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    Michel Hazanavicius on Why the Negative Reviews for 'The Search' Affected Him

    "I hoped that people would have some compassion and interest for this story, but there was really no compassion at all. I thought some critics were very mean."

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    Dujardin, Hazanavicius Join French City of Lights, City of Angels Lineup

    This nine-day festival will showcase 68 films, with three world premieres, seven international premieres, 14 North American and 16 West Coast premieres, along with 20 new shorts.

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    COLCOA Announces Focus on a Filmmaker and Classics Program

    From April 20 to April 28, 2015, filmgoers will celebrate the 19th edition of COLCOA French Film Festival, "9 Days of Film Premieres in Hollywood."

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    At Cannes, Filmmakers Break Out of the Box at Their Peril: Ask Ryan Gosling

    Filmmakers at Cannes beware. Make an unpredictable movie well outside your comfort zone and sometimes, critics will heap you with praise, as they did when comedy director Michel Hazanavicius went dramatic with "The Artist" at Cannes and went on to win a bevy of prizes including the Best Picture Osca...

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    Cannes Review: Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search’ Starring Berenice Bejo & Annette Bening

    Winning Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars pretty much gives you licence to do whatever you want next time around. Looking at the follow-ups of some recent Academy Award winners, so you can see a near-three-hour erotic drama (Ang Lee), a one-man show about a man cutting off his own arm (Da...

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    Michel Hazanavicius In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks, Maybe Natalie Portman In 'In The Garden Of Beasts'

    An hour or so ago, most of the moviegoing world had their eyes on the trailer premiere for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," tipped by many to lead to Oscars for both the director and its star, Daniel Day-Lewis. And yet at the same time, last year's Best Director Academy Award winner, and one of only fi...

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    Tom Wilkinson To Investigate A 'Felony,' David Thewlis Joins 'Red 2,' 'Artist' Director Michel Hazavanicius Takes Acting Role

    As in demand as he is right now, something that Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is only going to cement, Joel Edgerton seems intent on marching to the beat of his own drum. So for his next film, rather than taking the Hollywood dime, he's working on thriller "Felony," based on his own script, a...

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    How Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Was Almost Named 'Without a Trace'

    When Alfred Hitchcock began work on a film adaptation of the French novel, "D'entre les Morts" in the late 1950s, Paramount did not like his selected title: "Vertigo." Studio executives sent the director a list of strongly suggested alternatives that includes a bevy of melodramatic choices:

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    'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius Work Together Again On Omnibus 'The Players'

    "The Artist" actor Jean Dujardin is to director Michel Hazanavicius what Ryan Gosling is to Nicolas Winding Refn. With the former's silent movie sensation winning over audiences and poised to become a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, it marks their third film together following the two very popul...

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    The Amazing Race: Which Original Thinkers Are In The Running For A Screenplay Nomination?

    Writers. As Robert Downey Jr. memorably described them during a recent Academy Awards ceremony: the "sickly little mole people." With the bulk of big movies seemingly coming from board games, comic books and theme park rides, those who actually bother to come up with something off their own back get...

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