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The Cannes Film Festival is well under way, and the South of France has been flooded with stars. Justin Timberlake had Jessica Biel by his side for a waterside stroll following Sunday night's Inside Llewyn Davis premiere, while Marion Cotillard hit the carpet Monday night laughing with Guillaume Canet and Clive Owen for Blood Ties. James Franco honored ex girlfriend and costar Ahna O'Reilly at a yacht dinner party on Sunday, while Naomi Watts took in the glamour at Iwc Schaffhausen's For the Love of Cinema party. Other stars like Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain, Keith Urban, and Rachel Bilson have also been getting in on the Cannes fun this week. Be sure to check back for more Cannes Film Festival photos, and don't forget to vote for your favorite stars in our Popsugar 100 bracket! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Cannes—This year’s Cannes saw a deluge of new titles brought onto the market.
But, through Monday afternoon at least, there had not been a deluge of deals snapping them up.
One day before the pre-sales market wound down, with major distributors planning to pack their bags Tuesday, most major U.S. and European sales companies had little to crow about in contrast to previous years where by this time a flurry of activity would have already been announced.
A L.A. based buyers rep said there was both a lack of quality and “ big mainstream commercial product with guaranteed wide USA theatrical release.”
“Sales are taking longer and have also been scattered: Many movies on the market have sold to most of Asia, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. but that’s it.” added Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz. »
- John Hopewell and Rachel Abrams
Cannes (France), May 21 (Ians/Efe) Teenage girls went wild when singer and actor Justin Timberlake stepped onto the red carpet at Cannes as part of the team that made the Coen brothers' movie "Inside Llewyn Davis".
Hundreds of girls waited hours Sunday to catch sight of Timberlake, some with the singer's name written across their bosoms.
Hearing the screams for an autograph of their idol, he spent a fair amount of time signing his name for them before catching up with the rest of his companions on the red carpet.
Among them was Carey Mulligan wearing a sleek, geometrically structured white dress with a black top and deeply plunging neckline.
- Ketali Mehta
What are Justin Timberlake and President Barack Obama looking at?! The pair were photographed last month (takes a while for the pics themselves to clear national security, apparently) looking at something attention-grabbing on J.T.'s cell phone. But, as much as we'd love to say the duo pulled a Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton and snapped a selfie together, that unfortunately wasn't the case here. Unless this is the two of them reviewing their photo together and deciding what filter to use... Regardless, the pair seemed very interested in whatever Timberlake was pointing out, which even inspired the commander in chief to crack a grin. Timberlake and Obama were »
Seth MacFarlane has confirmed that he will not return as Oscars host for 2014.
The Family Guy creator fronted the 85th Annual Academy Awards earlier this year, and has been rumoured for a return.
However, he tweeted today (May 20) that he does not have time for a second run.
"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," he wrote.
MacFarlane added that whoever lands the hosting gig will inherit a great role, before naming his preferred choice.
"However, I highly recommend the job, as [Craig] Zadan and [Neil] Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix," he joked.
It was recently reported that MacFarlane had been asked back to be host of the 2014 event by Academy Awards organisers.
Justin Timberlake has also been rumoured to be in the running to host the next ceremony. »
Foresight CEO and chairman Mark Damon first came to Cannes in the mid-1970s as an acquisitions executive. This year, Damon is celebrating Sony’s multi-territory deal for his Neil Bogart biopic “Spinning Gold” starring Justin Timberlake. Damon sat down with Variety to talk about how producers are getting movies made now, versus back then.
Variety: So how has indie financing changed since you first started coming to Cannes?
Mark Damon: Back in 1975, it was very tough. At that time, usually the producers found funding from private sources. They couldn’t use foreign contracts as collateral; that’s something our company kind of invented. (Producers Sales Organization sold “Never Say Never Again,” the only James Bond film ever licensed by an independent to independent international distributors.) They would try to get advances from domestic distributors, but the idea of using foreign contracts as collateral wasn’t in existence then. »
- Rachel Abrams
When it comes to hosting Saturday Night Live, there are degrees of greatness. Sure, there’s the Five-Timers Club, that posh and exclusive club that meets every year in Gstaad to anoint late-night kings, plot ways to blackmail Bill Murray into making Ghostbusters III, and otherwise control the comedy world — except for NBC’s primetime lineup. But you can sneak into the Five-Timers with one great show and four B- performances. No need for names, but it’s possible to get by on reputation and before you know it, you’re exchanging the club’s secret handshake with Lorne Michaels. »
- Jeff Labrecque
While there are still plenty of heavy hitters on the way, the film that’s proved the buzziest of the first few days of the Cannes Film Festival has got to be Inside Llewyn Davis, the music-filled dramedy directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Certainly, the movie has enjoyed a better reception than the one afforded to its title character, Llewyn (Oscar Isaac), a 1961 folk musician who toils in obscurity while his contemporaries — including singers played by Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake — find success more easily. Poor Llewyn has some heart-stopping songs to sing, but he’s destined to live in the shadow of greater artists like Bob Dylan; what does Davis lack that Dylan had going for him? "All sorts of things, starting with luck,” laughed Joel Coen today at a Carlton Hotel reception for the film. “But the one thing he did have, that we wanted to »
- Kyle Buchanan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It’s taken Oscar Isaac a fair old while to get to top billing, having shone in a number of roles, including in Drive, and survived the obligatory backwards steps (like with W.E.) but it has fallen to the Coens to throw him his big opportunity in their return to directing following the regrettable association with Gambit (it was of course only the script they took charge of.)
In Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac plays the titular hero, a loosely adapted version of the folk musician Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street” gives the Coens a lot of their narrative frame. Set over two weeks in 1961, the film portrays New York’s folk-rock scene of the period, specifically focusing on the life and work at the time of Dylan-lite singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis, as he aims to make it on the scene and bounces »
- Simon Gallagher
Inside Llewyn Davis, 2013.
Cannes Festival darlings Ethan and Joel Cohen return to the Croisette and to magnificent form with the eponymous tale of failed folk singer - and a failure in so many other things - Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).
The film opens in 1961 on the cusp of the Us folk revival. In an underground bar somewhere in the Village, Llewyn gives the audience a couple of songs before heading outside, where "a man in a suit" is waiting for him. Llewyn takes a beating and so his journey begins. We see this wandering minstrel awakening in a lovely apartment (not his - he's on the couch) and heading out the door, but not before the cat has come with him. This cat (or cats) will play a fundamental part in Llewyn's story. »
- Flickering Myth
Justin Timberlake has been helping fellow stars enjoy the Cannes Film Festival experience. The actor-and-musician has been at the annual event - which runs from 15 to 26 May - with his 'Inside Llewyn Davis' cast-mates and he's been helping everyone make the most of the opportunity. At the screening of the drama on Sunday (19.05.13) the actors were assembled on the steps of the theatre before being rushed into their seats and Justin's co-star John Goodman realised he didn't have time to get through the crowd to take a photograph of their big moment. The 32-year-old star told USA Today: 'As they were yanking us in I said, 'Give me your phone' and I jetted out there. 'I took »
Cannes - Quick bit from the Croisette. The festival is still coming off a high following the rapturous premiere of the Coen Bros. "Inside Llewyn Davis" Sunday evening and, most likely, many members of the audience still have a song or two from the film's early '60s folk soundtrack stuck in their head. The film's soundtrack was produced by Oscar and Grammy-winning music producer T Bone Burmett along with Joel and Ethan Coen and features contributions from stars Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands. Hipsters will also delight that Mumford and Sons' Marcus Mumford also collaborated on a number »
- Gregory Ellwood
Being president has its perks, including getting to hang with big name celebs. In April, President Barack Obama invited Justin Timberlake to the White House to attend a soul-themed concert. The two shared an iPhone moment prior to the event, as captured in this just released photo:
(Photo Credit: Pete Souza/White House)
What was Timberlake showing Obama? A funny Snapchat? Instagram filter options? A gridlocked "Words With Friends" board? Tweet us your ideas using the #ObamaPhotoCaptions hashtag or by posting in the comments section. »
- The Huffington Post
Cannes - Justin Timberlake may be celebrating the critical acclaim of his new movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Sunday evening, but he's still keeping tabs of how his Memphis Grizzlies are handing their first Western Conference Finals versus the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies lost game one Sunday afternoon 105-83 and as a new investor in the franchise Timberlake told HitFix he's confident they can make it a series. "We went two games down to the Clippers, so I'm not totally worried yet," Timberlake says. "I think we'd never beaten the Thunder in the »
- Gregory Ellwood
A photo of Jay-z and Drake in the studio has prompted speculation that the two may be collaborating on music together. Has Jay-z picked a side in the long-standing Chris and Drake feud?
After teaming up with Justin Timberlake for “Suit & Tie”, Jay-z is now allegedly working with Drake on some new music!
Jay-z & Drake In The Studio Together
The photo, of the two superstars in the studio together, was posted by producer Lenny S. Under the photo, he wrote: “Warning: Please be very afraid of the music we’re working on. Ovo x Rocnation.”
It’s unknown where the potential music will end up, but signs are pointing toward Jay’s new LP. His last solo album, The Blueprint 3, was released in 2009. However, Drake is also working on a new album, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Jay-z and Drake have worked together in the past on »
- Christopher Rogers
Justin Timberlake's good year got even better after Joel and Ethan Coen's new film "Inside Llewyn Davis" premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Timberlake has a supporting role in the drama, playing a 1960s singer whose wife (played by Carey Mulligan) has an affair with the title character (Oscar Isaac). During one particularly buzzy scene, Timberlake sings an entire folk song with Isaac and "Girls" star Adam Driver as his backup singers.
"The combination of Timberlake's reedy voice and Driver's basso profundo is so ... magical? Yes. Yes. It's magical," wrote Vulture's Kyle Buchanan of the "Inside Llewyn Davis" moment. "Anyway, it's so magical that when they finished the whole, uninterrupted number, the audience at the Salle Debussy burst out into delighted applause."
After the film debuted, Showbiz411 writer and editor Roger Friedman spoke with Timberlake about his career, which has pinged with what seems like little »
- Christopher Rosen
For all those of us not rattling our jewellery at the Cannes Film Festival over the last few days, here's a quick round-up of the sort of glamour that's been happening. The weather may have continued rotten, but it hasn't stopped the A-list from walking the carpet at the various big bashes of the weekend.Have a flick through this gallery and marvel as Dan Aykroyd poses with a crystal skull, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake share a laugh, Jennifer Lawrence turns up everywhere, Jane Fonda gives Eva Longoria a run for her money and Cheryl Cole turns up. Also contains Steven Spielberg, Harvey Weinstein and an assist from Wim Wenders in colourful shoes.For all the latest from Cannes, keep your eyes on our Cannes microsite and marvel at our videblogisodes from the Festival. »
As Cannes swings into full-throttle funhouse mode, there is much to like in this year's offerings, but the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis tops my list of competition contenders so far
At the Cannes film festival the showroom sits so close to the garage that the action in one bleeds through to the other. It's early evening and I'm sitting on the press balcony, struggling to compose a hasty review of one movie while the premiere for another plays out beneath me. The red carpet is 50 yards to the right. The music is pulsing, the crowds are roaring and the celebrities are passing just under my nose.
Standing beside me, jostling my shoulder, a European radio journalist provides an excitable running commentary. "Justin Timberlake!" he keeps screaming. "Justin Timberlake!" How many times can he scream Justin Timberlake? Either the man is having a galloping nervous breakdown or Timberlake has come »
- Xan Brooks
For decades its conspicuous excess dazzled the world, but film-makers are increasingly turning to television to show off their wares
When Carey Mulligan ditches the Tiffany spangles and Prada sequins of The Great Gatsby, in favour of a baggy jumper and the dingy folk music venues she favours in her role in the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, it could be seen as a comment on this year's Cannes film festival.
Playing the unfussy singer Jean Berkey straight after her bejewelled portrayal of Daisy Buchanan, the actress appeared to have deliberately cast off the baubles and artifice that hang around the annual 12-day cinematic bonanza on the Côte D'Azur. And this year, the festival's 66th outing on Boulevard de la Croisette, the glittery trappings have strained more than ever to deliver the glamour the waiting world expects.
Conspicuous excess is de rigueur at Cannes and visiting stars fail to dazzle at their peril. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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- Meghan Rooney
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