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The Hollywood Reporter has released its sixth and final Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at the influx of social media stars at the fest, news of a secret screening of the controversial documentary Vaxxed and a chat with Spike Lee.
A new wave of social media mavens are making their mark at Cannes. Cannes has been kind to the “celebrity” set for years — socialites like Paris Hilton and Lady Victoria Hervey have walked the Palais steps for years — but the new phenomenon is a clear indication that the fest and the luxury brands that set up shop here have embraced the power and attention that these players bring to the Croisette.
THR has learned that the controversial documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is getting a secret Cannes screening on May 25. The film, which sparked outrage on both side of the vaccination debate after it was added to the Tribeca Film Festival lineup in March 2016 only to be ousted days later, is being sold by L.A.-based distribution and sales company Cinema Libre in international territories, where it is doing brisk business.
Speaking With Spike
It was 28 years ago that Spike Lee brought his trailblazing film Do the Right Thing to Cannes, marking one of the most controversial debuts in the festival’s 70 years. He’s back in Cannes in a conversation with longtime collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith, and to moderate a Q&A with Elton John following the premiere of John’s The Cut. The outspoken filmmaker spoke with THR to discuss the Netflix backlash in France, his festival memories and the real reason why Donald Trump should be impeached.
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