The Neon Demon is Nicolas Winding Refn‘s first movie with a female lead, but that’s not for lack of trying. You may recall that way back, Refn wanted to direct a Wonder Woman movie. That didn’t happen, obviously — the Wonder Woman movie due out from Warner Bros. and DC next year is directed by Patty Jenkins — but now he’s got his eye on a different superheroine. In a recent interview, he revealed he wanted to make a Batgirl movie.  Read More »

The nearly-full slate for the competitive schedules at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and while it isn’t packed with many surprises, there is some great stuff premiering in France this May. We basically knew that Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin That I Live In, Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia, and Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About Kevin would all be on the Croisette, so seeing those in the competition slate isn’t a surprise. But it’s nice to see Nicholas Winding Refn‘s Drive in there (FilmDistrict, give us a trailer, please!) along with Julia Leigh‘s Sleeping Beauty, Takashi Miike‘s remake of Harakiri (his 13 Assassins is also in some theaters, On Demand and on iTunes now, and is the best thing he’s made in a while) and even Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki.

In the Un Certain Regard category — a slate that highlights “original and different” films, with Emir Kusturica heading the jury this year — you’ll find Gus Van Sant‘s Restless, Sundance fave Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, Erik Khoo‘s Tatsumi, and plenty more.

Out of competition premieres include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Kung-Fu Panda 2. There could be more selections announced for that particular slate in the coming weeks. Read more info and get the full list of films as it stands now, after the break. Read More »