<p>The official poster of Cannes 2013.</p>

The official poster of Cannes 2013.

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are the faces of this year's Cannes fest

The festival's official 2013 poster features a vintage shot of the loved-up couple

It seems further, as we're still shaking off the fatigue of the 2012 awards season, but the Cannes Film Festival is less than two months away. Slowly, this year's edition of the world's most prestigious film fest is starting to take shape: we have Steven Spielberg installed as the Competition jury president, and we know that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will kick off proceedings on the Croisette -- though not before it opens Stateside.

The full festival lineup usual only drops around mid-April: look out for my Top 10 gallery on Monday of the film's we're most eagerly hoping will be there. In the meantime, however, the festival unveiled this year's official festival poster -- and it's the most gorgeous one in many a year.

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<p>Chris O'Dowd at last year's Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Chris O'Dowd at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Chris O'Dowd on 'The Sapphires,' making it in America and why he's no Ken doll

From 'Bridesmaids' to 'Girls,' the Irish comedian's star is in rapid ascendancy

I can think of no more perfect visual metaphor for Chris O'Dowd's booming career these days than his own appearance at last year's Cannes Film Festival: walking the red carpet for the midnight premiere of Australian musical comedy “The Sapphires,” the 6'3'' Irish comedian looked every inch the Hollywood star in a sleekly tailored tux, his unruly mop even combed tidily into place, conforming to the code of an A-list world in which, only a few years ago, he would have been a distinct outsider. Well, almost conforming. Keen-eyed sartorialists would have spotted a flash of yellow just above his polished dress shoes: a dashing pair of bumblebee-striped socks.

O'Dowd's funky choice of hosiery seems indicative of a career in which his unlikely ascent to the top has come very much on his own terms. From modest beginnings in Irish television to his breakout role in popular UK sitcom “The I.T. Crowd” to his star-making big-screen turn as Kristen Wiig's love interest in “Bridesmaids” and beyond, the personable, handsome-but-not-Hollywood-handsome actor has attained crossover success with compromising his image, his persona or even his endearing Irish brogue.

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<p>Gavin O'Connor and Tom Hardy on the set of &quot;Warrior.&quot;</p>

Gavin O'Connor and Tom Hardy on the set of "Warrior."

Credit: Lionsgate

'Warrior' director Gavin O'Connor takes over on 'Jane Got a Gun'

But Jude Law is also out

UPDATE: As you may have heard by now, Jude Law -- himself a recent addition to the cast -- has now followed Ramsay to the exit, having signed on to work with her and not another director. After Michael Fassbender, he's the second major star to abandon the project in the last week. "Jane" may have a gun, but she can't catch a break.

PREVIOUSLY: Okay, so "Jane" is no longer a calamity. One day after gifted Scottish director Lynne Ramsay shockingly pulled out of Natalie Portman-starring Western "Jane Got a Gun" on the very first day of shooting, her replacement has already been drafted: Gavin O'Connor, the sturdy multi-hyphenate whose films include "Tumbleweeds," "Pride and Glory" and, most recently, "Warrior." With O'Connor on board, shooting will get under way tomorrow. No time to waste.

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<p>Chris O'Dowd in &quot;Family Tree.&quot;</p>

Chris O'Dowd in "Family Tree."

Credit: HBO

A glimpse of Christopher Guest's new HBO series 'Family Tree'

Chris O'Dowd stars in this Anglo-American comedy

We don't normally cover small-screen fare here at In Contention, but when the show in question is the creation of Christopher Guest, exceptions should be made. Guest, whose irreverent brand of mock-doc comedy includes such films as "This is Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show," is by no means a newcomer to TV -- among many other achievements, he was on the "Saturday Night Live" team way back when, and recently directed a failed pilot for a US spin on Britain's cult political satire "The Thick of It."

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<p>Ramsay's last film was 2011's &quot;We Need to&nbsp;talk&nbsp;About&nbsp;Kevin&quot;</p>

Ramsay's last film was 2011's "We Need to talk About Kevin"

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Lynne Ramsay quits Natalie Portman western 'Jane Got a Gun' on day one of shooting

Uh-oh...

Chalk this up as some instantly legendary Hollywood news. Lynne Ramsay has no-showed Natalie Portman western "Jane Got a Gun" on day one of shooting out in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As Mike Fleming writes in his exclusive report, directors leaving production is hardly unheard of, but not showing up on the very first day is a bit, uh, unique.

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<p>Mike Leigh</p>

Mike Leigh

Credit: AP Photo/Carlo Allegri

Mike Leigh's Turner biopic finds a home with Sony Classics

The seven-time Oscar nominee's passion project will be released in 2014

Okay, it's insane enough to be thinking of this year's potential Oscar contenders, but here's one gourmet prospect to chalk up for next year. Though still in pre-production, Mike Leigh's long-fostered passion project, a currently untitled biopic of eminent British painter J.M.W. Turner, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. (If my headline had you thinking he'd remade "What's Love Got To Do With It," I'll presume you're unfamiliar with Leigh's work.)  

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<p>Ben Stiller in &quot;Zoolander.&quot;</p>

Ben Stiller in "Zoolander."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Terrence Malick turns film curator for Oklahoma museum

His diverse choices range from 'Zoolander' to 'The Lady Eve'

By his admittedly scarce standards, Terrence Malick is a positive ball of energy these days. I admit I've lost track of his three projects currently in various stages of production -- a sentence that would once have been only slightly less absurd than calling the sky green -- but his US devotees still have "To the Wonder" to look forward to next month. (Unusually, it opened in the UK a month ago.) The director has fewer critics on his side than usual with this one, but I was a fan at Venice, and remain one.

If you're in the group left disappointed or even dismayed by "Wonder," however, you may have more time for Malick's latest gig: a guest curator at the Philbrook Museum of Art in his current home state of Oklahoma.

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<p>Uh-oh.</p>

Uh-oh.

Credit: A24

Tell us what you thought of 'Spring Breakers'

Harmony Korine's new spin on disenchantment opens in limited release this weekend

I've offered up my defense of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," a hypnotic depiction of the disenchantment of youth and a state-of-mind film that gets more right than it doesn't. Pity, though, that there are those seemingly willing to make an opinion without diving into the film. But I guess from the outside, I can understand why this one smells a certain way to a certain type.

"It's a rather potent study of 'spring break' as a state of mind, the desperate race for greener pastures that grows like a fungus in small town America," I wrote of the film on Thursday before planting a flag for James Franco's awards hopes. But whether this one finds that kind of rhythm at the end of the year or not (likely not), I'm happy with considering it one of the year's best films so far. But I want to know what everyone else thinks, because I anticipate even more varied reactions as it makes its way to the public. So when and if you get the chance to see the film this weekend or when it expands wider next week, give us your thoughts in the comments section, and feel free to vote in the poll below.

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<p>&quot;The Incredible Burt Wonderstone&quot;</p>

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Tell us what you thought of 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

The Steve Carell/Jim Carrey magician comedy hits theaters this weekend

Despite the lows of late, I'm a big Jim Carrey fan. So I'll probably go see "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" at some point this week, even if the reviews are pretty dreadful. "The good things in the film are more frustrating because the film never finds a way to tie it all together, thematically or tonally, " HitFix's Drew McWeeny wrote in his review. "That would have been a magic trick worth applauding if they had."

I imagine a fair amount of the readership is going to give it a whirl this weekend, so as always, we have a space for you to tell us what you thought. Is it a nice dose of comedy abracadabra or a total con? Rifle off your take in the comments section, and feel free to vote in our poll below.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Driving Miss Daisy,&quot; for which Richard D. Zanuck won the Best Picture Oscar.</p>

A scene from "Driving Miss Daisy," for which Richard D. Zanuck won the Best Picture Oscar.

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Oscar-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck to be celebrated in TCM doc

'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking' will have its TV premiere on May 8.

When veteran producer Richard D. Zanuck passed away last year at the age of 77, Hollywood lost a long-serving mover and shaker. In a career spanning over half a decade, he headed 20th Century-Fox in the 1960s (greenlighting "The Sound of Music," among others), shepherded Steven Spielberg's first features to the screen (including "Jaws," for which Zanuck received his first Oscar nod), won the Oscar for "Driving Miss Daisy," produced the Academy Awards himself and collaborated with directors including Tim Burton, Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Lumet and William Friedkin. 

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