CANNES, May 15, 2000 -- There are two sides (at least) to everything, right? For example, at the exact same time you want to keep dancing at the tres late rooftop party, you also want to fall asleep for the next 18 hours. At the same time you want to do yoga, you long for a warm chocolate crepe. Marlon Wayans wants to be here to celebrate his role in Darren Aronofsky's (his post-"Pi" flick) new movie, "Requiem for a Dream" at the same time he has to be in Los Angeles for the birth of his new baby. But that's the Cannes Film Festival. The French keep the eternal paradox alive and well.
Other festival tidbits:
-- "A wise man once said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes..." mumbles a voice as Griffin Dunne's new movie, "Famous" starts. Okay, so we all know about that 15 minutes thing, but what co-writing co-stars Laura Kirk and Nat DeWolf and Griffin, who plays a documentarian, want to know is, what happens the five minutes before that fabulous quarter hour.
Mira Sorvino This dead-on hilarious and painful story (the two go together don't they?) follows Lisa Picard, a 29-year-old struggling actress in New York City. Adding to the fun in this terrific comedy is a mix of uncredited celeb cameos (Carrie Fisher, Spike Lee, Penelope Ann Miller, Charlie Sheen, Melissa Gilbert and Sandra Bullock). "Famous" also marks Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino's producing debut.
-- Once you have your 15 minutes of fame you can always book a room and swim in the famous azure pool built into the cliff that flows into the sea. But they only take cash, which is a slight problem this year since the French franc suppliers are on strike and most of the ATM's are dry as a bone.
-- Two films by cinematic royalty, presented Sunday night with glittering fanfare -- "The Golden Bowl," a costume drama presented by Merchant Ivory and featuring Nick Nolte, Uma Thurman and Angelica Houston; and, "Faithless" written by Ingmar Bergman and directed by Liv Ullmann. Both films were more pewter than gold. To be more specific (and OK, meaner) in "The Leaden Bowl" not only do you already know what's going to happen, nobody gets around to doing it for over two hours. And as for Liv Ullmann, she tells us everything and then proceeds to show us everything, twice managing to skip the good parts.
-- Sunday was no day of rest here. It's one thing to enjoy the spectacle of our most popular stars floating up those traditional red steps but it's quite another to turn a corner in the busy corridors of the Carlton Hotel and run into the very friendly and sweet Chris Rock along with that girl-next-door Renee Zellweger and their talented director Neil LaBute. Even here, stars "take meetings." Their movie, "Nurse Betty" has a great shot at actually winning the Palme d'Or (although merit never guarantees victory, don't we know?)
-- Let's face it. The French and their famous Cannes Film Festival have "Un Certain Reputation" for major style and just as major attitude. This means, no matter what's planned, you never really know what's going to happen next which is definitely part of the fun and excitement. But only the French could have a quiet security alert (read: bomb threat) in just a small part of the Palais (yes, it's one huge building complex) as the totally unaware paparazzi continue to bellow as the fans howl into the night. It happened here on Saturday. Happily not a sequin was disturbed and everything was okay.
-- It's just these kind of eccentric idiosyncrasies that artists and brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen revel in. Their latest film, "O Brother, Where Art Though?" stars the usual suspects, John Turturro, Holly Hunter and John Goodman with the classy addition of George Clooney. This twisted and funny (but, of course) jailbreak story is in the competition. We'll see if the Coens shake the Golden Palm one more time. (In 1991, they won the award for "Barton Fink.")
Hopefully this will be a festival where there are no bombs of any kind. (Yeah, right.)
Will Mr. Limpit utter the sounds, "Heh heh. Heh heh heh?" Mike Judge, the cartoon wunderkind and creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill," is in talks to direct and co-write a remake of "The Incredible Mr. Limpit," today’s Daily Variety reports.
The project is set up at Warner Bros., which had been developing a version with Jim Carrey. Carrey has since exited the project, and actors on the short list to star include Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
In the 1964 original, Don Knotts portrayed a mild-mannered man who fell into the water, turned into an animated fish and helped the U.S. Navy spot Nazi submarines.
SO YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A ROCK ’N’ ROLL STAR? Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has teamed up with director Martin Scorsese to co-write and produce a film billed as a no-holds-barred expose of the pop world. A Reuters report says the working title for the film is "The Long Play."
CANNES IF YOU CAN:The Cannes Film Festival today released the list of the 19 films in its main competition. Among the films and directors are Joel Coen ("O brother, where art thou?"), James Ivory ("The Golden Bowl"), Neil Labute ("Nurse Betty"), Liv Ullmann ("Trolosa (The Faithless)") and Aoyama Shinji ("Eureka"). French director Luc Besson will head the jury.
BIG DADDY’S NEXT PROJECT: New Line has made a preemptive purchase of "The Five Joes," a project to be produced by Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Prods. partner Jack Giarraputo. Sandler’s involvement at this point is limited to producer, according to Variety. The pair most recently executive produced the Rob Schneider hit "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
THE DEER HUNTER: Actor Jeff Daniels is helming "Escanaba in da Moonlight," an adaptation of a play he wrote. According to Daily Variety, it's about a family of deer hunters who are cursed because their eldest son has never shot a buck.
‘THE ONION’ FILM TOPS ‘TITANIC’: Todd Hanson, the lead writer of the Wisconsin-based comic newspaper the Onion will write "10th Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell," a DreamWorks Animation project. Get this: Variety says it's about an expansion in hell to make way for an influx of demographers, tobacco lobbyists, ad execs, creators of office-based sitcoms and monopoly law experts retained by major corporations.
ARTIST-AUTHOR DIES: Edward Gorey, whose theater set designs, illustrations and humorously macabre stories (which graced TV's "The Addams Family" and other productions) were once described as "poetic and poisonous," died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 75.