May 12, 2011 |
CANNES, France - In the never-ending search for a movie that captures the essence of a film festival, it's probably fitting that Cannes opened Wednesday night with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. It's Woody's umpteenth return to Cannes - last year he brought You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and before that Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cassandra's Dream, Match Point, Hollywood Ending, and on and on. They could've bought him an apartment, already, across from the red carpet.
May 25, 2010 |
Like the philosopher (Yogi Berra) said, "It's d?j? vu all over again. " The movies at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and Sundance before it, seemed to spin out a similar dynamic: the destruction of the couple, man and woman, buckling under too many pressures and contradictions. And so, watching the films on display for the 63d festival in this Cote d'Azur convention center, there was a recurring image of couples sliding downward, looking for a toehold on a glass mountain.
November 2, 1994 |
When Kevin Smith was 21, toiling 16 1/2 hour days as a clerk at the Leonardo, N.J., Quick Stop, a fortuneteller studied his Yoo-Hoo-splattered palm and predicted that he would not work in convenience stores all his life. "Thank God," scribbled the two-time college dropout in his journal. As Smith noted in his diary, according to the palm reader, "I will be skilled in my profession. He says I'll graduate college with good marks. (Please, God, let it be film school.)" When he was 23, by then a film-school dropout as well, Smith found that the quickest way out of the Quick Stop was to make a rowdy comedy about his experiences in that fluorescent-lit inferno and the video store next door.
May 18, 2014 |
Kimye Italian style? The mega-hyped Kanye West - Kim Kardashian PR stunt (ahem, wedding) will be in Italy, not France! "I adore Florence," Kanye told Florence's La Nazione newspaper on Friday. "I . . . came to the banks of the Arno [river] with Kim last year. " Adds Kanye, "I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. " (An essential ingredient in procreation, Kanye-style: being surrounded by masterpieces.) Entertainment Tonight says the event will be in both countries: Guests will be fed and watered in France on May 24, then flown to Florence for the wedding proper.
April 10, 2015 |
One of Philly's classiest, most glamorous former citizens is getting the Lifetime treatment. And it's through no fault of her own. Grace Kelly is the subject of Grace of Monaco , a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the lovely Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose . Grace of Monaco originally opened last year's Cannes Film Festival. Those are some mighty fine credentials, no? Yet Grace of Monaco won't hit theaters.
May 15, 2015 |
YOU KNOW what's been missing from the multiplexes for about five minutes? A new Kevin Hart movie. Have no fear, Hart-throbs. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that Hart, who recently teamed with Ice Cube , Will Ferrell and Josh Gad , has gone into production on "Central Intelligence," in which he will team with Dwayne Johnson . Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers," "Dodgeball") will direct. Says Universal: "The story follows a onetime bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent [Johnson]
August 27, 2011
Tareque Masud, 54, the first director from Bangladesh to be honored at the Cannes Film Festival, died in a bus accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 13. Mr. Masud and four others were killed when a minibus collided with a passenger bus, said his wife, Catherine, an American-born producer. His best-known film was The Clay Bird, which won an International Critics' award at Cannes in 2002 for its "authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights.
May 26, 2008 |
Cannes honors 'The Class' The Class, a French movie about classroom life that featured real students and teachers from a junior high school, took the top honor, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Director Laurent Cantet shot the film in a raw, improvisational style as he tracked a year in the life of the school. The decision of the nine-member jury was unanimous, said jury chairman Sean Penn. Benicio Del Toro took best-actor honors for Che, Steven Soderbergh's four-hour-plus epic about Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.
November 20, 1999 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie Booth, are expecting their fourth child in May. Booth had only a few words yesterday for reporters camped outside the couple's Downing Street residence: "I was surprised. " Downing Street confirmed the news Thursday in a statement after being questioned by a London tabloid, saying the couple were "delighted at the news, which came as a total shock. " Booth, 45, a prominent lawyer, and the prime minister have two sons, Euan, 15, and Nicholas, 14, and an 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn.