April 21, 2014

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Foxcatcher will debut at Cannes and might be on a collision course with Oscar

About a month ago, I wrote a piece here that speculated on some of the Academy Award hopefuls that might be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, the lineup for Cannes has been announced (at least the preliminary list of titles…look for some movies to be added in the coming weeks), and while a few flicks I mentioned in that article like The Homesman, How to Catch a Monster, and Maps to the Stars are set to unspool in France, the film that probably is the most anticipated, especially in terms of awards potential, is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. In fact, I’ve listed it as a Best Picture frontrunner in my Oscar predictions, if you haven’t already noticed.
In case you’re not up to speed on this movie, it’s obviously directed by Miller based on a script from Dan Futterman and based on a true story. The plot surrounds Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how, while training with paranoid schizophrenic millionaire John duPont, Schultz’s brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz, was killed by duPont. The cast is led by Steve Carrell as duPont, Mark Ruffalo as Dave, and Channing Tatum as Mark, with Anthony Michael Hall, Sienna Miller, and Vanessa Redgrave in supporting turns as well. That’s pretty baity stuff if I do say so myself, especially in terms of the potential it holds for Carrell and Ruffalo.
Miller has so far been perfect at getting his films into Best Picture lineups, with both Capote and Moneyball scoring citations. This is also a passion project of his, which could put an extra chip on his shoulder to really nail this one. He’s also gotten multiple performers of his nominated each time out (along with his screenplays getting nominated both times to go along with one Best Director nomination for himself as well), so the odds are really in this cast’s favor. Assuming the debut at Cannes goes well, it’d be pretty foolish to bet against this one not turning into a major awards player.
So, what are the odds of Foxcatcher going from Cannes to the Oscar ceremony? Well, it’s not incredibly uncommon, though winners are a bit more on the rare side. The last movie to pull that off was No Country for Old Men, so while Foxcatcher (along with The Homesman, for example) might not have any statistics out there in the universe to suggest that a strong debut at this [...]

Kristen Stewart: Why is “On the Road” opening everywhere but the U.S.A.?

HollywoodNews.com: By the time the film version of the quintessential American novel, “On the Road,” opens in America, it will be the movie’s very last stop. The Walter Salles directed adaptation of the famed Jack Kerouac classic has already opened in four countries. It will open in two dozen more before it finally hits American theaters on December 21, 2012. A movie about being lost in America is lost in distribution.
Indeed, “On the Road” is so screwed up at this point that it had its UK premiere in London three days ago. But it doesn’t actually open there until October 12th. Neither of its big stars–Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund–even showed up for that premiere. It’s not clear what the point was at all.
The movie had its worldwide debut back in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Critics were lukewarm. Rottentomatoes.com has given it a 40% score, with pretty much everyone checking in. In the four countries where it has played to audiences, “On the Road” has a total box office of just over $4.2 million.
Now it will roll out in spurts around the world. In early September, “On the Road” will get a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. It almost seems like an afterthought since it won’t be released in the U.S. for three more months. There’s no momentum whatsoever marketing wise.
What a shame. “On the Road” was published in 1957. The saga of its journey to film is a long, storied one. Francis Ford Coppola tried to do in the 1990s. Casts came and went. Salles, a very good director, made such a success of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” that he seemed like a good choice. But something went wrong in the translation.
“On the Road” also now comes with a little unwanted baggage. Kristen Stewart, who’s a minor part of the film, has been played up as one its stars. But this summer she earned a scarlet “A” for her affair with the married director of her “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Rarher than be stoned in public, Stewart skipped the throwaway UK premiere. Her level of promo participation in the future is unknown.
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Killing Them Softly New Photos – Brad Pitt

HollywoodNews.com: KILLING THEM SOFTLY, a new thriller from The Weinstein Company about three guys who cause the local criminal economy to collapse after robbing a Mob protected card game. The film, starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini recently had it’s debut at the Cannes Film festival

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (?The Sopranos?), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.”
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team.
Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.

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Kim Kardashian joins Kanye West for his film premiere

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West recently spent some time in London to support Kim Kardashian’s businesses, and now she is doing the same for him.
Kim joined Kanye in Cannes for his film premiere as he was showing off his latest project, ‘Cruel Summer,’ states UsMagazine.com. The two then hit up the after party where they celebrated with his good friend Jay-Z.
This is Kim’s first time at the Cannes Film Festival.
Do you like how these two support each other?
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Kanye West debuting a film at Cannes

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West is a busy man as he has been traveling with girlfriend Kim Kardashian as she promotes her businesses, but now he has his own business to take care of these days.
West will reportedly be debuting a short film at the Cannes Film Festival this upcoming Wednesday, states Hollyscoop. The film will reportedly not be involved in the competition.
The short film making its debut is reportedly called ‘Cruel Summer.’
Do you think his film will be any good?
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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond ‘Pirates of Caribbean’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: It was a week for setting records on wide release and specialty fronts as the Cannes Film Festival (where I’ve been the last two weeks) ended but two of its big premiere titles exploded at the domestic and international boxoffice. Disney’s fourth go-round with Pirates of the Caribbean was on the weak side domestically with about $90 million and the studio apparently was hoping for at least a tad more than $100 million. Poor Mickey , right? Not really since the business is basically international now and this Rob Marshall-directed sequel with Johnny Depp back in his signature role as Captain Jack chalked up the best ever international bow not only for those Pirates but just about everyone else with $256 million adding up to a stunning worldwide total of $346 in just three days. There has been four years instead of the usual two between Pirates sequels and the delay may have affected stateside enthusiasm for the series. Still $90 million smackeroos is a bountiful treasure by any measure. The filmmakers told me they had to find a way to reinvent the series since the storyline between Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley had been played out in the poorly reviewed second and third chapters. Now they have been jettisoned in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides replaced by new characters including Penelope Cruz as a con lady pirate with a past emotional involvement with Jack Sparrow and Ian McShane as the legendary Blackbeard. Chicago director Rob Marshall brings almost a rhythmic quality to the swordplay and action scenes that makes this version move along with more verve than the previous two. Of course Depp is the secret weapon and he never disappoints in the role that brought him a SAG award for Best Actor and an Oscar nomination. Plus he seems to be enjoying himself and even suggests that another sequel should be set on the actual Disneyland ride itself and the characters can just go around and around. He’s kidding. I think. Disney , new chief Rich Ross and producer Jerry Bruckheimer really need this one to work and based on its opening its right in line to become the biggest selling Pirates yet thanks to the rest of the world. It’s B+ Cinemascore rating also indicates fairly good word of mouth ahead even if critics balked giving it a [...]

Sean Penn: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Sean Penn. Sean was at the premiere of Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director, also known for his political and social activism. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), as well as the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the former and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter.
Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in a 1974 episode of Little House on the Prairie, directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in 1981′s Taps and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, Penn emerged as a prominent leading actor with the 1995 drama film Dead Man Walking, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Penn subsequently received another two Oscar nominations for Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk. He has also won a Best Actor Award of the Cannes Film Festival for She’s So Lovely (1997), and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for Hurlyburly (1998) and 21 Grams (2003).
Penn made his feature film directorial debut with 1991′s The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001). In 2002, Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11’09″01 September 11, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. In 2007, Penn directed his fourth feature film Into the Wild, which garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations.
In addition to his film work, Penn is known for his political and social activism, most notably his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Penn also attracted media attention for his previous marriages to pop icon Madonna and actress Robin Wright.
Penn appeared in a 1974 episode of the Little House on the [...]

Johnny Depp sails “Pirates” premiere into Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For one day only, the Cannes Film Festival sailed “On Stranger Tides” as the international gathering of cinema enthusiasts hosted the red-carpet premiere of the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz were just a few of the film’s stars on hand for Saturday’s celebration (the film opens in the States on May 20). So far, reviews on the film from working media have been mixed — a colleague who saw the picture told me it’s Depp’s show, and if you live for Jack Sparrow, you’ll like it more than most.
But will Depp return to the franchise for a fifth adventure and beyond?
“If the people get tired of it or something, that’s when it stops, I think,” the actor told reporters attending a Cannes news conference. “If people want it, I’m there.”
In “On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall, Sparrow (Depp) reteams with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. They are opposed by the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
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Cannes critics speak highly about Tilda Swinton, “Kevin”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Cannes Film Festival is just now getting underway, and already, a film has won over the usually harsh critics and is scoring early praise.
Lynne Ramsey, director of “Ratcatcher” and “Morvern Caller,” has wowed critics with her latest, “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and most of the praise being directed toward Tilda Swinton, who plays one half of a couple devastated to learn that their son is the gunman in a brutal school shooting. (John C. Reilly is the father.)
Kirk Honeycutt, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, says Swinton “establishes herself as the one to beat for best-actress honors at 2011 Cannes.”
James Rocchi, covering the film for The Playlist, says it is “fascinating, and chilling, and a welcome return for a director who shouldn’t have had to be away for as long as she was.”
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/2011/05/12/cannes_review_lynne_ramsays_we_need_to_talk_about_kevin_is/
Finally, Time Out London, in its perfect 5-stars-out-of-5 review, calls the film “thought-provoking, confident and fearless.”
http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/89572/we-need-to-talk-about-kevin.html
But enough talk … when will we actually get to see “Kevin?” IMDB says the film has a Sept. 2 release date in the UK, but nothing has been listed for the States. Hopefully the wave of positive buzz can secure an earlier U.S. opening.
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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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