Quentin Tarantino Dominates Cannes Film History, IMDb
Movie site IMDb polled its users about the top 10 films ever to be screened in the Cannes competition, and Quentin Tarantino fared quite well. In fact, he dominates the top tier with the first two spots going to Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds and he even makes a showing in the third spot with Sin City, in which he has a guest director credit. Also among the top 10 most popular titles ever to screen in the Cannes competition were No Country for Old Men (4), Shrek (5), Taxi Driver (6), Pan's Labyrinth (7), Apocalypse Now (8), Drive (9) and L.A. Confidential (10).
Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Set for Xmas Day Release in Denmark
Controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier's much talked about Nymphomaniac will have its world premiere on Christmas Day in his home city of Copenhagen. There had been speculation Von Trier would premiere his latest in Cannes, but the film was either not finished, or he decided to bow out following controversy that surrounded his last visit with Melancholia. "What's more Christmassy than a film like this?" said Peter Aalbaek Jensen, CEO of Zentropa, which von Trier founded. Like the title suggests, the lengthy feature is a sex-laden drama starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgard and Christian Slater, Deadline reports.
Justin Timberlake Gives The Great Gatsby Competition in Cannes
Timberlake co-hosted a party Wednesday night at the Carlton Beach just off the Croisette for foreign buyers promoting his Cannes Market project, Spinning Gold, even as the festivities for Cannes Film Festival opening night film The Great Gatsby were underway under a torrent of rain. Timberlake will star in the biopic about legendary record exec Neil Bogard, who co-founded Casablanca Records and was closely associated with the rise of disco in the 70s, THR reports.
Scarlett Johansson to Make Directorial Debut
The actress will direct an adaptation of Truman Capote's Summer Crossing. The story centers on a 17 year old debutante who shelves plans to travel to Paris with her parents in order to embark on a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant during a 1945 New York heatwave. The novel was Capote's first, though it was never published in his lifetime after he threw it away. It is believed a janitor salvaged the book and it eventually sold at auction in 2004 and published afterward, Screen Daily reports.
Zach Braff Kickstarter Controversy Deepens
Braff raised $2.6 million on crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter, saying in part that he could not get his new comedy Wish I Was Here—a followup to his popular 2004 feature Garden State—without fan support. But more controversy is facing Braff over the moral legitimacy of raising money via his fans and the public after it was revealed that he was able to raise millions from traditional funding sources, bringing the project's potential budget up to $10 million, The Guardian reports.