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Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
Natalie Portman is lugging a giant, heavy-looking sofa across the floor, to get away from what she mutters is the “brutal” heat of the sunlight beating down on the corner of a private beach club in Cannes. I feel I should help – I’m standing a few feet away, awaiting the signal to step forward – but the presence of one or two burly security staff nearby suggests I should stay damn well where I am. She’s dragging it while clad in the same fantastically flimsy Rodarte drapery and teetering high heels she wore for the film festival’s traditional photocall, a smidgeon of moxie underneath the carapace of glamour.
When the seating arrangements are aligned to her satisfaction, »
- Andrew Pulver
The good, the bad and the ... Jane Fonda! From the Billboard Music Awards to the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood's hottest starlets hit the red carpet this week in their favorite couture creations. While Kendall Jenner earned her supermodel status in Azzedine Alaïa and Emily Blunt looked like a golden goddess in Stella McCartney, other fashion offenders -- including an outdated Iggy Azalea, a continuously-boring Natalie Portman and a pink puffed Fonda -- earned failing fashion grades for their style slip-ups. Check out the clip above to see who toofab's Candice Brock, Anna Kachikyan and lifestyle blogger Sormeh Salimpour picked for the best and worst dressed stars, and take a closer look at the week's bad fashion below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
He could be any young man in a tuxedo, screening ticket in hand, hurtling down the Rue d’Antibes to the night’s big premiere at the Palais. Melchior Derouet, who starred opposite Natalie Portman in 2006’s Paris je t’aime, navigates Cannes’ jostling crowds, barricades and stern French police faster and fearlessly than most. So most people do a double take when they notice Derouet is carrying a white cane as he races pell-mell toward the Croisette to get in line on the red carpet for the world premiere of Gus van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. Almost totally blind since
- Dana Kennedy
Kendall Jenner is getting a little help from her friends! The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star is hitting the party circuit in Cannes this week, stepping out for a night on the town with Hailey Baldwin and Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver. Kendall looked gorgeous at the soiree, sporting a formfitting black jumpsuit with cutout panels and swept her hair up into a high ponytail. Baldwin took to Instagram to share a pic of the fashionable trio, where Skriver was seen giving Kendall's bust a "boost" as the reality star puckered up to her pal! "Jo giving kens a boost," Hailey captioned the cute candid. After seeing Kendall's chic airport attire, we can't wait to see what the model wears to her next elegant event! Check out the gallery below to see all the stars at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, »
- tooFab Staff
It's hard to think of a more glamorous place for a romantic rendezvous than Cannes, France. Over the years, the annual Cannes Film Festival has attracted famous Hollywood couples to the South of France, with stars showing sweet Pda on the red carpet. With this year's festival underway, we're spreading the love with a look at past and present twosomes who made the guest list. Natalie Portman stole the Cannes spotlight last week when she stepped out with her husband, Benjamin Millepied, and who could forget when Angelina Jolie showed off her baby bump alongside Brad Pitt, or Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's flawless appearance last year? Keep reading to see cute Cannes couples past and present, then see all the glamorous stars at this year's festival! »
Kasidokostas Latsis has set up the Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund to bring European investors to finance three to five wide release films per year, while Dougas has formed production banner Rhea Films as the producing vehicle for films financed by Hercules.
“Mena” will be co-financed by Hercules and co-produced by Rhea Films with Kasidokostas Latsis, Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti as executive producers. Production companies are Imagine, Quadrant Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures.
- Dave McNary
Greek ship-owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has set up Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund, which plans to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance three to five wide release films a year.
Terry Dougas’ production company Rhea Films will be the producing vehicle for films financed by Hercules, the first being Doug Liman’s Mena starring Tom Cruise, which Chris Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment co-finances.
Kasidokostas-Latsis (pictured at right), Dougas (pictured at left) and Jean-Luc De Fanti will serve as executive producers on the Imagine, Quadrant Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures production, which commenced production in Atlanta today.
Film finance veteran Joe Cohen served as an advisor to the creation of the fund and Sky Moore served as legal counsel.
Hercules and Rhea Films will operate independently from 1821 Media, the production and finance company previously established by the partners.
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Looks like Natalie Portman is getting in on that naked dress trend! The actress stepped out for a photocall at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in a little black Rodarte dress featuring sheer illusion sleeves, floral appliqués and, well, quite the back view. Natalie's see-through skirt (which she offset with full-coverage black panties) offered a cheeky peek of her, er, fine derrière. This is a special year at Cannes for Portman, by the way, since she's promoting her latest movie A Tale of Love and Darkness (the 33-year-old wrote, directed and starred in the Hebrew-language film). Natalie isn't the only star who has given us a prime panty view in the South of France: Over the weekend, we spotted red »
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Five years ago, the business at Cannes was powered by movies selling out worldwide, and U.S. distribution sales were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China driving the business forward, with 2015 Cannes fueled by U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players. Europe remains depressed by eroding ancillary markets.
Trouble is, while the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market, its growth doesn’t cover all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson.
But some big late market additions, new players and one spectacular deal added brio to an far more upbeat market.
“Though there were no tentpoles, in terms of volume, this was a good hectic market, with big movies and big companies’ slates pretty well selling out,” said Ivan Boeing at Imagem.
More big projects could still come onto the market, he added.
The biggest deal in the market was the $acquisition of world rights for a reported $20 million to Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” by Focus from CAA/FilmNation. Drama is a relationship mystery thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
Natalie Portman's getting cheeky! The actress was spotted at a photocall for her new directorial debut, "A Tale of Love and Darkness" at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on Sunday. The Hebrew-language film -- which also stars the brunette beauty -- was adapted from the memoir of Amos Oz, an Israeli writer/journalist. Portman stunned at the event wearing a sheer, black Rodarte dress complete with colorful sequins. The "Black Swan" actress finished her look with black strappy sandals and wore her hair pinned-back in a braid. Natalie gave fans a real treat when she posed for photos from behind, and showed off her booty in the high-fashion number. It's definitely a rare racy red carpet moment from the Oscar-winner -- and we're loving it! The 33-year-old definitely has the body to pull this look off -- what do you think about Portman's sexy look? »
- tooFab Staff
Al Munteanu is CEO of SquareOne Entertainment, one of Germany’s leading film distributors. Past releases have included “The Imitation Game” and “Philomena”; its upcoming slate includes “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman; “Life,” starring Robert Pattinson; “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren, and “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Munteanu is a co-producer on the upcoming Jesse Owens’ biopic “Race.” He and his five-strong team have a busy schedule during the festival, with up to 15 meetings a day. Every year, the company acquires at least a couple of films at Cannes.
Da Laura is a breath of fresh air, as relates to gastronomy and service. For some odd reason, you don’t feel like you’re in Cannes.
Cannes 2015 schedule
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- Leo Barraclough
Natalie Portman definitely has "it," so we're not surprised she decided to flaunt it!
The stunning star rocked a booty-baring black dress at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday at the photocall for "A Tale of Love and Darkness."
Photos: Stars Who Dare To Bare
The beaded, V-neck Rodarte dress had a sheer skirt, which showcased black underwear briefs and her… toned assets (all those hours of "Black Swan" ballet training did a booty good!).
Photos: Hot Shots Of Natalie Portman
Natalie, 33, wore her hair in a low bun ...
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Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.
Pre-sales are currently underway at the Cannes Marche, with a number of deals under negotiation by Fortissimo Films. Fortissimo holds worldwide rights to the film (except Dutch-speaking Benelux).
P.O.V. follows the story of Dana Milgrom (Marlohe), a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body.
While recovering she becomes convinced that an evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her. Believing her to be experiencing a mental breakdown, Dana’s family brush away her concerns.
Becoming increasingly terrified, Dana soon realises that she may not be the only target. Unable to leave her bed, she risks losing the ones she cares for most.
A well-established French television and film actress, Bérénice is best »
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When Natalie Portman made her directorial debut on Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival with “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” she joined a small group of actresses who took the leap behind the camera. “There’s absolutely a disparity,” says Portman, 33, of Hollywood’s gender crisis. “That’s a statistical fact. Why that is, I don’t really know. I am excited, though, that there are so many wonderful women emerging now and directing.”
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is based on Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir about growing up in Jerusalem in the ’40s and ’50s. Portman shot the film, in which she also stars (as Oz’s mother), in 40 days in Jerusalem and the northern regions of Israel. She spoke to Variety about the project, how the late Mike Nichols helped her with it and if she’ll direct again.
You’ve been in the »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Tim Grierson, freshly appointed senior Us critic for Screen International: "A minor-key drama about a mother whose poetic soul has a profound effect on her son, A Tale of Love and Darkness is very much like its matriarch: lovely, mysterious but also a bit insular and ephemeral. First-time feature director Natalie Portman has taken on a considerable challenge with this adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir of his upbringing in Israel and the sad decline of his mother, and she’s not wholly successful in the endeavor." We've posted a clip and we're gathering more reviews. » - David Hudson »
It seems like just about every movie coming out nowadays is either a reboot or remake of a classic film. With a slate of summer movies that includes this week’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems every more likely that Hollywood won’t stop digging into a pot that has already been dug. We discuss whether this trend is good or bad, and what could maybe happen to improve it.
Plus, our Wtf story of the week involving Reese Witherspoon’s shoe from Wild being found and Australia threatening to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs. We also breakdown top stories including: Macbeth‘s first teaser from Cannes, the first trailer for Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and the upcoming projects for Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway.
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- Zach Dennis
Natalie Portman lifts her Hebrew-language directorial debut from Israeli scribe Amos Oz's 2002 memoir of the same name that chronicled his upbringing in Jerusalem during Israel's early days as a state. After she met Oz, whose mother she plays in the film, Portman spent eight years writing the movie and securing funding to keep it in Hebrew. Her namesake should be enough to secure the film distribution—but does this herald a promising directorial career? Cannes reviews, below, have been mixed. While The Guardian compares Portman's efforts to Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," also a personal passion project and also lukewarmly received, other writers like Indiewire's Eric Kohn fear this is a "bland, earnest period piece," the kind of film you might call handsomely made — but emotionally bereft. Read More: Career Watch: Natalie Portman Decides to Go Big or Go Home Variety: It’s perfectly »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Emma Stone joined Parker Posey and director Woody Allen for a photocall and press conference in support of their film Irrational Man at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. While posing for the cameras, though, Emma got a little surprise from the windy weather, which threatened to blow up the skirt of her dress and had her gorgeous updo coming undone. The actress handled the gusts with grace and a big smile, making for some seriously fun images. She's one of many stars at Cannes since Charlize Theron and Sean Penn made a dramatic appearance on Thursday and Natalie Portman and her husband stole the show earlier this week. There's plenty more to come from the famed French festival, so check back for the latest! »
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