The Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced Thursday morning in Paris with a relatively un-starry group of titles making up the as-yet incomplete competition slate.
Among the highest-profile films out of competition are Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, which will see Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett swathe up the red carpet on May 12, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf (who first came to Cannes a couple of years ago for the fourth Indiana Jones) and Carey Mulligan are also thus likely to put in an appearance on the Croisette.
Doug Liman’s CIA/political thriller Fair Game will bring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts to the Riviera while Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is set to screen out of competition. Watts also stars in that film as do Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin (also in Wall Street), Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto.
The 16 films in competition will be augmented in coming days as festival director Thierry Fremaux intends to add extra titles. For the moment, fanboys will be happy to see Takeshi Kitano return to competition with Outrage while art-house lovers have Mike Leigh (Another Year), Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt By the Sun 2) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful) to ponder. A full lineup of films across the main competition, special screenings and Un Certain Regard sections can be found here.
On the jury side of things, Tim Burton will be joined by such luminaries as Kate Beckinsale and Benicio Del Toro.
The jury, however, is still out as to whether Brad Pitt will once again grace the red carpet as it has yet to be determined if a film he’s starring in, Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, will be ready in time for the festival.
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According to the Hollywood Insider blog, Rachel Weisz is gearing up to play Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, a spec script about the immediate days following President Kennedy's assassination. Weisz's fiancée, Darren Aronofsky, will direct and produce.
Also producing is Aronofsky's producing partner Scott Franklin and their Protozoa Pictures.
Steven Spielberg had been said to be involved in some manner, but HI reports that is not the case. CAA has put together a package that they are now shopping to the major studios, although the agency did not confirm this to HI.
Noah Oppenheim's script takes place over the four days between Kennedy's assassination and his burial.
Deadline.com reports that Universal Pictures has acquired the $65 million Ted, an R-rated comedy that will mark the feature directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane.
The film, which was developed by Media Rights Capital, is a comedy about a man and his teddy bear.
The feature will mix live action and CG with MacFarlane also co-starring and providing the voice for the title character. The Hollywood Insider blog says the story centers on a seemingly normal man who, as a child, made a wish that he could talk to his bear, only to have his bear come alive.
The bear grows up alongside the man but one day the man's girlfriend poses an ultimatum: her or the bear. Sources told HI that MacFarlane wants to cast Mila Kunis, who has voiced Meg Griffin on Family Guy since 1999, as the girlfriend.
MacFarlane wrote the script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. He will produce with MRC, Scott Stuber and John Jacobs.
Deadline says the plan is for the film to go into production this year.
While the Miramax auction has brought two sets of brothers to the fore, the MGM saga may now have its own set of siblings to contend with.
The Financial Times reports that Tony and Ridley Scott have emerged as surprise candidates to steer the studio back to solvency after submitting a restructuring plan to the studio’s lenders.
The brothers have expressed interest in running MGM, people familiar with the situation told the FT. The paper said it was unclear whether their proposal would involve combining the brothers' Scott Free with MGM, or if they are seeking a stake in the recapitalized studio.
Thus far, two offers have come in for MGM - one from Time Warner at $1.5 billion and the other from Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik, who has proposed a restructuring deal that would include cash. Earlier this week, it was reported that Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media had offered to finance the studio's films with a $500 million fund.
Creditors, who were seeking offers in the $2 billion range, are said to be leaning instead towards a debt-for-equity swap and an injection of new capital to create a standalone company.
Anna Friel is in negotiations to join the cast of Dark Fields, which already includes Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friel will play Cooper's ex-wife in the Neil Burger-directed thriller.
Cooper plays a down-and-out writer who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter. Despite sudden financial and social success, he soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects. Before long, mysterious antagonists are pursuing him.
Universal will distribute via Relativity's Rogue Pictures.
Fields is produced by Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf as well as Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity's Tucker Tooley will serve as executive producer.
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As exclusively reported by Wiretap on March 10, it has now been confirmed that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will open the Cannes Film Festival.
Organizers announced the selection on Friday in Paris.
The Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett-starrer will debut out of competition on May 12 in Cannes.
You can check out the trailer for Robin Hood, below:
With the Oscars fading into memory, it's time to look forward to the industry's next big glitzy affair: the Cannes Film Festival, where, Wiretap is hearing, a band of merry men may be making their way up the red carpet on opening night.
According to information we've received, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood is tipped to open the festival. Further, it's also been whispered that French passport holder Oliver Stone will screen his Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps out of competition.
The US release date for Robin Hood is May 14, so, given that the festival opens on May 12, the timing would make sense.
Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux, however, told Wiretap, "No decision has been made because we still have films to see for the opening night slot."
Universal Pictures International France marketing director Stephane Rethore had essentially the same thing to say, "nothing is confirmed," he told Wiretap.
Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Danny Huston and William Hurt among others in a Brian Helgeland action/adventure spin on the classic tale.
As for Wall Street, the US release date is currently (as per IMDB) set for April 23 while the French release date is May 5, a week before the festival opens. Word is over here that the Fox film is thus likely to screen rather than have an official selection premiere at the festival.
Stone's sequel to the 1987 iconic treatise on greed again stars Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko. The corporate raider, just released from prison, hooks up with a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) for a new round of high-stakes exploits. Also in the cast are Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella and Charlie Sheen reprising his role from the original as Bud Fox.
Scott Caan has been selected for the role of Danny "Danno" Williams on CBS' updated version of Hawaii Five-O.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Caan will be a guest star on the Hawaii pilot because of his commitment to HBO's Entourage. He will then segue to Hawaii as a regular if the pilot is picked up to series.
The new Hawaii is from CBS Studios, Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov.
It centers on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). The Williams character is a New Jersey cop who has recently undergone an acrimonious divorce and has transferred to Hawaii to be near his daughter. Forced to partner with McGarrett, Danno is initially leery of their association.
The character's name was immortalized by McGarrett's catchphrase, "Book 'em, Danno!" which closed most episodes of the original series.
Robert De Niro will join Bradley Cooper in Relativity Media's suspense thriller The Dark Fields.
The project starts shooting in Philadelphia in May and is, notes Variety, the first big-screen deal the actor has made since he switched from WME to CAA in January.
The story centers on a down-and-out NYC writer who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success. De Niro will play a brilliant financial mogul who begins pursuing Cooper's character, Variety explains.
Neil Burger is directing. Scott Kroopf, Leslie Dixon and Ryan Kavanaugh are producing while Tucker Tooley is exec producing. Dixon wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Alan Glynn.
House star Olivia Wilde is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Craig in Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens.
The Heat Vision blog reports that Wilde would play a character named Ella who joins up with mysterious gunslinger in an unlikely uprising against an alien invasion.
Craig recently took over the role of gunslinger Zeke Jackson after Robert Downey, Jr. dropped out.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing and wrote the script with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also producing along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.