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    Watch: Battling For the Right Not to Go to War in the Teaser for Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

    HBO made a splash at Cannes with Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra," its glitzy, funny, tragic biopic of Liberace (Michael Douglas) by way of his young lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). But the premium network also had another, admittedly less sexy film playing at the festival.

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    Trailer Watch: Stephen Frears' 'Philomena,' Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

    Check out the first trailer for Stephen Frears' "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The film, based on a true story, centers on Philomena Lee (Dench) who embarks with a political jouranalist (Coogan) on a journey through America to discover the truth about her son, who was taken away ...

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    Watch: Trailer For Stephen Frears' Awards Hopeful 'Philomena,' With Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

    He's been behind some greatness over the years ("The Grifters," "High Fidelity"), but since his award-winning success with "The Queen" in 2006, Stephen Frears has had a rotten run—no one's been particularly keen on "Cheri," "Tamara Drewe" or "Lay The Favorite," while HBO movie "Muhammed Ali's Greate...

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    Ben Foster To Play Lance Armstrong In Stephen Frears' Take On The Disgraced Cyclist

    Quick, off the top of your head, name one young actor that hasn't quite gotten his due. Top of mind for us is 32-year-old Ben Foster, who has racked up some critical praise in the last few years with some seriously impressive supporting performances, even in films not quite to our liking, or in role...

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    You're On The Clock, Mister: 20 Great Workplace Comedies

    This weekend's broad new studio comedy "The Internship" (our review) concerns a couple of schlubs (former wedding crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who, finding themselves out of work and hopelessly outdated when it comes to modern technology, apply to become interns at Google. While there, the...

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    Cannes Market: Weinstein Co. Nabs Stephen Frears' 'Philomena,' Starring Dench and Coogan

    More news is coming in from the ever-busy Cannes Market. The Weinstein Company has snapped up the latest Stephen Frears film, "Philomena," a drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, with plans for an Oscar-friendly fall 2013 release.

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    Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

    If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The C...

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    Sony Pick Up Cannes Hit 'The Past,' Sundance Selects Take The Dardennes' Marion Cotillard-Starring Next Project

    With every major festival that arrives there’s more chances for hopeful filmmakers to ink deals that would put their films in front of paying audiences, so of course with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing there’s a whole smorgasbord of distribution news.

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    The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

    So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray,...

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    Christopher Nolan's Top Ten Films for Criterion: Lang, Welles, Malick Make the Cut [Video]

    Director Christopher Nolan has selected his Top Ten films for Criterion. His choices are varied, and the themes unsurprising: morality, mortality, life-or-death decisions, larger-than-life situations, and characters pushed to their total limits. The films he selected -- from Erich von Stroheim in ...

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