Cannes Day 3 Recap: Matthew McConaughey Hits the Croisette, Critics Praise First Films, and More

Taxi strikes cause red-carpet delays and drama; British actor Timothy Spall gets the first rave reviews; Halle Berry to star in thriller "Kidnap"; most glamorous gowns of the fest; plus reviews, interviews, deals and much more.

Taxi driver strikes and delayed flights caused headaches for Cannes-goers not already feeling it from too many glasses of rosé, but another day of bright blue skies brought out the stars as the festival got into full swing. Gus Van Sant and Matthew McConaughey talked the recent Oscar winner's next film, Sea of Trees, while Halle Berry signed on to star in thriller Kidnap, and a new Michael Jackson documentary made its market debut. And the first competition films -- Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu -- were both warmly received by critics, with Turner's star Timothy Spall generating buzz for his "masterful" performance. Meanwhile, fireworks exploding over the beach courtesy of the Chinese contingent signaled the official opening of the market, as the high rollers decamped to their yacht parties and the Calvin Klein bash kicked into high gear.

THR was on the scene for it all, interviewing the stars, celebrating the fashion, and breaking all the latest news, reviews and buzz.

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Cannes Labor Strikes Prompt Festival Delays and Drama "This year it’s really extreme," says a Cannes regular as demonstrations, delayed flights and anti-Uber protests lead to canceled meetings and missed screenings... Read the story.

Naomi Watts in Talks to Join Matthew McConaughey in Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' Van Sant and McConaughey showed up at Cannes Thursday to chat about the project with foreign buyers. McConaughey, much in demand after his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club, said the script for Sea of Trees was the best he's read in five years... Read the story

VIDEO: Jane Fonda Reveals She's Writing a Novel Called 'Amanda's Secrets' "Writing a novel scares me," the Oscar winner tells THR. "So I thought, well, I'm going to do it."... Watch the video.

Director Q&A: Atom Egoyan on Why 'The Captive' Will 'Redefine' Ryan Reynolds As Canadians enjoy a banner year in Cannes, the director urges his countrymen to ditch the false modesty -- and predicts a comeback for his star Ryan Reynolds... Read the story.

Cannes: Halle Berry to Star in Thriller 'Kidnap' Berry will play a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son in Luis Prieto's high-octane thriller... Read the story.

Michael Jackson Photoshoot Doc Hopes to Capture Cannes Buyers Directed by Craig J. Williams, the documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson’s final magazine cover shoots and the struggles the scandal-shrouded pop icon endured to make them happen. It's being promoted to international buyers at the market here... Read the story.

Cannes Review: 'Mr. Turner' Director Mike Leigh returns to the fest's Palme d'Or competition with a biopic about British painter J.M.W. Turner. Actor Timothy Spall was the talk of the Croisette Thursday for his masterful performance as the painter, while THR's critic Leslie Felperin writes: Mr. Turner manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement... Read the review

Cannes Review: 'Timbuktu' In Abderrahmane Sissako’s poetic social outcry -- the second competition entry to premiere at the fest -- a loving desert family is torn apart by the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Africa. THR critic Deborah Young calls the film "superbly evocative and heart-breaking."... Read the review

PHOTOS: The Most Glamorous Gowns on the Cannes Red Carpet Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively, among many A-listers, are turning heads with their dazzling dresses at this year's film fest... See the gallery.

Cannes Review: Party Girl This debut drama from three young French filmmakers made its world premiere as the opening night selection in this year's Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar. THR critic Jordan Mintzer calls the film "an endearing if meandering portrait of an older woman making the jump from the night life to the married life."... Read the review

O Cannes-ada: The Croisette Is Crawling With Canucks From Ryan Gosling to Ryan Reynolds and David Cronenberg, the Canadians are coming to Cannes to compete -- and party... Read the story

China's Huayi Brothers, IM Global Close Output Pact IM Global's ANTHEM division will handle sales in Cannes on romantic comedy Women Who Flirt and A Tale of Three Cities based on the lives of Jackie Chan's parents, among others... Read the story.

Exec Q&A: SquareOne Entertainment Founder on Biopics and the Rise of VOD Al Munteanu, who is bringing "Grace of Monaco" to Germany, shares why movie stars are disappearing (to TV) and biopics are money in the bank (maybe)... Read the interview.

Cannes: Dealmakers Lose Faith in Russia Putin has antagonized Europe, the ruble has fallen and there are calls for quotas on foreign films, leading to lots of uncertainty... Read the story.

Cannes: Nina Simone Biopic Screened for Buyers Despite Lawsuit Nina, starring Zoe Saldana, was shown to buyers just one day after getting slammed with a suit by director Cynthia Mort, who claims her film was hijacked by its British production company... Read the story.