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Harvey Weinstein previewed some of his company's most anticipated upcoming releases at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. He's made a habit of such previews, doing the same in 2012 for the Oscar-winning films "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Last year, Weinstein said, was "as good as any year at Miramax" – the first film company run by Weinstein and his brother Bob.
Nicole Kidman, a jury member at the festival, was on hand to introduce footage of "Grace of Monaco," in which she stars as Kelly after wedding Prince Rainier III (played by Tim Roth). It looks to be the kind of grand, alluring performance that often leads to an Oscar nomination.
"She has to go to a jury meeting to hopefully decide which of »
Part of Shane Salerno's film about The Catcher in the Rye author is screened at Cannes after nine years in production
It has been veiled in mystery and speculation, and has been nine years in the making. But now a few minutes of the highly anticipated documentary about Jd Salinger by Shane Salerno – chiefly known as a writer of action films including Savages and Alien vs Predator – has been shown at the Cannes film festival.
Through a bafflingly fast-paced montage of clips, showing fragments of interviews with figures such as Tom Wolfe, El Doctorow and the late Gore Vidal, the preview hinted at, rather than delivered, revelations about the writer's existence after he withdrew from public life in 1965, living in seclusion and no longer publishing though, it is speculated, writing feverishly until his death in 2010.
Asked whether the film, which is due for release in the autumn, contained any »
- Charlotte Higgins
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
Coming off a banner year thanks to "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" netting over $100 million each domestically and three Oscars (two for "Django" and one for "Silver"), The Weinstein Company sailed into Cannes this year eager to kick off a follow-up via their annual slate preview. While last year saw their auteur-driven heavy hitters "Django," "Silver" and "The Master" debut pre-trailer footage that set the industry abuzz, this year's big reveal landed with more of a "meh." Or, as a journalist seated next to me to said, "Well, that was underwhelming." Not to say that their slate is unimpressive this year. Among their 2013 Oscar hopefuls are the Meryl Streep-Julia Roberts headlined family drama "August: Osage Country," Lee Daniel’s ridiculously star-studded "The Butler," Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize-winning sensation "Fruitvale Station" (aka "Fruitvale"), David Lowery's somber crime love story "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" (they are handling foreign), and the Nicole. »
- Nigel M Smith
Ryan Coogler is the real deal. There's a reason why Harvey Weinstein scooped up "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance. He saw Oscar potential in it. This rookie Bay Area filmmaker grabbed a story he cared about and made it real. Audiences wept in Sundance and will do so again in Cannes. On May 17, the Weinsteins are previewing their awards line-up again at Cannes, as they did last year; front and center will be John Wells' film adaptation of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" (November 8, limited), starring Oscar perennial Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, which looks like an Oscar natural; they will likely show footage from Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," written by William Nicholson, starring Idris Elba ("The Wire") in the title role (November 29), as well as Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco" (December 27), starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood star who married Prince Rainier »
- Anne Thompson
Five of the best examples of cinema characters unexpectedly bursting into song
You know how it is – you're watching a film, when suddenly, out of nowhere, the characters burst into song. Fine when it's a musical – much more surprising when it's not. Here's some of the best of these moments – but can you think of any others? Share them in the comment thread below..
500 Days of Summer
Joseph Gordon Levitt's adorable Tom finally spends the night with the beautiful and quirky Summer and launches into a cheery, dance-filled rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. Almost as elating as losing your virginity, this happy, colourful scene is easily one of the highlights of the film. Sadly the next scene is not nearly so cheerful…
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Taking a break from the hyper-macho guy talk, the Channel 4 »
- Guardian readers
Anyone who saw the 2001 Disney.Pixar hit Monsters, Inc. may have left with a bunch of questions like: "How do monsters get employed in a large corporate energy plant?" and "Why is scaring adorable kids a career that monsters thrive for?" Most normal people probably just wondered, "How did James P. Sullivan meet Mike Wazowski and how did they become friends? I mean they're both so weird and different, them being friends is a bit like Julia Roberts dating Lyle Lovett!" (That reference just went over the head of anyone under 30 and I apologize.) But what did happen is that Sully and Mike became the best of friends and there was definitely a story to tell about how they met and the answer to that question is at Monsters University . To get »
Rihanna's no stranger to trying new and, ahem, "innovative" hairstyles, but this time she's just gone too far -- the blunt blonde bob does absolutely nothing but wash her out and make her look like cheap hooker a la "Pretty Woman." ... Just, you know, not all that likable or approachable like Julia Roberts' character was. The new 'do is said to be a wig, which was worn for a Mac photo shoot, and while it's understandable that one might want to go full-bore glam or whatever for this kind of thing, this particular look falls way short of cute and actually drifts into "creepy 'X-Men' Halle Berry" territory. In short? Rihanna should have left it at the shoot, and not on her head when she left. Let's just hope that she doesn't get any ideas about making it permanent, because heavens. No. --Sarah Taylor Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Here we go again: a bunch of bloomin’ medical students, who really should know better than to tangle with the forces of life and death, getting into trouble. We have frankly no sympathy for the lead characters of new bio-thriller Reawakening, which will feature Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass.With a script by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater, Reawakening finds a team of research students who stumble on the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. Yet as anyone – hello, Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts in Flatliners – could tell you, all that does is unleash some terrifying consequences. We really hope they’re not shocked by this outcome.Jiro Dreams Of Sushi director David Gelb is on to call the shots and will, most likely, marshal the running and the screaming.Wilde will next grace the screen in Ron Howard’s Rush (due September 13) and Paul Haggis’ Third Person. »
Emerging from work that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008, Tracy Letts has adapted his black comic play into a film with John Wells at the helm, and August: Osage County is downright overflowing with prestige. It also looks awkward enough to make Home For the Holidays feel like an old, warm blanket. To that first point, let’s do the math on the people involved: Oscar Winners: Meryl Streep (3), Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Producing) Oscar Nominees: Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard Not too bad. Undoubtedly, a lot of people will be clamoring pre-release for Streep to win her fourth Oscar, but you know what would be even better? Getting Margo Martindale her first. That woman is a powerhouse whose earned her spot on the Academy stage. If this trailer is any indication, she might find herself with a nice shot at Best Supporting Actress and Best Inappropriate Comments. Check »
- Scott Beggs
It’s an annual cliche to proclaim the field of potential Best Actress nominations as “weak”. Unfortunately, it’s a cliche I happen to believe is true. Now before all you contrarians stout spouting off a list of under-appreciated, little-known performances from actresses in small independent films that I’m sure are all very lovely, let’s take stock in both what I am saying and in the facts themselves.
First of all, to accept the premise that the field of potential Best Actress nominees in recent years has been weak does not necessarily translate into a condemnation of our current crop of female thespians. In fact, personally, I blame the dearth of strong female roles on unimaginative writers, who can’t seem to concoct any purpose for female characters other than to serve as objects of sexual desire for their male counterparts. In terms of ability and talent, I »
- Christopher Lominac
The most coveted award each year, Palme d'Or aside, is the Palme Dog, presented to the year's best pooch performer
Storm clouds gather ahead of the start of the 66th Cannes film festival this Wednesday, with advance forecasts suggesting a thundery first few days. Yet whatever the weather, there is only one drink on offer in Cannes: rosé - by the bucket, whether you like it or not. The label of choice this year is Miravel, brewed at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's chateaux in Provence. The first 6,000-bottle run sold out last month within five hours, despite it being essentially a repackaged version of Pink Floyd, the appellation made by the vineyard's previous owner.
Vanity Fair's taste-tester was highly complimentary in a recent review, praising Miraval's "Hello Kitty pink" and notes of "macerated wild strawberries, confectionery sugars, and strawberry or raspberry Pez [sweets]".
Cannes can still put on an »
- Catherine Shoard
Some films gather pretty decent casts. Then there are projects such as August: Osage County, which gathers an outstanding ensemble anchored by Oscar’s favourite lady, Meryl Streep. The film boasts a Pulitzer prize-winning play as its source material, adapted by original playwright Tracy Letts. It also has Argo team George Clooney and Grant Heslov among its producers and John Wells calling the shots, which doesn't hurt. And to cap it all, Osage County features the sort of chewy family drama that award-givers often love.And that cast! Streep is surrounded by a roll call of great talent, including Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney and someone called Cumberbatch. Yes, we’re pretty sure his following will be delighted to see him pop up in this one, even if he doesn’t get much to do in this trailer.August: Osage County »
The Weinstein Company has released a trailer for the upcoming dramedy August: Osage County. The George Clooney produced movie was directed by John Wells, and it has one hell of an impressive cast that includes Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, and Margo Martindale.
The film is an adaption of a play written by Tracy Letts and the story centers on a dysfunctional family who comes together after a death. Here's the synopsis:
August: Osage County is an upcoming comedy drama film based on Tracy Letts’ play of the same name. The film is directed by TV producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing), and produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler and Harvey Weinstein. Its ensemble cast is led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The film tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of »
- Joey Paur
Los Angeles, May 12: Actress Julia Roberts says she is nspired by her daughter, Hazel, because she is so independent.
The 45-year-old, who has eight-year-old twins, Hazel and Finn, as well as five-year-old Henry with husband Danny Moder, says Hazel gives her the greatest drive.
''My daughter is my greatest source of inspiration. She hasn't allowed herself to be shaded by popular opinion. She is her own person in every way, loving, tenacious, hilarious. The world is full of joy, openness and wonder to her," peoplecom quoted Roberts as saying.
- Ketali Mehta
How do you get two of cinema’s seminal leading ladies into a car together? Throw some Oscar bait on the backseat. At least, that’s what it looks like from watching the first trailer for August: Osage County. You can check it out below.
An ensemble drama, the film is based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts and directed by John Wells. Letts, who also penned the screenplay, bagged the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 for the original stage outing. Coming from a background already rooted in accolade, the screen adaptation will undoubtedly capture the Academy’s eye. The subject matter is perfect for nods too.
Just looking at the cast attached is like reading an Oscar nominee shortlist. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard and Dermot Mulroney are just some of the starring talent. »
- Gem Seddon
Julia Roberts in inspired by her daughter. The 45-year-old actress - who has eight-year-old twins, Hazel and Finn, as well as five-year-old Henry with husband Danny Moder - says Hazel gives her the greatest drive because she is so independent. She told People magazine: 'My daughter is my greatest source of inspiration. She hasn't allowed herself to be shaded by popular opinion. She is her own person in every way, loving, tenacious, hilarious. The world is full of joy, openness and wonder to her.' Julia has previously told how her children don't yet realise she is a famous star, and is happy for things to stay that way. She explained: 'I was on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, »
Oscar-teasing trailers are just like Oscar bait movies: they all come out at the same time. Can't there be a little breathing room? After Captain Phillips warned us that Tom Hanks (and Paul Greengrass) are ready to come roaring back... After Gravity teased us with visual effects so terrifying that the prospect of Sandra Bullock acting out existential despair (not something she's known for you must admit) already seems like The Must Event of the Year... After The Butler threw a Handful of Presidents & First Ladies , Oscar Winners, Ten History Lessons, and OpPRRRrraaAAHHHh in one trailer pot and stirred itself into an Oscar Bait Frenzy (or Parody)... came The Weinstein Co's major player: August: Osage County.
The film stars 3 Oscar winners (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper), 3 nominees (Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin), 1 underappreciated awesome fellow (Ewan McGregor), 1 recent Emmy winner (Martindale), 1 rising star Benedict Cumberbatch, 1 curiously resurgent Dermot Mulroney »
- NATHANIEL R
With an all-star cast featuring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor (and that’s just for starters…), one would expect August: Osage County to get some serious awards buzz next year. That could still happen, but the first trailer for John Wells’ new film feels awfully familiar to us. The dramedy, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, features enough star power to create a new galaxy – so why does the whole thing look so ho-hum? Your guess is as good as ours, but if this trailer is truly representative of the finished product, then August: Osage County looks more like awards bait than an actual contender. Stop us if you’ve heard this before: a dysfunctional family comes together at the funeral for the family patriarch and all the tensions...
- Mike Bracken
Talk about Oscar bait. The trailer for August: Osage County has just hit the web and by the looks of things, Meryl Streep is easily on her way to capturing her 18th Academy Award nomination. The upcoming comedy-drama, based on the Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play and produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, finds the screen legend leading an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, and Dermot Mulroney. As the teaser reveals, the story centers on a dysfunctional Oklahoma family whose acid-tongued matriarch, Violet Weston (Streep), suffers from mouth cancer and is addicted to pills. When »
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