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An international culture clash cast a shadow over Cannes Monday, when Iranian authorities criticized actress Leila Hatami, who is serving on the Cannes jury, for greeting festival head Gilles Jacob with a customary kiss on the cheek, saying her actions were not in line with Iranian religious values and demonstrated a “bad image of Iranian women to the world” (Read the story). Jacob fired back via Twitter, saying “this controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless” (Read the story).
And on the sixth day, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled a serious Oscar contender, and the bloggers saw it and said that it was good. No sooner had the 8:30 a.m. press screening of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher — eagerly awaited ever since Sony Pictures Classics postponed its 2013 release to allow the director more time to tinker with it — than the Twitterverse exploded in superlatives (Read the story).
THR was on the scene for it all, critiquing the films, interviewing the stars, feting the fashion and breaking down the nonstop stream of deals.
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25. Check back daily for THR‘s comprehensive coverage.
Cannes Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman to Host ‘Pulp Fiction’ Screening The cult classic, which won the Palme d’Or, is celebrating its 20th anniversary… Read the story.
Cannes Video: Salma Hayek Elaborates on Her Passion Project ‘The Prophet’ THR caught up with the voice actor and producer at Restaurant Fouquet’s Cannes to chat about the animated film, based on the 1923 best-selling book by Kahlil Gibran… Watch the video.
‘King’s Speech’ Producers Snag $12 Million ‘Lion’ Deal With The Weinstein Co. The film, about a 5-year-old Indian boy who is taken thousands of miles away from home and family by a wrong train, will be directed by Garth Davis… Read the story.
PHOTOS: The Party Scene at Cannes Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts and more party on while attending the annual Cannes Film Festival. Good times… See the gallery.
Cannes: Chinese Director Jia Zhangke Unveils Next Film Shan He Gu Ren will star the celebrated director’s wife and muse, Zhao Tao, and is set in contemporary China and a future Australia… Read the story.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Sue Over Abel Ferrara’s ‘Welcome to New York’ The former IMF chief’s lawyer tells French radio that the film, which screened outside the film festival in Cannes on Saturday, is “a turd” and said that DSK was “heartbroken and terrified.” Read the story.
Cannes Video: Rosario Dawson and the Stars of ‘Captives’ on Their Red Carpet Premiere “I’ve never been on a carpet that was so clean and formal, elegant, and there was clearly a ritual that has lasted for years,” says Enos. Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Enos and Dawson also share their guilty pleasures while in the south of France… Watch the video.
Aubrey Plaza Joins ‘The Driftless Area’ The Parks and Recreation star joins Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, and Frank Langella in the romantic drama from director Zachary Sluser… Read the story.
Millennium Takes U.S. Rights to ‘Reach Me’ Sylvester Stallone, star of the dramatic comedy, said it “has provided the best dramatic part I’ve had in years.” Read the story.
Cannes: Adrien Brody Launches Production Shingle Fable House The new company has $50 million in development and production funding from Nigerian and Chinese backers to make films for the Chinese and international marketplace… Read the story.
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