Alice Braga and Gael Garcia Bernal in "The Ardor."
Alice Braga and Gael Garcia Bernal in "The Ardor."
Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Six films added to Cannes lineup, with Gael García Bernal and Catherine Deneuve on the bill

But the Competition remains fixed at 18 features

It's customary for a few films to be added to the Cannes Film Festival lineup in the weeks following the initial announcement, raising cinephiles' hopes for whatever big-name prospect was left out to begin with -- and usually dashing them. A further six films were added today, the highest-profile of which is another French title: André Téchiné's "In the Name of My Daughter," starring Guillaume Canet and Catherine Deneuve. None of them, however, will play in Competition, which remains fixed at 18 features -- currently the lowest number since the 1990 festival.

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Bob Hoskins in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Bob Hoskins in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins passes away at 71

The 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' star died in hospital of pneumonia

I'm hugely saddened to report that Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins -- the quintessential Cockney gent of latter-day cinema -- has passed away. Aged 71, he died in hospital following a bout of pneumonia.

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"Winter Sleep"
"Winter Sleep"
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Cannes Check 2014: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Winter Sleep'

Continuing our preview of the Cannes Competition with the bookies' favorite

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: the film that is currently the bookies' favorite for festival gold: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep." 

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Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
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Cannes Check 2014: Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint Laurent'

Continuing our annual cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

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: the second of four French entries: Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent." 

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Will these 10 stars break out at the multiplex this summer?

Will these 10 stars break out at the multiplex this summer?

In blockbusters or art house entries, a few careers could kick it into high gear

With the summer movie season right around the corner (the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" this Friday pretty much marks the occasion), it's time to look ahead and see which actors' careers are primed for lift-off.

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<p>Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in &quot;Clouds of Sils Maria.&quot;</p>

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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Cannes Check 2014: Olivier Assayas' 'Clouds of Sils Maria' with Kristen Stewart

Launching our annual cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

Welcome 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 a 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. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- starting with Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Could the Weinsteins ditch 'Grace of Monaco' before its Cannes premiere?

Harvey Weinstein is said to still be unhappy with the Grace Kelly biopic

It's been an up-and-down journey for "Grace of Monaco," the Nicole Kidman-starring biopic of Grace Kelly that was originally set to open last year. Negative buzz circled the European co-production following that delay, as word spread of intense friction between The Weinstein Company and French director Olivier Dahan over the edit of the film. "Grace" seemed to have been granted a reprieve when it was announced as this year's Cannes Film Festival opener -- not a guarantee of quality, of course, but a helpful publicity boost.

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<p>Sofia Coppola at last year&#39;s Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Sofia Coppola at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Meet the members of the female-dominated 2014 Cannes jury

Four women and four men joining Jane Campion on the panel

With Jane Campion -- the only female director ever to win the Palme d'Or -- serving as jury president at this year's Cannes Film Festival, some were anticipating a greater female presence in the Competition. With two women showing up in the eventual lineup, the festival wasn't too generous on that score, but they've made up for it with female-dominated jury -- with Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola one of four women joining Campion on the nine-person panel. We run through the full group after the jump. 

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<p>Ellar Coltrane in &quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"

Credit: IFC Films

'Boyhood' trailer promises a journey 12 years in the making

Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed film hits theaters July 11

As you know, Richard Linklater has been crafting "Boyhood" for 12 years. He and Ethan Hawke started filming this thing the year before they made "Before Sunset." It has been, in so many words, a long time coming.

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Tom Hardy in "Locke."
Tom Hardy in "Locke."
Credit: A24 Films

Review: Nifty, resourceful 'Locke' places Tom Hardy firmly in the driver's seat

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One-man show has some wobbly writing, but is a remarkable star showcase

If nothing else -- which is not to say, mind you, that it is nothing else -- Steven Knight's "Locke" must surely rank among the most doggedly literal road movies of all time. So many titles within that famed subgenre stray far from the defining location: into motel bedrooms, into exterior shootouts, into any number of off-road travel routes. Not "Locke," which plants its eponymous protagonist behind the wheel and keeps him there for 80-odd minutes -- not a challenging stretch of time for any car trip, but an imposing test for filmmaker and actor alike.

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