Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger walk the red carpet in Cannes. [Photo credit: Getty Images]
Stormy Weather: The weather in Cannes, normally gorgeous in the seaside community, turned unexpectedly dark and rainy. The storms caused part of a roof to collapse at a temporary structure used as a theatre during the festival; two screenings were cancelled. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Cannes Buzz: As more films unspooled over the weekend, talk turned to which films might break out of the festival into mainstream consciousness (and possible awards consideration), as The Artist and others did last year. The most obvious contender would seem to be The Sapphires, which The Weinstein Co. acquired just before the festival began, though Harvey Weinstein has tried to lower award expectations. Based on a true story, the film stars Chris O’Dowd as a talent scout who discovers an all-Australian aboriginal girl group in the '60s and has been compared to Dreamgirls.
Also debuting over the weekend, Lawless is a Prohibition-era shoot-em-out that played well with a number of critics, including our own Jeff Bayer; it opens in the U.S. in August. Brandon Cronenberg, David Cronenberg’s son, made his directorial debut with Antiviral, a strange sort of film about celebrities selling their diseases to their fans. It received a lot of respectful attention, though no one seemed to be crazy about it; our other man in Cannes, Eric D. Snider, had a similar reaction.
On the negative side, everyone hated Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D; “ludicrous poop-pile” is the kindest thing Mr. Snider had to say about it.
Deals: Plenty of business is being done in the international marketplace. Here’s a taste:
Nicole Kidman may join the all-star cast of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which tells the story of a White House butler (Forrest Whitaker) who served eight Presidents. The cast already includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Terence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jane Fonda. Daniels’ highly-touted The Paperboy, which also features Kidman, plays Cannes this week. [Screen Daily]
White House Taken is the new title for Olympus Has Fallen, a thriller involving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that will surely be confused now with White House Down, Roland Emmerich's thriller. White House Taken, directed by Antoine Fuqua, stars Gerard Butler, though it’s hard to say that’s him in the poster below. [Cinema Teaser]