It’s far too early to throw around phrases like “best of the year.” But it’s not too early for the phrase “best of Cannes,” and superlative reviews for Foxcatcher suggest that the Bennett Miller drama has already earned that label.

Steve Carell reportedly puts in a career-changing performance as eccentric millionaire John du Pont, who becomes the benefactor to two American wrestlers — brothers Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum). The real-life tragedy that took place between them makes for a sensational story, but Foxcatcher, by all accounts, is more of a slow burn, and all the better for it.

Hit the jump to get the Foxcatcher early buzz, plus a new teaser.

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Mr. Turner trailer

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is just getting started, but it already seems to have one notable success story Mr. Turner. The Mike Leigh-directed biopic, which stars Timothy Spall as British painter J.M.W. Turner, has been attracting smashing reviews and even some early awards buzz following its world premiere this morning.

When the film will get a general U.S. release remains to be seen — crowded in with the other prestige dramas this fall, perhaps? — but for now you can feast your eyes on the first Mr. Turner trailer after the jump.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has just revealed a bunch of details for his Christmas horror anthology. Once called Comes the Krampus, it’s now been re-titled Anti-Claus, and filming will start in September. Smith will be joined in the film by Justin LongHaley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks, all of whom appear in this year’s Tusk. Parks and Long have also worked with Smith before that.

Below, see an early concept of the Kevin Smith Krampus and read some more of Smith’s thoughts. Read More »

new Dardenne Brothers trailer

The Kid With a Bike, the last film from sibling directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, was one of the best films of 2011, and will probably end up standing as one of the best films of the decade. So we’d be excited at the prospect of any new film from the brothers. The fact that their new movie, Two Days, One Night, stars Marion Cotillard is just a lovely bonus. The film will premiere at Cannes next month, and the first new Dardenne Brothers trailer film is below. Read More »

the captive trailer

With the announcement of the Cannes 2014 lineup comes a great deal of information on new films from talented filmmakers. Among those is Atom Egoyan, whose latest film The Captive just got a first trailer. Ryan Reynolds stars as a father whose daughter is kidnapped while he quickly runs into a store to get a pie for dinner. The frightening occurrence is just the start of a long, intricate kidnapping plot that involves characters played by Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood.

Check out The Captive trailer, poster and synopsis below. Read More »


This morning, the official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were announced. Now in its 67th year, the event is still considered one of the highlights of the cinematic calendar, and lineups like this one are why. The list runs all over the place, in a good way.

Among the featured filmmakers this year are David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Bennett Miller, David Michôd, Xavier Dolan, and Michel Hazanavicius — and Ryan Gosling, finally making his directorial debut. As expected, Olivier Dahan‘s Grace of Monaco is serving as the (out of competition) opener. And How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be to Cannes 2014 what Madagascar 3 was to Cannes 2012.

Read the full Cannes 2014 lineup after the jump.

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Nothing made me happier today than to hear enthusiastic responses to Jim Jarmusch‘s rock and roll vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who have spent centuries together. We’ve got some clips, images and more info here, but frankly I want to know as little about further details as possible, at least until there’s a chance to see the film in the US.

That chance might not be far off, as the reception at Cannes was capped off by Sony Pictures Classics’ purchase of the US distribution rights. The company didn’t offer precise release info, but knowing it has a home is a good start. After the break, you can check out the SPC press release, and some reviewer reactions to the movie. Read More »

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The lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was released this morning, and as ever it is a list that represents great promise and potential for the coming year in film.

A number of films that we fully expected to see on the list are here: Only God Forgives from Nicolas Winding Refn, Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen Brothers, Behind The Candelabra from Steven Soderbergh, along with opener The Great Gatsby and Sofia Coppola‘s Un Certain Regard headliner The Bling Ring. There are also The Immigrant from James Gray and The Past, from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi.

But there are some surprises here, too, such as the new film from Roman Polanski, in which he adapts David Ives’ stage play Venus In Fur, and Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska. And there are plenty more potential gems, including films from Denis, Ozon, Miike, Kore-eda, and To. Check out the full list, along with this year’s Cannes poster, below. Read More »

Troma has a plan to give the biggest film festival in the world a huge middle finger and you can be a part of it. We’re proud to exclusively announce that the independent film studio, which has been in business for 40 years, is going to make a brand new documentary called Occupy Cannes. Filming will take place at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival centering on the studio’s latest production, Return to Nuke ‘Em High.

Troma CEO Lloyd Kaufman and the team will take the Nuke ‘Em High sequel there, premiere it and along the way film the real side of Cannes, an international film festival they believe has gotten away from the true spirit of the movies. Occupy Cannes aims to be a 21st century David vs. Goliath story with Troma taking on the media conglomerates that control not only the film industry, but everything else, very much in the vein of their 2002 documentary, All the Love You Cannes.

That’s where you come in. With Troma being such an independent film studio, this project needs help from fans across the world. They’ve just started an IndieGoGo Page where you can contribute and help Troma go to Cannes and give them a swift kick in the balls.

After the jump, check out the Occupy Cannes pitch video, read more about the project, and find out what prizes are available to those who contribute. Read More »