<p>&quot;Napoleon Crossing the Alps&quot; by Jacques-Louis David</p>

"Napoleon Crossing the Alps" by Jacques-Louis David

20 film and TV directors to consider for the Spielberg/Kubrick 'Napoleon' miniseries

We have a few ideas if Mr. Spielberg says no to the director's chair

A bit of a bombshell on the cineaste set recently when Steven Spielberg announced plans to transform Stanley Kubrick's massive, unfilmed Napoleon biopic into a television miniseries. Last week, Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy humbly suggested seven filmmakers to take up the reins on the project, should Spielberg opt out of directing it himself.

The names McCarthy suggested weren't in and of themselves bad ideas: David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan and Peter Weir. No one is going to argue that each and every one of them is talented and up to the challenge. But there was an overly wish-listy quality to the list, not all that reasonable, really.

Not only that, those are some disparate voices that probably wouldn't work in a single boat. A miniseries like this, if farmed out to other talent and not placed on one filmmaker's shoulders, would obviously need to find an organic rhythm across a spectrum of voices.

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<p>James Franco in &quot;Spring Breakers&quot;</p>

James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

Credit: A24

So...James Franco? 'Spring Breakers?' Best Supporting Actor?

Someone had to say it, but there's more to this guy than an expensive grill

Just to get this out of the way, no, this isn't likely to happen in any universe. But bear with me…

I caught up with Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" earlier this week and was as fascinated by it, as I imagine most viewers (even detractors) are. The interesting thing to me, while finally sifting through the film's reviews that landed out of the Venice and Toronto film festivals last year, was that everyone, lover or hater, definitely saw the same film. The question is who was able to buy it as satire and who wasn't, and even more, who was willing to buy it as willful satire.

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<p>Elizabeth Olsen in &quot;Martha Marcy May Marlene.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Durkin, Campos and Mond's BorderLine Films to be showcased at Karlovy Vary fest

Full retrospective will include 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' and 'Simon Killer'

Some of you might remember that, going on two years ago, Kris and I were big champions of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," a confidently disquieting, much-laurelled debut feature from Sean Durkin that also marked a significant step forward for BorderLine Films, the independent production company set up by Durkin with filmmaker pals Antonio Campos and Josh Mond.

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<p>Tom Hanks at the Broadhurst Theatre</p>

Tom Hanks at the Broadhurst Theatre

Credit: The New York Times

Nora Ephron's Broadway hit 'Lucky Guy' with Tom Hanks is a profound, poignant swan song

As a film, it could enter the pantheon of great celluloid depictions of journalism

NEW YORK It's fitting that Nora Ephron's swan song, the play "Lucky Guy," calls the Broadhurst Theatre on West 44th Street home. The venue, which has played host to productions of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians," Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" over its century-long history, sits around the corner from the old New York Times Building that housed the operations of the Gray Lady for 94 years. And Ephron's play, while an account of the rise, fall and vindication of New York journalist Mike McAlary, is just as much a celebration of the profession the author, filmmaker and playwright once called her own.

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<p>Brie Larson in &quot;Short Term 12&quot;</p>

Brie Larson in "Short Term 12"

Credit: SXSW

'Short Term 12' and 'William and the Windmill' win jury awards at SXSW

Audience awards will be presented Saturday

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival's jury and special awards ceremony tonight in Austin, Texas. Desin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12" and Ben Nabors's "William and the Windmill" took top honors in the narrative and documentary feature fields respectively.

Audience awards will be presented Saturday, March 16. The fest runs through Sunday, March 17.

Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>A scene from &quot;From Up on Poppy Hill.&quot;</p>

A scene from "From Up on Poppy Hill."

Credit: GKIDS

With 'From Up on Poppy Hill' on the way, counting down Studio Ghibli's 10 best movies

From 'Spirited Away' to 'Arrietty,' we rank the Japanese studio's finest

A collective sigh may have been heard at many a viewing party a couple of weekends ago, when the Academy handed the Best Animated Feature Oscar to the conventional comforts of Pixar's "Brave" over the zappy multimedia invention of "Wreck-It Ralph," or the scrappy postmodernism of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie." But it was easy enough to see what voters were going for: in a field thick with bristly new textures, the gentle, old-fashioned storytelling and comparative visual serenity of the Highland fairytale was that much more reassuring an option.

Not among the nominees, though it was on the category's shortlist, was "From Up on Poppy Hill" -- the latest from animation stalwarts Studio Ghibli. Only twice in the 12-year history of the animated feature Oscar has one of their films made the cut, yet Ghibli occupies a comparably elevated position to Pixar in the imaginations of animation enthusiasts. In an age where crude computer-animated money-grabbers are a dime a dozen, they're a trusted brand that stands for wholesome, attentive storytelling, meticulous artistry and genuine wonder.

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<p>David O. Russell at the Independent Spirit Awards in February</p>

David O. Russell at the Independent Spirit Awards in February

Credit: AP Photo

David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' follow-up gets a release date

Sony has a packed potential awards slate on the way

When we laid out a slew of contenders for next year's Oscar season recently, we left off David O. Russell's currently untitled project revolving around the FBI's ABSCAM public corruption investigation of the 1970s and early 1980s. The reason was we weren't quite sure the film would make it out in time. Turns out, at least for now, that it will.

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<p>Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' to open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

'Moulin Rouge!' did the honors in 2001

When Warner Bros' announced last year that they were shifting Baz Luhrmann's lavish 3D interpretation of "The Great Gatsby" from Christmas 2012 to an early summer release date, my first thought was that a Cannes date had to be on the cards. Then, when the film's US release date was nailed down as May 10, five days before the festival begins, I was both puzzled and doubtful: with US projects of that magnitude, Cannes tends to secure the world premiere.

Turns out I overthought things, and that my initial instinct was correct. "The Great Gatsby" has been selected as the curtain-raiser for this year's Cannes Film Festival, 12 years after Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" performed the same duty.

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<p>Lasse Hallstr&ouml;m with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough on the set of &quot;Safe Haven.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Lasse Hallström with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough on the set of "Safe Haven." 

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Lasse Hallström on 'Safe Haven,' 'The Hypnotist' and his dream reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio

We chat to the Oscar-nominated director at the Miami International Film Festival

MIAMI - Whether it's the brisk climes of his native Sweden or the lush comforts of rural New England, there are any number of landscapes one might associate more immediately with director Lasse Hallström than the balmy shores of Miami. Yet when I meet him, looking suitably relaxed in the retro-chic breakfast room of my hotel, he's quick to say it's not just Florida hospitality making him feel at home: Miami, or more specifically the Miami International Film Festival, is where the Oscar-nominated Swede, director of such films as “What's Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” believes his Hollywood career actually began.

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<p>Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor on the set of &quot;Trainspotting.&quot;</p>

Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor on the set of "Trainspotting."

Credit: Miramax Films

'Trainspotting' sequel is on track, says Danny Boyle

Is his 13-year estrangement from Ewan McGregor over?

Only last week, we listed Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor as one of several actor-director teams we'd like to see reunited, with a prospective "Trainspotting" sequel the ideal outcome. Well, if Boyle himself is to be believed, it looks as if we've got our wish.

Speaking at the SXSW fest over the weekend, where Boyle unveiled some footage from his new thriller "Trance" -- already being press-screened, and due out in a couple of weeks -- the Oscar-winning director claimed that "Porno," the long-mooted follow-up to his hit 1996 junkie drama, is back on his agenda and set to roll in 2016.

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