CANNES (Reuters) – Film stars come to Cannes to promote themselves and their projects – so where better to launch a wry documentary bemoaning the seeming dominance of celebrity pulling-power over content?
With parties, pitching and paparazzi already in overdrive at the world’s premier movie market, director James Toback on Sunday showed “Seduced and Abandoned”, the story of how he and actor Alec Baldwin talked to directors, investors and studio heads at Cannes last year to seek funding for a film with no A-list star.
CANNES, May 19 (Reuters) – Indian movie actors and a new
wave of directors are on a mission at the Cannes film festival -
to show that their industry, which turns 100 this year, is more
than just Bollywood.
The largest Indian contingent to date is on the French
Riviera at the world’s leading cinema showcase to promote their
country, which has the world’s biggest film industry, making
over 1,000 films a year compared to about 600 in Hollywood.
CANNES, May 18 (Reuters) – Native American actress Misty
Upham never dreamt she would be walking the red carpet at Cannes
to showcase a film shot on her reservation.
Upham features in “Jimmy P. Psychotherapy of a Plains
Indian”, focused on the relationship between World War Two
veteran Jimmy Picard, a Native American Blackfoot, and Georges
Devereux, his psychoanalyst.
CANNES (Reuters) – After countless broken bones and smashed teeth, Jackie Chan has given up doing his own stunts and wants more serious roles but the Kung Fu actor says he will never stop being an action star despite earlier plans to quit big action movies.
At the Cannes film festival to promote his upcoming film “Skiptrace”, the Hong Kong actor said at 59 he could no longer do his own stunts as it took so long to recover from any injury.
CANNES (Reuters) – British actress Emma Watson has turned to crime in her latest role as part of a celebrity-obsessed teenage gang robbing their Hollywood idols’ homes in a film that made its debut at the Cannes film festival on Thursday.
“The Bling Ring”, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on a real-life gang fixated by glamour who tracked their targets’ whereabouts online and stole $3 million of luxury goods from celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
CANNES/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As a tattooed wild child wearing her husband’s blood in a locket and luring Brad Pitt away from Hollywood rival Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie was dream fodder for the tabloid press.
But her transformation into a humanitarian campaigner and now poster girl for the fight against breast cancer with her revelation that, faced with a high cancer risk, she had undergone a double mastectomy has elevated her to heroine status in the media.
CANNES, France, May 15 (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival
gets underway on Wednesday with Australian director Baz
Luhrmann’s 3D extravaganza “The Great Gatsby”, a lavish
production eclipsing more modest launches in recent years that
reflected global economic gloom.
Already showing in theatres in Canada and the United States,
the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a rare case
when Cannes, the year’s most important cinema gathering, has not
kicked off with a world premiere.
CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival may get some of its swagger back on Wednesday when it opens with Baz Luhrmann’s lavish 3D period drama “The Great Gatsby”, an opportunity to shed the caution of recent years overshadowed by broader economic gloom.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his British co-star Carey Mulligan will walk the red carpet on the French Riviera to promote the $105 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel which has already opened in North America.
LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – The 2013 Cannes film festival
opens on Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann’s 3D version of “The Great
Gatsby”, a lavish throwback to the “Roaring Twenties” that
befits the glamour and excess of the world’s biggest cinema
The Australian director’s adaptation of F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio surprised some
Hollywood insiders, because Cannes traditionally launches on the
palm-lined French Riviera with a splashy world premiere.
LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – Director J.J. Abrams is hoping to
persuade mainstream film audiences to boldly go where they have
never gone before and embrace the next instalment of “Star
Trek”, a franchise usually reserved for sci-fi geeks.
The man behind the cult TV series “Alias” and “Lost” told
Reuters he initially hesitated when Viacom’s Paramount
Pictures asked him to take on the film series, whose instalments
in 1998 and 2002 failed to draw crowds.