<p>Emma Watson in &quot;The Bling Ring.&quot;</p>

Emma Watson in "The Bling Ring."

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Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring' to open Un Certain Regard at Cannes, as full lineup looms

Thomas Vinterberg tapped to head Un Certain Regard jury

It's practically Christmas Eve in the cinephile realm today, as we await tomorrow morning's unveiling of the full Cannes Film Festival lineup -- the press conference begins at 11am in Paris, or 2am PST -- with varying degrees of impatience. Some are so eager they'll go so far as forging a "leaked" lineup, but we'll get to that in a bit.

But first, with "The Great Gatsby" and "Zulu" confirmed as the festival's opener and closer, respectively, a third feature has been formally announced as part of the Official Selection: Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring."

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<p>Nora Ephron</p>

Nora Ephron

Credit: AP Photo/Charles Sykes

Tribeca Film Festival introduces Nora Ephron Prize for female filmmakers

$25,000 prize will go to filmmaker who best embodies the spirit of Ephron

Nearly a year on from Nora Ephron's death, the caustic New York-based writer and filmmaker is still very much on the collective mind of her home city. Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy" -- which Kris described as "perhaps the best thing [she] ever wrote" in his extensive appreciation last month -- is currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. Meanwhile, the Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today, is doing its own bit to honor her cinematic legacy.

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<p>Octavia Spencer in &quot;Fruitvale Station.&quot;</p>

Octavia Spencer in "Fruitvale Station."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Fruitvale' gets a new title: 'Fruitvale Station'

Sundance grand jury and audience award winner arrives in July

In somewhat surprising news, The Weinstein Company has modified the title to Sundance grand jury and audience award winner "Fruitvale."  The crowd-pleasing drama will now be known as "Fruitvale Station."

The feature film directorial debut of Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale" follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant (MIchael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco area resident who was fatally shot by BART police officers the morning of Jan. 1, 2009.  Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz and Ahna O'Reilly also star and Spencer and Forest Whitaker are two of the film's producers.

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<p>Henry Cavill as the &quot;Man of Steel&quot;</p>

Henry Cavill as the "Man of Steel"

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I guess we should talk about that 'Man of Steel' trailer

WB's big CinemaCon reveal sounded a thunderclap yesterday

There were 183 seconds that got a lot of fanboys excited yesterday, (insert dirty joke here), and we might as well get into it in this space. Yes, the trailer for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" landed a solid punch when it dropped during CinemaCon and then hit the net immediately after. To say the least, it had some impressive stuff to offer.

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<p>Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in &quot;Upstream Color.&quot;</p>

Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in "Upstream Color."

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Shane Carruth on swimming upriver (and self-distributing) in 'Upstream Color'

The filmmaker's fascinating second feature is in theaters now

Shane Carruth is more than happy to talk about his remarkable new film “Upstream Color” in substantial detail, poring over its staggered themes and elliptical construction with a discursive chattiness that suggests he, too, is still discovering further possibilities within it. Just don't ask him for a nutshell synopsis.

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back for more at the 2014 Oscars

Last year's producers ready for another dip

So I guess no one at the Academy got the memo that no one really liked the way the Oscars were put on back in February (I was mostly fine with them, mind you), and so they're bringing Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back for more. This last year featured high profile tributes to Zadan/Meron-produced musicals and specifically two big moments for the (granted, 10 years old at the time) "Chicago." What will we get in 2014? A tribute to television's "Smash?"

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<p>Robert Downey&nbsp;Jr. with wife Susan at the Oscars in 2011</p>

Robert Downey Jr. with wife Susan at the Oscars in 2011

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Robert Downey Jr. will win an Oscar says Robert Downey Jr.

Also: The actor confirms he pulled in $50 million for 'The Avengers'

Robert Downey Jr. sure is in a good way lately, no? Wind the clocks back, oh, seven years -- certainly less than a decade -- and you're talking about an uninsurable has been. Drugs, scandal, fall from grace, the whole thing. Then he married one of Hollywood's youngest and brightest, Susan Downey (née Levin), in 2005. She helped him get his act together and now he's the face of two major franchises. It's storybook, really, and a perfect awards narrative, by the way, should an awards project ever come along for the actor.

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<p>Emma Stone is one of the stars of Alejandro Gonz&aacute;lez I&ntilde;&aacute;rritu&rsquo;s &quot;Birdman.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Emma Stone is one of the stars of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Birdman." 

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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' starts shooting with Keaton, Watts, Stone, Galifianakis and more

The film will be the Oscar-nominated director's first comedy

Add up the belly laughs in Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first four features -- "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" -- and, well, you'll find you have a lot of fingers going spare. Accomplished and sometimes exhilarating as his films (all of which have found favor with the Academy to some degree) have been, a change of pace wouldn't hurt him at this point.

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<p>Brady Corbet in &quot;Simon Killer.&quot;</p>

Brady Corbet in "Simon Killer."

Credit: IFC Films

Brady Corbet and Antonio Campos on the violence between the lines in 'Simon Killer'

The controversial indie is out in theaters and on VOD

(PLEASE NOTE: The following interview mentions plot developments in "Simon Killer" that may be considered spoilers.) 

As 'American in Paris' movies go, “Simon Killer” is one of the less romantic you're ever likely to see. Formally immaculate and profoundly unnerving, Antonio Campos's second feature – following 2008's equally striking and eerie “Afterschool” – sent shockwaves through the Sundance Film Festival last year: with the film finally on limited release and available on VOD, audiences can make their minds up about a film that's still proving excitingly divisive. 

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<p>Bryan&nbsp;Singer Tweeted this shot last night as people were gearing up to see &quot;The Avengers&quot;&nbsp;win big at the MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards.</p>

Bryan Singer Tweeted this shot last night as people were gearing up to see "The Avengers" win big at the MTV Movie Awards.

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Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' begins production

Plus: What upcoming superhero film are you most anticipating?

So what will be the seventh installment in Fox's "X-Men" film franchise, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," begins shooting today. And guess what? I'm really excited. Why? One reason: Bryan Singer.

I know Singer's work on the series has yielded some divisive returns since he last directed one of these a decade ago. And I know him saddling up is a clear sign of retreat in the view of many ("Jack the Giant Slayer" bombed, and "Superman Returns" -- which I actually like in many ways -- still stinks for some). But the fact remains my favorite comic book movie is 2003's "X2," and I'm hoping for a little bit of that spark once again.

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