April 23, 2014

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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

Sean Penn To Present Humanitarian Award To “Heroes” Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis During Cannes Film Festival Event

Hollywoodnews: Jimmy Jean-Louis, star of NBC’s action-drama “Heroes” and founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, will receive the Humanitarian Award from Academy Award winning actor Sean Penn during International Luxury Media’s 3rd Annual Better World Awards (BWA) Glitter and Glam Ball. The invitation-only black-tie gala, cocktail reception and dinner will take place at The Lotus VIP Club On Le Goeland Beach during the Cannes Film Festival on May 19.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who will receive the BWA Fashion Philanthropy Award, will be among the special guests that include Boris Becker, Prince Filliberto de Savoie, Princess Clotilde Courau, Elie Saab, Denise Rich, Hofit Golan, the Al-Rashid family, Troy Bayliss, Baden Cooke, and Ana Cunya.
The exclusive evening includes musical performances by Bryan Ferry and Ky-Mani Marley, a celebrity poker tournament, fashion show by StyleShopUSA, and a live luxury charity auction benefiting Hollywood Unites for Haiti and Fashion Relief for Haiti.
Jimmy was born in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the powerful 2010 earthquake, Jean-Louis went back to Haiti to search for his elderly parents. Sadly, he learned that a house he had grown up in collapsed, killing several of his relatives.

“Haiti has suffered many set backs in its rich history and yet the Haitian people have never lost the character to face adversity with creativity, resilience, and community,” said Jean-Louis. “I want to do everything in my power to comfort those who desperately need help and rebuild the country that I love.”
The tragic events inspired Jean-Louis to change the focus of his charity Hollywood Unites for Haiti, whose original mission was to provide sports and cultural education to underprivileged youth on the island. The group mobilized for disaster relief after the magnitude-7 earthquake struck.
The organization allocates 100% of its donations for helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help. Donations are used to buy:
- Shelter kits with tents, tarps, water purification tables, and other basic necessities
- Emergency relief supplies
- Food
- Medical supplies
- Family tool kits, including shovels
- Telecommunications equipment
Recently, Jean-Louis took part in a series of campaigns for Haitian aid, such as singing in the “We Are The World” remake for Haiti in February 2010 that aired during the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2008 and 2009, H.S.H. Prince Albert II de Monaco presented Julian Lennon with the BWA Environmental Preservation Award. Past Humanitarian Awards have gone [...]

Cannes prepares to open with “Robin Hood,” but fewer quality films?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ll be turning our attention overseas this week as the film industry descends on France for the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. The festivities officially launch Wednesday with the premiere of “Robin Hood,” the latest collaboration between director Ridley Scott and leading man Russell Crowe. Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Danny Huston and Mark Strong co-star.
But the word out of the festival before the curtains are drawn circle around the lack of suitable product available for screening, a possible result of the suffering global economy.
In an interview with the N.Y. Times, general delegate Thierry Frémaux claims he had trouble finding 19 films for the Cannes competition this year.
And no shows are also making headlines as the fest gets underway. Scott, for instance, will miss Cannes due to a knee injury that has sidelined the director. We also reported late-breaking news yesterday that, on the eve of Cannes, indie cinema iconoclast Bob Berney left Apparition, the distribution label he founded with financier Bill Pohlad almost a year ago.
We expect plenty more headlines to burst out of Cannes as the week progresses. The festival’s official Web site can be found here. We’ve also got a complete list of films screening in competition at this year’s fest. Bookmark HollywoodNews.com, and we’ll keep you updated on all things Cannes this week!

Director Ridley Scott to miss “Robin Hood” screening at Cannes Film Festival

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Opening night without the film’s director? At Cannes, this would be a disappointment.
Having just arrived in Paris, I am now getting all kinds of calls about the impending festival of festivals. But I am hearing that knee replacement surgery has made it just about a mission imposible for Oscar winner Ridley Scott to make it Cannes on Wednesday for the premiere of his new blockbuster, “Robin Hood.”
And Scott, as we all know, loves France. He made a film in Provence several years ago just so he could spend time here.
The rest of the cast is on its way from various points in the world. Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, are all expected to drive the crowds crazy on Wednesday on the red carpet leading up to the Palais des Festivals.
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Oliver Stone sets “South of the Border” Film Tour

By Roger Friedman
Oliver Stone is a busy man. On Friday, May 14th, he’ll debut “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” at the Cannes Film Festival.
But he won’t be sticking around Cannes for long.
Stone will take his documentary about South American dictators, called “South of the Border,” to Madrid on May 18th for its worldwide premiere.
Ten days later he’ll show “South of the Border” in Caracas, Venezuela, to film buff and evil dictator Hugo Chavez and other officials at a premiere in that country.
From there, Stone will be all over South America with the film, described as a “political road movie.” The tour includes the “first-ever film premiere” in Cochabamba, Colombia. (A red carpet always seems more official with machine guns!)
To read more go to Showbiz411.com.


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