On Saturday, Steven Soderbergh held Hollywood accountable (and movie audiences complicit) in hijacking cinema. Here's notes from his San Francisco speech.
Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee are among the eight selected for this year's Cannes jury; Gus Van Sant reportedly shot a steamy scene in hopes of winning the director's chair on Fifty Shades of Grey; Nantucket Film Festival unveils its lineup; Zach Braff turns to crowd-funding; and Metallica goes IMAX.
Cannes Critics' Week unveiled seven features and 10 shorts set for this year's Competition. Out of competition, Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne will open the sidebar, while David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints joins the selection as a Special Screening.
Sofia Coppola's latest will hit Cannes. Also in today's digest: Baz Luhrmann talks The Great Gatsby; David O. Russell's latest gets a title; and Sundance fave C.O.G. heads to theaters.
The World Premiere of the Scottish comedy will close the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival in late June; Tribeca unveils its $25K Nora Ephron Prize; MPAA is tweaking its ratings system; Sundance title A.C.O.D. is headed to theaters; and Noah Baumbach's NYFF hit Frances Ha set for summer Rooftop Films series.
Columbia University School of the Arts' Film Program and Film Society of Lincoln Center will once again co-present the 26th Annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a week-long program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events in New York.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival is just a few weeks away and the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury, headed by Jane Campion, have announced their official selections. The full lineup is due Thursday morning.
Xavier Dolan's latest won the top narrative prize at the Sarasota Film Festival, while the Sundance doc about late-term abortion took the nonfiction jury prize. Plus: Django Unchained returns to China; The Place Beyond the Pines expands solidly; and Vulture's 20 essential docs of the 21st century.
Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom-starrer Zulu will close the 66th Festival de Cannes. Also in Friday's film news: AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) is moving to the nation's capital; fans remember Jonathan Winters; Hollywood's Chinese Theater is getting a facelift; and the Gulf Film Festival unveils its slate.