Naomi Watts returns to Cannes

Naomi Watts will return to Cannes in Doug Liman's Valerie Plame drama "Fair Game," the only U.S. production in competition this year.

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Valerie Plame, 'Wall Street' and Woody Allen make the 2010 Cannes Film Festival slate

A significant lack of intriguing American films for this edition of the fest

Some of the world's premier press agencies boycotted covering the announcement of the official Cannes Film Fest line up this year after a row over red carpet access, but that didn't stop quick dissemination of who was in and who was out in one of the more speculated competitions of the year.  Running from May 12-23, Cannes is recognized as the world's premier international film festival and many filmmakers crave winning the fest's top prize, the Palm d'Or, ahead of putting an Academy Award statue on their mantle.

Word had been leaked for some time that Hollywood wouldn't dominate this year's edition -- it rarely does -- but there was hope Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt and Doug Liman's "Fair Game" with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn would make the cut. Cinefiles will have to be happy that only one of those titles will screen on the Croisette this year.  Moreover, IndieWire reports that up to 12 more films will be added to the slate, but at first glace this is a very uninteresting year.

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Jessica Alba at the premiere of "Valentine's Day"

Jessica Alba will spend some of her time at Tribeca promoting "The Killer Inside Me" and the rest judging the World Documentary slate.  Really.

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Alba, Keys and Whoopi dominate Tribeca Film Fest celeb-filled juries

Tribeca Film Festival doesn't seem to have its footing yet

These are strange times for the Tribeca Film Festival.  After starting off with a lot of publicity (perhaps too much) and potential eight years ago, the brainchild of Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff has been struggling to find itself.  Well aware they needed more help to really be considered a big time event, the trio brought in former Sundance Film Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore to help refocus the festival in a digital age, but it's unclear whether this year's "virtual" fest (where you can watch eight of the festival's less star-friendly selections online) or iPhone app can really expand the festival's reach.  We're huge fans of Gilmore who spent twenty years helping shaping Sundance into the industry power event it is today, but it's going to take awhile to turn this boat around. Because no matter how much razzle dazzle you try to put on a festival, it all begins with your actual film slate.

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Nic Cage in Jon Turtletaub's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Nic Cage in Jon Turtletaub's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

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A blunt conversation with 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' director Jon Turteltaub

'National Treasure' filmmaker discusses the role the internet plays in moviemaking

If you don't know who Jon Turteltaub is, you probably have seen one of his movies or TV shows without knowing it.  As a filmmaker he's directed movies such as "While You Were Sleeping," "Phenomenon" and those popular "National Treasure" flicks.  He's also a prolific TV producer having shepherded cult favorite "Jericho" and more recently "Harper's Island."  Besides his upcoming adventure "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the best reason to pay attention to Turteltaub is because of how refreshingly honest he is.  To put it mildly, he just can't help but be honest when speaking to the media. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall in "Sex and the City 2"

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall in "Sex and the City 2"

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10 things we love about the new 'Sex and the City 2' trailer

Penelope Cruz, CG in the strangest of places and a big spoiler

There are some things this pundit is an admitted fanatic of outside of the addictive pull of award season.  NBA basketball, Star Trek, old school house music and Ang Lee movies are just a few of them, but one franchise this writer has never been able to resist the pull of is "Sex and the City."

Ever since Carrie and Co. appeared on HBO, this writer has found himself drawn to their ever-dramatic and highly entertaining exploits.  So, flaws aside, you may not want to hear my glowing review of the first "Sex and the City" movie or seen how excited I became when the first teaser trailer for the sequel was released in December.  Now, the final trailer for "Sex and the City 2" is available and probably only the Clippers landing the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft for the second year in a row could make Awards Campaign more excited.  Some of you may think this is certifiable, but we won't judge your never ending devotion to "Lost," "Transformers," Phish or In-N-Out Burger if you don't judge our love for "SATC."

With that in mind, her are 10 reasons why we just love the new "Sex and the City 2" trailer (which you can watch embedded in this page or click here for a larger version).

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Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart at San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Events featuring non-traditional genre franchises such as "Twilight" have helped Comic-Con become even more well known to the general public.

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Deja vu: new convention center deal may keep Comic-Con in San Diego

Can the rapidly expanding convention hold off till 2015?

Well that took long enough.  After years of political infighting and broken promises, the City of San Diego and the Port Commission of San Diego approved a deal for a $753 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center Thursday.  What does this mean for entertainment fans?  Besides the implications for the city's hotel and tourism industry, this is a huge boost for Comic-Con, the popular fanfest that has called the city home for 41 years and has been strung along more than anyone else by assurances of expansion that never occurred.

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Johnny Depp at the "Public Enemies" premiere at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Johnny Depp at the "Public Enemies" premiere at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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Los Angeles Film Festival moves downtown but will audiences follow?

After four years in Westwood, LA Live wins the city's biggest film fest

In a nod to just how prominent the Los Angeles Film Festival has become recently, many forget the annual June event didn't set up shop in Westwood until just four years ago.  That era is quickly over, however, as Film Independent announced today that LAFF was making its long rumored move to downtown Los Angeles.

Using the L.A. Live complex across from Staples Center as a base, the 2010 edition of the festival will use the recently opened Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 (great theaters, horrible facade), REDCAT/Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (underutilized by the industry), the Downtown Independent (be afraid), the Soundstage Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum (great sound, but small), JW Marriot Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live (Sundance-esque), The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles (ditto), Orpheum Theatre (big and classy), and California Plaza (prefect for outdoor screenings for families and the homeless).  The 7,000 seat Nokia Theater is notably absent from the lineup, but that's obviously a lot of seats to fill.

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Brad Pitt may be headed to Cannes.

Brad Pitt may be headed to Cannes, but we still don't get that crazy beard.

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Are Brad Pitt, Woody Allen and Shia LaBeouf heading to Cannes?

'Wall Street' sequel would premiere four months before U.S. opening

It's hard to believe, but the 2010 Cannes Film Festival is less than eight weeks away.  And as the world's premier cinematic showcase, it traditionally features a number of films that will be in play during awards season.  It appears 2010 is no exception.

When 20th Century Fox moved Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" to September, the studio also hinted the new date wasn't because the film was troubled (not that anyone would have ever admitted that).  In fact, according to Variety, the rumors that the Shia Labeouf and Michael Douglas drama will screen at the Croisette appear to be true.  A sequel to Stone's 1987 snapshot of '80s greed, "Wall Street," "Money Never Sleeps" also features recent Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin.  What's unclear is whether "Money" will screen in or out of competition, but it will certainly be timely with the current global economic climate.

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Oscar will return to wintry February in 2011.

Oscar will return to wintry February in 2011.

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Mark your calendar the 83rd Academy Awards return to February

Does the Golden Globes mean less for awards season next year?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a slew of key dates for the 83rd Academy Awards today and happily, there will be no extended awards season again in 2011.

Because of competition from the Winter Olympics, the entire Oscar schedule was pushed back two weeks this past year creating more time for senseless drama such as the "Lockergate" E-mail affair.  That won't occur in 2011.  The Academy Awards will return to February, more specifically, Sunday, Feb. 27.  Nominations, which were announced Feb. 2 this year, will move to January 25, 2011.  This also puts Nominations Day smack in the middle of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (where it traditionally takes place).

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Jay Baruchel gets animated as Hiccup in "How To Train Your Dragon"

Jay Baruchel gets animated as Hiccup in "How To Train Your Dragon."

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Jay Baruchel was 'reduced to tears' by 'How To Train Your Dragon'

Plus: Watch five impressive clips from one of the best films of the year so far

Actors are usually barraged with numerous talking points by publicists and studio executives to convey their "true love" for their latest projects.  Most of the time, it's easy to see through that charade when it's clearly not the case.  In fact, there have been stars in great movies where it was obvious even they weren't as enthusiastic as the critics were.  Speaking to Jay Baruchel about his new DreamWorks Animation epic "How To Train Your Dragon" it was clear the 28-year-old Canadian is not in that camp.  He simply adores his latest project.

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<p>Dakota Fanning's Volturi vampire Jane will have a substantial role in &quot;Breaking Dawn.&quot;</p>

Dakota Fanning's Volturi vampire Jane will have a substantial role in "Breaking Dawn."

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Will 'Breaking Dawn's' director be an Oscar winner?

Potential helmers have 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Lost in Translation' and 'Dreamgirls' on their resumes

While half of Hollywood continues to watch in amusement as Marvel Studios' casting call for "Captain America" becomes a daily public relations debacle of the first order, the remaining chunk are keeping a close eye on how Summit Entertainment will handle the expected final installment in the "Twilight Saga": "Breaking Dawn."

Because the franchise has become a massive moneymaker for the mini-major, it's generally assumed the final book in Stephenie Meyer's vampire series will be divided into two films.  It's a strategy Warner Bros. is also using for the last Harry Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."  The company also has a pretty well-known time frame to shoot the two-parter this fall and winter as stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have blocked out their schedules for it.  What has become a much more intriguing question is who will helm the final two installments?

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