As Cannes Film Festival attendees carried on their work with a heavy heart Tuesday, the Manchester bombing has also had an effect on at least one studio's marketing plans.
Focus Features has decided to postpone the trailer launch of "Victoria and Abdul" -- a fact-based drama about a Muslim Indian immigrant to England who becomes a close confidante to Queen Victoria -- in the wake of the attack.
The Universal subsidiary was set to release a tease to the poster Tuesday and a video trailer Wednesday.
James Corden reached out to Manchester, England, lon Monday night after taping "The Late Late Show," calling the city "a place full of comedies and curries and character."
Nothing but serious, Corden said: "When I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there, and I'm telling you, a more tightknit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core."
He predicted the people of Manchester would become even stronger after the bombing, which police say was carried out by a lone male bomber who died at the scene. ISIS has claimed responsibility.
At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the 70th Festival de Cannes observed a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of Monday night’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
Earlier that morning, the festival had issued a news release expressing “its horror, anger and immense sadness,” and described the incident as “yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible — the artists, professionals and spectators — hold dear.”
With that statement came the implicit acknowledgment that such an attack could, of course, happen here in Cannes. Not that anyone needed reminding, in light of the heightened security measures up and down the Croisette: the constant presence of armed police officers, the large planters lining the streets to protect against a vehicular attack, and the metal detectors set up at every entrance to the Palais des Festivals.
There is much confusion in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack that left 22 dead and more than 50 injured at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. And now there are doubts that Grande's "Dangerous Woman" tour will proceed as scheduled.
TMZ reported Monday night that the European tour had been suspended indefinitely, citing anonymous sources connected to Grande who was reportedly "in hysterics" after the concert attack.
Tuesday morning, CNN also reported the tour's suspension, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.
I realize that any actress over 40 has a hard time finding roles. As you get older, it doesn't matter how you look -- people think of you as your age. And you know the way the business is -- it's still sexist to the extent that you can have Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson or Robert Redford, all of whom are in their 50s, playing romantic leading men. But I don't see too many women in their 50s -- not even Jane Fonda anymore."
Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and Steven Zeitchik are bringing us Cannes moments from the 70 years of the international film festival -- in 17-second increments (or thereabouts). Here, Turan, with Chang behind the camera, recalls one of his favorite Cannes memories: the 1993 festival, when the jury split the Palme d'Or between Jane Campion's "The Piano" and Chen Kaige's "Farewell My Concubine."
Both films went on to be nominated for Academy Awards, "The Piano" for best picture and "Farewell My Concubine for best foreign film, a split that caused some discussion ahead of the 1994 Academy Awards about what makes a film foreign.
70 years of Cannes in 17 seconds: Los Angeles Times film critic, outside the Grand Theatre Lumiere, talks about the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, the year the Palme d'Or was a split decision between "The Piano" and "Farewell My Concubine."
Pop star Ariana Grande is said to be safe after an explosion at the U.K.'s Manchester Arena, where she had a concert Monday night. A police statement said that at least 19 people were killed and about 50 were hurt in the blast, which was still in the hands of first responders as the news spread.
A rather stark reality hit the world of superhero fantasy on Monday, as the L.A. Times confirmed that Zack Snyder is stepping away from finishing the upcoming “Justice League” picture in the wake of the suicide of his daughter.
Originally reported at the Hollywood Reporter, 20-year-old Autumn Snyder died in March. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming,” Snyder said to THR. “And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
Stepping in for Snyder to finish the high-profile movie starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa will be Joss Whedon. After making two films as part of the Disney/Marvel “Avengers” series, Whedon was recently announced as joining the Warners/DC universe for an upcoming “Batgirl” movie. "Justice League" is still expected to make its planned Nov. 17 release date.