The Great Gatsby opened the Cannes Film Festival last night.
Several stars from the film including Leonardo DiCaprio - who plays main character Jay Gatsby - Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Amitabh Bachchan took to the red carpet in the rain for the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's drama movie to launch the 66th annual film gala.
DiCaprio looked dapper in a smart black suit and admitted taking on the lead role in the motion picture - which is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's popular novel - carried "enormous pressure." He told BBC News, "What is so great about this novel and why people still discuss it nearly 100 years later and still have arguments about the meaning of each sentence and each word and each bit of symbolism, is because it's left up to the interpretation of you as a reader. In a way it's a recipe for disaster because so many people are going to say, 'That's not how I felt Daisy should be or how Gatsby should be.' I just looked at it as an incredible character to take on, something that was subtle in its approach but had so much depth and meaning in every single line."
Continuing in his effort to be The Guy Who Is Perfect at Everything Imaginable, James Franco not only adapted the classic William Faulkner novel As I Lay Dying, but he decided to participate in the project both in front of and behind the camera.
Though usually co-starring with Franco in comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, Danny McBride shows off his dramatic acting chops in the trailer for the film, which was released at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Kanye West thinks he has heralded the "next generation" of cinema. The "Stronger" hitmaker premiered his film Cruel Summer at the Cannes Film Festival, in the South of France, yesterday and says the production - which has little dialogue, a musical score and seven screens depicting different images - was inspired by some of his teenage artwork.
"When I was 17 and at high school, I made a painting that had seven angles to it, to create a 360-degree picture and now I'm 34 I created something similar. The way we work these days is like sensory overload. Normally when watching a movie we are on the phone or texting. Normally we have so much going on at us, this film represents that, as there is so much going on all the time. We constantly need more things to look at and the seven-screen experience represents the next generation. I was very particular about having the screens separate, where your mind puts the screens back together, the way you put memories together. I'm not the best director in the world, but I had an idea that I thought would be amazing to inspire people, like a dream of one day this being the way people watch movies."
Eli Roth will direct horror-thriller The Green Inferno.
The Hostel actor-and-filmmaker is "very excited" about returning to directing with the movie, which he has written the script for along with Guillermo Amoedo, based on his own original story.
"I've had an amazing few years producing, writing and acting, and am very excited to get back in the director's chair. I've been working on this idea for several years, and was inspired by filming in Chile and cannot wait to get back."
Production company Worldview Entertainment announced today at the Cannes Film Festival that it has agreed to finance and produce the movie, and Eli is delighted to have company's support for his "daring and terrifying" motion picture. "Worldview backs my vision and believe in me, and is giving me the support I need and the freedom to take risks and make something daring and terrifying," he added.
Although he currently stars in Little Fockers, Robert De Niro has still been deemed a good judge of movies.
De Niro – a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival – has just been named jury president of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
The Oscar winner, whose appointment comes one year after Tim Burton served as president, will head a nine-member panel.
"The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world," De Niro stated.
The 2011 event will be held from May 11-22.
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UPDATE: Fox411.com is now reporting that Lohan has some “reservations” and has not yet officially signed on.
Lindsay Lohan‘s come a long way since her years as a Disney star. It’s just been confirmed that the troubled actress will play Linda Lovelace in the independent movie Inferno.
Lovelace, real name Linda Susan Boreman, was a porn star best known for her work in 1972’s Deep Throat.
“We’ve all thought that Lindsay would be a great choice for a while now, and we’re all convinced that she is going to do it,” producer Wali Razaqi said. “For at least a year, the director Matthew Wilder and I have gone back and forth imagining how awesome of a performance she could give if she was in the movie.”
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Once again, the Cannes Film Festival will begin with a non-French film. Last year, Up became the first animated feature to receive the international spotlight. This year, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will be the selection opening the prestigious event.
The film - which tells the early years of the legend - stars Russell Crowe as the titular character - and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. The story was written by Brian Helgeland, the man behind L.A Confidential (another Crowe film).
When a movie is annoyingly difficult to spell (I can never seem to get Inglourious Basterds right on the first try), you know the film’s going to generate mixed emotions. Although the crowds were eager to welcome Brad Pitt and director Quentin Tarantino to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the reception to their WWII era film was a bit uneven.
Preview the trailer here then read the early reviews after the jump.
The Dark Knight might be the thing we most remember Heath Ledger by, but it wasn’t the Oscar winner’s last film. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Heath plays a member of a theater troupe that has made a series of pacts with the devil. Their deals allow audience members to explore their imaginations through a magical mirror.
Although it’s not known whether Parnassus will ever be distributed stateside, the movie - which Ledger was filming when he died - is being shown at Cannes this week. Johnny Depp, one of Heath’s three fill-ins, is expected to be at the screening this Friday.
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Although opening night at the Cannes Film Festival is usually dedicated to a French film, the 62nd annual event will be going in an entirely new direction. On May 13, a Disney production is getting the spotlight.
Up, the first animated feature to ever kick off the international event, is Pixar’s first PG-rated film since 2004’s The Incredibles. The comedy tells the story of a retired balloon salesman (voiced by Ed Asner) who decides to carry out his deceased wife’s dream of traveling to South America. Unfortunately, he accidentally takes an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer along for the ride.
The film, which is also being released in 3-D, was directed by Pete Docter, the same man who helmed Monsters, Inc. and co-wrote Toy Story. Up doesn’t officially debut until May 29, but you can read a few of the glowing reviews after the jump.
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