<p>The cast of &quot;Annie.&quot;</p>

The cast of "Annie."

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New 'Annie' trailer gets happy and sappy in equal measure

The musical remake is only a day (and almost seven months) away

Here's something I keep forgetting about the upcoming "Annie" remake: Emma Thompson (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Sense and Sensibility," lest we forget) is one of its three credited writers. I'm not sure at what stage Thompson worked on the project -- early, I'm guessing, unless she's tighter with producer Jay-Z than I'd previously imagined -- but from everything we've seen of the project thus far, it doesn't bear much trace of the Englishwoman's involvement. Anyway, that's an aside: the second trailer for "Annie" has landed, and it looks, if anything, even brasher than the much-maligned first glimpse suggested.

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<p>Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda and Jason Bateman in &quot;This is Where I Leave You&quot;</p>

Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda and Jason Bateman in "This is Where I Leave You"

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Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver in the trailer for 'This is Where I Leave You'

Shawn Levy's 'Internship' follow-up hits theaters in September

Jason Bateman has been making some pretty interesting moves out of the comic relief periphery of comedies and into his own as a leading man as of late, and he has a pretty stellar 2014 on the way. There's the sequel to "Horrible Bosses" in November and heading up the Peter Glanz dramedy "The Longest Week" as well. Then there's Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You," which debuted a new trailer today.

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<p>James McAvoy in &quot;Filth&quot;</p>

James McAvoy in "Filth"

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James McAvoy talks about going to dark places in 'Filth'

The 'X-Men' star has another movie hitting theaters this summer and it features his best performance

I imagine that, like many moviegoers this summer, you might be excited to see Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." And you should be. It's a pretty great installment of a franchise that has seen its ups and downs, and at its center, actors Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy make for a brilliant combination. But, uh — pssst! — McAvoy has another movie coming out this summer, and it features his most electrifying, committed and passionate work as an actor to date.

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<p>Steve Carell in Bennett Miller&#39;s &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Steve Carell in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher."

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'Foxcatcher,' 'Mr. Turner' and Julianne Moore top Cannes Film Festival Oscar players

Few answers in the Best Foreign Language Film category

CANNES - After last year supplied Best Picture nominee "Nebraska," vaulted Bruce Dern into the Best Actor race, made "Inside Llewyn Davis" a pseudo contender and found many wondering if "Blue is the Warmest Color" could create some heat, awards season has some new players on the board as the 2014 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close.

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Best and Worst of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Best and Worst of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Plus: Booing good movies, filmmakers who want it too much, Jessica Chastain

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival was a festival of few highs and few disastrous lows.  Which, to be quite honest, isn't a bad thing.  Instead, the festival projected a steady diet of good or mediocre movies from the global film community. In fact, at times the press corps and critics seemed to be dying to find a movie to boo at (more on that from Guy Lodge later).

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<p>Quentin Tarantino, Palme d&#39;Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Uma Thurman at the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony.</p>

Quentin Tarantino, Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Uma Thurman at the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony.

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'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes, Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall take acting prizes

'Foxcatcher' gets its Oscar campaign rolling with a Best Director win

CANNES — Sometimes, the pre-festival buzz has it right. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 196-minute conversational epic "Winter Sleep" entered the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as the sight-unseen frontrunner for the Palme d'Or, thanks to its heftiness of form and the Turkish auteur's perceived overdue status — any director with two Grand Prix wins and a Best Director prize behind him is bound to win the Palme at some point.

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<p>Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in &quot;Mommy.&quot;</p>

Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in "Mommy."

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Predicting the Cannes awards: What will win, and what should

Ceylan, Dolan or Zvyagintsev for the Palme? And can Marion Cotillard prevail?

CANNES - The sun is out, the  films have screened, the rosé has almost run dry, and every conversation on the Croisette seems to begin with, "So, what's winning the Palme d'Or?" And the answer that almost inevitably follows is, "Oh, I don't know." Opinion varies this year as to whether it's been a very high-level Competition or a respectably disappointing one -- but either way, the upshot is that it's the most seemingly competitive one in several years, with a handful of well-received films on the awards shuffle-board.

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"White God"
"White God"
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'White God' wins Un Certain Regard at Cannes, as critics pick 'Winter Sleep'

French thriller 'Les Combattants' rules Directors' Fortnight

CANNES - Tomorrow evening -- a day earlier than usual -- Jane Campion's jury will present their awards for the best of this year's Competition, culminating in this year's Palme d'Or winner. We'll be handicapping those awards later, but first, the festival is already fully in the prizegiving mood, as the Un Certain Regard, Critics' Week, Directors' Fortnight, FIPRESCI and Ecumenical juries have all presented their own awards.

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Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Plus: A 'Pulp Fiction' reunion on the red carpet

CANNES - She missed the photo call. She missed the press conference. Nothing, however, could keep Kristen Stewart from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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<p>Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.</p>

Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.

Is Quentin Tarantino planning a four-chapter version of 'Django Unchained' for TV?

Holding court at Cannes in honor of 'Pulp Fiction'

CANNES - Quentin Tarantino held court at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival today with a press conference that was supposed to reflect on the 20th anniversary of "Pulp Fiction" winning the Palme d'Or in 1994. Instead, he mostly discussed his opinions on everything from digital projection (which he considers the "death of cinema"), finding himself watching "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Showtime, that the Palme d'Or means more to him than his Oscars (ouch) and what his next picture may or may not be. The most intriguing bit of news, however, was when he waxed over revisiting his Academy Award winning blockbuster "Django Unchained."

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