Thierry Fremaux is making the selfie ban a personal mission. The Cannes Film Festival artistic director, who has long spoken out against “grotesque” selfies in an effort to return the event to a more elegant place — at least as the red carpet is concerned — stood at the top of the Palais steps just after 6 p.m. With more than an hour to go before the official kick-off of the opening-night ceremony, Fremaux noticed one male attendee carrying a phone in his hand. Though the man was not taking a photo and only holding the phone in a visible manner, Fremaux motioned to a male staffer and whispered in his ear. Once the man looked up, Fremaux waved his finger to signal, "no," as the practice of personal photography is not allowed anymore starting this year. Just as he did that, two American female attendees asked a security guard at the double doors at the entrance to the theater to take a photo of them. Knowing the ban was now in place, the woman said, "But is it … [Read more...] about Cannes Opening Night: Festival Boss Thierry Fremaux Helps Enforce Selfie Ban
Come May, two things will be missing from this year's Cannes Film Festival: films from streaming services and red-carpet selfies.In an exclusive interview with French magazine Le Film Français on Friday, festival director Thierry Fremaux announced changes to the prestigious event, which is in its 71st year and will run from May 8 to 19.Shaking things up, Fremaux declared that films from Netflix and other streaming services would not be eligible to compete for the Palme d'Or, the highest prize awarded at the film festival.Last year, two Netflix films -- Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories" -- were allowed in the competition, a decision that Fremaux said "created an enormous controversy that has echoed around the globe."The disagreement stemmed from conflict between Netflix wanting to debut films on its streaming service and a law known as French cultural exception, which has specific requirements for when films can move from theaters to other platforms … [Read more...] about Cannes Film Festival bans Netflix films from competition. Also, no more selfies.
2001: A Space Odyssey will be returning to theaters for its 50th anniversary, after a screening of a new 70mm print makes its debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Dunkirk and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is actually making his first ever trip to Cannes to introduce the new print of the movie, which he personally helped oversee for Warner Bros. This special screening of 2001 is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, before the movie is re-released in select theaters on May 18 in 70mm. Director Stanley Kubrick's legendary sci-fi movie was originally released in 70mm in 1968 and Warner Bros., with the help of Christopher Nolan, wanted to give modern audiences that same experience. Kubrick is one of the most important filmmakers in history, but 2001: A Space Odyssey is easily one of his most iconic works and is generally considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. Here's what Nolan had to say about the movie and the 70mm print he helped bring to life. For … [Read more...] about 2001: A Space Odyssey Returns to Theaters for 50th Anniversary
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman and season five of Netflix's House of Cards.] The season-five finale of House of Cards ends with two now-famous words: "My turn." Throughout the Netflix series, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) has gone from wife to first lady and vice president, now emerging as the first female president in the political thriller's fictional realm. Her character has taken the power from her male counterpart and husband, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), something that had been hinted at in the past two seasons and finally came to fruition. For the actress who plays her, it's Wright's turn also. On the series, she has gone from starring alongside Spacey to stepping into the role of executive producer and taking multiple seats in the director's chair, helming a total of nine episodes to date. The Claire-centric final two installments of the new season, however, prove to be the most crucial episodes to the series' future and potential … [Read more...] about ‘House of Cards’ Star Robin Wright on Claire’s Rise and Pivotal Season 5 Finale Fate
Several days after the Cannes festival ended, industry parents delivered a letter to director Thierry Fremaux to notify him of all the ways in which the event could be more accommodating to children. This year, complaints were filed over mothers being turned away from the Marche du Film for their kids not having badges as well as being forced to breastfeed outside. At press time, the letter had been signed by more than 340 people, including Amazon's Ted Hope, Oscar-nominated writer Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), filmmaker Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenager Girl) and Sundance Institute's Liz Manashil. (The Cannes press office, closed for vacation through June 6, could not be reached for comment.) Drafted by Agnes Films' Alexandra Hidalgo, Moms-in-Film founder Mathilde Dratwa and Directed by Women activist Barbara Ann O'Leary, among others, the letter lists easy steps for Cannes to take that can lead to more inclusivity, from letting parents know where they … [Read more...] about Hollywood Parents Petition Cannes for More Mom-Friendly Rules