The Cannes Film Festival: where big name Hollywood stars and renowned American directors rub shoulders with the global elite. It's like moviedom's version of the Olympics, filmmakers and performers from around the world spend a week along the beaches of France, showing off their latest work in hopes of generating buzz and finding breakout success.
This year's slate of films sports plenty of recognizable faces: Ryan Gosling reteams with his Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn for Only God Forgives; the Coen Bros. will show their loose Dave Van Ronk biopic starring Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie Behind The Candelabra touts Matt Damon and Michael Douglas; and the "Out of Competition" category boasts Emma Watson's bad girl crime pic Bling Ring and the James Franco-directed Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying. A packed roster.
On top of that, Cannes 2013 also has an eclectic collection of foreign films that look equally fascinating — if they can live side by side with the Hollywood elite, that means something.
Dive in to the full lineup below and watch out for Hollywood.com's coverage of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when the debuts begin in mid-May:
Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
CompetitionOnly God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-RefnLa Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo SorrentinoBehind The Candelabra, Steven SoderberghThe Immigrant, dir: James GrayVenus In Fur, dir: Roman PolanskiStraw Shield, dir: Takashi MiikeNebraska, dir: Alexander PayneJeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois OzonThe Past, dir: Asghar FarhadiInside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan CoenJimmy P., dir: Arnaud DesplechinHeli, dir: Amat EscalanteGrisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh HarounLike Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-EdaLa Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif KechicheBorgman, dir: Alex Vann WarmerdamA Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke JiaMichael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud DespallièresUn Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of CompetitionBlood Ties, dir: Guillaume CanetAll Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
Un Certain RegardThe Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)Omar, dir: Hany Abu-AssadDeath March, dir: Adolfo Alix, JrFruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler*The Bastards, dir: Claire DenisNorte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav DiazAs I Lay Dying, dir: James FrancoMiele, dir: Valeria Golino*L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain GuiraudieBends, dir: Flora Lau*L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy PanhLa Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez*Anonymousv, dir: Mohammad RasoulofSarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud*Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
Midnight ScreeningsBlind Detective, dir: Johnnie ToMonsoon Shootout, dir: Amit Kumar*
Homage To Jerry LewisMax Rose, dir: Daniel Noah
Special ScreeningsSeduced And Abandoned, dir: James TobackWeekend Of A Champion, dir: Roman PolanskiMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, dir: Stephen FrearsStop The Pounding Heart, dir: Roberto MinerviniBite The Dust, dir: Taisia Igumentseva (Cinéfondation)*
Gala Screening in honor of IndiaBombay Talkies, dirs: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar
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Summer TV is a bit relaxed. There's a whole lot of disposable reality and a few nuggets of really great entertainment, but by the time we reach the end of August it's hard to remember where we've been. Blame it on the sweltering heat or too many days spent sunning ourselves at the beach, but I bet we're all in need of a bit of a refresher. So, here they are, the biggest moments from Summer TV.
Eric and Sookie Consummate Their Relationship in a Fairy Tale Forest
Finally. FINALLY. When Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) finally find themselves alone in a forest, it takes all but a few seconds for them to ravage each other but it was like we could all feel the blanket of collective vicarious sexual frustration lifted as True Blood fans everywhere got what they’d been waiting for seasons for. Of course, in full True Blood fashion, it looks like the euphoric couple is consummating their relationship in some idyllic forest our of a Disney movie which makes it all that much more depraved and delicious.
America Embraces a Man in a Dog Suit
Wait, so it’s a show about Elijah Wood and his best friend is a guy who wears a dog suit? Oh, the guy is a dog? But why is he wearing a dog suit? It’s all in Elijah Wood’s imagination? But how does that work? Aren’t people going to notice he’s talking to the dog like it’s a human? Wait, the dog smokes weed? What is going on? And that, my friends is how FX got their highest rated comedy premiere ever. This perplexing reincarnation of the successful Australian series, Wilfred, owes much of its humor and charm to its Australian lead, Justin Gann, and while it teeters on the brink of overly-gimmicky, continues to be an intriguing presence in the Summer lineup.
Lady Gaga is Brought to Tears on So You Think You Can Dance
It was the case for many seasons that choreographer Mia Michaels was the queen of crying on So You Think You Can Dance. The woman was consistently moved by touching performances again and again, so much so that even as a former dancer and current lover of the art form, I was starting to get a little tired of seeing the water works. But this season took the cake when Lady Gaga stopped by, and not to be outdone by anyone ever, completely broke down and balled her eyes out while watching one duo perform a contemporary routine to Jeff Buckley’s “I Know It’s Over.” Of course, she had some equally sappy commentary to add to her gushing tears.
Two Macho Shows Take Their Final Victory Laps
Both Rescue Me and Entourage began their final seasons this summer. Two pinnacles of manly arrogance will soon be relegated to Blu-ray and DVD collections – or Netflix instant in these times of gimme-what-I-want-right-now. Of course, while Rescue Me’s Denis Leary and Entourage’s Jeremy Piven may share their knacks for lovable arrogance, their characters couldn’t be more different. In these trying times, we watch Piven’s Ari Gold fight to make more money from the Taylor Lautners and the Vincent Chases of the world while dealing with the wrath of his soon-to-be ex wife. Leary’s Tommy Gavin however, is still dealing with the mental repercussions of his experiences on 9/11 and the season will end its run on Sept. 7, just a mere four days before the 10th anniversary of the horrific event, which is pretty powerful timing. Rescue Me: 1. Entourage: 0.
Bachelorette Ashley Hebert Finds True Love – For Real This Time, No, We’re Serious
The Bachelorette delivered her final rose in Fiji, and against her sister’s will, chose Long Island’s J.P. Rosenbaum over Ben Flajnik (who’ll get his second chance at love as the new Bachelor next season). When Ashley Hebert shared the happy news with Rosenbaum, he got down on one knee and proposed and at least so far this Summer, it’s smooth sailing for the happy couple. And it seems the couple has taken the media’s constant inquiry as a challenge to strengthen their relationship. “You make it through something like this together, you can make it through anything,” said the New York construction manager. Well, here’s hoping these two will be the only Bachelor series couple to land on the Trista and Ryan side of things.
Kim Kardashian X-Rays Her Butt
It was only a matter of time before this event graced our televisions, really. And it’s all our fault. If we the collective consumers of pop culture weren’t so enamored with Kim’s derierre, some of us wouldn’t have started to question its validity with entire websites devoted to proving its falsity with rumors of butt implants exploding on airplanes. Yes, someone actually wrote that up as a legitimate news post…on a blog about Kim’s butt. This oh-so classy occurrence was the straw that broke the camel’s back-end and Kim’s sisters marched her straight to the plastic surgeon so he could x-ray and analyze Kim’s rear end on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I’m not sure which was more shocking – the fact that this happened and we watched it or the fact that the first people Kim showed the x-ray to were her mother and her step-dad. Strange folks, those Kardashian kids.
Nancy Botwin Switches Teams Momentarily
Weeds’ Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) has always been a highly sexual being. She’s managed to get married twice and get busy countless times with strangers played by Zac Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), drug dealers, DEA agents, CEOs of major corporations, you name it. Nancy is a bit of a freak. So it only makes sense that at some point – this point being the first episode of Season 7 – Nancy changes it up a bit and shares a passionate kiss with Zoya, her cellmate at the women’s prison. Of course it turns out this new love was all part of a scheme to get her hands on Zoya’s assets (and Zoya’s brother, hubba hubba) outside of the clink, but it was a monumental moment and the culmination of Nancy’s sexual exploration nonetheless.
Entourage Has a Serious Discussion About a Rubber Phallus
We’ve already mentioned that it’s Entourage’s final season and that its flimsy, glitzy plot is put to shame by the gravity and relevancy of Rescue Me’s concurrent final season, but this moment is enough by itself to merit an entire slot on this countdown. When Vince needs to take a drug test after witnessing an old friend’s suicide where copious amounts of cocaine was present, he panics because he smoked a joint a few days prior. Clearly the solution is for him for get a fake penis and fill it with someone else’s urine so he can pass his drug test. But we’re not here to talk about the penis or the fact that when Vince passes the drug test he and his friends throw it around like teenage girls at a pillow fight, we’re here to talk about the intense, all-too-serious discussion that goes down in the courthouse bathroom after Vince flashes E with the fake phallus. It’s sort of the epitome of this show; we encounter a discussion that brings up the longest running theme in the whole show but its credibility is cut down by the fact that the subject of the discussion is a rubber penis hanging out of Vince’s pants. So perfect, so Entourage.
Snooki and The Situation Try To Give Ronnie and Sam a Run For Their Money
Finally, right at the end of the summer, we find the return of Jersey Shore and this time, they’re in Italy. Of course, by now we’ve grown tired of Ronnie and Sammy constantly fighting and it seems they have too because instead of throwing furniture and stomping around, it seems that this season Sammy just walks outside and cries. Which is about as much as we can handle with these two. Of course, we need someone to be fighting, so luckily The Situation insists he has feelings for Snooki who’s got a long-term boyfriend back at home. And boom goes the dynamite. It’s really far more entertaining to see these two firecrackers fight because with Ronnie and Sam, fighting was what made them interesting, and with Mike and Snooks, they are already interesting which makes their fights that much better. Oh trashy television, how you fix us so.
S7E9: This week, Weeds managed to make a simple half-hour episode feel like an hour and a half. So, so many things went down. After last week’s cliffhanger, there was a lot of clean-up to do and most of it wrapped up way too easily. Luckily, Silas is still a beautiful, dumb young man and his lust gets the better of him, which in turn screws over his entire family. It’s just too bad we saw the whole thing coming from a mile away.
“I have people who need things. Child people.” – Nancy
Let’s deal with Nancy first, since she’s in the biggest conundrum. She wakes up at the CEO’s townhouse, immediately tells him about the wire because she feels a connection to him after a single night and wants to give him time to escape. He kicks her out and the SEC starts calling her to discuss all the narcotics conversations and useless information about the company that she recorded on that very eventful night. She eventually goes back to him later that day to apologize and he’s ridiculously understanding, asks her to come with him to his secret island haven and when she says she can’t he gives her the keys to his townhouse and the first letter of the island: B. This was all far too easy, far too simple and honestly a little too sweet, but I guess they needed to let Aiden Quinn go quickly on his way.
Back at Andy’s store, Zoya starts commandeering every aspect of the shop. She’s manhandling the delivery boys and tearing bikes apart to make them work “better.” She insists she gets access to everything in the shop – front and back – because they’re all partners. So Andy plays her game – if they’re all partners, then he gets a cut of her insane dream of opening up a dog hotel in Vermont with Nancy. He takes it further and tells Zoya that Nancy stayed the night with the CEO. She’s so angry she storms off for the day. Nancy’s worried because the last time she got jealous, she burned her lover alive. I’d like to take a moment to point out how painfully over-the-top and obnoxious Zoya’s character is. Yes, she is supposed to be in some regard, but she’s damn near intolerable.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, Nancy has to answer to the SEC with her useless intel and missing wire. The detective says he’s going to hand her over to the DEA and makes her pay for the wire. It seems that after all these convenient solutions, she may actually be in trouble, but nope. They bring Doug in and in seconds it turns out that the SEC pension plans are tied to the success of the company, so after a slew of colorful metaphors from the colorful metaphor master, Doug, they both walk free. Nancy even gets the tape back and makes a sale to one of the frustrated SEC detectives. I guess that’s pretty badass.
Finally, we’re all relieved when Nancy burns down the townhouse the CEO gave to her – she really has a thing for burning houses men give to her, eh? Using the wire which she didn’t lost at all, Nancy tells Zoya her arson threat to the CEO is on tape and the Feds will pin the fire and the fact that he’s missing on Zoya. And boom, she's is gone and we’re all fairly relieved. Maybe even moreso than Nancy.
“I have a message for your boss at pouncy-bouncy-whatever-land-place: we’re not going anywhere.” –Silas
Oh yes, the other half of the episode is all about Pouncy House, the worst name for a weed conglomerate in the history of weed conglomerates (which I’m admittedly not that well versed in, but I stand by my statement).
First, after Nancy catches Shane getting out of a cop car and assumes he’s done something wrong again, she gets even more angry when she finds he’s doing an internship with the police so he can help her. She says it doesn’t work that way as she answers a call from the SEC. Hypocrite. Then again, what else is new? Shane pretends to do IT work at the police department – though it wouldn’t have taken a detective to figure out one officer’s password. I sincerely hope the NYPD isn’t as dumb as this episode makes them out to be or we’re all screwed. In his little espionage act, Shane prints out a report about Pouncy House for Nancy, but of course his boss finds out what he did and locks him up. It’s not all the surprising that Shane wouldn’t think about this outcome, but at the same time he should be smart enough to at least know it was coming afterward.
In Silas news, he finds Emma so he can deliver a message to Pouncy House. She gives him advice on the message he should really send to her boss instead of “go f**k yourself” he’s instantly impressed and asks her to go get lunch with him, to which she immediately obliges. And it’s at this moment that most of knew she was definitely going to screw him over, but he continues anyway. He buys her false sob story about the working conditions at Pouncy House and he spills the details about how he and Nancy run his whole operation. She bats her eyelashes and hints that she’s interested in dating him, so he hires her and takes her to Andy’s shop and shows her everything. He then hooks up with her, falls asleep and wakes up to find the entire shop was literally turned upside down – which is a bit much if you ask me – and that everything, including the brain (the computer where all of Silas’ dealing information is stored) is gone and all that’s left is a balloon that says they need to leave and never come back. Oh, and Shane’s illegally obtained Pouncy House folder names Emma as the ringleader of Pouncy House. Duh. What doesn’t make sense to me is that after seven years of learning not to trust a single person, Silas serves his entire business to Michelle Trachtenberg on a silver platter. Yes, he’s desperate for a connection and for a girlfriend, but he can’t be that desperate. He’s a model for godsakes. Also, is Trachtenberg capable of playing anyone other than a Georgina Sparks reincarnate?
Though I’m frustrated at how uncreative the path to this conclusion was, I will say the show is continuing its pattern of mega cliff-hangers, which is a very good thing. Shane is in jail and his boss is suspicious that he’s working with drug dealers and the entire family’s financial health was completely ripped from their clutches. Plus, who’s going to turn Andy’s bike shop right side up again? So many questions left to be answered, so little time left in the season.
S7E8: Well, the classic Weeds cliffhanger seems to be back. Last week, we saw it coming as soon as she stepped foot in Demitri’s apartment, Zoya’s back and she’s pissed. But this week, the show delivered an ending that was just a little too out of control to completely predict and in essence the crux of it is that they’re all completely screwed.
“You’re a lifer, you will always work a system.” –Woman Running the Halfway House
The episode starts out just a little to akin to a soap opera for my tastes; and not the tolerable kind that masquerades as primetime television, but the 2 p.m. variety that somehow weaves witches and spirits into a town run by old money and ancient millionaires. We start right there in Demitri’s apartment where Zoya insists that Nancy belongs to her, they begin hooking up because Nancy realizes it’s the only way to get by with her betrayal – and because she’s totally turned on by Demitri watching from the other room. That Nancy; always such a dirty bird.
After her hookup with Zoya, she runs into Demitri’s room to have sex with him and pick up her Afghan weed. She immediately returns to the halfway house where she finds out she’s been released. The woman who runs the halfway house says she thought she saw potential in Nancy, but now she knows that she’s never going to learn. Of course, Nancy has something smart to say to that, but come on. Nancy is a lifer, whether she likes it or not; we’re just not supposed to say anything because she’s our Nancy, like some sort of beloved, dysfunctional TV cousin.
She almost loses her sweet little deal when the files she brings the SEC are inadequate, but desperate to stay free, Nancy offers up her blooming relationship with the company’s CEO, Foster or is it Chuck? We’ll go with Chuck. That’s what Nancy seems to prefer. They set her up with a wire and send her off on a date, where she stupidly tries to drown the wire in the bathroom. Of course, the hapless, cartoonish woman who works for the SEC runs in to replace it, apologizing to Nancy the whole time. If these are the types of people running the SEC, it’s no wonder we’re in such a financial crisis, but at the same time, way to be late to the game,Weeds. Talking about financial corruption is so last year.
“Carbon footprint, feed the world, yes.” –Andy
Andy’s bike business is being written up by some hipster who writes for the ambiguous style section of one of the copious publications in New York. Silas of course doesn’t want any of this because it could mess with his business, but hey, Andy has a dream too. And it’s legitimate. Poor Andy, let’s allow him to keep his dream for once, right? Not so much.
The publicity brings back Devon (who Nancy outed as a drug dealer earlier this season) and part of his posse, Emma (Michelle Trachtenberg) who immediately takes a liking to Silas on account of his overwhelming handsomeness. They say he should take this as a warning to stop his little weed business before they crush it. Well, we should have seen that coming; it was all going way too smoothly.
Meanwhile, Shane is off interning for the detective. Thankfully, he’s not eating cupcakes and refusing blowjobs from prostitutes like last week, but he is giving us a tour of New York City cop stereotypes 101. Estranged son? Check. (Though he gets extra points for the kid not being his biological son.) Drinking problem? Check. Drinking problem easily chucked out the window when said estranged son won’t accept gift of his non-biological grandfather’s watch from Shane, the messenger? Check. Shane gives the detective advice on how he can win his son back – basically, he shouldn’t be a total mess (like Nancy) so that when his son is ready, the boy will encounter him in a good light. Pretty sound advice from a little sociopath.
“You might want to go away because I don’t like you.” - Zoya
Finally, it all comes together in an elegant little sh*tstorm when Nancy brings Foster back to the apartment/shop. Silas promptly pushes him into the elevator and tries to send him home, but he’s completely wasted and makes his way back into the apartment. Boom, Demetri is also in the shop distributing Afghan weed, and speaking explicitly and loudly about it just before Zoya shows up and continues to talk about this new business venture. Now, Nancy’s still wired but can’t say anything because she doesn’t want Foster to know she’s spying on him because she’ll go back to prison if she fails to get information for the SEC. This spins out of control when Foster witnesses both Demitri and Zoya manhandling Nancy immediately after their romantic date and thus the giant clusterf**k set to classical music commences and it would almost be too cheesy if it didn’t hearken back to the old days of Weeds. Back when Nancy would be completely screwed beyond all get out and we’d sit on the edge of our seats waiting for the next episode because too many things went wrong and there’s no way she could weasel out of it. Well just like those days, we’re hotly anticipating next week’s episode, but we also know Nancy will use her wiles and dumb luck one way or another to wriggle out of it. It’s just a matter of how. Welcome back, classic Weeds, we’ve missed you.
Scenes from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara were reportedly shot in Pamplona, Spain during the famous bull event, part of the annual festival of Sanfermines that involves crowds running in front of a herd of the beasts let loose throughout the town's streets.
The purpose of the event is to transport the bulls from corrals to the bullring where they would later be killed.
But top religious scholars have called on producers to delete the scenes from the film's final version, insisting movie bosses are glorifying an inhumane act.
Religious statesman Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, tells WENN: "Non-violence is a greatest virtue. We have long been out of the caves. Let us get rid of these outdated traditions. (The) World will be a better place without these blood-sports."
Meanwhile, Spanish-American actress Charo has also called for the bull-running scenes to be deleted from the film.
In a letter to the film's director Zoya Akhtar, she writes, "Deriving any pleasure from abusing bulls is something we should all be ashamed of and certainly nothing that should be promoted in a feature film."
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is scheduled for release in April (11).