CANNES - After making her feature film debut with 2010's "Belle Epine," director Rebecca Zlotowski returns to Cannes with the compelling new drama "Grand Central." While Zlotowski benefits from the presence of a number of critically acclaimed French actors this is the sort sophomore jump that will cement her status as one to watch within the global filmmaking community.
Love and radiation in a nuclear world
Harvey holds court with Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara
CANNES - Harvey Weinstein took center stage Friday evening as The Weinstein Company held what has become a semi-annual preview of the rest of their yearly slate for select members of the domestic and international press corps at Cannes. In the past Weinstein has used this event to tease expected players such as "Nine" and "My Week with Marilyn." Last year, however, the event created a tremendous amount of buzz after a surprise 10-minute-plus first look at "Django Unchained" as well as sneaks of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
This time around, "Grace of Monaco," featuring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, "August: Osage County," starring Meryl Streep and an all-star cast and "Mandela: A Long Road to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the legendary South African civil rights leader, were the more anticipated sneaks. And yet it was "Only God Forgives" star Kristin Scott Thomas who unexpectedly stole the show. More on that later. First let's get to the awards season players.
Francois Ozon's latest isn't as titillating as it wants to be
CANNES - Director Francois Ozon has made a career of exploring sexuality and sexual awakenings on the big screen, but his latest, "Jeune & Jolie" (Young and Beautiful), sadly falls short of his previous efforts.
Look who finally made it to the Croisette
Don't hate me cause I'm going to Cannes. This is work people. Seriously, hard, hard work.
In the south of France.
The Weinstein Company steers the drama away from Oscar season
The first trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Butler" arrived Tuesday and it's a little all over the place while trying to make one thing clear: this movie has lots of familiar faces.
The biopic centers on Eugene Allen, a real butler who served in the White House for over 34 years until he retired during President Reagan's second term. Allen worked under seven presidents and witnessed some of the darkest days in Presidential history up close and personal. The film was independently financed, but picked up for domestic distribution by the Weinstein Company and because of its pedigree has to be considered a conversation starter for the upcoming awards season. Why might you ask? Well, "The Butler" has an all-star cast of former Oscar winners and nominees including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife Gloria, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Robin Williams and Vanessa Redgrave. The ensemble also includes Alan Rickman, Live Schreiber, John Cusack, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden, Jesse Williams and Mariah Carey. The script is by Emmy-winner Danny Strong ("Game Change") and is Daniel's follow up to the controversial "Paperboy." Yep, that's first class Oscar bait people.
Plus: Tracy Morgan as...?
The White House Correspondents' Dinner has always been an occasion where the President of the United States can poke fun at himself, the press and Washington. The POTUS then usually endures some good ribbing from that night's comedic headliner. This year, President Obama had a little more fun than usual.
Bill Clinton presented with first Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual ceremony
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC's sitcom "The New Normal," FX's thriller "American Horror Story: Asylum" and NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" took home top TV honors at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards held Saturday night in Los Angeles.
HFPA snatches up last available weekend in January for next year's ceremony
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for next January, Hollywood's 2014 awards season is set.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 12.
Awards shows face additional scheduling challenges to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.
Globes organizers snatched up the last available weekend in January for the 71st annual ceremony. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are Jan. 18. The Producers Guild of America will hold its awards ceremony on Jan. 19. And the Directors Guild will present its annual honors on Jan. 25.
The 86th annual Academy Awards are set for March 2.
Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 12.
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Sundance grand jury and audience award winner arrives in July
In somewhat surprising news, The Weinstein Company has modified the title to Sundance grand jury and audience award winner "Fruitvale." The crowd-pleasing drama will now be known as "Fruitvale Station."
The feature film directorial debut of Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale" follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant (MIchael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco area resident who was fatally shot by BART police officers the morning of Jan. 1, 2009. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz and Ahna O'Reilly also star and Spencer and Forest Whitaker are two of the film's producers.