<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?

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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<p>Robert Pattinson in David Mich&ocirc;d&#39;s &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson in David Michôd's "The Rover."

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Robert Pattinson and 9 other stars with films at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

New films with Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, Meryl Streep and more

The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet.  2014 is no different.

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<p>Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher."

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Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart are carpet-bound as Cannes 2014 lineup is revealed

Directors competing for Palme d'Or range from Bennett Miller to Olivier Assayas

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux sent out mixed messages in his -- very long, as usual -- preamble to announcing this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup. First he mentioned a focus on newer, fresher filmmakers, but mentioned elsewhere that "Cannes is an event for the regulars." Predictably enough, the latter statement turned out to be closer to the truth: of the 18 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, 13 have been to the dance before. (And of the Competition virgins, Bennett Miller and Xavier Dolan are hardly unknowns.)

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<p>Fatih Akin</p>

Fatih Akin

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German auteur Fatih Akin pulls out of Cannes, as shorts lineup is revealed

The big announcement lands tomorrow

When a film widely seen as a dead cert to make the Cannes lineup doesn't ultimately appear, there can be any number of routine explanations, from shooting and editing overruns to inter-festival politics to the aesthetic whims of the selection panel – but it's unusual for a filmmaker to withdraw his own work for “personal reasons.” That's what's happened, however, with German-Turkish auteur Fatih Akin, whose first narrative feature in five years, “The Cut,” was on most Competition prediction lists.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March

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Leonardo DiCaprio picks his next project and it sounds awesome

The star has a fascinating list of projects on his plate at the moment

While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one.

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<p>A detail from the poster for this year&#39;s Cannes Film Festival.</p>

A detail from the poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Cannes Film Festival adds a dash of Italian glamour to its 2014 poster

The late Marcello Mastroianni is this year's mascot for the French fest

Back in 2010, the Cannes Film Festival picked Juliette Binoche to grace its official festival poster -- only for the choice to stir some cynical grumblings when the French star went on to win Best Actress from Tim Burton's jury. The strength of her performance in "Certified Copy" was enough for most to file the occurrence as a happy coincidence rather than anything more calculated -- still, the festival has played it safe ever since, opting for vintage movie-star images that couldn't conceivably cause any disagreement.

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

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Jenny Slate is the 'Obvious Child' in first trailer for a delightful summer comedy

The ex-'SNL' star's first headlining feature was a Sundance highlight

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year's Sundance Film Festival, for me, was Gillian Robespierre's warmly authentic debut feature "Obvious Child" -- a film that gives former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate her first film lead, and lets her run with it to utterly disarming effect. As a romantic comedy that touches on more complicated human issues than the average example of the genre, it was a perfect acquisition for A24 Films, the young distribution company that is building a neat line in coolly offbeat indies, many of them female-driven.

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<p>Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.</p>

Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum all at one Cannes? Dare to dream.

13 films we most hope to see at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

From 'Miss Julie' to 'Inherent Vice,' the films we want to see in Thursday's lineup

In the same way that the day of the Oscar nominations is a bit like Christmas morning for a certain sect of film lovers, so it is with the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup -- which takes place on Thursday in Paris. Across the internet, you can find any number of comprehensive prediction pieces, as internationally inclined cinephiles attempt to guess (and second-guess) what Thierry Fremaux and his his team will select for this year's fest -- and, almost as crucially, in what section they'll elect to place it.

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