Davis (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet) and Jonathan Pryce (The Salvation). [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Watch Josh Charles in the trailer for 'Bird People' -- VIDEO

The mystery is finally solved: Will Gardner faked his death so that he could go overseas and find himself!

OK, I’ll let the Will Gardner thing go (for now). But we do have a glimpse of Josh Charles first post-Good Wife film, Bird People. From director Pascale Ferran, Bird People stars Charles as an American engineer who heads overseas and decides he needs a major life change, which apparently involves staying out of America and away from razors. Along with Charles, French actress Anaïs Demoustier stars as a chambermaid who also undergoes a major life change, though hers has a supernatural element to it.

Watch the trailer for Bird People below: READ FULL STORY

Cannes Film Festival adds six movies

Six films were added to the Cannes Film Festival, including premieres starring Catherine Deneuve and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Deneuve stars in director André Téchiné’s L’Homme qu’on aimait trop (In The Name of my Daughter), which will be screening out of competition. Pablo Fendrik’s El Ardor, starring Bernal, is one of four special screenings added to the Cannes slate.

The other three special screenings are Of Men and War (Des Hommes et de la guerre) by Laurent Bécue-Renard, The Owners by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, and Géronimo by Tony Gatlif.

Kornél Mundruczó’s Fehér Isten (White God) will play in the Un Certain Regard section.

Cannes runs this year May 14-25.

Robert Pattinson gets apocalyptic in trailer for 'The Rover' -- VIDEO

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As a keen student of the Mad Max movies, I’m never sure whether the Australian countryside will be the best, or the absolute worst, place to hole up come the inevitable apocalypse. And the trailer for the new, Cannes-selected film The Rover only makes the issue murkier.

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Cannes lineup: Ryan Gosling, Bennett Miller, and 'Dragons' get festival showcase

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell, was one of the high-profile movies that was announced this morning for competition in next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Also competing for the Palme d’Or is The Homesman from director Tommy Lee Jones, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which features Robert Pattinson.

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, starring Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes, will premiere in the Un Certain Regard side category.

How to Train Your Dragons 2 will also premiere at Cannes, with an out of competition screening.

Cannes runs May 14-25 this year, and Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, will be the festival’s opening-night film. Jane Campion is presiding over this year’s jury.

Click below for a full listing of Cannes films: READ FULL STORY

Mick Jagger! Orson Welles! Giant worms! Check out the trailer for 'Jodorowsky's Dune' -- VIDEO

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Would you see a big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune directed by genius-madman Alejandro Jodorowsky and starring Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali?

So would I — but, alas, we never will. In the mid-’70s, Hollywood studios declined to finance just such a project after Jodorowsky spent a couple of years prepping the movie with a band of hugely gifted artists including future Alien creators H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon. (In fairness to the studio execs, they may have been justifiably reluctant to invest in a project which Jodorowsky himself believed might be as many as 20 hours long).

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