January 01, 2015

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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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Cannes considering Malick’s “Tree of Life” and more?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s all wishful thinking and informed speculation at this point, but Screen Daily does a pretty great job at compiling a list of films we may hear announced as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s 2011 line up.
The lengthy rundown of international A-list directors working on films that might be ready for the May fest begins with Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a project shrouded in secrecy that stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn but has teased film aficionados for months. Will it actually play at Cannes? As Screen Daily reports (and IMDB confirms), “Life” has a May 18 release date in France (smack dab in the middle of the Cannes fest). It’s expected to expand to the U.S. on May 27. Cannes seems like the natural place for Malick’s mystery film to bow.
Beyond that, Screen Daily speculates that Pixar’s sequel, “Cars 2,” or Tom Hanks’ directorial effort “Larry Crowne” could look to make a splash with Cannes premieres. It’s also believed that Alexander Payne’s “The Descendents,” starring George Clooney, has a slot locked up.
Outside of the States, several global filmmakers reportedly are prepping stories for competition. Screen Daily believes the following could make a run to Cannes in May, and is keeping an eye on: the Dardenne Brothers (“The Kid With A Bike”); Lynne Ramsay (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”); Nuri Bilge Ceylan (“Once Upon A Time In Anatolia”); Aki Kaurismaki (“LeHavre”); Emanuele Crialese (“Terraferma”); Gus Van Sant (“Restless”); Pawel Pawlikowski (“The Woman In the Fifth”); and Lars Von Trier (“Melancholia”).
And that’s literally just scratching the surface of director’s who potentially could have a film play in or out of competition at Cannes.
The full lineup will be announced on April 14. This year’s fest, which opens with Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris,” runs May 11-22.
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Woody Allen opening Cannes with “Midnight In Paris”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Twitter exploded with news out of France this morning that Woody Allen’s next film, “Midnight In Paris,” would open the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Allen’s film will play out of competition. It’s the first time the legendary director is opening Cannes since “Hollywood Ending” in 2002.
“‘Midnight in Paris’ is a wonderful love letter to Paris,” said Festival director Thierry Frémaux. “It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration.”
More from the release:
The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.
Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it’s the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.
Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), and distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night of the Festival.
In this way, the Festival de Cannes underlines the strong ties that unite it with the theatres and their audiences, and draws attention to the films in the Official selection.
The 64th Festival de Cannes is to take place Wednesday, May 11 to Sunday, May 22.
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Robert De Niro to lead Cannes Film Fest jury

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From “Focker” to film festival juror president.
That’s the path taken by Robert De Niro, who was selected to head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The full release:
The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, due to take place from May 11th to 22th 2011.
When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said : “The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world.”
Inviting Robert De Niro as President of the Jury of Cannes, the organizers want to pay also tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. Robert De Niro, well known for his love of New York, co-founded Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Center in 1989, the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, which has a sister festival in Doha.
“As co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival I have an increased appreciation for the jury, who serve, undertaking an important role in choosing films that are represented in the world of film at its highest level, and these types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact,” De Niro adds. “Having served as President of the Jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.”
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Naomi Watts and Sean Penn engage in “Fair Game” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We haven’t been hearing much about Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” since it bowed at the Cannes film festival in the spring. Expect that to change now that Summit Entertainment has released a full trailer.
Ripped from recent headlines, “Fair Game” stars Naomi Watts as CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose covert identity was allegedly leaked by her own government as payback for an op-ed article her husband (Sean Penn) wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
“Fair Game” received good reviews out of Cannes, with IFC’s James Rocci calling it “a well-made and stirring movie” and The Hollywood Reporter labeling it as “riveting.”
Click over to Yahoo Movies to view the film’s new trailer. “Fair Game” will be in theaters in limited release on Nov. 5.
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Could “On The Road” be Kristen Stewart’s ticket to high critical acclaim?

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Though Kristen Stewart’s career outside of “Twilight” has focused on independent films, her most recent projects have yet to win critical acclaim. With the exception of “Welcome to the Rileys” (which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), neither “The Yellow Handkerchief” nor “The Runaways” has been up for critical awards. Yet, last week, ION Cinema named “On The Road” as one of 20 films predicted for screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Given Brazilian director Walter Salles’ track record at Cannes, the prediction might just be right.
Salles’ “Linha de Passe” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” were each nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded to competing films. At the 2004 festival, “The Motorcycle Diaries” won the François Chalais Award (which rewards the film most dedicated to the values of life affirmation and of journalism) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (which rewards the film most dedicated to exposing the depths of human beings). Could “On the Road” be next?
Given the combined critical cred of the players—Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Kirsten Dunst, and Jose Rivera—such a fate could be likely. Writer Jose Rivera won accolades for “The Motorcycle Diaries”; Kirsten Dunst for “Interview with the Vampire”; Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant for “Apocalypse Now” and “Milk”, respectively.
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Cannes Film Festival Winner is Thai’s film “Uncle Boonmee”

hollywoodnews.com: Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won the Festival de Cannes’ top honor, the Palme d’Or, as the 63rd annual Festival de Cannes wrapped Sunday night.
Javier Bardem, Juliette Binoche and Elio Germano took acting awards. Films by Amalric, Beauvois, Haroun, were also honored.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul © AFP
Charlotte Gainsbourg, the lead actress of the closing film, ‘The Tree’, made the presentation of the ultimate award. The winner declared: “This Palme is very important for the history of Thailand and the Thai people.” He thanked, “the spirits and ghosts of Thailand,” who allowed him to be where he was today, as well as his parents, who, 30 years ago took him to a small cinema.
See the list of the winners of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival below:

Palme d’Or: ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’
Grand Prix: ‘Of Gods and Men’
Best Actor: Javiery Bardem – ‘Biutiful’
and Ellio Germano – ‘La Nostra Vita’
Best Actress: Juliette Binoche – ‘Copie Conforme’
Screenplay: ‘Poetry’by Lee Chang-dong
Director: Mathieu Almaric – ‘Tournee or The Tour’
Jury Prize: ‘Un Homme de Crie ‘- A Screaming man
Short film:‘ Chienne d’Histoire’
Camera d’or: Año Bisiesto wins

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