April 23, 2014

Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe featured in Cannes official lineup


BY SEAN O’CONNELL

Celebrity — specifically American celebs and anticipated Hollywood product — will be well represented when this year’s Cannes International Film Festival unspools in May. The official lineup, announced by festival organizers early this morning in Paris, has a few expected titles, a few surprises, and plenty of A-list talent.

As previously announced, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, opens the festival on May 12. It screens out of competition, but represents the distinct mingling of American and international cinema that is heavily reflected in the 2010 program.

Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” also will be screened at Cannes. Starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, it is a thriller about the Joe Wilson-Valerie Plame scandal that rocked the CIA (and was referenced in Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth”).

Two titles rumored to be heading to Cannes showed up on the list. Oliver Stone will bring his “Wall Street” sequel to France, premiering it well before its new autumn release date. Dubbed “Money Never Sleeps,” the drama stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and “An Education” beauty Carey Mulligan. In addition, Woody Allen’s latest comedy, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” will play the fest. Watts also stars, and is joined by Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto.

“Blue Valentine,” a romantic drama featuring Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams, will ride a wave of positive criticism into Cannes. It screened at Sundance, winning over critics and crowds. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, it will play in the festival’s exclusive Un Certain Regard category.

Listen to the press conference from this morning below:

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The L.A. Times’ Envelope section has a full list of films screening in competition. For more on the Cannes International Film Festival, visit the fest’s official site.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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