Only Lovers Left Alive will compete for the Palme d'Or and more titles were announced for Un Certain Regard and out of competition sections. Also: Zach Braff cashes in on Kickstarter; Jon Favreau returns to indie roots; Tom Hooper to head Shanghai jury; and this weekend's Specialty newcomers.
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.
Kim Novak will be this year's special guest in Cannes, celebrating a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Also: Bernardo Bertolucci's Me And You receives an award; GLAAD hands out its honors; Tribeca honors filmmakers; and Filly Brown scores at the box office.
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.
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.
The Spanish Oscar winner will bring his latest delight, I'm So Excited, to the Los Angeles Film Festival. Also: Jane Fonda responds to those who aren't pleased with her playing Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' upcoming The Butler and lineup announcements from the Seattle and Maryland Film Festivals.
Four programs including the Critics Academy (in partnership with Film Society) are now accepting applications for the August festival in Italy. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: Ebert is remembered at a Chicago funeral; Sundance London unveils its talks and music programs; and Meryl Streep reflects on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.
Funicello is remembered for her roles in the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and "beach party" films in the 60s. Also: the Full Frame Documentary Festival announces its winners; The Guardian gives its take of films that defined the Thatcher era; the Hamptons Festival will host a summer Screenwriters Lab; and Spanish director Bigas Luna dies at 67.