<p>Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum at the photocall for &quot;Foxcatcher&quot; during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum at the photocall for "Foxcatcher" during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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Steve Carell rules Cannes with impressive 'Foxcatcher' performance

Dramatic turn actually less surprising than his director thinks

CANNES - Sometimes directors live in vacuum. You work on a movie for months, you become ingrained with it. That means other films, performances, life events pass you by. Keep that in mind when you see quotes from Bennett Miller that he'd never seen Steve Carell "give material evidence that he could do [anything] like" his performance in "Foxcatcher." Because, frankly, that's not the case.

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<p>&quot;Guardians of the Galaxy&quot;</p>

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot speak in new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer

Finally a bunch of new footage for the upcoming Marvel release

I've been a little desperate for some new "Guardians of the Galaxy" footage. It seems like the same material from the first teaser has been re-purposed ad nauseam for a number of months now and, this being a pretty bold and risky project from Marvel Studios, I've been very, very curious. Today we got a new trailer for the film and finally get a load of what James Gunn has been whipping up.

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<p>Julianne Mooer and Robert Pattinson during the Cannes press conference for &quot;Map to the Stars.&quot;</p>

Julianne Mooer and Robert Pattinson during the Cannes press conference for "Map to the Stars."

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Sex in cars and Kardashians highlight 'Maps to the Stars' Cannes press conference

Cronenberg says 'all my movies are funny'

CANNES - When you have Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack and David Cronenberg on a panel for thirty minutes you expect a lively and intelligent conversation.  Maybe it was the mixed reviews for Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" or maybe it was just the always dicey prospects of the international press corps but, sadly, this was one press conference that was sort of a dud.

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<p>Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher."

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Review: Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell excel in evocative and unsettling 'Foxcatcher'

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Bennett Miller's moody third feature delivers on its long-held promise

CANNES - The will to win has rarely seemed more self-defeating than it does in "Foxcatcher,” a sinuous, methodical true-crime drama in which the moral and psychological rot sets in long before any crime is committed. Just as Bennett Miller’s first two features, “Capote” and “Moneyball,” were portraits of coolly driven individuals possessed by their own passion projects, so is this remarkable film -- a study of sociopathic billionaire John du Pont’s quest to annex as much of America’s wrestling empire as money and ego could buy. But whether Miller’s previous films culminated, however tortuously, in creation -- of a landmark book, a formula that changes the future of baseball -- aspiration here results only in lives literally and spiritually destroyed.

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<p>Jessica Chastain at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival</p>

Jessica Chastain at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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Jessica Chastain talks 'Eleanor Rigby' and the unexpected emotion of 'Interstellar'

Also: Why she sees the multiple cuts of 'Rigby' as a good thing

CANNES - Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" seems to have been well-received in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival after debuting in two parts in Toronto last year. With that reception has come a lot of favorable ink for actress Jessica Chastain. Perhaps it's for those reasons and more (like, um, relaxing in the south of France) that the actress was as cheerful as ever when Greg Ellwood sat down with her to discuss her performance in the film earlier this week.

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"The Homesman"
"The Homesman"
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: Hilary Swank brings steel to Tommy Lee Jones' uneven 'The Homesman'

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The tone keeps swerving in a western with a refreshing focus on femininity

CANNES - Charged with devising a character name that immediately conveys staunch feminine pluck and perseverance, I'm not sure any writer could do much better than Mary Bee Cuddy -- the disarming heroine of Tommy Lee Jones' handsome, elegiac neo-western "The Homesman," until she rather unsettlingly isn't. Just listen to the way those pithy syllables roll (or march, rather) off the tongue: a Mary Bee Cuddy can only be as square and grounded and business-meaning as a pair of sensible shoes. As played by the eternally purposeful Hilary Swank, moreover, she's an anchor of sincerity in a film in a film that needs one, shifting as it often does from loutish comedy to sticky sentimentality in the turn of a wagon-wheel.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet outside the &quot;Hunger Games: Mockingjay&quot; Cannes Film Festival party Saturday night.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet outside the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Cannes Film Festival party Saturday night.

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Jennifer Lawrence and co-stars dance away at Cannes 'Mockingjay' party

Photos: The 'Hunger Games' crew takes Cannes

CANNES - Last year, Lionsgate held a party to celebrate "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on the beach here, only to have steady rain put a slight damper on the proceedings. This year, lady luck was on their side with sunny skies and every major cast member on hand as the upcoming "Mockingjay Part 1" was the theme of the night. The studio moved the extravaganza to a decadent private mansion 30 minutes outside of Cannes in Antibes. Needless to say, the Capitol City elite would have been proud.

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"Amour Fou."
"Amour Fou."
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Review: The period suicide rom-com is born in droll, delightful 'Amour Fou'

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Jessica Hausner's 'Lourdes' follow-up is unique and unexpected

CANNES - Only a few months ago, in the colder climes of the Berlin Film Festival, I had the misfortune of seeing and reviewing "A Long Way Down," a terminally laughless British farce about four suicidal souls who meet and bond on the roof of the same popular London jumping-point. Some critics decried it as tasteless, but it was only the execution that was botched: there is scarcely a taboo subject that can't be made funny in crafty directorial hands, and along comes Jessica Hausner's deft, delightful "Amour Fou" to prove it.

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<p>James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in &quot;The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.&quot;</p>

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby."

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Review: Jessica Chastain is heartbreaking in 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

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Director Ned Benson gets huge help from an impressive cast

CANNES - After debuting last September at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in separate "Him" and "Her" versions, the combined "Them" (version) of Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" screened on this side of the pond this afternoon. "Him" and "Her" told a story of a couple in crisis from the different perspectives of the film's main characters, Connor (James McAvoy) and the eponymous Eleanor (Jessica Chastain). "Them" is an attempt to tell the story as an equitable narrative for both characters, but it is clearly still driven by Eleanor's heartache and emotional journey.

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<p>Marion Cotillad and Michael Fassbender in &quot;Macbeth.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillad and Michael Fassbender in "Macbeth."

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Oscar players 'Macbeth' and 'Big Eyes' highlight Weinstein's annual Cannes preview

Oh, and a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal boxing

CANNES - Another year and another Cannes means The Weinstein Company is once more staging a show and tell for their upcoming slate. After ending 2013 on a somewhat disappointing note at the box office, TWC is hoping a number of new titles can change their fortunes over the rest of this calendar year. The company's annual presentation consisted of familiar trailers for titles releasing in the next few months and selected clips from projects that we haven't seen any footage from up until now. Oh, and Harvey, of course.

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