Here are the top stories circulating around the film industry.
1. Cannes Film Festival & Winner
So if you don’t know, Cannes has just officially ended as the grand jury awarded its highest honor, The Palme d’Or (Golden Palm in English) to the best film in the competitive category. If you are unfamiliar with the Cannes Film Festival, it is regarded as the biggest film festival in the world in terms of quality, talent and sheer publicity as filmmakers, actors, producers and execs all meet in the city of Cannes in Southern France to watch some of the most beautiful films ever created. This year’s winner is Amour (Love) written and directed by Michael Haneke. It is a French film and most entries are foreign entries (non-American), but it is truly an honor to be regarded as the best from the Cannes Film Festival. Some pretty notable winners of the Palme d’Or were The Tree of Life, The White Ribbon, Pulp Fiction, The Pianist and Fahrenheit 9/11.
2. The Dark Knight Rises Marketing in High Gear
If you haven’t noticed, there have been a slew of The Dark Knight Rises posters, banners, images, interviews, etc. all around the web recently. It’s like The Avengers marketing scheme all over again. But this time, they know they have to compete with a comic book film that set the bar pretty high. But some of the things that we’ve seen already is pretty impressive. Here are some of my favorite images.
And this is the coolest.
3. Django Unchained Footage Released!
If you are a die-hard Quentin Tarintino fan like I am, then this news will get you super excited. During the Cannes festival, The Weinstein Company released some footage from three of their new movies coming out this fall for the Awards circuit, and one of them was footage from Tarintino’s new film, Django Unchained. His latest film is located in the South pre-Civil War as an escaped slave named Django teams up with a barber to find his trapped wife by an evil plantation owner. Now, this is definitely something Tarintino would love to work on as you can imagine the amount of swearing, violence, racism and revenge there will be within this fun and exciting feature. The cast itself is impressive. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio (as the evil and racist plantation owner!), Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, and much more. And for the reactions? Well, what else would you expect. Here is the response.
4. The Great Gatsby Trailer
Unfortunately, I had high hopes for this film, and though Baz Luhrmann has his traditional and exotic ways with his films, I had faith that he would deliver what I expected to be a true and honest depiction of the classic written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think if Fitzgerald saw this trailer he would be totally WTF?! This is not the tone of the book nor is it appropriate of the era. Now, before people go all Nazi on me, I understand this is a trailer and not necessarily capturing the film itself, but from the music choice to the vibrant colors and tones, this film just looks like a major disappointment. I mean, Jay-Z and Kanye West?! I didn’t know the Safe House trailer was so legit…And one last note, Tobey Maguire should never be able to have a voice over cause all I think about is his monotone Spider-Man.
5. The Master Trailer
Now for a much better and captivating trailer…Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, The Master, centered around a WWII veteran who goes throuh some traumatic experiences, starts his own religion. Pretty intense and stark material. But for PTA, this is nothing new. The director who created some classics as Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood is known for pushing his film to new boundaries with his writing, acting, visuals, score and editing. With watching this trailer, this seems like ordinary genius from Anderson. And what a comeback for Joaquin Phoenix.