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Weinstein Co. Offers Strong Slate at Cannes

Weinstein Co. Offers Strong Slate at Cannes

Weinstein commandeered two jury members to greet the crowd. One, Jake Gyllenhaal, stars in Antoine Fuqua’s July release “Southpaw,” a fighter picture, which Harvey surprised his staff by announcing they would show (to buyers? to press? no screening is yet slated) the completed film at Cannes. He said the film was invited to show in the Cannes Official Selection, but because Gyllenhaal is a jury member, they opted not to participate. He’s sure Gyllenhaal will land the Oscar nom he should have nabbed for “Nightcrawler.”

Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” (will it be “Brokeback Mountain” for gay women?) starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, are both screening here in Competition.

Also on hand was jury member Sienna Miller, who stars in what she admits is a Bradley Cooper vehicle, John Wells’ “Adam Jones” (October 2) about a hard-driving star chef who has to learn how to work with his staff, including romantic interest Miller. (The film also stars Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, and Alicia Vikander.) It looks strong.

While Harvey left Quentin Tarantino for last—the still-shooting period western ensemble “The Hateful Eight,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh “in glorious 70 mm,” will skip the fall festivals and come out at year’s end—the movie that popped at this show-and-tell was the Amsterdam period romance based on bestseller “Tulip Fever,” which leans heavily, Weinstein said, on blossoming star Alicia Vikander.

In the film she’s married to older man and Weinstein Co. regular Christoph Waltz (who does not appear in “The Hateful Eight”); when a young painter (Dane DeHaan) comes to do a portrait, an affair inevitably ensues. The movie looks terrific (Judi Dench plays a nun) and Harvey Weinstein pulled out all the stops, bringing to the stage actress-du-jour Vikander (who stars in sci-fi hit “Ex Machina” and upcoming “The Light of Oceans” and “The Danish Girl”) and making a fuss about the movie, which he will release inside the awards corridor–likely in November.

Footage also screened for John Eric Dowdle’s “No Escape” (September 2) a tough drama about two parents in Asia and their two kids who get caught in a local war and must escape. Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and Lake Bell star. Robert De Niro plays a trainer in Roberto Duran biopic “Hands of Stone,” set for April or May 2016, starring Edgar Ramirez as a promising boxer and John Turturro as a family guy. Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, and Nicole Kidman star in heart-tugging drama “Lion” (November 2015) about an adoptee from India who wants to find the family he lost as a kid.

Both Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” (“We will never vanquished be…I am in blood stepped in so far”) and Mark Osborne’s animated Antoine St. Exupery adaptation “The Little Prince,” which looked promising, are screening late in the festival and will be missed by many attendees here. “We’ll show it to you back in the states,” promised one Weinstein Co. rep.

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