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Depp trades 'clown nose' for serious 'Transcendence'

Johnny Depp has abandoned flashy pirate gear, wigs and other "clown nose" costumes to plunge into the serious, even cerebral "Transcendence," a sci-fi thriller about nanotechnology. Known for his "Pirates of the Caribbean" dreadlocks, "Alice in Wonderland" top hat and "Lone Ranger" face paint, Depp slips into the less colorful role of a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a huge computer just before his death.

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Robert Lautner on writing, endings and guns

By Nicholas P. Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Novelist Robert Lautner chronicles the adventures of a young boy and the impact of the invention of Samuel Colt's revolving handgun in "Road to Reckoning," a coming-of-age tale set during the great depression of the 1830s. Lautner's story follows 12-year-old Thomas Walker as he tries to make it home to New York after losing his father on a sales trip to market the first line of Colt Paterson revolvers.

Cannes festival lineup mixes Hollywood star power, world cinema

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Hollywood star power will vie with world cinema and a large crop of French films, including New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's latest, for the top prize next month at the 67th Cannes film festival, the world's most important cinema showcase. Godard's "Adieu au Langage" will bring the accustomed Gallic flair to the swanky festival on the palm-lined French Riviera, whose top Palme d'Or prize can significantly boost a movie's revenue and awards potential.

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. After months of speculation, just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted were rewarded with a berth in a line-up packed with Cannes' signature mix of established names and arthouse "auteurs".

Films in the running for the Cannes festival Palme d'Or

The Cannes film festival on Thursday unveiled the line-up of movies that will go head to head in the race for the Palme d'Or at the French Riviera festival on May 14-25. Here are the 18 films chosen to compete before the jury headed by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion: - "Sils Maria", Olivier Assayas - "Saint Laurent", Bertrand Bonello - "Kis Uykusu", Nuri Bilge Ceylan - "Maps to the Stars", David Cronenberg - "Deux Jours, Une Nuit", Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - "Mommy", Xavier Dolan - "Captives", Atom Egoyan

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted have been rewarded with a coveted slot on the Cannes shortlist. Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars", Godard's "Adieu au Langage", Leigh's "Mr Turner" and Loach's "Jimmy's Hall", which is expected to be his last feature, will all be in competition at the May 14-25 movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.

Cronenberg, Godard, Leigh, Loach in race for Cannes top prize

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Just 18 films of the more than 1,700 submitted have been rewarded with a slot in the competition shortlist, which was unveiled in Paris by festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

Japan firm offers glowing finger for those phoning home

If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call. Unlike "E.T." in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film, modern-day Japanese fashionistas need only pick up their Android-powered smartphone to set their finger glowing. Building on the immense popularity of manicure art -- where intricate patterns and small gem-like stones are stuck on the nail -- toy company Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has developed a micro-thin LED sticker.

Cronenberg, Godard, Leigh, Loach in race for Cannes top prize

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Just 18 films of the more than 1,700 submitted have been rewarded with a slot in the competition shortlist, which was unveiled in Paris by festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux. har-mm/yad
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