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    Lee Daniels Adapts Shakespearian Protagonist for TV

    In our in-depth interview, Lee Daniels explains why he's misunderstood, has stopped reading reviews, and has adapted King Lear as hip-hop musical "Empire" for network television--while not giving up on movies.

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    Tarantino to Shoot 'The Hateful Eight' After All? (FULL CANNES VIDEO)

    Quentin Tarantino admitted at his Cannes press conference (below) that he had "calmed down" over his outrage that his script for western "The Hateful Eight" had been leaked online. His staged live read of the 146-page first draft in Los Angeles went well. He closed Cannes with Sergio Leone's "A Fist...

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    'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Editor and Composer John Ottman Talks Multitasking, and Building a Marvel Epic

    It's hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling "X-Men: Days of Future Past" offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. "I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on 'X-Men 2' and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming...

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    Director Fred Schepisi Talks 'Words and Pictures' as Counter-Programming

    Director Fred Schepisi ("Six Degrees of Separation," "Roxanne") is a lot more hopeful about the state of movies for adults after making "Words and Pictures" and tackling the dumbing down of education and culture head on. Of course, it helps having Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche rekindling the joy o...

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    Cannes Panel: Studios Fight Piracy While Indies Embrace Digital Future

    The future of digital entertainment panel at the America Pavilion at Cannes Saturday revealed a telling change in approach to battling piracy by the studios and the indies.

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    Director Gareth Edwards Returns to the Nuclear DNA of 'Godzilla'

    Director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") has admirably returned to the Toho roots of "Godzilla" 60 years on and made the Kaiju myth as relevant as ever, even adding a humanistic twist. Drawing on the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster as inspiration (what if it wasn't a natural disast...

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    Interview: James Gray Discusses Harvey Weinstein, Cinematic Influences, His Career, 'Die Hard' & More

    “The Immigrant” stars the terrific cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, and the 1920s-set period piece is superficially something very different for filmmaker James Gray. Gone are the genre trappings, macho-male leads with guns, stories deeply connected to the pain and sadnes...

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    Gilles Jacob: Author, Raconteur, Lover of Cinema and Outgoing Cannes President

    The Cannes Film Festival hits its titular locality for the 67th time on May 14th. Following a 22-year stint as Festival artistic director, Gilles Jacob, 83, rose to Presidency in 2001. But this year's Cannes will be his last. In 2015, Pierre Lescure takes over.

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    Nicholas Stoller Talks Third Muppet Movie, A Return To The Aldous Snow Universe & Seth Rogen/Kevin Hart Buddy Comedy

    After this weekend's shockingly huge haul for "Neighbors," his Seth Rogen/Zac Efron frat comedy, director Nicholas Stoller can probably do anything that he wants to next. So when we sat down with the director in New York recently, we couldn't help but pick his brain as to what projects would follow ...

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    WATCH: Screenwriter William Goldman Explains Why Nobody Knows Anything (VIDEO)

    Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid") talks about changes in the movie industry over the years.

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