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This year's Majestic Hotel party sees host of films showcased and stars including Nicole Kidman join producer on stage
Around Oscar time this year, cheeky host Seth Macfarlane noted that the race being now run, and the winners and losers more or less apparent, thousands of dejected actresses were at least spared the burden of saying they found Harvey Weinstein attractive. But on Friday night here in Cannes, the cyclical business of finding Harvey sexy – for both men and women – began again in a big way as the great man unveiled his slate of upcoming projects at his annual party at the Majestic Hotel.
At this same bash last year, things were far more subdued: a few cocktails, a few trailers and we were all back outside, milling about on the Croisette in pretty short order. This, by contrast, was a massive event, with around nine or 10 films being showcased »
- Peter Bradshaw
More than $1m worth of Chopard jewellery stolen from Novotel Suites in Cannes ahead of Cannes film festival
It could have been the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: a thief creeps into a Cannes hotel room after dark and effortlessly makes off with over $1m worth of jewels destined to be worn by stars on the red carpet of the film festival.
The massive jewellery theft in the early hours of Friday was quickly likened to a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1950s Riviera robbery thriller, To Catch a Thief, with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, where a mysterious cat burglar snatches the jewels of the rich and famous on the Côté d'Azur. But stranger still was the fact that the robbery took place just as all flashbulbs and press packs were focusing on Thursday night's premiere of Sofia Coppola's new film the Bling Ring, based on the true »
- Angelique Chrisafis
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
"This weather, what the fuck?" That was Rooney Mara's jovial and very appropriate greeting to Harvey Weinstein at Thursday night’s annual Ifp- and Calvin Klein–sponsored celebration of Women in Film, usually one of the most reliably fun nights at the Cannes Film Festival. The combination of body-fat-deficient actresses in slinky, sleeveless Calvin Klein dresses plus a monsoonlike storm driving rain directly onto the ocean-side red carpet made for a stunningly miserable affair (that is, until everyone got inside the heated tent and got a lot of Champagne into their bellies). Goosebumps covered honoree Carey Mulligan in a tight strapless black dress as she rehashed Gatsby yet again, this time for the foreign press corps, and talked about which women in film she wants to work with: Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman (who followed her down the red carpet; let's hope the two struck a deal inside).Kidman »
- Jada Yuan
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) has made the trip from Iran to Paris for the first time in four years to finally sign divorce papers, officially ending his marriage to Marie (Berenice Bejo) at her request. Upon his arrival at the airport, Marie sees him through a thick pane of glass. She smiles, he shrugs. The airline has lost his bag and will have to send it to him the following day. They communicate by mouthing words and using hand gestures. One understands the other, but the metaphor is quite clear. At this moment in the film we know nothing about these two people. They could be happily married and he returning home from a business trip and she simply picking him up, but writer/director Asghar Farhadi and cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari's visual representation of the invisible barrier between the two weighs heavy on the rest of the film. Farhadi's The »
- Brad Brevet
Heavy, Heavy Hangs: Farhadi’s Latest a (mostly) Worthwhile Endeavor
For his first film made outside his native country, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi unveils his latest exercise in domestic unrest with the French language The Past. Following hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 2011 film, A Separation, anticipation has been high, and Farhadi nearly succeeds in equaling the compelling portrait of miscommunication and misunderstanding he has so brilliantly wrought in his previous film. Once again beginning with a couple on the verge of severing ties (though this time the separation has calcified into divorce), intertwining character arcs unveil an overly complicated scenario that unfortunately brings us to a finale that seems a bit little too late.
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) has returned to Paris from Tehran seemingly to grant his ex-wife Marie’s (Berenice Bejo) request to divorce. While his presence wasn’t necessarily required, it seems they intend on finally ending on good terms, »
- Nicholas Bell
Check out this first brief clip from James Gray's Cannes competition title "The Immigrant," starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, which centers on a woman's turbulent immigration from her native Poland to New York City. In the clip, Renner's character offers some advice to Cotillard's troubled Ewa, who is bedecked in a 1920s embellished headband and frock. The film is Gray's first since 2008's "Two Lovers," also starring Phoenix. It premieres late next week on Friday, May 24. Here's a more detailed plot synopsis:1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, »
- Beth Hanna
We were only just talking about Playlist favorite James Gray, and his new secret sci-fi project, earlier this morning, and there's clearly something in the water, because the first tantalizing, albeit brief, clip from the "We Own The Night" director's new film, "The Immigrant," has arrived. Premiering in competition at Cannes next week, the film is a 1920-set tale starring Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix. The first two feature in the clip, which runs less than thirty seconds, but provides a promising glimpse into what might be our most anticipated premiere on the Croisette this year. Remind yourself of the synopsis, and watch the clip, below, and stay tuned for our review of "The Immigrant" in the second half of next week. 1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Marion Cotillard donned a strapless Vivienne Westwood gown to join Colin Firth at the Chopard lunch as part of the festivities for the Cannes Film Festival today. Marion and Colin celebrated the jewelry brand, which is responsible for creating the festival's Palme d'Or trophy, as well as best actor and actress awards. The celebratory lunch comes at an interesting time for the brand since it was revealed that $1 million worth of Chopard jewels were stolen from a hotel room in Cannes last night. The jewelry was to be loaned as red carpet pieces to the stars at the festival. Many drew comparisons between last night's burglary and the film, The Bling Ring, which coincidentally debuted at the festival yesterday, since the movie is based on the real-life case of teenage burglars who robbed the Hollywood homes of celebrities. View Slideshow › »
- Meghan Rooney
One of the reasons we've been so excited for Cannes this year is that the festival sees the unveiling of not one, but two new films featuring the involvement of one of our favorite directors, James Gray. The "We Own The Night" helmer is back with his first directorial effort since 2008's "Two Lovers," in the shape of period piece "The Immigrant," staring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, and he also helped Guillaume Canet pen the script to crime tale "Blood Ties," with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup. But once the films screen in the next week, Gray's schedule is clear (beyond the usual promotional commitments). The director's been attached in recent years to two big-budget studio pictures, "The Lost City Of Z" and thriller "The Grey Man," and said not long ago that he thought that the latter might be next, but Brad Pitt dropped out of »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Rt Features has set James Gray to direct an untitled script he penned with Fringe writer Ethan Gross. Rt’s founder and CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will serve as a producer, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna executive producing. Gray’s new film, The Immigrant, is screening at Cannes in competition. That film stars Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marion Cotillard, and The Weinstein Company will distribute the film in the U.S. Details about the new film, a sci-fi thriller, are being kept under wraps. Brazil-based Rt Features recently produced Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. CAA will sell domestic. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Deal was announced Friday at Cannes. Rt CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will produce, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenco Sant’ Anna executive producing.
Further details about the project are being kept under wraps.
CAA brokered the deal, and will be selling domestic rights.
“The Immigrant” is the third film by Gray to play »
- Dave McNary
Friday morning saw the first heavyweight contender for the Palme d'Or unveiled, with Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to A Separation playing to a packed house in the Lumiere Theatre. Continuing that film's themes, The Past is another story of divorce, this time in a French setting, as the Tehran-based Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to the suburbs of Paris to sign the end of his marriage to Marie (Bérénice Bejo). At 130 minutes, it was certainly a long haul, but the film received an overwhelmingly positive reception and immediately became a frontrunner for awards glory. Slightly reminiscent of Guillaume Canet's Little White Lies (a similarity that would have been more obvious had not original star Marion Cotillard dropped out), The Past is an elegantly scripted family drama that plays out almost like a Nordic noir, uncovering details and secrets that hinge on Marie's somewhat chaotic love life. As Ahmad finds out, »
Gravity trailer goes ‘bong!’ as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock go flying George Clooney and Sandra Bullock become the victims of an unfortunate incident while watching the sun rise. Skin cancer? Nope. Do they get mugged? Nope. What happens then? As you can see in the Gravity trailer below, following a loud Bong, Bam, Boom! Clooney and Bullock quite literally go flying. Something — was it a meteorite? Intergalactic debris? — has collided against their spacecraft (or space shuttle or whatever). See, they’re watching the sun "rise" from way up there. Check out the Gravity trailer below. (Photo: George Clooney in Gravity movie.) Gravity trailer: 2001: A Space Odyssey Meets Lost in Space Meets Apollo 13? The Gravity trailer, or rather, teaser, provides quite bit of action with minimal dialogue. It’s impossible to tell what kind of relationship (veteran astronaut) George Clooney and (medical engineer and tyro astronaut) Sandra Bullock share. »
- Zac Gille
Not every story about Bradley Cooper signing on to a film pans out: while he didn’t end up picking up a weapon for Jane Got A Gun, it appears he is definitely down for a stint in the kitchen for Chef.Cooper was first linked to the movie back in January, when his Place Beyond The Pines director Derek Cianfrance was considering taking the directing job, working with a script by Eastern Promises’ Steve Knight.Now John Wells, fresh from marshalling a top ensemble for August: Osage County, is on to direct the story of Adam Jones (Cooper) a chef at a swanky Paris restaurant who loses his job after a run of out-of-control behaviour. He decides to get clean and returns to the city aiming to run a restaurant that can once more sport three Michelin stars. He might consider getting a rat to help…With Michelle Williams »
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.
See Also: Cate Blanchett »
- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
Blood Ties, the new film from Tell No One director Guillaume Canet, is premiering at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the first eight images from the movie have been released. The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers. One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard. The stellar cast includes Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana. Hit the jump to check out the images. The Cannes Film Festival is now underway, so we should expect to hear the buzz on Blood Ties soon. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Here's the synopsis: New York, 1974. Fifty year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, »
- Matt Goldberg
Robert Downey Jr. recently announced that he’d be joining Jon Favreau’s indie film Chef. What you may not know is that there’s another film in development, also titled Chef (don’t you hate when they do that?) and like its sibling (twin?), it will also star one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men. Being developed by The Weinstein Company and written by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Wright, this film will star Bradley Cooper, with August: Osage County director John Wells at the helm. Derek Cianfrance was attached at one point but that apparently didn’t pan out.
The plot follows “a Paris chef named Adam Jones (Cooper), who destroys his wunderkind status by way of his own out of control behavior. After getting clean and sober, he returns to Paris and attempts to redeem himself by taking over a top restaurant with the potential to gain three Michelin stars. »
- Matt Joseph
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival begins today, and new images have been released for these movies in the fest's line-up: Behind the Candelabra – Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds. Nebraska – Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk. The Immigrant – Directed by James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner. As I Lay Dying – Directed and starring James Franco, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 - May 26th. Here's the synopsis for Behind the Candelabra: Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer »
- Matt Goldberg
He cleans up and returns to Paris sober, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
This is not to be confused with the Jon Favreau-directed comedy "Chef". In fact, due to the title confusion, Sony Pictures has sent a cease and desist letter to coax Fairview Entertainment and Favreau to find another title.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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