TIME and LA Times on the Palme

TIME Mag on how it will go down: Here’s what we do know. On Sunday evening, at 7:30 Cannes time, Jury President Sean Penn will start announcing these awards: the Palme d’Or (best picture), a Grand Jury Prize (runner-up), Jury Prize (honorable mention), Best Director...

Penn and the Oscars

Dissing the group who snubbed him last year, the AFP reports on Penn at a press conference: “The best way to be honest is to try to emancipate ourselves from the effects of fashion, to try to find what will stay with us forever,” he said in an interview with French...

Predicting Cannes

Nathaniel over at The Film Experience has a list of the films he think will do well on Sunday. Check it out. It’s easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking the Palme will go to the films we hear the most about in the press, which usually means films that have the...

Sinking Dollar Raining on Cannes Parade

My mother tells me I’m a pessimist and it’s true; if there was a religion for it, you know, always looking on the dark side of life, I’d probably belong to it. Apparently the dollar has sunk so low it is preventing Americans from spending their dough at Cannes,...

Cannes Reportage

Like it or not, Jeff Wells does do some of the best reporting from the Cannes film fest – that is, if you can get past his strange personal details (actually, those are maybe the best things about his site in the first place?), like how he lost his camera on the plane....

Cannes to Watch

The Cannes lineup and screening guide has gone up and from the looks of it, and from Oscar’s standpoint, there are some titles to keep an eye on. Those are: Official Selections: Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Clint Eastwood Che (The Argentine;...

Blindness to Open Cannes, What Just Happened to Close It

Variety reports that Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness will indeed play at Cannes and will, in fact, open it. This should come as good news to the AD readers who kept bugging us to give the film some coverage. What Just Happened stars Robert DeNiro as an aging producer who is...

The Year of the Che

A few years back I was actually dabbling in writing, or adapting, a Che screenplay for a small production company in LA. Back then, though, it was exactly the wrong political climate to make such a film. Now, it’s all the rage. With Soderbergh set to release his Che duo...

Soderbergh’s Che Films Compete at Cannes After All

There was some grumbling about whether Steven Soderbergh would take his double Che pic to Cannes being that it wasn’t quite ready yet, but Variety has announced that, indeed, Soderbergh will be there and will thus send the awards machine into full throttle. Here is the full...

Has Success Ruined SXSW?

Salon’s Andrew O’Herir ponders the happenings at South By: “South by,” as veterans inevitably start calling it, isn’t trying to elbow its way into the top rank of world festivals, the way Tribeca is, and it isn’t a major film-industry event,...