<p>Joaquin Phoenix</p>

Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix set for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' follow-up

As usual, details are scarce, but the potential is intriguing

As usual, Woody Allen shows no signs of slowing down. He's prolific as ever and with "Magic in the Moonlight" right around the corner this summer, he's already lining up his next. And today brings news of the first casting decision: Joaquin Phoenix.

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Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
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Cannes Check 2014: Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the youngest director in 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, from the youngest director in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;The Salvation&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen in "The Salvation"

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Mads Mikkelsen gives the Old West a Euro twist in trailer for 'The Salvation'

Kristian Levring's western will play at Cannes as a Midnight Screening

Midnight movies can be a mixed bag at the Cannes Film Festival -- some are curios that go on to become genuine cult items, some simply sneak back to the place from whence they came and are never heard from again. The star factor alone of "The Salvation," selected for this year's festival, suggests it won't entirely disappear on us, but it does look to be a somewhat unusual hybrid: a 19th-century Old West revenge yarn with a distinct European slant, not least in the casting of Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and, uh, Eric Cantona.

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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."
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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."
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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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