CANNES - Speaking to a colleague this evening, we felt it was clear "Grace of Monaco" is on its way to being one of those highly anticipated festival films that critics viciously pounce on when it's not good. Both myself and Guy Lodge are not fans of it, but we can admit it's entertaining in a bad movie way. The general word is so negative you'd think it was "Diana" or "God's Pocket" (it's bad, but it's not unwatchable in a campy way).
CANNES - Nicole Kidman is back in Cannes for the third year in a row, but this visit may be her least memorable. The Oscar winner stars as cinema icon Grace Kelly in the festival's opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," and the early reviews have not been good. Throw in the fact that Kelly's family has announced they are boycotting the picture and, well, you have to give her credit for being willing to appear before a throng of global journalists at the festival's kick-off press conference.
CANNES - The arrival of the Cannes Film Market means the first buzz and first looks at a number of upcoming films. Many have US distribution, many do not. One film that has displayed its first imagery is StudioCanal's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
ANAHEIM - First thing's first. The new "Fantastic Four" movie is definitely happening. No delays, no recasting. Josh Trank's vision is going to come to fruition. That's the word from the movie's screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg who was on the Baton Rouge, LA set two days ago and reveals that production begins in earnest in two weeks.
ANAHEIM - Simon Kinberg had an unexpected trip to WonderCon on Saturday. The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" screenwriter and producer stepped in for director Bryan Singer who finds himself in the middle of a publicity nightmare surrounding abuse allegations that took place almost 14 years ago. It's a rare moment in the spotlight for Kinberg who, in many ways, has become the key man on 20th Century Fox's superhero movies.
The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet. 2014 is no different.
"Under the Skin" finally arrived in theaters this past weekend and, happily for moviegoers, A24 Films were rewarded for their gutsy acquisition of Jonathan Glazer's transcendent film. "Skin" grossed $140,000, or $35,000 per screen in just four theaters, in New York and Los Angeles. It's the second-highest limited per-screen of the year after "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and quite impressive considering A24 did it almost completely via old-fashioned publicity and word of mouth.
Before he ever started filming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Anthony Mackie made it clear he was ecstatic about portraying Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon on the big screen. Unlike some of his increasingly wary co-stars, the "Hurt Locker" star was still on cloud nine about being part of the Marvel Universe when we spoke about the movie a few weeks ago. And why shouldn't he be? Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have fashioned an origin story that's infinitely superior to the Falcon's comic book beginnings. Something, Wilson noted, the company has been trying to fix for decades.
When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction.
Marvel Studios knew they had something on their hands the minute the internet went wild over photos of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow before "Iron Man 2" hit theaters. Over the past few years Widow has been a mainstay with a prominent role as a member of "The Avengers" and, now, co-starring alongside the Super Soldier in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
After the Russo brothers' thriller hits theaters, many fans will have even more questions about Natasha Romanoff's past and where she's headed next. Moreover, while the question has been raised before, you'll start hearing a lot more moviegoers asking "Why doesn't Black Widow have her own movie?" It's an excellent question. The answer, unfortunately, may be more complicated than you think.
That being said, check out these pros and cons over the Black Widow's big screen future in the story gallery embedded in this post.
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