Brad Pitt's role in "Killing Them Softly" was a major talker at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and come October the rest of us will finally be able to see what all the fuss was about.
In the meantime, we can check out Pitt's chain-smoking, gun-toting pro enforcer Jackie Cogan in the new trailer.
The Cannes Film Festival is a wrap, and its highest accolade, the Palme d’Or, was granted to Michael Haneke’s “Amour” on Sunday.
This was Haneke's second time winning the Palme, just three years after his success with “The White Ribbon." Sunday's honor makes him only the sixth filmmaker to have triumphed twice in the festival’s 65-year history. (Other repeat winners include Francis Coppola and the Dardennes brothers.)
Haneke's “Amour” is a tender, compassionate film about an elderly married couple – played by veteran French actors Jean Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva – confronting the impact of terminal illness.
There were two big American gangster films competing for the Palme d’Or this year and both were directed by Australians.
John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” is the more conventional of the two, a Prohibition saga about Virginia bootleggers feuding with corrupt local law officials led by Guy Pearce’s snobby sadist.
Despite a heavyweight cast including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman, a screenplay by singer/novelist Nick Cave and a careful balance of romance and extreme violence, “Lawless” mostly fails to make its proud country bootleggers seem fresh or interesting. The movie also lacks the uncompromising edge that made Hillcoat’s previous efforts, “The Road” and “The Proposition” so memorable.
British rock star Pete Doherty - the on-again, off-again lead singer of the Libertines - makes his acting debut in “Confession of a Child of the Century," which screened at the Cannes film festival Monday.
It’s hardly unusual for rock stars to take a stab at movies – John Lennon, Mick Jagger and David Bowie all did it, with varying degrees of success.
But Doherty certainly hasn’t taken the easy route. He’s cast in the lead role in a period costume drama, adapted from Alfred de Musset’s French literary classic.
American movies don’t always dominate the conversation at Cannes, considering it's considered the last refuge of art house cinema and a proud bastion of internationalism (often with a French colonial accent).
But Stateside cinema is in full force at this year’s festival. Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” served as curtain raiser, and “Madagascar 3” (of all things) kept the red carpet humming Thursday on day two of the event.
There are no less than six U.S. movies in the 22-strong competition section, including:
Cannes turns 65 this year – the age of retirement for many, though not in France (President Sarkozy upped it to 62, before he was promptly retired by the voters this month).
The grande dame of film festivals has plenty of life in her yet, with the paparazzi still having to wear tuxedos on the red carpet and a seemingly reinvigorated market, if the number of attendees and films is anything to go by.
Perhaps to prove the point, Jane Fonda wowed the crowds on Wednesday's opening night in a stunning Versace gown, and at 72 brought much needed sophisticated glamour to the event.
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