Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace & Timothy Olyphant Gear Up For John DeLorean Pic ‘Driven’ — Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Here's a hot project headed to the Cannes Film Festival next month: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant are set to star in 'Driven,' a turbo-charged story about the FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean. Embankment Films is launching international sales on the project and will partner with WME Global for U.S. rights.
Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays… Read
Cannes Adds Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ & More Films To Lineup
The Cannes Film Festival has just made a handful of additions to its Official Selection, including Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story (D’Après Une Histoire Vraie), which will screen out of competition. The Eva Green starrer had been tipped to be part of the lineup originally announced April 13, and its inclusion today comes during a time when the director’s 40-year-old child sex conviction is again in the U.S. courts.
This might be seen as a bold move by the festival… Read
Red Granite Co-President Christian Mercuri Launching Capstone Group Ahead Of Cannes
Former Red Granite Pictures co-president Christian Mercuri is launching Capstone Group, a financing, production and international sales company that will make its debut next month at the Cannes Film Festival market. The Beverly Hills-based outfit will be funded via private equity and various banks along with main partner Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment.
At launch, Capstone Group will offer access to development and production funding and international distribution… Read
Paul Verhoeven Sets Next: ‘Blessed Virgin’ To Star ‘Elle’s Virginie Efira As Lesbian Nun
Elle helmer Paul Verhoeven is set to reteam with producer Saïd Ben Saïd on their second collaboration, Blessed Virgin. The film will be shot in French (under the title Sainte Vierge) and will star Virginie Efira who played the devoutly Catholic Rebecca in Elle. Here, she’ll take on the role of Sister Benedetta Carlini, a 17th century nun who was hailed as a visionary but later accused of fabricated miracles, homosexuality and other charges, and imprisoned for 35… Read
Cannes: Will Smith, Fan Bingbing, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury
With just a few weeks to go before the curtain rises on the 70th Cannes Film Festival, organizers have set the eight jury members who will serve under President Pedro Almodovar. Joining the Spanish filmmaker are: two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith; veteran Cannes regulars Park Chan-wook from Korea and Paolo Sorrentino from Italy; last year’s breakout director of Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade; Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing; French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui; French… Read
Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs
Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… Read
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Lineup: Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’, Abel Ferrara’s ‘Alive In France’, Geremy Jasper’s ‘Patti Cake$’
The Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival has lived up to expectations to deliver a strong and diverse lineup of films for its 49th edition, with titles from Cannes debutants like Sean Baker, Geremy Jasper and Rungano Nyoni as well as projects from fest veterans such as Claire Denis, Abel Ferrara, Philippe Garrel and Amos Gitai.
The section, which runs parallel to Cannes' Official Selection, was announced Thursday and will see Tangerine director Baker… Read
Cannes: 70th Fest Welcomes Netflix, TV Series, VR & Lots Of Nicole Kidman
"It's been a very intense few weeks and months," said Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux as he unveiled the lion's share of the Official Selection for the 70th anniversary edition this morning in Paris. Explaining why there had been so little revealed ahead of today, Frémaux said many films "arrived very late" and noted the festival has set a bar that is "not negligible" which made his team's search "longer and more stressful." However, response to today’s lineup… Read
Cannes Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, ‘Twin Peaks’
UPDATE: The Cannes Film Festival offered up some surprises today, and plenty of firsts. The Official Selection includes two Competition slots filled by Netflix films (Okja by Bong Joon-ho and The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach); there are also nine first-time filmmakers across the sections; and two TV series (David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake) as part of the 70th Anniversary Events program. Several films which were expected and did turn up… Read
John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs
John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a… Read
Cannes: Sandrine Kiberlain Named President Of Camera D’Or Jury
With two days to go before Thierry Frémaux unveils the lion’s share of the Official Selection for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, a key piece of the jury puzzle has fallen into place. French actress Sandrine Kiberlain has been named President of the Camera d’Or jury. That’s the group that hands out the prize for the best debut feature from across all of the sections, including Directors' Fortnight and Critics’ Week. It’s previously gone to such filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch… Read
Cannes: Will Legal Spat Keep ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Helmer’s Latest Film From Festival?
Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d'Or in 2013 with Blue Is the Warmest Color, and while he has been widely anticipated to be making a return to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Mektoub Is Mektoub, he says it will not hit the Croisette next month. The filmmaker told Nice Matin this week that he is in a contractual dispute over Mektoub that will prevent it from making Thierry Frémaux's Official Selection when it is unveiled next Thursday. However, the other… Read