The Cannes Film Festival — which wound down Sunday with its handing out of the prestigous Palme d'Or — is notable for the stars who gather to talk about a wide range of films. Sometimes those conversations unfold as you expect. And sometimes they go a little...unexpectedly.
At the festival last week, I interviewed director Paolo Sorrentino and the cast of "Youth." The film is a gem, combining a wry buddy comedy with the wise reflections of a more serious picture, all conveyed with Sorrentino's visual flair.
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel (the buddies in question, a composer and a film director who spend chunks of the movie reflecting on regret and their younger selves) star in the film. So do Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz — the first two playing complicated actors staying at the same retreat as Caine and Keitel's characters. (Weisz plays Caine's very attached daughter.)
Distributor Fox Searchlight graciously made all five available for a joint interview to The Times, as they...Read more
Director Jacques Audiard's film "Dheepan," a drama about three Tamil exiles trying to reconstruct their lives in France, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
"These people are running away from a tragedy," Audiard told L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan earlier this week, "and I didn't want it to have anything to do with post-colonial France. Sri Lanka seemed like the end of the earth for me; before embarking on this project I couldn't have located it on a map."
A complete report from Cannes can be found here. Below is the full list of winners:
Palme d'Or: "Dheepan," Jacques Audiard
Grand Prix: "Son of Saul," Laszlo Nemes
Best director: Hou Hsiao-hsien, "The Assassin"
Jury prize: "The Lobster," Yorgos Lanthimos
Best screenplay: Michael Franco, "Chronic"
Best actress:...Read more
Disney's "Tomorrowland" is leading a slower-than-expected Memorial Day weekend at the box office with a studio-estimated $40.7 million four-day haul projected for the U.S. and Canada, lower than initial estimates that went as high as $50 million.
The Brad Bird-directed film, a bright and optimistic futuristic fantasy, cost $170 million to make. The film's Friday-Sunday gross was estimated at $32.2 million, giving it a narrow lead over "Pitch Perfect 2." That Universal Pictures film, now in its second weekend, was tracking at $30.3 million through Sunday.
The musical comedy about an all-female a cappella group is coming off a mighty debut weekend in which it grossed $69.2 million, besting the entire $65-million domestic theatrical run of the original "Pitch Perfect." The sequel crossed the $100-million threshold this weekend and was on target for a four-day total of $37.9 million. The film has grossed an additional $61.7 million in foreign markets.
"Tomorrowland," which stars George Clooney...Read more
In the battle at the Friday box office, new release “Tomorrowland” is holding its own against last week’s crowning glory “Pitch Perfect 2.” Both films pulled in an estimated $9.7 million to start off the Memorial Day weekend.
"Tomorrowland" is Disney’s latest theme park-based film, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. It scored $725,000 in its limited Thursday night opening in 701 U.S. theaters for pre-shows, which is far less than the typical Thursday night haul for a major release. That makes it difficult to judge what the number portends for the movie, but its Friday night showing bodes well as families head to theaters throughout the holiday weekend.
The movie is expected to gross up to $50 million in the U.S. and Canada in its debut weekend, according to analysts. It received both a 49% Rotten Tomatoes fresh rating and a B grade from audience polling firm CinemaScore.
Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect 2," a musical comedy about an all-female a cappella group, will likely...Read more
Much like the area of Disneyland from which "Tomorrowland" draws its inspiration and title, Brad Bird's new sci-fi film looks both forward and backward. On the one hand, it's a futuristic tale about a bright young teen (Britt Robertson) and a jaded inventor (George Clooney) traveling to a high-tech wonderland to save the world.
At the same time, "Tomorrowland" revels in the retro-space-age aesthetic dreamed up by Walt Disney and his Imagineers six decades ago — all rocket engines and ray guns, swooping lines and shiny chrome.
As "Tomorrowland" hits theaters and Disneyland celebrates its 60th anniversary, here's a look at five more movies that sprang from the Happiest Place on Earth.
"40 Pounds of Trouble"
One of the first films ever shot at Disneyland, this 1962 romantic comedy stars Tony Curtis as a slick Lake Tahoe casino manager who finds himself chaperoning his boss' niece (Suzanne Pleshette) and an abandoned girl (Claire Wilcox) on a trip to...Read more
The helicopter, shiny and charcoal gray, drifted over villa-studded hills, then began angling down. Its target was a faraway lawn dotted with a painted circle, which to the passengers aboard appeared no larger than a quarter.
As it approached its bull's-eye, the chopper bucked back up. "We just have a little traffic ahead of us," the pilot joked to passengers over headsets as he hovered above another craft. When he finally brought down the whirring machine, he did so gingerly, like a child trying to tiptoe into his parents' bedroom, but the trees and grass shrank back anyway.
The event's host stepped to the bottom of the lawn to greet the passengers.
FULL COVERAGE: Cannes 2015
"I hope that didn't take too long," said the host, David Unger, who runs a music management and production company affiliated with Jay-Z.
The Cannes Film Festival has a surprising capacity for diversity. Over its 12-day run, the Riviera town absorbs people of all types — high-end filmmakers and low-budget college...Read more