HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 WINS PALME D’OR

CANNES – The jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival have awarded the coveted Palme d’Or to How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the popular animation film How to Train Your Dragon 1. The award was presented by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, on the Croisette for a special anniversary screening of … Continue reading “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 WINS PALME D’OR”

CANNES DIARY DAY 10

CANNES – ‘RAUUUUUUUUUL’ a voice shouts in the darkness. Followed by a smattering of applause and laughter. This tradition has been with festival goers since 1974 when an unknown Spanish film critic in the Debussy Theatre, despairing of finding his friend as the lights of the room went down, cried out in horror ‘RAUL!’  Now … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY DAY 10”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 9

CANNES – Ken Loach arrived on the red carpet today, wearing Gucci, which was a surprise as he’s been much more of Valentino man in recent years. Armed only with his gold embalmed iPad and eating a basket of Israeli oranges, Ken told me that he was looking forward to finalizing a deal during Cannes … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 9”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 8

CANNES – After the party, the annual slap Ryan Gosling competition began. In Un Certain Regard with his directorial debut Lost River, Ryan was hoisted above the terrace of the Palais du Cinema and then quite literally tossed to the critics, each one of which took the opportunity to give Ryan – a surprisingly light young … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 8”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 7 DARDENNES FACTS

CANNES -The Studio Exec fact team landed in Cannes on a helicopter and immediately set about facting the fact out of the festival. Here are their 5 FACTS about the Dardennes brothers. 1. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes pretend to be Belgian, because they think its ‘cool’. 2. Before becoming filmmakers, the Dardennes also invented what … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 7 DARDENNES FACTS”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 6

CANNES – The Foxcatcher is Brent Miller’s hilarious new comedy starring Anchorman star Steve Carrell, Jump Street 22 star Channing Tatum and the Gruffalo’s Mark Ruffalo. It’s a little bit like The Wrestler mixed with Semi-Pro. Miller is making a reputation for himself with these side-splitting sports comedies, following on from Brad Pitt’s Oscar winning … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 6”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 4

CANNES – Saint Laurent is a film about someone who made clothes. It goes on for a couple of hours and shows the inner demons and the grief behind the ‘genius’ who made clothes. It is the second film this year about the same man who made clothes. In the film, you see the man … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 4”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 5

CANNES – Talking to Guy Pearce today – he’s here for the Neighbors movie The Rover. He tells me that he loves Cannes, except for the fact he shares a bathroom with Don Johnson and Johnson leaves the towels on the floor and doesn’t hang them on the rail. Johnson is here for Jim Mickle’s … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 5”

CANNES DIARY DAY 3

 CANNES – So everyone wanted to go and see this Turkish film called Winter Sleep. It was fifteen hours long and featured Captain Birdseye speaking to his hot wife for ten of those hours about maybe going to Istanbul, maybe not. SPOILER: he doesn’t go. Atom Egoyan is a Canadian and The Captives is a … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY DAY 3”

CANNES DIARY: DAY 1

CANNES – Ah, the Blue Coat, or Cote d’Azur as the locals insist on calling it. No sooner had I arrived at the airport – via Venice (don’t ask, I won’t tell) – than I was assailed by the sight and smell of film journalists. The sun was blazing and the sea was er… blue. … Continue reading “CANNES DIARY: DAY 1”