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Robert Pattinson and 9 other stars with films at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

New films with Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, Meryl Streep and more

<p>Robert Pattinson in David Mich&ocirc;d&#39;s &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson in David Michôd's "The Rover."

Credit: A24 Films

The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet.  2014 is no different.

Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart are carpet-bound as Cannes 2014 lineup is revealed

Directors competing for Palme d'Or range from Bennett Miller to Olivier Assayas

<p>Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher."

Credit: Sony Classics

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux sent out mixed messages in his -- very long, as usual -- preamble to announcing this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup. First he mentioned a focus on newer, fresher filmmakers, but mentioned elsewhere that "Cannes is an event for the regulars." Predictably enough, the latter statement turned out to be closer to the truth: of the 18 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, 13 have been to the dance before. (And of the Competition virgins, Bennett Miller and Xavier Dolan are hardly unknowns.)

German auteur Fatih Akin pulls out of Cannes, as shorts lineup is revealed

The big announcement lands tomorrow

Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin
Credit: AP Photo

When a film widely seen as a dead cert to make the Cannes lineup doesn't ultimately appear, there can be any number of routine explanations, from shooting and editing overruns to inter-festival politics to the aesthetic whims of the selection panel – but it's unusual for a filmmaker to withdraw his own work for “personal reasons.” That's what's happened, however, with German-Turkish auteur Fatih Akin, whose first narrative feature in five years, “The Cut,” was on most Competition prediction lists.

Leonardo DiCaprio picks his next project and it sounds awesome

The star has a fascinating list of projects on his plate at the moment

<p>Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March

Credit: AP Photo

While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one.

Cannes Film Festival adds a dash of Italian glamour to its 2014 poster

The late Marcello Mastroianni is this year's mascot for the French fest

<p>A detail from the poster for this year&#39;s Cannes Film Festival.</p>

A detail from the poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Back in 2010, the Cannes Film Festival picked Juliette Binoche to grace its official festival poster -- only for the choice to stir some cynical grumblings when the French star went on to win Best Actress from Tim Burton's jury. The strength of her performance in "Certified Copy" was enough for most to file the occurrence as a happy coincidence rather than anything more calculated -- still, the festival has played it safe ever since, opting for vintage movie-star images that couldn't conceivably cause any disagreement.

Jenny Slate is the 'Obvious Child' in first trailer for a delightful summer comedy

The ex-'SNL' star's first headlining feature was a Sundance highlight

<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

Credit: A24 Films

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year's Sundance Film Festival, for me, was Gillian Robespierre's warmly authentic debut feature "Obvious Child" -- a film that gives former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate her first film lead, and lets her run with it to utterly disarming effect. As a romantic comedy that touches on more complicated human issues than the average example of the genre, it was a perfect acquisition for A24 Films, the young distribution company that is building a neat line in coolly offbeat indies, many of them female-driven.

13 films we most hope to see at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

From 'Miss Julie' to 'Inherent Vice,' the films we want to see in Thursday's lineup

<p>Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.</p>

Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.

In the same way that the day of the Oscar nominations is a bit like Christmas morning for a certain sect of film lovers, so it is with the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup -- which takes place on Thursday in Paris. Across the internet, you can find any number of comprehensive prediction pieces, as internationally inclined cinephiles attempt to guess (and second-guess) what Thierry Fremaux and his his team will select for this year's fest -- and, almost as crucially, in what section they'll elect to place it.

Brad Pitt and 'Animal Kingdom' director David Michod join forces on 'The Operators'

Pitt will produce and star in the military biopic

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
Credit: AP Photo

I'm still getting used to the fact that Brad Pitt is now an Oscar-winning producer -- one wonders whether, like Michael Douglas before him, the acting award will come later, Either way, the man's no slouch in the off-screen department: aside from "12 Years a Slave," the man's production credits range from "The Departed" to "Kick-Ass" to "The Tree of Life" to the (likely Cannes-bound) HBO feature "The Normal Heart." And now "The Operators," to which Pitt is also attached to star as US military general Stanley McChrystal.

Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore get it on in sexy-weird 'Maps to the Stars' trailer

Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack also star in latest from David Cronenberg

<p>David Cronenberg (left) and Robert Pattinson</p>

David Cronenberg (left) and Robert Pattinson

Credit: AP Photo

Robert Pattinson has re-teamed with his "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg, and you can get your first look at the result now.

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank ride the high country in first trailer for 'The Homesman'

Will we see the film announced as part of the Cannes line-up this week?

<p>A scene from &quot;The Homesman&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Homesman"

Credit: EuropaCorp

I love that Tommy Lee Jones is carrying a torch for the western genre. He gave us "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" nearly a decade ago and 10 years prior, his directorial debut was the TV movie "The Good Old Boys." Now he's saddling back up (so to speak) with "The Homesman," and like "Three Burials," we can probably expect it to debut at Cannes next month.

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