Brad Pitt at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images)
Buzz Titles: The weather eased up at Cannes on Tuesday, enabling the stars to avoid having to dodge rain drops. Undoubtedly the biggest celebrity sighting was Brad Pitt, first in more casual clothes (above) for an afternoon news conference; he later donned sunglasses and a tuxedo for a red carpet appearance in support of his new film Killing Them Softly, directed by Andrew Dominick.
Set in September 2008, the film stars Pitt as an enforcer for the mob, a fixer who enlists an assassin (James Gandolfini) to clean up a mess created by two low-level criminals. Many critics felt that the film lived up to its advance buzz, though, as always, some expressed reservations; David Hudson at Fandor Daily rounds up the initial reactions.
Longtime British filmmaker Ken Loach brought his latest effort, a comedy titled The Angels’ Share, to Cannes, where it’s screening in the Competition section (look for our review later today). As reported by The Guardian, Loach chose the occasion to express his displeasure at the “hypocrisy” of British censors, which demanded the removel of several “c-words” from the film. Loach charges that the British Board of Film Classification “have an obsession with that word … There are many films they have given a 15 certificate to that I think are full of pornographic violence or racism or cruelty that is not fit for 15-year-olds, and they show that with no problem at all.”
As we reported, The Weinstein Co. showed clips from three upcoming films to a select group of press on Monday. Now there’s a rumor that the festival itself will show clips from upcoming films in an official venue on Thursday, open to any accredited fest attendee. Titles and details are unknown and it's purely a matter of speculation for now.
Deals: After gaining heat from its initial screenings in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, Pablo Lorrain’s No has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The drama starring Gael García Bernal is based on real-life events in Chile in 1988, as opponents of military dictator Pinochet attempt to win a referendum against his presidency. [Indiewire]
Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights, The Roommate) has been chosen to play Jacqueline Kennedy in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. As we noted the other day, this is an all-star ensemble piece that follows a White House butler as he serves in eight presidential administrations. [Screen Daily]
Meanwhile, Daniels’ The Paperboy, which premieres officially on Thursday night, got an early screening for buyers and selected critics yesterday, and met with very mixed reaction, with one buyer calling it a "trainwreck." The star quotient (Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron) could still land the film a quick deal. [Indiewire]