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    Watch: Second Clip and Full Trailer for Cannes Hit 'Mr. Turner' Sports Gorgeous Blend of Paint and Cinema

    Mike Leigh's biopic "Mr. Turner," which chronicles the last quarter-century in the life of the famed 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner, has been earning rave reviews from the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Watch: New Clip for Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner Biopic 'Mr. Turner'

    Writer/director Mike Leigh's newest film, J.M.W. Turner biopic "Mr. Turner" will show at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, but the first clip has already arisen. In this clip, star Timothy Spall carries his outspoken protagonist through an 80 second take that allows him to maneuver through a gallery...

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    BFI Responds to Cannes Film Festival Announcement

    After this week's announcement of the Cannes Film Festival Competition and Un Certain Regard Lineups, Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund made a statement about the British filmmakers included in the exclusive list

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    CANNES FIRST LOOK: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic, Starring Timothy Spall

    A first image has arrived for Mike Leigh's much anticipated and long in-the-works J.M.W. Turner biopic -- simply titled "Mr. Turner" -- with Timothy Spall in the lead role as the famed Brit Romantic landscape painter. The film was announced this morning as part of the Cannes competition lineup. Chec...

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    First Sneak Peek at Mike Leigh's New Project

    The first photo released from Mike Leigh's new project features star Timothy Spall standing determined on a wooden ship as painter J.M.W. Turner. The project, about the British Romantic landscape artist who was known as "the painter of light," has yet to receive a title and is still in post-producti...

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    Mike Leigh Will Make His Long-Planned Turner Biopic, Helped By Sony Pictures Classics

    Mike Leigh is finally going to make his passion project, a biopic on painter J.W.W. Turner: "I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. But what fascinates me most is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world ...

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    Timothy Spall To Reteam With Mike Leigh To Play Painter J.M.W. Turner

    British filmmaker Mike Leigh has, like many directors who make improvisation a key part of their process, developed something of a rep company over the years, actors like Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Adrian Scarborough, Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis, who've all regularly returned t...

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    Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

    The big talk of the week has been Sight & Sound's once-every-decade greatest films of all time list as determined by critics from around the world. However, the publication also take the temperature from film directors, asking for greatest lists from 358 filmmakers around the world, and collating th...

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    Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

    Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest film...

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