July 13, 2015

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Cannes 2015 Palme d’Or predictions

Over the course of the next few days, the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival will be deliberating and deciding on the newest group of award winners for the classy fest. Led by the incredibly prestigious Palme d’Or prize (their version of Best Picture), Cannes could just as easily launch something into the Oscar race as opposed to merely highlighting a smaller title. Historically, the festival has given us a bit of both, which makes it hard to accurately predict what a new jury will do each year. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen head up this one, so perhaps that favors English language contenders? But, perhaps that doesn’t matter? Predictions here are an even more inexact science than awards shows that have precursors of sorts. I’m still going to try, of course. Just know that these are basically shots in the dark. Regardless, enjoy them!
In short, there’s no guaranteed winners, but I think the main contenders to keep an eye on across the board are Todd Haynes’ Carol, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, László Nemes’ Son of Saul, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, and Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Those five, along with perhaps Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster are the likeliest ones to contend for the Palme d’Or as well as possibly some acting prizes as well. The most buzz seems to surround Carol, Son of Saul, and Youth, but Sicario represents an interesting X factor. It would be a slightly mainstream pick, but with the sort of reviews out of the fest for it, anything is possible. One thing is for sure though…Cannes could very well hold a surprise or two, so all eyes are on the Coen Brothers and company on the jury. It’ll be interesting to compare this to the ultimate winners, which is what I’ll likely do early next week.
Here now are my Cannes award predictions, with brief commentary:
Palme d’Or
I’ve narrowed this down to Carol, The Lobster, and Son of Saul. Haynes’ romantic melodrama is the favorite right now, so I’m not going to go against my fellow pundits, but both The Lobster and Son of Saul would represent family unique choices. Nothing would surprise me here, but those three seem the most likely right now, though don’t count out Youth as well. I’m picking Carol, but I really kind of want to go on a limb with The Lobster. If only I were a bit bolder, I’d […]

Which films could play this year at the Cannes Film Festival?

When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day.
Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order:
1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls of 2015 is the new movie from Todd Haynes. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, it stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a very unique love story. So yeah, this is a big player, provided the quality is there. Assuming it’s done, I’d be shocked if it didn’t debut at Cannes. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.
2. Erran – The new film from Jacques Audiard, the director of both A Prophet as well as Rust and Bone, makes perfect sense for Cannes. He’s been there before, garnering awards buzz, so this should wind up at the fest as well. The only question is if it’ll be ready in time or not. I’m definitely curious about this one, that’s for sure.
3. Lawless/Untitled Terrence Malick Project – There’s no doubt that the fest would love a new Terrence Malick film, so if it’s actually somewhere close to completion…count this one in for sure. With a cast led by Ryan Gosling and potentially some members of his Knight of Cups cast, there’s plenty of intrigue here. I’m not always wild about Malick, but I love Gosling, so consider me intrigued.
4. The Lobster – I’ve been fascinated with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos ever since seeing Dogtooth a few years ago. His follow up Alps was solid, but this new one seems like it could very well be his masterpiece. An English language feature (one of a bunch from foreign directors coming out in 2015), the cast is eclectic, including John C. Reilly, the […]

Rapper Drake wants to play President Obama in a biopic

HollywoodNews.com: It seems rapper Drake is keeping busy thinking about a career in film as he has hopes of playing President Barack Obama in a biopic someday.
Drake recently commented that he hopes someone will make a film about Obama so that he can play the very important lead role, states E! News. “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal,” Drake commented.
And it seems he is already practicing for the role: “Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.”
Do you think he’d be a good choice?
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Taylor Lautner: body won’t change just because ‘Twilight’ is over

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Lautner has become known for his rock-hard body thanks to all his shirtless scenes in ‘Twilight,’ but just because the film franchise is ending it doesn’t mean that his body will change.
While the star admits ‘Twilight’ had him working hard to maintain the look, he believes he will be able to keep it up in his normal life, states UsMagazine.com.
“I’ve pretty much always been a pretty healthy eater and I don’t pig out. If I occasionally want ice cream or something, I can have it. I’ve always been really active. I grew up playing sports, so I’m always shooting hoops or throwing the football with my friends,” Lautner said about what will keep him in shape.
Do you think he’ll maintain his look?
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Vanessa Hudgens creating a fashion line

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens is working hard these days as she is not only getting some film work done, but she’s also starting her very own fashion line.
Hudgens recently revealed that a clothing line is in the works right now, states E! News. “We’re still figuring it out, but it’s definitely in the works!” Hudgens commented about getting things going.
And it sounds like her own style will be a huge influence on what she creates: “Street chic, bohemian and wearable.”
Would you buy something from her line?
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Vanessa Hudgens’ new site has gone live

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens has recently been giving fans a few sneak peeks at her new site, but now it has finally gone live.
Hudgens finally revealed the brand new site for all her fans to enjoy, states Just Jared.
“I am SoOoOo excited to announce that I have partnered with Digital Media Management to launch my new official website! I’m going to be blogging about all the things I love like Fashion and Beauty, and it’s a great place for fans to come and hang out and get to know each other. Hope you guys enjoy it!! =),” Hudgens revealed.
The site is reportedly decorated with her favorite colors, purple and teal, as well as a butterfly design at the top which is also a tattoo she has on her neck.
Will you check out her site?
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Vanessa Hudgens opens up a little about new film

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t been around much, but recently checked in with her fans to talk a little bit about what she is working on now.
Hudgens revealed that she is just about to be done filming ‘Gimme Shelter’ and couldn’t be more proud of the project, states Just Jared. “I’m so excited and proud of the work I’ve been doing and let me tell you, you all are going to be SHOCKED with how I look in this movie,” Hudgens commented on the film.
She also revealed that she has one week left of shooting which will certainly lighten up her schedule.
Are you excited for the film?
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Rebecca Black follows up “Friday” with “My Moment”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Will the one-hit wonder have a second hit on her hands?
Rebecca Black, best known (actually only known) for her catchy, viral pop tune “Friday,” is getting ready to release a second song. “My Moment” will debut on the singer’s YouTube channel (naturally) and her official Web site on July 18 at 8 p.m. ET. The following day, the single will be made available in iTunes and other online outlets.
It will be interesting to see if Black’s “Moment” has passed, or if she’ll become the latest in a long line of pop artists (Justin Bieber, included) who have used social media tools to launch a music career.
THR adds that Black also is putting the finishing touches on a five-song EP, which she plans to release in August.
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Robert Pattinson’s “The Bad Mother’s Handbook” to air on TV

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Robert Pattinson fans are all aTwitter about “The Bad Mother’s Handbook”, a 2007 film featuring the now mega-star. It was a made for TV movie that will air this weekend in some markets, supplying fans with a glimpse at a rare pre-“Twilight” performance.
Reads the film’s plot summary on Netflix, “Moonstruck sixth-form misfit Daniel Gale (Robert Pattinson) woos mouthy schoolmate Charlotte Cooper (Holly Grainger) but finds himself swapping bouquets for baby advice when she shares the secret that she might be pregnant in this charming slice-of-teen-life comedy-drama. Daniel’s fancy proves more than fair weather as Charlotte heads gamely toward a future her own single mum, Karen (Catherine Tate), is determined won’t turn out as hers did.”
Indeed, for fans who won’t have a chance to view it on television this weekend, the film can be rented via Netflix, or purchased on iTunes for $9.99. But, check your local listings first–show times are published on TV Guide.
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Vanessa Hudgens reveals plans for another tattoo with mom

HollywoodNews.com: Vanessa Hudgens seems to have little desire to be seen as a squeaky clean girl anymore and now her mom is getting involved.
Hudgens, who was recently tattooed, has plans for another one, states People. “[M]e and my mom are going to do the tattoos,” Hudgens revealed about tagging along with her sister who will get a piercing.
The young star revealed that lately she has become a bit obsessed with tattoos, but it sounds like she is taking her time as she still only has one.
What do you think her next tattoo will be?
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