Cannes Film Festival Condemns Harvey Weinstein’s “Unpardonable Behavior”
Harvey Weinstein has been a fixture at the Cannes Film Festival for decades and has seen films he's been involved with including Pulp Fiction, The Artist and Fahrenheit 9/11 take major prizes. Today, amid the swirling allegations against him, the Riviera festival reacted with a strongly worded statement, signed by chiefs Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux, which was provided to Deadline:
“It is with consternation that we have discovered the harassment and sexual violence… Read
Kate Winslet Joins ‘Avatar’ Universe For ‘Titanic’ Reunion With James Cameron
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Winslet and James Cameron have a little history. Two decades ago she starred in his global juggernaut Titanic, which was the top-grossing film of all time until Cameron’s Avatar came along in 2009. Now the two are reuniting for the first time since the Big Boat sailed — Winslet has signed on for a starring role in the ongoing Avatar adventure at Fox.
“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic… Read
Oscars: Italy Enters Scorsese-Shepherded ‘A Ciambra’ In Foreign Language Race
With the deadline for submissions to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race fast approaching, Italy — the winningest country in the history of the category — has set Jonas Carpignano's A Ciambra as its entry this year. IFC's Sundance Selects acquired North American rights to the Cannes Directors' Fortnight drama last May in what was the first sale for a film to be boosted by the emerging filmmakers fund spearheaded by Martin Scorsese, his Sikelia producing partner Emma… Read
Oscars: Russia Enters Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ In Foreign Language Race
Russia has selected Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless as its entry into the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's Venice Golden Lion winner The Return and 2014's Leviathan. The latter took the Best Screenplay trophy in Cannes that year, as well as winning the Foreign Language Golden Globe and scoring an Oscar nomination.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American… Read
Oscars: France Enters Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM’ In Foreign Language Race
France has selected Robin Campillo's BPM (120 Battements Par Minute) as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The selection committee had whittled the final shortlist down to three titles and today announced that the AIDS-activist drama would be the entry. The "ambitious, engaged" film won the Grand Prize in Cannes.
Morocco-born French filmmaker Campillo scored that win with his first appearance in the Cannes competition as director. He wrote and… Read
‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie: Ron Howard Tweets That Paul Bettany Is Joining The Cast
Today on Force Friday, Star Wars Han Solo director Ron Howard tweeted out a photo of Paul Bettany with the message, “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #Force Friday”. Seth Rogen responded to Howard on Twitter saying, “If he’s just visiting he dresses funny.”
Howard followed it up with the second tweet: “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented,” referring to their previous two projects together — A Beautiful Mind and The… Read
‘High Wire Act’: Bleecker Street Acquires 1980s Spy Thriller Starring Jon Hamm & Rosamund Pike
High Wire Act made Deadline’s list of hot titles at Cannes last year, and now Bleecker Street has scooped up U.S. rights to director Brad Anderson‘s period spy thriller starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris. Tony Gilroy wrote the script.
Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender and Jonny Coyne also star in the film about top U.S. diplomat (Hamm), who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. A decade later, he… Read
‘Okja’ Director Hopes Netflix Controversy Becomes A “Signal Flare” In Establishing New Rules On Day-And-Date Streaming
Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director whose film Okja was the subject of much controversy at the Cannes Film Festival last month, has said that he hopes the debate following the film will become a "signal flare" in establishing new rules for similar films.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, Bong told journalists at a press junket in Seoul on Wednesday that he fully understood both sides of the controversy, which has seen South Korea's three largest exhibitors – CJ… Read
Michelle Monaghan Returning For ‘Mission: Impossible 6’
Michelle Monaghan, whose character married Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible III and who made another appearance Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is returning for Paramount and Skydance’s next iteration of the franchise. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie posted Monaghan’s photo on his Instagram account just now, confirming the news.
Joely Fisher’s ‘Oliver Storm’ Gathers Momentum As Feature Helming Debut
EXCLUSIVE: Joely Fisher's $20M feature directorial debut, Oliver Storm, is picking up speed. The project, first announced last year, closed funding during the recent Cannes Film Festival. The Ellen, 'Til Death and Last Man Standing vet is now eyeing a trilogy along with a book and interactive video game for the family adventure. Shooting is set to begin in January.
Penned by Tricia Fisher, Gordon Bressack and James Cullen Bressack, the story is centered on the titular… Read
Focus Acquires Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi Project ‘Loro’ For Italy
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has acquired Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro for release in Italy where it will be distributed by Universal Pictures' local outpost. The Oscar-winner's event project stars The Great Beauty's Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and erstwhile Prime Minister.
From Indigo Film, the Italian-language Loro (Them) begins production this summer. Outside of Italy, sales are handled by Pathé, which is co-producing.
Sorrentino directs from a… Read
Bart & Fleming: Netflix’s Disruptive Cannes & Growing Pains; ‘Wonder Woman’s Empowerment Opportunity
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business
FLEMING: Talk about being smacked in the face by the contrast between art and pure commerce. I returned from Cannes where I saw four spectacularly different creatively ambitious films, and went to the multiplex for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I was struck by the polar… Read