April 21, 2014

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And the Winner at Cannes fest is ‘The Tree of Life” by Terrence Malick

HollywoodNews.com: And the winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival is “The Tree of Life.” Bravo!
Terrence Malick’s unique drama “The Tree of Life” has won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Kristen Dunst took the best-actress prize for the apocalyptic saga “Melancholia.”

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2011 Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Winners

HollywoodNews.com: Un Certain Regard 2011 presented 21 films directed by 22 directors hailing from 19 different countries. 2 of the works were first films.
Presided over by Emir KUSTURICA (Director, actor and musician – Serbia), the Jury was comprised of: Elodie BOUCHEZ (Actress – France), Peter BRADSHAW (Critic-The Guardian – United Kingdom), Geoffrey GILMORE (Chief Creative Officer-Tribeca Enterprises – USA), Daniela MICHEL (Director of the Morelia Festival – Mexico).
PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD Ex-æquo
ARIRANG by KIM Ki-Duk
HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on Track) by Andreas DRESEN
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
ELENA by Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV
DIRECTING PRIZE
BÉ OMID É DIDAR (Au revoir) by Mohammad RASOULOF
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Princess Diana murder doc slammed in Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Keith Allen’s documentary “Unlawful Killing” had generated ripples of controversy heading into this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the stance it took regarding Princess Diana’s death (and a letter she wrote prior to the crash detailing how her death might happen).
Now that it has screened in Cannes, those ripples are turning into waves.
The Daily Mail, reviewing Allen’s doc, dismissed it as “unlawfully dull,” and said the picture, which is funded in part by Dodi Fayed’s father, comes off as “the ramblings of a sour old man who misses his son.”
The picture accuses the Royals of plotting Diana’s murder, going to far as to decribe them as “gangsters in tiaras.”
Sasha Stone of Awards Daily attended the Cannes screening and Tweeted shortly after, “It was so unintentionally funny it could have been a Christopher Guest movie.”
That’s a good line aimed at what sounds like a not-so-good movie. I’m still looking for positive reactions to the film. If you see any, please let us know.
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Woody Allen’s Cannes opener already earning Oscar buzz

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris,” a nostalgic love letter to the French city of the title, opened the 63rd Cannes Film Festival with a red-carpet screening of the out-of-competition film.
“Paris” stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams joined Allen on the red carpet today to help promote the movie, which is receiving positive reviews.
“There was laughter and applause from famously fussy Cannes critics at a screening of this year’s opening film,” Reuters reports from the fest.
Meanwhile, some industry pundits already are weighing the film’s Oscar chances. (Sheesh, already?) EW.com’s Dave Karger writes, “Allen’s latest comedy, ‘Midnight in Paris,’ has just screened for the press at the Cannes film festival, and I’d say he could have a shot this time. I’ll leave the official critique to my colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum, but I’d say the consensus will be that ‘Midnight’ is easily his best film since ‘Vicky Cristina,’ while some critics will harken even further back to find an Allen film as witty and magical as this one.
“While Best Picture or Best Director citations may be tougher to snag given all the promising films still to come this year, I’d say a 15th screenplay nod for Allen certainly seems doable,” Karger concludes.
Talking to reporters about the film, Allen said, “I learned about Paris the same way all Americans do — through the movies. I didn’t go to Paris until I was a grown-up, until 1965. When I went to Paris it was the Paris that I knew only from American movies. That’s the same New York City that I’ve shown to people around the world in a picture like ‘Manhattan’. It’s the Manhattan that I don’t see around me but recognize from movies and it was the same thing in Paris.”
“Midnight In Paris” opens in the States later this month. The Cannes Film Festival continues through May 22.
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Lady Gaga performing, promoting “Born This Way” in Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lady Gaga is on a blistering media tour, supporting her new album “Born This Way.” Fans flocked to HBO over the weekend to see Gaga’s latest concert film. And now we’re learning that she’ll entertain the masses at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The pop singer and media mogul “will head to Cannes to perform a live concert on Wednesday on Canal Plus’ hit show Le Grand Journal whose stage takes over the Croisette during the festival,” THR notes.
Gaga is expected to field questions from host Michel Denisot, thren sing her hit single “Judas” to the gathered crowd.
And you thought Cannes was only for film freaks. Music is becoming a major part of the annual fest … or, at the very least, musical acts are figuring out how best to promote themselves with stop in Cannes. THR adds that Kanye West will perform at a Cannes festival party at some point next week.
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What’s Up At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival?

HollywoodNews.com: The Cannes Film Festival remains a olly schedule nightmare. Why for example are there three films — “We Must Talk About Kevin,” “Restless,” and “Sleeping Beauty,” all on for the first Thursday? And virtually nothing on Friday and Saturday?
There are other crazy conflicts. The premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” spills up the red carpet at the Palais just as AmFAR lures celebrities to the Hotel duCap for “Cinema Against AIDS.” Now comes word that Terrence Malick’s highly anticipated “Tree of Life” will be scheduled against Quincy Jones and Kanye West’s mega show for the Maybach Foundation. This is a good charity, matching young people with mentors in their fields. But really: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn vs Kanye and Q? Sacre bleu! The Maybachs, by the way, are very nice people who happen to make those super luxury cars with drapes along the back windows. Charlie Sheen has one. He bought it with Tiger Blood.
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Carla Bruni bows out of Woody Allen’s Cannes premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris,” is about to open the Cannes Film Festival, and while most of the film’s stars are expected to be present for the world premiere, at least one has bowed out of the festivities for mysterious reasons.
Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy, has “cancelled plans to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival amid rumours she is pregnant with twins,” the Mirror is reporting.
Allen’s “Paris” marks Bruni’s acting debut, though she made her name as a supermodel before marrying Sarkozy. As the Mirror notes, Bruni “had been expected to draw huge crowds at the event.” Instead, the press will have to settle for Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Such is life.
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Cannes reveals Director’s Fortnight program

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Director’s Fortnight sidebar at the annual Cannes Film Festival usually offers a strong counterpart of experimental fare, and this year appears to be no different.
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy are just a few of the international talents picked to fill the 25-film selection, with Romy’s “The Fairy” opening the sidebar and Bouli Lanners’ “The Giants” closing the program.
The sidebar’s artistic director Frederic Boyer announced the eclectic lineup Tuesday in Paris.
“We’re starting off with a short film and ending with a short film – I don’t want to tire out the Cannes spectators, especially at the end of the festival,” Boyer said.
The Directors Fortnight sidebar runs May 12–22 in Cannes.
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie among celebs expected at Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The official lineup for the Cannes Film Festival won’t be announced until Thursday, but we already know the festival on the exclusive beach will be a star-studded affair.
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson are the brightest stars expected to attend the fest in support of various films. This year’s Cannes runs May 11-22.
Penn and Pitt are attending for Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” which is rumored to be part of the lineup. Depp, meanwhile, will support his fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, which also stars Cruz.
PEOPLE also reports that invitations to the 64th Cannes Fest “are also out to Rolling Stone Keith Richards, Madonna, Jack Black and France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni, who happens to be making her acting debut in a Woody Allen movie.”
Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” already confirmed as the fest’s Opening Night selection, will bring cast members Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, PEOPLE reports.
We’ll bring you the full Cannes lineup when it’s released on Thursday.
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Faye Dunaway adorns Cannes 64 poster

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: An elegant poster advertising the 64th Cannes Film Festival that tastefully masquerades the full beauty of Faye Dunaway was released by event organizers this morning. We have it below.
Filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg, who won Cannes’ Palme d’Or in 1973 for his film, Scarecrow, snapped this black-and-white photo of Dunaway in 1970, fest reps explain.
“‘Puzzle of a Downfall Child,’ in which Faye Dunaway has the starring role, has been restored by Universal Pictures. Rarely seen on the big screen the film will be distributed in France by Carlotta in the fall and the restored print will be screened in Cannes in the presence of the director and his actress,” a press release states.
You can download the Cannes Film Festival’s official poster here.
This year’s fest, which opens with Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight in Paris,” runs May 11-22. We will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of Cannes once the festivities are underway.

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