It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.

But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..

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First Photos: Tarsem’s Immortals

Tarsem Singh's Immortals

Rogue Pictures has released the first photos from Tarsem Singh‘s  new Greek mythology epic Immortals.

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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has led the jury at Cannes, in 2004, but his experience at the Venice Film Festival has been limited to programming a couple of sidebars in ’04 and ’07. That changes this year, as the fest has named Tarantino head of the 2010 competition jury for the festival which will run from September 1-11. So what films is he likely to be judging? Read More »


There has been talk in the last couple months that War of the Gods, the new film from Tarsem Singh, might be retitled. Dawn of War seemed to be an option at one point. Now the film has been given a new title — Immortals — and has gained a few new cast members as the shoot begins in Montreal. Read More »

Kellan Lutz Cast as Poseidon in War of the Gods


Not long ago, Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz was rumored to be one of the prime contenders for the role of Conan the Barbarian in the upcoming film by director Marcus Nispel. Though Lutz didn’t get the role (it went to Jason Momoa) that was perhaps an indicator that we’ll be seeing more of the actor in action-oriented films beyond Twilight. And now he’s been cast in War of the Gods, the mythological tale by visually extravagant director Tarsem Singh. Read More »

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Because it has been a minute since anyone had much to say about the next James Bond movie, a couple of rumors — one already debunked, the other possibly based at least vaguely in truth — have cropped up. In the interest of keeping the record as clean as possible, I present both for your entertainment.

Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) has reportedly been cast in Bond 23, and Olivia Wilde has supposedly been approached to be a Bond girl. So, as the question was so concisely put in Amazon Women on the Moon, is all this bullshit…or not? Read More »


Briefly: I just talked about this film yesterday, when Marion Cotillard was announced as a member of the cast for Woody Allen‘s upcoming film to be shot in Paris later this year. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is the film Allen shot in 2009, and has been planned for release in various markets this September. Now Sony Pictures Classics has bought the film for US distribution, and will release it this fall.

The film “revolves around different members of a family, their tangled love lives and their attempts to try to solve their problems,” which could apply equally to several of Allen’s other films. It stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch. [Variety]


Sounds like the punchline to a joke about a carnival fortune teller. Woody Allen has been quietly making his next film, and as per usual we’ve known almost nothing about it up until now. (Even his casts sometimes don’t get full scripts during production; Allen is quite good at keeping his films locked down.) Along with the title You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, we also have a brief synopsis, which you can find right after the jump. Read More »

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and star Dev Patel are in talks to appear on the real Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. This according to The Sun, if it happens, the two would play together on a celebrity edition where the winnings would be donated to an Indian children’s charity.

Wouldn’t it be great if Freida Pinto, who plays the romantic lead in the film, was available to be the “phone a friend” option? I have a feeling that the real life Pinto probably wouldn’t be of much help on a large money question (she wasn’t much of a help at that moment in the film), but it would be cool none the less. Wait a second, is Who Wants to Be a Millionaire even still on tv?

Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire

I can still remember the excitement in the TV industry when the Philbin-hosted American edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire debuted on ABC (i.e. way before they ran the show into the ground with a mind-numbing 4x-per-week airing schedule). Like many game shows, Millionaire was able to harvest some great drama out of a simple premise: A contestant answered questions of increasing difficulty with a chance at winning a million dollars if he got them all correct (while at any time still retaining the option to walk away with a sizable chunk of the money he’d already won). But unlike punishingly difficult quiz shows like Jeopardy or Twenty One, the questions usually didn’t center around obscure historical minutiae or nuclear physics; they were questions the viewers at home could answer too. As an audience, we were allowed to dream what we would do if we were sitting in that chair under those hot lights. We could imagine that, even with the limited knowledge and experience that we had, we always had the chance to strike gold. It’s no surprise, then, that Slumdog Millionaire is able use that game show to generate some engrossing drama of its own.

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