There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
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- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
Blanchett plays Janet, who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. Her grandfather’s well-kept secrets become a threat to her, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
“Blackbird” is produced by Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods., which established a reputation from its 2010 launch for producing films by heavyweight directors aimed at adult audiences: Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” and David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Maps to the Stars,” starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, which Ben Said »
- John Hopewell
As the Cannes Film Festival begins its 11-day run, the Cannes Market is busily bombarding foreign buyers with a host of films -- some completed, some only exist as footage, some don't exist at all and may never come to fruition. First up, films boasting big names like Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet. Meanwhile, "Jane Got a Gun" struggles to convince buyers. Plus, a Bollywood remake of "Rambo"! -Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of David Mamet’s Hitchcockian thriller “Blackbird,” which offers a new scenario for the 1963 assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. Conjuring up "Argo," Blanchett plays a woman whose grandfather was a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. “Blackbird” is produced by Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods, which is handling worldwide sales. It will shoot in Sydney. Sbs is also selling its production of »
- Beth Hanna
When you think of Kennedy conspiracy theories and movie directors, you usually think of Oliver Stone. But, another talented filmmaker is helming a JFK project that will attempt to put a new spin on the decades old assassination. David Mamet will direct Blackbird and has nabbed Cate Blanchett to star. Variety reports that Blackbird will be produced by Sbs Productions, the French based group behind Roman Polanski's Carnage, David Cronenberg's upcoming Maps To The Stars, and Brian De Palma's »
- Alex Maidy
The first official still from Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups has been released online via The Hollywood Reporter, to tie in with the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Footage from the film - which stars Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, as well as an eclectic cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer and Antonio Banderas - will be shown to potential investors at the fest. Said to be a treatise on fame and excess, the first image doesn’t give much away with regard to the secrecy-shrouded plot. With Bale frolicking in the surf,...
- Matt Maytum
Cate Blanchett will star in Blackbird, a Hitchcockian thriller set in the present day which David Mamet is directing which explores a secret explanation for U.S.president John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, reports Variety. Blanchett has been cast as Janet, who travels to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of her Hollywood visual effects artist grandfather. He's also had a second job in the U.S. special ops agencies and his secrets turn out to be a threat towards her, forcing Janet to learn the truth. Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions produces Blackbird. Blanchett was last seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and is in post production on its sequels The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. She's currently working on George Clooney's The Monuments Men with Clooney starring alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin. »
We've seen plenty of set photos from Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, but now an official image has been released. The image is a nice shot of a scene we previously saw in set photos with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman frolicking on a beach. If you focus, you can almost see the lyrical cinematography and whispered narration. There are few details on Knight of Cups other than it's about the Los Angeles movie business and features half of Hollywood. In addition to Bale and Portman, the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, and Shea Whigham (hat tip to The Playlist for keeping count). However, these are actors who have only been seen in set photos; we don't know who will make the final cut. We also don't know when Malick will have that final cut. »
- Matt Goldberg
We begin with the first still from Terrence Malick’s all-star romantic drama, Knight Of Cups, which will have its world premiere at weekends Cannes Film Festival. The mystery film, of which all is known is the tagline of ‘A man, temptations, celebrity, and excess‘ stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Joel Kinnaman, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots and Teresa Palma. That’s one foxy cast for the often pretentious director.
Now we have a couple of new images from the biopic of Hollywood legend Grace Kelly. Nicole Kidman plays the beauty in Grace Of Monaco, which will centre on her marriage and identity crisis during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle. Which all played out in the uncertain French invasion of Monaco in the early sixties. Olivier Dahan directs the film co-starring Frank Langella, Tim Roth, Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega. »
- Craig Hunter
Baz Luhrmann populated his blockbuster adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" with some of biggest stars in the world, but it's newcomer Elizabeth Debicki who almost steals the entire film from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. Debicki portrays Jordan Baker in "Gatsby," a professional golfer and essential element of the social circle at the film's core.
"Can we all agree that the breakout star of the film was Aussie newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as the droll Jordan Baker?" asked Vulture in a recent post on "Gatsby." "She's got the gangly limbs, close-cropped dark hair, and sloe eyes of Rooney Mara, but in a much more fun package. Why is she not signed up for a thousand new Hollywood movies immediately?"
Perhaps that will happen soon enough, not that Debicki is counting on anything. "I don't know what to expect," Debicki told HuffPost Entertainment from her hotel in Australia last week. »
- Christopher Rosen
Keeping up with the goings on with Terrence Malick and his two upcoming films is a full-time job, to the point I can no longer tell who is in what film and the actors begin cast aren't even sure they'll make the final cut. So, I've pretty much resigned myself to wait and see what happens with the end result before getting too invested. That said, it looks like one of his upcoming films, Knight of Cups, is moving along nicely as The Hollywood Reporter premiered the above first picture of Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in the new movie as FilmNation prepares to screen footage for foreign distributors. Co-starring Cate Blanchett, Ryan O'Neal, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Antonio Banderas and potentially many more, the film's plot has not been revealed, but the inspiration is said to be celebrities and excess. I know I'm going to be attending a footage »
- Brad Brevet
The first image from Knight of Cups has been released.
The film's plot has been kept under wraps, but reportedly centres on the world of celebrity and its excesses.
This is Bale's first collaboration with Malick since 2005's The New World, while Portman is working with the director for the first time.
Knight of Cups is due to be released later this year. »
I recently sat through "Iron Man 3" with my three children. I admit that at least some of it was fun to watch. In fact, many of Robert Downey Jr.'s lines had me laughing out loud. But, for the most part, the needless addition of 3D and the endless string of loud explosions had my head spinning by the end. It got me wondering: Will there be anything for mature audiences to enjoy this summer? The good news is that -- from all accounts -- there will be. Indeed, here are four (hopefully) must-see movies that appear to be targeting post50s this summer.
1. If you loved "The Wedding Crashers" then you are probably going to at least like "The Internship" starring the same dynamic duo -- Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. This time the two play down-and-out salesmen whose careers have been upended by the digital age. The »
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Terence Malick's Knight of Cups has a first-look photo featuring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. FilmNation will be airing footage of the directors next film at Cannes to foreign investors. Also on board this one, which is both directed and scripted by Malick, are Cate Blanchett,Teresa Palmer, Antonio Banderas, Joel Kinnaman, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Michael Wincott, Freida Pinto and Nick Offerman. Knight of Cups is apparently about celebrities and excess, and is currently in post-production phase. Nicolas Gonda, Ken Kao, Sarah Green and Daniel Newman produce. »
Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"Today is Cate Blanchett's birthday and since we just celebrated her Oscar-winning altar ego Katharine Hepburn, why not extend the love? As longtime readers know I have been notoriously cool on the Aussie star over the years equating her work with the kind of "click click click" technique-first acting that Meryl Streep was sometimes discredited for early on. But since I actually think it's interesting to hear other people talk about their favorite perfromances from actors they don't naturally respond to, I hope it will be interesting to you to hear the things I do love about Cate the to-others Great. Cate was Everywhere throughout the Aughts aggravating me with her ubiquity (I have issues with this in general, I know. It's not just Cate but Hollywood's tendency, especially in the past decade, to put the same actors in every movie »
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Birthday shoutouts go to Olly Murs, who is 29, Miranda Cosgrove is 20, and Cate Blanchett is 44. Angelina Jolie made a startling announcement today. Jinkx Monsoon Performs “Ladies Who Lunch” Live At The GLAAD Media Awards Brazil on track for Marriage-Equality. In ratings news, last night’s Warehouse 13 was about even with last week’s show.
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We’ve got more trailers for some upcoming shows. Here’s the trailer for ABC’s Back In The Game, about a woman who moves back home and ends up coaching a kids’ baseball team, filled with rejected players (including one who sings “Born This Way.”)
Now watch (if you dare), the trailer for the Fox comedy Dads, »
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Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to lower her chances of getting breast cancer, which took the life of her own mother at the young age of 56. Jolie wrote a powerful article for the New York Times describing her entire ordeal and encouraging women to prioritize their health. I’m sending Jolie lots of healing thoughts.
Yesterday Ellen DeGeneres roasted Steve Harvey as he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. E! has DeGeneres’s entire congratulatory speech which started off with, “When they asked me to come and do this today, I didn't have to think—I said yes right away, then I realized that I wasn't getting paid and I tried to back out, but I couldn't, »
- Bridget McManus
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
Bryce Dallas Howard has grabbed the attention of people around the world, starring in hit films like "The Village, " "50/50," "The Twilight Saga" and "The Help." But what a lot of people don't know about the redheaded mother-of-two is that she's extremely interested in directing and recently advised actresses Brittany Snow and Octavia Spencer on the set of Lifetime's "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film." (She must get it from her dad, you know, Ron Howard).
Currently, the 32-year-old actress is playing a huge role in Canon U.S.A's “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest, »
- Leigh Blickley
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 Calla Lilies Are in Bloom Again...
Such a strange flower. Suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.
That line, uttered by Katharine Hepburn in 1937's Stage Door, quickly became synonymous with the actress. One need only adapt that clipped, upper crust voice and mention the bloomin' of those calla lilies for people to know exactly who you're impersonating. No other line is as popular in conveying what a unique star she was. (Well, a strong case could be made for some from On Golden Pond, you old poop. But by then even she seemed to be doing a Katharine Hepburn impression. And none of those have the history of this one.)
The line was used in the film for the play that Hepburn's character makes her theatrical debut in. It came from »
Earlier this month we told you that Lily James (Downton Abbey) had been cast as the lead in Disney’s live action film, Cinderella, which is being directed by Kenneth Branagh. She joined previously cast Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) who will be playing the witch, and it looks like a prince has been cast to join them.
Richard Madden is no stranger to playing parts of royalty, with his current role being Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Now, according to Variety, he has secured the prince character opposite Lily James‘ Cinderella.
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