<p>Brett Ratner</p>

Brett Ratner

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Brett Ratner donates $1 million to Academy museum

Nearly two years removed from unfortunate gay slur debacle

We all know about Brett Ratner's unfortunate recent history with the Academy. I guess he's made amends and whatnot but certainly this will go a long way toward smoothing it all out.

The press release, in part:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $1 million gift from director Brett Ratner to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

"Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of supporters," said Bill Kramer, the museum's managing director of development...

"I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum. I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, which the Academy co-sponsored. I couldn't be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema's greatest work," said Ratner.

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Video: Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's second week

Video: Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's second week

How did Palme d'Or winner 'Blue is the Warmest Color' measure up?

CANNES - Once again from the south of France and the 66th Cannes Film Festival a few days post-fest, HitFix's Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge of In Contention survey the lay of the land, this time focusing on the festival's second week.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson at the 2012 Democratic National Convention</p>

Scarlett Johansson at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

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Chastain, Johansson, Seyfried and Witherspoon chase the role of Hillary 'Rodham'

Who do you think should get the part?

One has to imagine that the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the developing biopic "Rodham" is a bit of a coveted one for the industry's top actresses. The project is already fascinating from the outside, stemming from a 2012 Black List script penned by Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim spear-headed by "The Twilight Saga" producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen with indie filmmaker James Pondsoldt on board to direct. When the casting news finally does hit, it will be just one more level of intrigue.

Two years ago at the Kennedy Center Honors, the late Nora Ephron quipped of Meryl Streep's versatility (amid the flurry of the actress's Oscar-winning work as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady") that it was only a matter of time before she would play the former Secretary of State and First Lady. Although "Rodham" happens to be set during the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974 when the 27-year-old politician became the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Richard Nixon. The 63-year-old Streep would better compute for a modern-day yarn, but a quartet of Hollywood's younger stars are keen on the role, The Sunday Times revealed this weekend.

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Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Best and Worst of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

10 films that caught our attention - for better or worse

CANNES - The 66th Cannes Film Festival has ended. The prizes have been handed out. Films have been acquired for global distribution and the last bottle of champagne is empty.  This year's festival had something for almost every cinephile except for the glaring lack of documentaries (always an issue on the Croisette it seems) and less Hollywood star power. While there were many polarizing films, there were few disasters.  That being said, it's easy to compile a necessary best and worst of this year's selections.

Check out Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood's picks in the embedded story gallery. Then let us know which movie you're most excited about seeing in theaters down the road.

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<p>Festival de Cannes 2013</p>

Festival de Cannes 2013

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Cannes 2013 review roundup

Blurbing the good, the bad and the ugly of the 66th annual

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is officially over as the winners and losers make their way home from the south of France. Will we be talking about these films during the Oscar season? Time will tell. But for now, a quick cheat sheet of our take on the festivities.

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<p>Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo at the Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Diverse, defiant choices from Spielberg's jury put a bow on a satisfying Cannes fest

'Blue is the Warmest Color' a thrilling Palme winner, but there's more good news

I wonder if Nanni Moretti is feeling just a tiny bit envious of Steven Spielberg right now. A year ago, the Italian filmmaker -- then wrapping up his stint at the president of the Cannes Film Festival -- politely grumbled that the awards hadn't gone entirely as he and his jurors would have liked. So enraptured were they by their universally well-received Palme d'Or choice, Michael Haneke's "Amour," that they wanted to throw it an extra award or two, particularly for its remarkable veteran leads Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

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<p>Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric in &quot;Venus in Fur.&quot;</p>

Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric in "Venus in Fur."

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Cannes Review: Roman Polanski gets frisky in smart but slight 'Venus in Fur'

Adaptation of Broadway hit is more fun than 'Carnage,' but just as minor

CANNES - For a man who spent the better part of a year under house arrest between 2009 and 2010, it's odd that Roman Polanski seems to have subjected his own art to the same punishment ever since. "Venus in Fur" is his second straight film -- after 2011's largely forgettable "Carnage" -- to fashion an economical stage play into clammy real-time cinema that doesn't leave the confines of a single interior space.

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<p>The Coen brothers at the 2013 Cannes Film&nbsp;Festival</p>

The Coen brothers at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

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Cannes and the Coens

'Inside Llewyn Davis' has put the filmmaking siblings in rare air at the fest

It wouldn't be too apt to call the Coen brothers the Kings of the Croisette or anything. They have amassed five awards at the Cannes Film Festival throughout their career, but Lars Von Trier, the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke and, certainly, Ken Loach have all won more.

However, with today's announcement of awards at the 66th annual fest, the filmmaker siblings did enter a bit of rare air with their latest film, "Inside Llewyn Davis": Joel Coen joined Haneke and Wim Wenders as the only filmmakers to have netted a Palme d'Or, a Grand Prix and a Best Director award at the festival. A few have won two of the three, from Buñuel to Clouzot* to Antonioni* to Altman (and Malick, too), but only Haneke, Wenders and now Coen have scored the hat trick.

Here's a look back at the Coen brothers' history with Cannes…

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<p>Director Abdellatif Kechiche (left) and actors Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux receive the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film&nbsp;Festival.</p>

Director Abdellatif Kechiche (left) and actors Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux receive the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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'Blue is the Warmest Color' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes, Coens take second place

Spielberg's jury made history by handing top prize to the film's director and stars

CANNES - There were those who suggested that a Cannes jury headed by Steven Spielberg might be responsible for a lot of safe choices, but the Hollywood legend sure proved us wrong. Not only did did he present the Palme d'Or to "Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche's edgy, erotic epic about first lesbian love, but he also made history by handing the award jointly to Kechiche and the film's two young stars -- an unprecedented move that brazenly dodges the festival's recent, restrictive rule that the winner of the top prize can't also take an acting award.

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<p>Can Michael Douglas win Best Actor at Cannes for an Emmy-bound performance?</p>

Can Michael Douglas win Best Actor at Cannes for an Emmy-bound performance?

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Previewing the Cannes Film Festival awards: What will win, and what should

Who will get the gold from Steven Spielberg and his fellow jurors?

CANNES - I say it every year: trying to predict the Cannes Film Festival awards is a fool's errand. Unlike, say, the Oscars, you aren't making educated guesses about a large, consistent body of voters with plenty of precedent and precursor information to go on. The Cannes jury is tiny, highly idiosyncratic and changes every year; you're effectively trying to read the minds of nine individuals with no voting track record. Who knows whether Nicole Kidman harbors a quiet passion for Mexican new wave cinema, or if Steven Spielberg is an unlikely Jim Jarmusch devotee? Perhaps not even them, until they see the films in question.

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