By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 11, 2011 at 8:26AM
Today Cannes kicked off, Oprah debuted her new doc club on OWN and much more.
Cannes Kicks Off!
indieWIRE is on the scene in Cannes to report back on the 64th edition of the world's leading film festival. Critic Eric Kohn caught an advance press screening of the event's opening night film, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." He liked what he saw. So did Anne Thompson, who called it Allen's best work since "Deconstructing Harry" in 1997, in her feature interview with the funny man himself. Brian Brooks meanwhile caught Allen speak at the official press conference following the initial press screening. Brooks also stuck around to witness Bernardo Bertolucci (in town to pick up an honorary Palme d'Or) prove that he's still in the game, and the Cannes jury address the worldwide press.
In other Cannes related goodies: News hit this morning that a new dark comedy, set to star Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, is being sold at Cannes by Focus Features International; Eric Kohn sat down with the Cannes' new Director's Fortnight head Frederic Boyer to talk shop; and Dana Harris created a Cannes Jeopardy! game where you can guess the statuses of several releases.
Oprah Debuts Doc Club
Last night, the Oprah Winfrey Network debuted the first in their (for now) monthly series of documentaries in the Oprah Doc Club, "Becoming Chaz." The flick chronicles the transition of Chaz Bono, son of Sonny and Cher, from female to male. indieWIRE reported on how the kickoff went for the network. Caryn James over at James on screenS meanwhile opted to review the documentary and had some great things to say.
Los Angeles Film Fest Announcements
The Los Angeles Film Festival made a slew of announcements regarding its 2011 edition today, including the appointment of Guillermo del Toro as the festival’s guest director, as well as selections for closing night (“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”), a special screening (“Green Lantern”), galas (including Cannes premiere “Drive”), and conversations (including James Franco, who will also world premiere his “Broken Tower” at the fest).
This Week's Top Pick in Theaters
As Cannes kicks off in the south of France, a whopping 11 new films are opening in limited release Stateside. There’s Dan Rush’s Will Ferrell dramedy “Everything Must Go,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt starrer “Hesher,” and Justin Chadwick’s film festival favorite “The First Grader,” as well as the long delayed release of Lu Chaun’s “City of Life and Death” and four new docs covering everything from a lesbian folk singing sister comedy duo to Yves Saint Laurent. Want to know what topped this week's Critical Consensus as the one to see? Click here to find out!