12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

From awards contenders to KStew to the Goz's directorial debut

If it's May that means the south of France will soon become the center of the cinematic universe. For 11 days stars will rise, filmmakers will fall and random European celebrities will hit the festival's legendary red carpet. Yes, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is almost upon us.

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"Still the Water"
"Still the Water"
Credit: Kumie

Cannes Check 2014: Naomi Kawase's 'Still the Water'

Continuing our festival preview with the first of two women in Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two female directors in the lineup: Naomi Kawase's "Still the Water."

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Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank in "The Homesman."
Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank in "The Homesman."
Credit: EuropaCorp

Cannes Check 2014: Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

Continuing our festival preview with the Oscar-winning actor's latest directorial effort

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the starrier entries in the lineup: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman."

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Sean Penn
Sean Penn
Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Sean Penn channels his inner action man for 'The Gunman'

Idris Elba and Javier Bardem also star in the Open Road acquisition

Sean Penn has been many things in his four-decade film career, but "action hero" has never really been one of them. That looks set to change as the two-time Oscar winner has taken the Liam Neeson route of middle-aged kickassery by starring in "The Gunman," an action thriller from "Taken" director Pierre Morel.

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

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "Eleanor Rigby."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinsteins to release 'Eleanor Rigby' three ways, as agreement nears on 'Grace of Monaco'

Both films have faced different editing challenges, and will appear at Cannes

Two films that The Weinstein Company is bringing to Cannes this month have faced very different, complicated issues in the editing room -- resulting in multiple versions, or at least multiple visions for a single version, of festival opener "Grace of Monaco" and Un Certain Regard title "Eleanor Rigby." Just another day at the office for Harvey Scissorhands, then, though clarity seems to be arriving on both projects just in time for the start of the festival next week.

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Maksim Emelyanov and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
Maksim Emelyanov and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
Credit: Wild Bunch

Cannes Check 2014: Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Search'

Continuing our festival preview with the latest from the 2011 Oscar champ

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the most recent Oscar winner in the lineup: Michael Hazanavicius' "The Search."

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<p>Cover art for &quot;Godzilla: Awakening&quot;</p>

Cover art for "Godzilla: Awakening"

Credit: Legendary Pictures

'Godzilla' writer talks expanding the universe of the film in prequel graphic novel

'Godzilla: Awakening' hits shelves tomorrow in advance of the film's release

You might recall last summer how Legendary Pictures found a way to further plumb the vast depths of Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" with a handsome, hardcover prequel graphic novel: "Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero." With cover art from celebrated artist Alex Ross and an "additive as opposed to adaptive" approach from writer Travis Beacham, the book filled in shades of information only alluded in the blockbuster film.

This year, the production company has again commissioned the screenwriter of one of their big-budget extravaganzas to expand on its further-reaching details as "Godzilla: Awakening" hits shelves Wednesday ahead of the May 16 release of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla."

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Jack Black in "Bernie."
Jack Black in "Bernie."
Credit: Millennium Entertainment

Richard Linklater assists the release of the real-life 'Bernie'

The convicted murderer will now live under the filmmaker's watch

As the "Before" trilogy and especially "Boyhood" have shown us, Richard Linklater likes to live with his movies for a very long time. But here's a slightly different example of his dedication, and one that blurs that art-life boundary in rather a touching way: Linklater is due quite literally to live with the subject of his 2011 comedy "Bernie."

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<p>A scene from &quot;Jersey Boys&quot;</p>

A scene from "Jersey Boys"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' to premiere at 2014 LA film fest

Will it arrive as an awards contender this summer?

Clint Eastwood hasn't hit it big on the Oscar circuit in some time. Films like "Changeling," "Invictus" and "Hereafter" scored the casual nomination here or there, but his last Best Picture nominee came nearly a decade ago with "Letters from Iwo Jima." Will "Jersey Boys" change all of that? We'll know if the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical has that kind of muscle sooner rather than later, as the film has been announced as the closing night premiere of this year's Los Angeles Film Festival.

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<p>Christopher Nolan</p>

Christopher Nolan

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' reaches for the stars

The Matthew McConaughey-starring sci-fi drama is out in November

By anyone's standards, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is shaping up to be one of the year's major event films: with a cast headlined by newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway, and a November release date that places in the thick of awards season, the sci-fi drama looks to have both its prestige and blockbuster bases covered. Nolan's last originally scripted film, "Inception," got him his first Best Picture Oscar nomination; hopes are similarly high for this still heavily-shrouded tale of space travelers entering a wormhole.

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