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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"Spring Breakers"
"Spring Breakers"
Credit: A24 Films

'Spring Breakers' sequel coming your way, courtesy of 'Trainspotting' writer

The film is one of several projects being sold at Cannes by Wild Bunch

Look at my shee-yit... again. Yep, what started as iffy-sounding, blog-based rumor a couple of months ago seems now to have become a real thing: Harmony Korine's girls-gone-wild provocation "Spring Breakers" is getting a sequel. 

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Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
Credit: AP Photo

Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano will also star in 'Youth'

The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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"Goodbye to Language"
"Goodbye to Language"
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Cannes Check 2014: Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language'

Continuing our festival preview with the veteran of the 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 oldest director (with the shortest film) in the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language." 

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<p>&quot;Orange is the New Black&quot;</p>

"Orange is the New Black"

Credit: Netflix

GLAAD Media Awards celebrate 'Philomena,' 'Orange is the New Black' and J.Lo

The awards recognize outstanding media coverage of LGBT issues

Somewhat oddly, the GLAAD Media Awards split their awards across two ceremonies, three weeks apart, on opposite coasts. On Saturday, the second of these took place in New York, as a range of films, TV shows and media outlets were honored for commendable coverage of LGBT issues.

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<p>Ben Burtt (left) holds his Special Achievement Award for Best Sound Effects Editing at the 50th annual Academy Awards alongside C-3PO and Mark Hammill.</p>

Ben Burtt (left) holds his Special Achievement Award for Best Sound Effects Editing at the 50th annual Academy Awards alongside C-3PO and Mark Hammill.

Credit: AMPAS

On 'Star Wars' Day, a look at the franchise's Oscar history

22 nominations, seven wins and a tro of special achievement awards

Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." GET IT???

There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production.

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