French director Laurent Cantet, who won the Palme d’Or in 2008 for “The Class,” will direct “Vuelta a Itaca,” a drama set in Cuba. Script for Spanish-language pic is by Cantet and Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura. “Itaca” is set on a rooftop terrace in present-day Havana. It begins at dusk with the unexpected re-appearance of... Read more »
With the 50th anniversary coming up this November, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963 is clearly capturing the attention of filmmakers again, more than twenty years after the release of Oliver Stone's "JFK." Tom Hanks is producing the ensemble drama "Parkland," set on the day of the assassination, and only a few days back, it was announced that Cate Blanchett would star in David Mamet's "Blackbird," a contemporary thriller about a woman who discovers her father may have had a part in the conspiracy. But they appear to have some serious competition. A few years back, it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio was developing "Legacy Of Secrecy," based on the book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, which posits the theory that Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello told FBI informant Jack van Laningham that he was behind the assassination. And now the film (a passion project of DiCaprio's father George) looks to be coming together, as the real-life van...
The “Game of Thrones” author says Leonardo DiCaprio has never been better, and easily tops Robert Redford as the best Gatsby. read more
Amitabh Bachchan The Indian icon, known at home as Big B, may seem like an odd choice for a “to watch” piece, but the series of vignettes I’m doing this week is about keeping an eye on interesting people here in Cannes, not solely newcomers. And, Amitabh Bachchan, who has made more than 180 films at home, has only just made his Hollywood debut with a cameo in Baz Luhrmann’s Cannes opening night film The Great Gatsby. Bachchan has said that the short scene in which he appears with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire was a “friendly gesture” towards Lurhmann whom he had met a few years back. He also says he did not take any compensation: “What commerce can one consider for work for a single day!” he recently wrote on the blog he updates religiously. Luhrmann called him “one of the best actors” he’s ever worked with at the Gatsby press conference yesterday. (He also got a shoutout during a scene on Fox’s New Girl last week.) Bachchan has said he would consider other Hollywood roles if they were offered. Here in Cannes, he also stars in a section of Bombay Talkies, which is screening in honor of the 100th anniversary of Hindi cinema. An Indian producer says, “We’ve grown up watching his versatility and there’s nothing ... Read More »
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