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26 THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Oscar buzz for Carell CANNES: A Hollywood wrestling drama, a British biopic of an iconic artist and an intimate Turkish look at a troubled marriage led the pack Tuesday for the top prize at Cannes. Halfway through the competition, critics cheered for a few standout pictures among 18 contenders vying for the coveted Palme dOr in what they called a surprise-filled year at the worlds top film festival. An international critics poll in British film magazine Screen had Mike Leighs Mr Turner a whisker ahead of the slowburn domestic drama Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan of Turkey, whose career Cannes has long championed. But a Monday screening of Foxcatcher, after the polls publication, starring US comic actor Steve Carell as chemicals fortune heir John du Pont, generated excited buzz in the halls of the sprawling main venue, the Palais. Based on the reallife 1996 murder of an Olympic wrestling medallist by du Pont, the film features Carell nearly unrecognisable behind facial prosthetics in an understated performance thats a far cry from his antics in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Scott Roxborough of the Hollywood Reporter said Foxcatcher was already getting Oscar buzz for Carell. Jean-Philippe Guerand, a critic with Film Francais for more than two decades, called the competition films a good selection full of surprises. He said while a few Cannes regulars such as Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan had failed to live up to their reputations, Wild Tales, an Argentine grab bag of uproarious revenge fantasies by little-known director Damian Szifron, was a delight. He also hailed Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako, the first feature about the jihadist takeover in Mali. By DEBORAH COLE Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks arrive for the screening of Lost River in Cannes Picture: AFP Gosling struggles on River By MARIANNE BARRIAUX CANNES: Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling served up his hugely anticipated directorial debut Lost River on Tuesday, a psychedelic fantasy with strong David Lynch echoes that had some critics screaming in pain and others singing its praises. Journalists at the Cannes Film Festival jostled with movie-buffs to get into the festival halls plush movie theatre for what was one of the most eagerly awaited events of the festival, and many ended up being turned away. Dumbfoundingly poor, a first-rate folie de grandeur, mesmerising, impressive critics could not make up their minds over the 33-year-olds sombre, visually stunning picture set in a decaying US ghost town called Lost River. Mad Men star Christina Hendricks stars as Billy, a single mother-of-two who works at a striptease joint, desperately trying to make ends meet for her home and family. Camera-shy Pattinson wows Cannes CANNES: For the past year, Robert Pattinson has been trying to disappear. Pattinson says he has been actively avoiding having his photo taken, trying to erase a tabloid persona. Im just trying to not be in stupid gossip magazines, basically, and I think the best way to do it is never be photographed ever, he says. As I get older, I just get more and more and more selfconscious about getting photographed. I dont know why. Ive done it too many times and now I feel like everyone can see through me. Not being photographed isnt an option for Pattinson at the Cannes Film Festival. The annual Cote dAzur extravaganza is famous for its walls of photographers and its rabid hunger for celebrity. But Pattinson has unveiled a new, more mature image of himself at this years Cannes. He stars in two of the festivals top films: David Michods lean, dystopian thriller The Rover and, in competition, David Cronenbergs dark Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. In the latter, he plays a Los Angeles limo driver trying to break into the movie business. In The Rover, he gives arguably his best performance yet, playing a bloodied halfwit who travels across a near-future Australian Outback with a terse man bent on revenge (Guy Pearce). The Rover announces the 28-year-old Twilight star as a talented actor of range, capable of disappearing into a complicated role. Cinematographer Willis dies at 82 MASSACHUSETTS: Gordon Willis, one of Hollywoods most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed The Prince of Darkness for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as The Godfather, Annie Hall and All the Presidents Men, has died. He was 82. Suzanne Berestecky of the Chapman Cole and Gleason funeral home in Falmouth, Massachusetts, confirmed on Monday that he died and that the home is handling arrange ments. Details were not immediately available. Willis retired after the 1997 movie The Devils Own. During a remarkable run from 1971 to 1977, films he worked on won 19 Oscars and were nominated 39 times. NO FREE TICKETS FAMILY PASS AVAILABLE CC CLOSED CAPTIONS AD AUDIO DESCRIPTION BRING YOUR BABY Session times are subject to change without notice. Session Times Copyright 2014 - EVENT Cinemas. 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