<p>Michael C. Hall in &quot;Cold in July.&quot;</p>

Michael C. Hall in "Cold in July."

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Sundance hits 'Whiplash' and 'Cold in July' chosen for Cannes Directors' Fortnight

Stacked lineup includes new works by John Boorman and Frederick Wiseman

When the Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection was unveiled last week, many were surprised not to see one carry-over from the Sundance fest in the Un Certain Regard section -- in recent years, it's been something of a tradition for a Park City sensation (often the Grand Jury Prize winner) to compete again there, with the likes of "Precious" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" getting a second surge of festival buzz on the Croisette.

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Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant."
Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant."
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Marion Cotillard gets the goddess treatment in 'The Immigrant' trailer

The long-delayed James Gray film gets its US release on May 16

We'd been waiting a good long while to see James Gray's "The Immigrant" even before it premiered at Cannes 11 months ago, and we've been waiting a good long while since -- split festival reviews presumably made The Weinstein Company cautious with this delicate art-house item, but those excited for it have been understandably impatient. Anyway, the wait (in the US, at least) is almost over, with the film set to hit screens on May 16 -- just as Cannes 2014 starts up, as it happens. And while the posters thus far haven't exactly sold the film, the latest trailer is rather more seductive.

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<p>Melanie Laurent</p>

Melanie Laurent

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Mélanie Laurent one of 11 directors selected for Cannes Critics' Week

Andrea Arnold will preside over the jury for the sidebar competition

Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival is one of those institutions that generally looks impressive only in retrospect. In advance, it's hard to tell which of the films selected for the sidebar will really land, but look back at the archives, and it's remarkable how many significant films -- from Ken Loach's "Kes" to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Amores Perros" -- have quietly premiered there.

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<p>Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg</p>

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to reunite on Cold War thriller

Hanks will play real-life attorney/badass James Donovan

As noted in last week's news about Steve Spielberg saddling up to a new Tony Kushner script, the Oscar-winning director has plenty on his plate, as always. The Film Stage recently dug through all the possibilities and came up with an ordered list of eight projects most likely to come to fruition, including a Cold War project, further details of which have bubbled up today.

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<p>Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy&#39;s Governors Awards last year</p>

Craig Zadan (left) and Neil Meron at the Academy's Governors Awards last year

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Oscar telecast producers return for third-straight year

Ratings are on the rise so they'll stick with what they have

With ratings on the rise over the last three years, the Academy is sticking with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as Oscarcast producers.

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Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard in "Night Moves."
Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard in "Night Moves."
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Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg are on edge in exclusive 'Night Moves' clip

Kelly Reichardt's tense eco-thriller hits theaters on May 30

As I've written before, Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" is a film that creeps up on you even after you've seen it -- even as a devoted Reichardt fan, after seeing it in September, I wasn't sure I'd still be thinking about it the next spring, but here we are. It's tough to sell this kind of slow-burner with a single clip, but this one -- debuting exclusively on HitFix -- gives a pretty precise indication of the indie thriller's brittle, nervous tone, with every exchange between the characters from a certain point building the fractious tension. 

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<p>Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh&#39;s &quot;Mr. Turner&quot;</p>

Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"

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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

Following a lackluster Sundance, the Croisette could mark the beginning of the circuit for many

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced.

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<p>Tony Kushner (left) and Steven Spielberg at a screening of &quot;Lincoln&quot; on Capitol Hill</p>

Tony Kushner (left) and Steven Spielberg at a screening of "Lincoln" on Capitol Hill

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Steven Spielberg to develop new film from 'Lincoln' screenwriter

A co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, eh?

For me, there are two immediately interesting takeaways from the news that Steve Spielberg will be developing the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." The first is that it would mark his third collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner after "Munich" and "Lincoln." The other is that the project would be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company.

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Want to know when next year's Oscars will be?
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Want to know when next year's Oscars will be?

The Governors Awards kick things off on Nov. 8

The Academy has filled out its calendar for the 2014-2015 Oscar season, which is set to kick off even earlier than last year as the Governors Awards date has been yanked up a week to Saturday, Nov. 8. The nominations will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 15, while the Oscars, of course, are set for Sunday, Feb. 22.

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<p>Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."

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Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce face a bleak future in trailer for 'The Rover'

David Michod's thriller will play as a Midnight Screening at Cannes

There was slight disappointment for those awaiting "Animal Kingdom" director David Michôd's buzzy post-apocalyptic revenge thriller "The Rover" this morning -- it didn't nab a slot in the Cannes Competition. Nevertheless, it will premiere at the festival in the Midnight Screenings section, and if this stark, moody and decidedly unsettling first trailer is anything to go by, that might be the right place for it.

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