You might remember "Grace of Monaco." A Grace Kelly biopic directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose") with Nicole Kidman in the lead and Tim Roth as her Prince Rainier, the film was picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company and landed an opening night slot at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It seemed like a perfect combination of material and talent, and a possible awards player. But it ended up panned on the Croisette and destined for a premiere on the Lifetime television channel here in the US.
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is tearing through theaters right now. If you haven't seen it, rectify that over the holiday weekend. It's a bold revisitation of an original vision (an original vision that itself already had plenty to offer in the way of a unique, seminal cinematic experience). So it got me thinking…
CANNES — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign.
CANNES — We finally have a Palme d'Or winner (Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan"), but what are our major takeaways from the entire 2015 Cannes Film Festival?
Mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia, subjects of the Oscar-winning 2001 film "A Beautiful Mind," were killed in a New Jersey automobile accident Sunday. They were 86 and 82 respectively.
CANNES — The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has officially come to an end and, in something of a surprise, the winner of the Palme d'Or went to Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan." The presidents of the jury, Ethan and Joel Coen, reminded the media during the final press conference these honors weren't determined by critics. Instead, they were chosen by a nine-member jury which included notable names such as Guillermo Del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller and Sophie Marceau.
CANNES — This Scottish General is a mad warrior. He takes down one victim after another, seemingly fueled by an endless stream of rage. He applies war paint to the faces of his teenage soldiers and throws them onto the battlefield, eventually haunted by their wasted deaths. Constant war has made Macbeth a man on the edge of madness, and that’s exactly what director Justin Kurzel wants to exploit in his stylistic new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play.
CANNES — The last film in competition has debuted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and that meant it was time for two of the world's most respected and photogenic stars to get their moment in the spotlight. So, yes, the global media were quite excited about Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender taking the podium for "Macbeth's" official press conference.
We already got one taste of Scott Cooper's upcoming Whitey Bulger gangster saga "Black Mass" on the heels of CinemaCon. That teaser trailer, framed by an unsettling moment over a dinner table, introduced us to just what Johnny Depp is doing in the lead role. A new taste, courtesy of the UK trailer for the film, adds some style to the equation.
CANNES — The 68th Festival de Cannes is almost at an end. There is only one more competition film to screen, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," and then the Coen brothers-led jury will begin deliberations over what entry will win the prestigious Palme d'Or. The favorites are still "Son of Saul" and "Carol," but two relatively new entries, "Youth" and "Mountains May Depart," may steal their thunder. Tomorrow night's awards ceremony is going to be very intriguing. But more on that later...