Tarantino's 'Basterds' Comes to Cannes

Add Comment on May 20, 2009 by Richard Mowe

After developing and tweaking his latest project for almost eight years, Quentin Tarantino, a Cannes Film Festival devotee from the days of Reservoir Dogs, returned to the Croisette yesterday (Wednesday) to unveil his highly anticipated piece of Second World War hokum. Inglourious Basterds, complete with an unusual spelling that Tarantino declined to explain, unfurls in Nazi-occupied France during Second World War and was the first title in the Cannes competition to start anything like a media stampede. The queues starting forming at 7am for the 8.

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Scoring on the Croisette

Add Comment on May 19, 2009 by Richard Mowe

Soccer icon turned film star Eric Cantona has delivered a star turn for the gritty British director Ken Loach who is back at the Cannes Film Festival, scene of many previous triumphs, with a new hope of winning the coveted Palme d’Or. Cantona, the former Manchester United player, who is still worshiped at Old Trafford 12 years after he quit the game, appears in Looking for Eric in which a postman and soccer fan finds hope through his obsession with the player. When he lays out his problems before a giant poster of Cantona, he finds he becomes alive and it helps him to sort out his life.

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Lars and his demons

Add Comment on May 18, 2009 by Richard Mowe

The fabled enfant terrible of Danish cinema, Lars von Trier, was called to account for latest controversial offering when he appeared in the bear pit of a Cannes Film Festival press conference today. The film, Antichrist, which had been booed and jeered at its two media screenings yesterday, stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple seeking to overcome the grief of losing their only child. It has quickly become the most talked-about title at this year's festival, depicting gruesome scenes of genital mutilation, graphic sex and, even more bizarrely, a talking fox.

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Forgive and Forget

Add Comment on May 17, 2009 by Gary Gentile

In Hollywood, celebrity temper tantrums are nothing new and sometimes a leading man’s frat-boy antics can even enhance his image in the public’s eye and boost his box office appeal. But there are limits to the public’s patience with stars as evidenced by the reaction to Tom Cruise’s couch-jumping on Oprah and Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic outburst after a drunken driving arrest. So, will moviegoers punish Terminator Salvation for the expletive-laden hissy fit pitched by its star, Christian Bale? Probably not, say analysts and celebrity image consultants who believe Bale’s actions did not cross the line.

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Summer Staying Power

Add Comment on May 15, 2009 by Christian Toto

Summer movies rake in more and more cash on opening weekend each year. Conversely, their grosses tend to fall, fast and furious style, during week two. Take this summer‘s first bona fide blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The superhero saga’s earnings plummeted 68 percent from its first to second weekend. Under less competitive circumstances the film could have earned $200 million during its domestic theatrical, now it will probably finish with around $175 million. Will that disparity ultimately catch up to Hollywood and its Summer ‘09 bottom line?

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Balloons Help Launch Cannes

Add Comment on May 13, 2009 by Richard Mowe

The balloons—all 26.5 million of them to be precise—went up at the Cannes Film Festival last night for the opening film, a new piece of animation from the Disney/Pixar team in digital 3D. The screening of UP, Pixar’s tenth production, marked the first time in the 62 year history of the festival that an animated work took the coveted opening slot although unlike predecessors such as Shrek it will not be competing for the Palme d’Or—the film is showing out of competition. Shrek distinguished itself by becoming the first animated film to compete in the film festival since 1953.

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Success & Controversy

Add Comment on May 13, 2009 by Gary Gentile

IMAX Corp. reached for the stars this week by launching its cameras on the space shuttle mission to fix the Hubble telescope and by breaking box office records with its Star Trek screenings. But at least one disgruntled customer would like to send the company to the moon. Showings of the Paramount film Star Trek digitally remastered for IMAX screens brought in $8.5 million from 138 North American screens on its opening weekend. The average take per screen of $62,000 smashed previous records.

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