Cannes Day 5 Recap: Power Agents Go Shopping for Directors, Cate Blanchett Visits THR Video Lounge, More

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Dancy, Stellan Skarsgard and John Malkovich board new projects, David Michod's "The Rover" draws strong reviews, TWC circles "The Coup" and Relativity inks $100 million joint venture in India.

It may have been Saturday, but the work doesn't stop for the weekend at Cannes.

Power agents continued scrambling to land the next big thing -- and this year it's foreign directors, not movie stars, they have in their sights. Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch signed on for the war drama The Yellow Birds and Cate Blanchett revealed details of Cinderella: "I'm playing the wicked stepmother, not the ugly stepmother."

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. 

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Power Agents Go Shopping for Directors Forget the divas strutting the red carpet: For the packs of U.S. talent agents scouting Cannes for the next big thing, the real stars are the directors... Read the story.

Jeremy Renner Teams With Demarest Films, Kilburn Media The Combine, the film and TV company founded by Renner and Don Handfield, will get financing from the two partners in exchange for first look rights... Read the story

Relativity Strikes $100 Million Joint Venture in India The deal with B4U gives Relativity access to the thriving market for its own titles and co-productions aimed at Bollywood, including a remake of the untitled Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis armored car comedy... Read the story.

CANNES VIDEO: Cate Blanchett on Playing Lady Tremaine in Disney's 'Cinderella' The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Blanchett at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel to talk about Cinderella, dragons, fairies and being in a select group of females who have won multiple Oscars... Watch the video.

CANNES REVIEW: 'Saint Laurent' The second French biopic of the iconic fashion designer in less than 6 months stars Lea Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Jeremie Renier and Hannibal Rising's Gaspard Ulliel in the title role. Writes THR critic Boyd van Hoeij, "A diffuse and uneven look at the life of one of France's greatest designers."... Read the review

Cannes Exclusive: Reagan Movie Eyes John Malkovich to Star as KGB Agent The Dangerous Liaisons actor would play a KGB agent assigned to tail the young Ronald Reagan as he ascends from smalltime Hollywood actor to the U.S. presidency... Read the story.

Cannes: Weinstein Co. Nears Deal for 'The Coup' TWC is expected to pay around $5 million for the John Eric Dowdle-directed thriller, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson... Read the story.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in War Drama 'The Yellow Birds' Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter will also star in the adaption of Kevin Powers' novel being directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery... Read the story

Grading the Cannes Hotel Breakfast Buffets THR visited Cannes’ A-list hotel trio -- The Majestic, The Martinez and The Carlton -- to find out how the French translate the all-you-can-eat American ethos... Read the story.

Entertainment One Takes North American Rights to Fashion Doc 'Dior and I' The critically-acclaimed documentary from director Frederic Tcheng gives a behind-the-scenes look at Christian Dior's new creative director Raf Simons... Read the story.

John Carney's 'Sing Street' Sells to Weinstein Co. in U.S. Carney is teaming with U2's Bono and The Edge to make "Sing Street," a semi-biographical tale inspired by the filmmaker's love of music... Read the story.

CANNES REVIEW: 'The Rover' Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in this Australian dystopian crime drama from director David Michod. Writes senior critic Todd McCarthy: "An intense look into the near future, and it’s not good."... Read the review.

Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Goes to Open Road in U.S. After a bidding war Friday, a deal was made. The crime-drama stars Gyllenhaal as a freelance crime reporter exploring L.A.'s shadowy underworld... Read the story.

Hugh Dancy Joins Rupert Everett's Oscar Wilde Biopic 'The Happy Prince' BBC Films and Lionsgate UK have boarded the feature, which stars Everett as Wilde and co-stars Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson... Read the story.

Cannes: Chinese Toon Shingle Mili Launches L.A. Office The move by Shanghai-based Mili Pictures Worldwide is the latest indicator that China is getting serious about upping its animation game... Read the story.

Cannes: Stellan Skarsgard to Star in Zentropa Viking Film Zentropa, the film company co-founded by Danish director Lars von Trier, said Hans Petter Moland will direct the movie based on 1940s novel "The Long Ships."... Read the story.

Cannes Food Face Off: Which Salade Niçoise Is Better? THR pitted a traditional presentation against a nouvelle interpretation at restaurants Pastis and Le Parke 45... Read the story.