Is anyone else still hyperventilating from Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio's disturbingly gorgeous Cannes appearance? You too? Ok, I'm glad it's not just me. After seven long years, Brad made a triumphant return to the film festival earlier this week, and that's all I've been able to focus on, really. I don't know if it's the hair or the fact that he's single, but Brad can still get it, Tbh. Oh, and so can Seth Rogen! Here's what you missed this week.
However, the festival offers a whole lot of cinema beyond the most obvious headline-grabbing ingredients. With 69 films in the Official Selection and dozens more in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, Cannes had plenty of opportunities to celebrate new work from auteur mainstays and major discoveries from new talents. Here are the major highlights.
“A Hidden Life”
Terrence Malick is back.
Good news from Cannes for anyone who went off Quentin Tarantino when he started making westerns and war films: the director has gone back to his Pulp Fiction roots with Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, a terrific 1960s-set drama starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“The Ballad of Richard Jewell” is based on the story of a security guard who was considered a possible suspect of a bombing that took place Atlanta’s Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Billy Ray wrote the screenplay based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article from Marie Brenner that describes how Jewell, originally hailed by the media as a hero for alerting police to the presence of a bomb and helping evacuate the area, became linked as the FBI’s prime suspect in the Olympic Park bombing, completely upending his life in the process.
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Eastwood has been
The film is being produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, who along with Eastwood have a deal at WB, making this shift in studios confirmed Friday less than a shocker. Jonah Hill and Kevin Misher are also producing along with Malipaso’s Eastwood, Tim Moore and Jessica Meier, and Misher Films’ Andy Berman.
Eastwood, who last directed Warners’ The Mule, will start shooting next month.
Hill was at one time attached to play Jewell, the security guard whose life was turned upside down after it was leaked by law enforcement to a reporter that he was a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Eastwood has had his eye on “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” for some time, and was in talks to take on the project several years ago when it was at Fox before he eventually shifted his focus to another property. Following the success of his most recent drama, “The Mule,” the director began looking again for his next project and came back to “Richard Jewell,” which was now a part of Fox-Disney following the recent merger of the two studios.
There was a chance that the movie could have stayed at Fox-Disney, marking a reunion between Eastwood and Alan Horn, the current Disney Studios chief who worked with the filmmaker when he was the head of Warner Bros.
According to a new report, Akira will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. On that date, it will be doing battle with the recently announced John Wick: Chapter 4. Previously, Warner Bros. had an untitled event movie slated for May 14. They bumped that release back by a week and have revealed that movie to be Akira. Beyond the release date, we know that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be a producer on the project,
Clint Eastwood, whose production company has called Warners home for decades, is on board to direct and produce the project, which he hopes to shoot later this year.
The untitled project had been set up at Fox since 2014, with Jonah Hill initially attached to play Jewell and Leonardo DiCaprio on board to play his attorney. The two remain connected to the project as producers. Tim Moore, Jessica Meier,Kevin Misher and Jennifer Davisson, DiCaprio’s partner at Appian Way, are also producing.
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The studio announced the date on Friday, two days after pushing the release of “DC Super Pets” back a year, avoiding opening against “John Wick 4.” Lionsgate revealed earlier this week that it would debut “John Wick 4” on the 2021 date following “John Wick: Chapter 3’s” highly successful launch.
Warner Bros. will shoot “Akira” in California and receive an $18.5 million tax credit, the California Film Commission announced in April. “Akira,” based on a manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo, and set in a post-apocalyptic 2060 Tokyo, will generate an estimated $92 million in qualified spending, including $43 million in wages to 200 below-the-line crew members and more than 5,000 extras/stand-ins. The project is scheduled to film entirely in California over the course of 71 days.
DiCaprio is producing
A new logline for the film was also released that confirms the film will be set in Neo-Tokyo and not the Neo-Manhattan setting that was previously rumored. That’ll make fans happy! That logline reads:
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.
When previously talking about the movie and his vision, Waititi made it very clear that he would cast teenage Asians in the lead roles. He’s obviously looking to avoid any kind of whitewashing controversy. When asked about the casting, he said:
"Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent.
The Thor: Ragnarok helmer is officially directing, as Deadline first broke back in 2017, and the pic produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way shingle recently received a $18.5 million tax credit from California per Dominic Patten. On its new date, Akira will smack up against Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4.
Today’s release date news arrives after yesterday’s headlines that Waititi is stepping away from directing Netflix’s Michael Jackson pet chimpanzee pic Bubbles.
The live-action project has been gestating for a number of years, an adaptation of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume classic graphic novel. Akira was made into a famed 1988 anime film directed by Otomo. Pic’s logline: A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it
Cut to two years later and I have yet to feel differently about the 55-year-old actor, who is currently doing press for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with another eternally handsome A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio. The two looked so hot in their recent Esquire spread that it was frankly a little uncomfortable. And don't get me started on Brad in a tuxedo and bow tie, hamming it up on the red carpet in Cannes.
Given Ouatih's July release date, we can plan on seeing a lot more of Brad in the coming months. He's also starring as an astronaut in the upcoming adventure drama Ad Astra,
“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is set to direct the remake of the Japanese anime that is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and released by Warner Bros.
The event film will open on May 21, 2021.
More to come…
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Taking place in 1969, the film will also be backdropped by the Manson Family murders, with Margot Robbie portraying Sharon Tate. In case you're wondering how that real-life tragedy will intersect with Tarantino's fictional characters, the new footage reveals that Cliff's girlfriend will introduce him to cult leader Charles Manson, and Rick is seen living next door to Tate.
Elaborating on the premise at CinemaCon nearly a year ago, Tarantino said, "It takes place at the height of the counter-culture explosion, at the height of the hippie revolution,
This has been an excellent Cannes, despite a middling opener from Jim Jarmusch – a tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy called The Dead Don’t Die, which was moderately amusing when we were hoping for immoderately.
It is not merely that great work has been presented by the established old-stagers and silverback gorillas of the festival’s history; there has been great work from newer names and younger voices, too. There were outstanding films by Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach and Quentin Tarantino, each of whom delivered thoroughly characteristic work, but deeply satisfying for all that. Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory is a complex, absorbing auto-fiction based on the director’s own life. Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, with its well-researched screenplay by Paul Laverty, is
The darkly comic film — starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie — had its world premiere in Cannes on Tuesday, where it was well-received by critics. But the movie's first honor was not for the A-list lineup or legendary director, but instead for a four-legged member of the star-studded cast.
Brandy plays the pit bull pet of Pitt's character, Cliff Booth — an animal with some considerable screen time who plays a crucial role in at least one scene. She won the Palm Dog ...
Those coming in search of some hot outfits and elaborate get-ups would not be disappointed, but the big movie star turnout we
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