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'Downton Abbey's' Dan Stevens goes back to pre-war England in 'Summer in February'

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If you’re missing Cousin Matthew or Downton Abbey in general, you’re in luck: Dan Stevens is going back to pre-war England for the romance Summer in February. Tribeca Films plans to release the film on VOD on Jan. 7, just two days after a Matthew-less Downton premieres in the states.

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'Summer in February' trailer: Dan Stevens right at home in another period romance -- VIDEO

No, Summer in February isn’t a lighthearted beach party movie set on the Australian coast — it’s a romantic drama set in England before the first world war, a time and place that star Dan Stevens knows all too well.

The story, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his eponymous novel, centers on the real-life love triangle between young Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) — an equine painter who would eventually find fame and knighthood — his friend Captain Gilbert Evans (Stevens), and his fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Even though the film technically has nothing to do with Downton Abbey, the two seem to have plenty of similarities — expect lots of smoldering, longing looks, gorgeous costumes, and a tragic ending that may as well have been scripted by Julian Fellowes himself. (Are we absolutely certain he didn’t time travel here from 1914?)

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Casting Net: Marion Cotillard tackles corporate bonuses; Plus Juliette Binoche in talks for 'Godzilla', and more

• Marion Cotillard has signed on to work with Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) in their upcoming film Deux Jours, Une Nuit. The Oscar-winning actress (for La Vie En Rose in 2008), will play the role of Sandra. Faced with losing her job, she spends a weekend trying to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses to save her position. The film is expected to shoot in Belgium this summer. Cotillard can be seen next in Blood Ties, written and directed by her partner Guillaume Canet, alongside Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis. [Deadline]

Juliette Binoche is in talks to join the cast of Godzilla. Though Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is attached to direct, no casting decisions will be finalized till Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) finishes his rewrite of Max Borenstein’s (The Seventh Son) original script. In an interview with io9, Darbont said “What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature.” As we previously reported, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bryan Cranston are also in negotiations for the film. [Variety]

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Cannes Film Festival: Emily Browning not so 'innocent' -- and NSFW

Vulnerable, yes. Innocent …?

Emily Browning says that’s not the case, though her doe-eyes and delicate features may suggest otherwise.

The star of the Cannes Film Festival’s disturbing erotic drama Sleeping Beauty features her as a young woman who willingly enters a high-class prostitution ring, where she submits to the assorted men with shocking passivity by slumbering nude through the encounters.

Though it has received mixed reviews, Sleeping Beauty has been one of the annual film gathering’s most provocative titles — for obvious reasons. “I just don’t have a problem with naked human bodies,” the 22-year-old Australian says. READ FULL STORY

Cannes Film Festival: the 'radical passivity' of Emily Browning in 'Sleeping Beauty'

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The last time I saw Emily Browning on screen was this past March when the Australian starlet was throwing herself into the role of Baby Doll, a sexually abused chick who who ends up lobotomized and catatonic in Zack Snyder’s slickly stylized exploitation pic Sucker Punch. Now I’m at Cannes, where the sun is beating down, the celebrity gawkers are staking territory for their folding chairs hours to get a good view of movie stars ascending the steps of the Palais, the little French dogs are pooping in the side streets, the critics are talking READ FULL STORY

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