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Before Cannes stepped out into the night for a busy weekend of non-stop parties, business kicked into overdrive along the Croisette, with Harvey Weinstein teasing TWC’s upcoming slate and Jeffrey Katzenberg getting a hero’s welcome at the world premiere of How to Tame Your Dragon 2 — but not without some excitement, as a red-carpet prankster dove under the dress of actress America Ferrera as the Dreamworks boss looked on in astonishment.
THR was on the scene for it all, critiquing the films, interviewing the stars, feting the fashion, and breaking down the non-stop stream of deals.
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25. Check back daily for THR‘s comprehensive coverage.
CANNES RED CARPET: Man Hides Under America Ferrera’s Dress as Jeffrey Katzenberg Looks On At the world premiere for “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” an unidentified man dodged security and ducked under the actress’ gown… See the photos.
River Phoenix’s Final Film Scores U.S. Release After 20-Year Odyssey “When River died, the movie was totally cancelled and everyone went away. It was declared impossible to finish,” Dutch director George Sluizer says, adding that the late actor’s family won’t see the film… Read the story.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Sparks Bidding War The Weinstein Co., Focus Features, A24 Films, Fox Searchlight and Open Road Films are all interested in the film, in which Gyllenhalll plays a freelance crime reporter in Los Angeles… Read the story.
Cannes Review: Ryan Reynolds’ ‘The Captive’ Atom Egoyan’s competition film got savaged by the critics. Writes THR critic David Rooney: “In terms of lame movies being given a prestigious Cannes berth, Grace of Monaco suddenly doesn’t look so embarrassing.” Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos play parents whose daughter is abducted, while Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson are the cops on their case in ‘s thriller… Read the review.
PHOTOS: Stars and Their Sunglasses at Cannes If there’s one thing we know about the French Riveria during the Cannes Film Fest, it’s that the weather always appears bright and sunny (except for last year when it wasn’t). From Brad Pitt’s signature aviators to Carey Mulligan’s geometric-shaped sunnies, A-listers know how to stay shady in style… See the gallery.
‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako Breaks Down at Press Conference The director began to weep while discussing his competition film’s depiction of the brutal Islamic law that has been instituted in his home country of Mali… Read the story.
Cannes Video: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Zoe Saldana Talks Superhero Dreams, Directing Ambition The actress speaks to THR about her desire to make films like those of Tony Scott, and shares her Cannes survival secrets… Watch the video.
Cannes Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Dreamworks Animation take to the skies with this epic-scaled sequel to 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon.” “Technically stunning, and touchingly perceptive about the relationship between people and animals,” writes THR critic Leslie Felperin… Read the review.
Daniel Radcliffe Circling Comedy ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ Peter Sollett is directing the big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ best-selling novel… Read the story.
Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ Scores Worldview as Co-Financier Wild Bunch is shopping the project at the Cannes Film Market, where Gibson will appear to promote “Expendables 3.”… Read the story.
Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul to Star in Drone Thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ Colin Firth is producing the movie for Entertainment One and his Raindog Films. Mirren will star as Colonel Michelle Madden, a military intelligence officer in command of a top secret drone operation. Paul plays American drone pilot, Steve Watts, while Firth’s character hasn’t been revealed… Read the story.
Harvey Weinstein Promises ‘A Little Documentary’ About Syrian Refugee Camps “Grace of Monaco” was conspicuously absent in the mogul’s preview of The Weinstein Co.’s upcoming film slate… Read the story.
EuropaCorp Gets $450 Million Funding for English-Language Movie Push The five-year credit facility for Luc Besson’s company comes from J.P. Morgan, SunTrust Bank and OneWest… Read the story.
‘The Captive’ With Ryan Reynolds Finds U.S. Home With A24 The kidnap thriller from Atom Egoyan is making its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival Friday night… Read the story.
A24, DirecTV Team for Ewan McGregor’s ‘Son of a Gun’ The film marks Julius Avery’s directorial debut and also stars Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites. McGregor plays Australia’s public enemy No. 1, and the story focuses on his relationship with his young protégé… Read the story.
Cannes Review: Coming Home Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou and his muse Gong Li reteam for the big screen adaptation of author Yan Geling’s novel set during the Cultural Revolution. THR critic Elizabeth Kerr calls it “a meandering and frequently tepid love story that also wants to be an important commentary but is too weightless to be effective as either.”… Read the review.
Executive Q&A: Pegasus Motion Picture CEO John Chong on the Future of Film for Hong Kong The Hong Kong film mogul talks co-productions, the power of the Chinese market and what local audiences respond to: “They wouldn’t know who Brad Pitt is.”… Read the interview.
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