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Todd Haynes has developed legions of fans over the last decades with a series of provocative and stylish films. In 1998 his Velvet Goldmine brought the world of glam rock to life, shifting in 2002 to the Douglas Sirk-influencedFar From Heaven. His last theatrical film, 2007’s I’m Not There, is a bold and bizarre take on the iconography ofBob Dylan, using actors such as Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whisaw, and Christian Bale to illustrate facets of the singer’s life and career.
The most astonishing performance in that film was Cate Blanchett as the “Don’t Look Back”-era Dylan, and these years later it’s with her that Haynes reunites for his telling of Carol, based on the novel The Price of Salt byPatricia Highsmith. The story of a wealthy wife at the end of her marriage who falls for a young woman she meets at a toy »
- Jason Gorber
The Cannes Film Festival reminded Hollywood that it’s never too early to start campaigning for next year’s Academy Awards.
The O-word first popped up during a presentation from Harvey Weinstein about his upcoming slate in which he promised that Jake Gyllenhaal would get nominated for playing a boxer in this summer’s “Southpaw.” But Weinstein showed that he had more than one awards-season trick up his sleeve with the premiere of “Carol,” the biggest Oscar contender to debut at this year’s fest.
Here are five films that screened at Cannes that will likely be awards-season contenders.
“Carol”: Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, which opens theatrically in December, is certain to be in the running for best picture, director and screenplay. Playwright Phyllis Nagy spent 15 years adapting Patricia Highsmith’s then-scandalous 1952 novel. It should land Cate Blanchett her seventh Oscar nomination for the title role of a woman in an unhappy marriage. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
You may not have heard of Chinese actress Zhao Tao, but chances are you will during the awards ceremony at the end of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tuesday night, the movie she starred in, Mountains May Depart, directed by her husband and longtime collaborator Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Still Life), got a seven-minute standing ovation. And the loudest cheers and applause came for Zhao — who had tears streaming down her face. More and more, she's looking like a likely spoiler for the Best Actress race. Before the festival started, the smart money was on Cate Blanchett or Marion Cotillard. In Todd Haynes's Carol, Blanchett plays a chic ’50s divorcée defying repressed times by seducing Rooney Mara's much younger shopgirl. Cotillard plays none other than Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender. Harvey Weinstein is distributing both of them, so you know how your Oscar race is looking. »
- Jada Yuan
The deal was closed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where Wme and Relativity International have been selling rights.
Brad Furman directed the film, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name. “The Infiltrator” stars Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. Good Films’ Miriam Segal is producing with Bank Leumi, Good Films and LipSync co-financing.
Cranston portrays undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who became a pivotal player for drug lords in the 1980s after cleaning their dirty cash by trading on mob connections to become confidant to the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Pablo Escobar, with arrests leading to the »
- Dave McNary
Cara Delevingne, the UK model, looks voracious in the tabloids. She’s allegedly bedding some of the hottest musicians and actresses around while making the scene at every A-list party. But she insists in a new interview that what you see isn’t who she is... an actress. Coming up, she has roles in two hot movies. She plays a mermaid in the British-American fantasy film “Pan,” starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried. And, she has a meatier role in the upcoming DC Comics film “Suicide Squad.” She plays June Moone, aka, Enchantress, in the ensemble picture. It stars Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. ...Read More »
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Director Todd Haynes is best known for making the 2002 theatrical feature Far from Heaven and the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce", two works that probed deep into human emotion and hidden desires. His latest is the equally effective Carol, an unofficial companion piece that focuses on forbidden love in the 1950's and delivers top-notch performances from its two female leads. This should come as no surprise since Haynes is used to getting great performances from his actresses but this might be the first time the two ladies in question are so strong that they command the entire movie. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel "The Price of Salt", Haynes' Carol begins at a slow pace carefully setting up its characters and the time period. The year is 1952 and it's Christmas in New York, Therese Belivet (played by Rooney Mara) is a homely department store clerk »
- Marco Cerritos
Whether you’re on the French Rivera or following the festival from home, the one film from Cannes 2015 that nobody can stop talking about is Carol. The period lesbian romance, starring Cate Blanchett as the titular dame and Rooney Mara as her young love interest, it’s the fest’s most critically acclaimed film and looks poised to take some big awards here, as well as in the Oscars early next year.
There’s been praise of every aspect of Todd Haynes’ film, from the acting to the framing, the the visual style to the music. And, as is wont of beloved films, there’s already claims that it’s overrated, an unworthy Palme d’Or contender and needing of knocking down a peg.
Alex and Sam share their (semi-contrasting) opinions on the film, highlighting what works in the film and addressing that big hype issue.
If you haven’t already, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Todd Haynes made a triumphant return to the big screen over the weekend at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where "Carol," his first feature film since 2007's "I'm Not There," premiered to rave responses in the competition. The film's stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, received immediate awards buzz for their powerful performances. In the '50s-set love story, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt," Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy housewife stuck in a loveless marriage. While out Christmas shopping, Carol locks eyes with Therese (Mara), a timid department store clerk, and it's love at first sight. What unfolds is, as Indiewire' Eric Kohn put it in his glowing review, "a mannered, classical romance." I sat down with Haynes, Blanchett and Mara to discuss the overwhelmingly positive reception to the film and the. »
- Nigel M Smith
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Amy (Out of Competition) British director Asif Kapadia's tender, intimate documentary portrait of Amy Winehouse reminds us that the self-destructive London singer was supremely talented and charismatic but ill-equipped for the superstar fame that came with her 20-million-selling breakthrough album, Back to Black. — Stephen Dalton Carol (Competition) Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara deliver outstanding performances as two women in 1952 precariously charting a path toward a romantic relationship in Todd Haynes' absorbing, intelligent
- THR Staff
As Cannes sets the stage for the 2015 Oscar race, one thing is guaranteed: Unlike last year, when awards-worthy performances by best actress contenders were scarce, this year, it’s les femmes who are dominating Cannes’ screens. At the top of the list is Todd Haynes’ luxe romance Carol, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (previously nominated for 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). As the fest heads into its final stretch, it’s holding its own as the best-reviewed competition entry. And it immediately got Oscar-watchers swooning. “Strong contender for awards @cannes15 &
- Gregg Kilday
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara learned quite a bit about each other's complexions while filming their sex scenes for the lesbian drama Carol. During a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes Film Festival, Mara said that filming the passionate encounters with Blanchett wasn't markedly different than it would have been with a male actor. "Any love scene is different because you're with a different person — male or female, it doesn't really make a difference," said Mara. Still, there was one new twist when it came to filming intimate scenes with the two-time-Oscar-winning
- THR Staff
Deadline returned to the Cannes Film Festival twofold this year, attracting an A-list crowd to both its interview studio at Nikki Beach's Le Petit Bar at the Carlton Hotel as well as our annual Cocktails on the Croisette party at Nikki Beach. Those sitting down to chat with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione, Joseph Utichi and Anthony D’Alessandro included Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Gabriel Byrne, among many others. Getty’s… »
It.s already being dubbed "Flatgate" by some in the media, but according to reports at the Cannes Film Festival, currently underway in France, women, including some older women with disabilities, are being turned away from screenings for not wearing high heels. Cannes is widely regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world and maintains a regal air of class, style, and grace. This includes a strict dress code on the red carpet. That may have been taken a bit too far recently when, according to Screen Daily, a group of women in their 50s were turned away from a gala showing of Todd Haynes. latest drama, Carol, on Sunday for not wearing high heels. The women, including some with medical conditions, were denied entry to the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara-starring film, about two women in the 1950s dealing with the repressive gender politics of the day, »
Pack your bags; we're going to Neverland. A dazzling new trailer for Joe Wright's (Anna Karenina) Pan, the big-screen tale of Peter Pan's origin story, has arrived. Hugh Jackman is starring as the pirate Blackbeard, alongside Garrett Hedlund as a young Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Levi Miller as Peter Pan. It's not the story we're used to hearing; the film takes place when Peter is just a young orphan, kidnapped and brought to Neverland. This looks interesting, and I love Hedlund bringing some sexy to Hook. The visuals are stunning in the trailer, and you can bet they'll blow your mind in a theater. The movie is due out on Oct. 9, and you can watch the trailers below, complete with a quick look at Cara Delevingne. Here's the first trailer: »
Warner Bros has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming fantasy blockbuster Pan, which you can view below!
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, Pan follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny-to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Pan stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past) stars as the villainous Blackbeard alongside newcomer Levi Miller as Peter, Rooney Mara (Her) as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund (On The Road) as Hook, Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee and Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2) as Mary.
Pan is released on October 9th.
- Scott J. Davis
“Mad Max: Fury Road” raked in the most social mentions with 17,081 after the first week of the Cannes film festival, according to social-media analysis firm Way to Blue.
The company ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 550,000 mentions from May 13-19. Since the reboot also opened around the world last week, the festival helped increase the overall buzz for George Miller’s film.
Following “Mad Max,” which led in overall buzz and intent-to-view, was the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara lesbian love story “Carol,” which pulled in 12,031 mentions. Blanchett was also the second most buzzed-about star behind Lupita Nyong’o, who took to the Cannes carpet in Gucci green. Other films generating buzz were the Matthew McConaughey mystery “The Sea of Trees,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, »
- Seth Kelley
Peter Pan and a young Captain Hook team up in the first trailer for “Pan,” in which Hugh Jackman plays Neverland pirate Blackbeard. The first full-length preview for the Warner Bros. release also shows Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) in action as Indian princess Tiger Lily, as well as rising star Cara Delevingne as a mermaid. The latest incarnation of a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie is an origin story about the titular orphan (Levi Miller) sailing away to a magical land we’re all familiar with, where an ancient prophecy states a boy who can. »
- Greg Gilman
The timeless story of J.M. Barrie’s sprightly youngster may be forever etched in folklore, from his first days in Neverland to the battle with evil pirate Captain Hook. But for Joe Wright’s upcoming Pan, Warner Bros. is rolling back the age-old story to its humble beginnings in order to explore the early days of Peter and Co. and how those rivalries, friendships and sense of childish wonder all began.
With Levi Miller stepping into the shoes of the titular hero, Wright’s live-action feature will see our budding protagonist whisked away to the alternate reality within which Hugh Jackman’s ostentatious villain Blackbeard rules over the whimsical world. That’s not the only tinkering the director has done to the source material, though, with Rooney Mara on board to play a revised version of Tiger Lily, a punk-like denizen of the fantastical realm that is under threat from Blackbeard’s reign. »
- Michael Briers
Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for Joe Wright's upcoming Pan film, reimagining the origin of the popular children's character, infusing it with more action and a prophetic slant to it. Come inside to check out the new trailer.
Pan was supposed to hit in just a couple months, but WB decided to push it back to an October release slot. Fortunately, people looking forward to the film can still get some relief thanks to this new trailer that hit:
I'm going to be honest here...I'm not digging the trailer. I wasn't all that thrilled when the first trailer dropped either, but something about this film isn't making a connection with me. It's missing something, and feels a tad too much like the fairy tale live-action films Disney has been putting out. The sense of tension and overall purpose isn't there in this trailer, even though »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired industry veteran Travis Reid as president of theatrical distribution, three days after he left the CEO slot at Screenvision.
In his new role, Reid will oversee the theatrical distribution of specialty and wide release slates, including theatrical sales, exhibitor relations and in-theater marketing.
Broad Green, founded last year by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has focused on adult-oriented dramas, with an upcoming slate including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield; “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford; Sarah Silverman’s “I Smile Back”; and three Terrence Malick films: “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
In addition to its current specialty slate, Broad Green plans to distribute a minimum of six films annually in wide release beginning in 2016 — giving it a slate of 12-16 films annually from internally developed productions, as well as acquisitions and co-productions. »
- Dave McNary
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