The first female director to win the Palme d'Or said she 'can't wait' until May
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Sunday 23 May 2010
Monday 17 May 2010
Iceland's volcanic ash has cast a dark cloud over the legendary Cannes Amfar fundraising dinner, one of the swankiest tickets in town and hosted by Sharon Stone. Sadly, Stone will miss the event because of ash cloud fears, according to Screen magazine. Sean Penn, meanwhile, has pulled out of the world premiere of Fair Game – the only American film in the selection for the Palme d'Or, in which he stars. His absence is due to a Senate committee hearing in Washington on Haiti, which he does not want to miss.
Sunday 16 May 2010
Sunday 16 May 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
Douglas offers old excuses
When a fellow member of the press stood up at the press conference of Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and congratulated the Hollywood actor Michael Douglas for looking good at 65, the actor visibly winced, admitting some minutes later that the film offers weren't as abundant as they had been some years ago.
Friday 14 May 2010
The BBC is planning a film adaptation of Paul Torquay's romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, to star Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. The script will be written by Simon Beaufoy, who wielded the pen behind the eight Oscars-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Thursday 13 May 2010
Sir Ian McKellen, who has mastered a dazzling panoply of Shakespearean roles on stage and is considered one of the most serious screen talents of his generation, is to star in a low-budget zombie costume drama set in the rural backwaters of Britain.
Wednesday 07 April 2010
Friday 05 February 2010
William Shimell – British opera's answer to George Clooney – turns up to talk about playing the evil genius Don Alfonso in the Covent Garden Cosi fan tutte (which he's currently singing to acclaim), but the score he's nervously clutching is that of Stravinsky's Rake. The singer playing the evil genius in that show is seriously off-colour: if he flakes out, Shimell – a noted exponent of that role, and conveniently on hand – will have to step in. "Do you mind," he asks, "if I keep my mobile on?"
Sunday 26 July 2009
Monday 29 June 2009
Last week was Cannes week. In boom time, that means that pretty much the entire London creative community with access to an expenses account decamps to the South of France for a few days of eating, drinking and messing about on yachts. In recession, it means that boasting about the size of your vessel has been replaced with boasting about the poverty of your accommodation. Some adlanders even took their tents but plenty didn't go at all.
Monday 22 June 2009
I could tell you about Cannes – the Cannes Advertising Festival. But really most of London’s adland seems barely to have noticed that this is Cannes week.
Friday 29 May 2009
Thursday 28 May 2009
Monday 25 May 2009
It is impossible to second-guess Cannes juries. They have consistently confounded critics' expectations, giving top prizes to films no-one tipped in advance while overlooking titles that reviewers thought were near-masterpieces. This year, for once, Jury President Isabelle Huppert and her colleagues were spoilt. The 2009 Competition was one of the strongest in recent memory. Even so, Huppert and co still managed to startle us... at least a little.
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