Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
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Cannes Check 2014: Marion Cotillard in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the latest from two-time Palme d'Or champs

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: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." 

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Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
Credit: eOne Entertainment

Cannes Check 2014: Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

Continuing our preview of 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: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars."

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Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

Looking back a quarter century ago as we kick off a new mini-series

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We start today with a look back at the summer of 1989.

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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?"
Credit: Touchstone Pictures

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."
Credit: EuropaCorp

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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