Cannes Recap: News, Deals, Reviews on Day 1

9:00 PM PST 05/13/2014 by THR Staff

Festival opener "Grace of Monaco" creates more controversy, Quentin Tarantino to host Sergio Leone screening, Tommy Lee Jones dishes on "The Homesman," and the Chinese descend in record numbers -- plus all the best parties and much more.

As the 67th Cannes Film Festival gets underway on the glittering Côte d'Azur Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene, interviewing the stars, directors and execs, hitting the yacht parties, feting the fashion, critiquing the films and breaking down all the latest red carpet buzz from the historic Palais des Festivals. 

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25. Check back daily for THR's comprehensive recaps. 

For a PDF of THR's complete Day 1 'Daily'... click here. 

'Grace of Monaco' Drama: Will Harvey Weinstein Walk the Carpet? Weinstein, who wants to release a separate cut of Olivier Dahan's film in the U.S., could be a notable no-show at the premiere... Read the story

Cannes Party Lineup: The Biggest, Buzziest Bashes From the ultra-exclusive party aboard Paul Allen's super-yacht to studio fetes packed with stars and featuring performances from Drake and Grandmaster Flash, it's to be another boozy, buzzy 12 days on the Croisette... Read the story.

Tommy Lee Jones on His Return to Directing With 'The Homesman' (Q&A) Yep, he’s directing again, this time a film about a bunch of frontier women heading East. The laconic actor always has played his cards close to the vest, but he did offer The Hollywood Reporter a few, sometimes curt, words about his new film, about moving back behind the camera, and about returning to Cannes. Just don’t call his latest film a Western... Read the story.

Cannes Market to Open With Few Stars, Less Buzz Among the prominent industry changes of the past year are the disappearances of Exclusive Media and Focus Features International... Read the story.

The Chinese Are Coming to Cannes (in Force) From China's richest man Wang Jianlin, to the CEOs of top studios Bona and Huayi Brothers, a record number of Chinese film executives are expected to do business at the festival... Read the story.

Bookies Predict Palme d'Or Winner Winter Sleep from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is seen as a favorite before any films even screen, while a regional newspaper predicts that Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman will win the top award... Read the story.

Lars Von Trier Writing Script for Detroit-Set Horror Project The "Nymphomaniac" auteur has begun writing a screenplay for fellow Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring to direct... Read the story

Uber Launches Private Jet Service to Cannes Film Festival For just under $9,000 for a plane for four, festival attendees can jet from Paris to Nice in style through May 18... Read the story.

Cannes Prays for Sun, Preps for Rain After two consecutive years of downpours, organizers, party planners and attendees are preparing for the worst... Read the story

Quentin Tarantino to Host Screening of 'A Fistful of Dollars' The self-professed Spaghetti Western super fan will introduce a showing of the Sergio Leone classic, starring Clint Eastwood, at a special event after the Palme d’Or award ceremony... Read the story.

Cannes: Festival's Closing Night Film Breaks From Tradition After moving the Palme d'Or awards ceremony to Saturday night, the festival failed for the first time to fill the open Sunday night closing movie spot... Read the story.

Cannes Q&A: Zentropa Execs Talk Rocking the Art House With Lars von Trier The brain trust behind Denmark’s indie juggernaut discusses its rise and fall (and rise) and why Lars von Trier someday will return to Cannes. With Zentropa director Nicolas Winding Refn on the jury and the company’s latest film, The Salvation — a Western starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green — screening out of competition, Zentropa’s presence will be felt in force at the festival... Read the story.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow Set for 'Secret in Their Eyes' IM Global has come aboard to produce and back Billy Ray's long-in-the-works crime thriller, previously set up at Warner Bros... Read the story.

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