<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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Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
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Review: Kristen Stewart is best in show in airy 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

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Juliette Binoche looks into the mirror in a playful life-versus-art drama

CANNES - In a festival that has been unusually generous to actresses -- permitted to carry any number of high-profile entries, from Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" to the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night" to Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" -- it seems fitting that the final Competition film screened to press should be an explicit examination of their craft. The graceful ghosts of "All About Eve" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" haunt Olivier Assayas' arch-but-airy "Clouds of Sils Maria" -- a melancholic comedy seemingly only fine degrees of fictional separation from taking the title "Being Juliette Binoche."

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

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Tell us what you thought of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Bryan Singer's latest stab at the superhero mythos hits theaters this weekend

Bryan Singer's anticipated return to the director's chair on the "X-Men" franchise finally hits theaters this weekend in the for of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." And it's being met with some pretty exceptional reviews, the best of the series so far, it seems. In noting that the new film "gives the franchise a new lease on life," HitFix's own Drew McWeeny wrote that it "feels like the single most successful attempt to pull the shape of one of the beloved comic stories into the film world." I'd agree with that, as it's very much in the spirit of (if not a direct adaptation of) the 1981 Claremont/Byrne two-issue arc (which is recommended reading).

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<p>Josh Charles in &quot;Bird People&quot; which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Josh Charles in "Bird People" which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Roundup: Gong Li in 'Coming Home,' Josh Charles in 'Bird People' and 'Alleluia'

You might be surprised which one is worth watching

CANNES - The Cannes Film Festival is certainly easier than some of its North American cousins in regards to the sheer number of movies screened and how they are scheduled (two major films rarely premiere at the same time). That being said, too many 8:30am screenings and it's easy for the whole festival to get away from you a bit. With that in mind, here are three quick capsule reviews from this year's fest.

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<p>Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in &quot;Clouds of Sils Maria&quot;</p>

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria"

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in the first trailer for 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

The film plays Cannes this week

The Palme d'Or race is heated as ever in Cannes with a handful of contenders still to peel out. One of those set for a bow is Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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<p>&quot;X-Men: Days of Future Past&quot;</p>

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

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John Ottman on the balancing act of editing and scoring 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Also: What did they originally want to call 'X-Men: Apocalypse?'

Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens tomorrow. I really liked it. I remain a pretty huge fan of "X2" and think it has a lot of balance lacking in many superhero movies, and this one is very much in the spirit of those early entries. It feels more like a sequel to them than anything, using elements from "X-Men: First Class" to carry the story. And in editor/composer John Ottman, it gets some added continuity with those films as he hasn't been involved with the franchise in over a decade.

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