Who is That? Plus A Wardrobe Malfunction 

A few pics from the Cannes Red Carpet:

Yes, this is really Pamela Anderson

Bella Hadid and her wardrobe issue.

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Cannes Update – Wonderstruck

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Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck premiered to mixed reviews this morning on the first day of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. Gold Derby claimed that it launched Todd Haynes into the the Oscar race.  Others are proclaiming Julianne Moore as a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hold on…It isn’t easy for a film to maintain the hype from Cannes all the way to Oscar night. It has to be really special to get the attention of Oscar voters. Based on the mixed reviews, Wonderstruck does not appear to be that film.

Twitter reviews:

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Excerpts from additional Wonderstruck reviews:

Hollywood Reporter: The film may not follow a conventional approach to its story-telling, but then, last year, neither did Moonlight, and it was eventually crowned best picture, suggesting that as the Academy has nurtured a more diverse and international membership, its taste is becoming more adventurous.

ColliderWhile even his young co-stars can reach for a grounded emotional reaction to the events unfolding around them Fegley’s performance often feels forced and, markedly, flat. And when the film is reaching for an emotional climax to take the audience over the top, even in the presence of a game Moore and under Haynes’ direction he’s simply not up for it. It’s quite puzzling, but then you remember the eras Haynes has magically transported you into and that disappointment quickly fades away.

The Guardian: Carol director Todd Haynes latest, set in both 1920s and 1970s New York, has nice details but suffers from a glib tone and some preposterous plotting.

Wonderstruck will be released in the US on October 20th. Expect it play at all of the major fall film festivals.

 

First Look – Battle of the Sexes 


Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. 
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Battle of the Sexes is set to be released in September.

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Oscars Again

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The Academy Awards ceremony will have the same host for two years in a row. Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday that he would return as host next year.

If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!  Kimmel said. In reference to the Best Picture announcement blunder.

The Academy also announced that producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd would return. The host and producers are usually not announced until late in the year and its a mad scramble at the end.  The hosting gig has gone to a different person every year since 1998 when Billy Crystal hosted 2 years in a row.

Very few hosts would be able to handle this situation as well as Kimmel did:

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother Get a Poster


Darren Aronofsky used Mothers Day as an opportunity to release his first poster for his horror film Mother which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.  Not much is known about the film but it is described as a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. It’s safe to assume that Lawarence and Bardem play the couple. Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris also star but their names are mysteriously left off of the poster. 

Mother is set to be released October 13th.

First Look -Wonderstruck 


Todd Hayne’s Wonderstruck will premiere at Cannes later this month. Wonderstruck already has some Oscar buzz, but the reactions from Cannes will either push it’s chances at an Oscar forward or kill them. 
Wonderstruck is Todd Haynes’ follow-up to his 2015 film Carol.  It is based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning book of the same name. 

The film takes place in both 1927 and 1977. In the earlier time period, Rose runs away from her New Jersey home to find her idol Lillian Mayhew . In the later time frame, Ben also runs away to New York after his mother’s death in search of his missing father.

Deaf actress Millicent Simmonds plays Rose in the film. Rose’s half of the film will be dialogue-free. It has been reported that her portion of the film will also feature an unprecedented amount of deaf actors. 

Wonderstruck also stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

The first-look footage and poster were released this week. 

Can Another “Gay” Movie Win Best Picture?

Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere expressed his concern that some are already writing off Call Me By Your Name as a possible Best Picture winner because, like Moonlight, it is a “gay” movie. Moonlight is about a boy growing up in extremely difficult circumstances. Addicted, abusive mother. Bullied at school, a loner who also “might” be gay.

Wells writes, Here’s a certain Best Picture narrative that I don’t approve of, but which has apparently taken root. The thinking is that with Barry Jenkins‘ Moonlight, an African American gay film **, having won the 2016 Best Picture, Oscar, Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name, which is about much, much more than just a gay relationship but will nonetheless be painted with that brush when it opens on 11.24, can’t hope to win the 2017 Best Picture Oscar because the Academy won’t “go gay” two years in a row.

If this is Call Me By Your Name‘s fate, so be it. Unfair but what else is new? The Oscar game is all about timing, politically correct theologies and the right narrative at the right time. The irony is that Call Me By Your Name isn’t just a better film than Moonlight — it’s 17 times better in just about every department. Moonlight was a striking breakout flick — Call Me By Your Name is flat-out masterful. Rave reviews are assured, and the nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Timothy Chalumee, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Suthlbarg) are already all but locked in. The important thing, as always, is reaching as wide an audience as possible. I have a feeling it might really connect. For Guadagnino’s film is “gay” in a way than even Trump Nation bumblefucks can roll with. Or so I’m telling myself.

The Oscars will always be about politics. The movie that plays the festival circuit (especially Toronto), creates buzz, survives the likely takedown attempt and is nominated for a Best Ensemble SAG will win Best Picture. “Gay” movie or not.