DAILY NEWS: Cannes Buzz; Almodovars Deal; Glatzer at Paramunt; Philly Fest Winners; Eyre's Next Project; and Miramax Gets "'74"
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> CANNES 2001: Buzzing Around the Croisette
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Among the ubiquitous marketing displays drowning the historic Carlton Hotel is the Moulin Rouge set up grabbing the attention of pedestrians on the Croisette.
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — The morning ritual for many here on the Croisette is
to pop downstairs into the lobbies of the big industry hotels along the
beachfront — The Martinez, The Carlton, The Majestic, The Noga Hilton —
and grab copies of any number of special daily festival publications. Screen
International, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Moving Pictures are among the English-language trades that offer dailies, while numerous
French-language publications also add to the mill of info and buzz that
provide fodder for conversations in line or over cocktails. Add to that the
websites and email messages that festival attendees are monitoring here at
Internet stations and in their hotel rooms, and suddenly the magnitude of
the Cannes grapevine network becomes apparent. Keeping up on the buzz is as
much of a key aspect of the Festival experience as creating it.
One rumor that hit the Croisette yesterday after it landed in print was the
recent word from Harry Knowles‘ Aint It Cool News site that Quentin
Tarantino was heading to Cannes with plans for a secret screening of a new
film. Roger Ebert caught wind of the tale and it also made the back page
buzz section in Moving Pictures Daily. However, it looks like Cannes won’t
be seeing a new Tarantino film this year. Calling the rumor “fun, but
wrong,” QT’s spokesperson Bumble Ward told indieWIRE yesterday that
Tarantino will indeed be in Cannes, but only to join a tribute to his
longtime producer, Lawrence Bender. Calling Knowles’ rumors completely
false, Ward did add that Tarantino is set to act in the third installment of
Robert Rodriguez‘ “El Mariachi” series.
One movie that had people buzzing yesterday was Baz Luhrmann‘s fest-opener,
“Moulin Rouge.” The $50 million studio musical was the showcase movie on
opening day, screening twice for the press and later in the evening in
black-tie showings at the Lumiere, followed by a lavish after-party near the
old port of Cannes.
The operatic love story, starring Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman, seemed to rouse some at the 10 a.m. screening here, moving some to applaud at the
end of the more spectacular singing and dancing numbers, but others were
less than impressed, panning the film in post-screening chats. McGregor’s
turn as a wide-eyed, idealistic would-be child of the revolution during turn
of the century Paris was a stand-out, as he notably belted out tunes ranging
from Elton John to The Police. (indieWIRE is planning to offer a review of
the film in tomorrow’s edition)
McGregor’s co-star, Nicole Kidman, caused a stir as she hit the Croisette
yesterday. After photo ops outside, she made her way into the Palais and
waved politely to the mob of paparazzi and gawkers who had crammed into
the hallway to document and monitor her arrival at an afternoon press
Quoted on the official Cannes Festival website, Kidman hailed McGregor’s
singing in the movie, saying, “When Ewan sang to me it was magic. When he
sang ‘Your Song,’ every time he did it, I had an emotional adoration of
Meanwhile, expect the Cannes Market, which launched yesterday, to create
its own share of buzz. This year, according to an announcement yesterday,
attendance is up more than 12% over last year, in pre-market registrations.
That’s nearly 4,800 participants so far, set to view nearly 700 films.
(indieWIRE offers a market preview from Film Finders’ Sydney Levine in
today’s edition). [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Almodovars Gearing Up Next Project, Making Deal with Good Machine International
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — Calling the movie “one of the hottest upcoming
pics from Europe,” Variety is reporting that Pedro Almodovar‘s new film,
“Hable con Ella” (Talk to Her) will be sold almost exclusively by Good
Machine International. Pedro and his brother/producer, Agustin Almodovar,
made the deal through their El Deseo production company in Spain, opting
for Good Machine to handle the sought after rights to Almodovar’s next
The Spanish language movie, in pre-production and set to start shooting in
late June, according to the Hollywood trade paper, is still being cast. It
is being financed by its sales and pre-sales, according to the report.
>> Glatzer Joins Paramount as Acquisitions VP
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — Susan Glatzer, formerly a Sr. VP at October
Films/USA Films, has joined Paramount Pictures as the studio’s Vice
President of Acquisitions for its Motion Picture Group.
The exec hit the ground running in Cannes this week representing the studio
at the festival. Among the acquisitions credited to Glatzer during her
tenure at October and USA are Robert Duvall‘s “The Apostle,” Lars Von
Trier‘s “Breaking the Waves,” Thomas Vinterberg‘s “The Celebration,” Lisa Cholodenko‘s “High Art,” and Mike Leigh‘s “Secrets & Lies” and “Topsy-Turvy.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> “Neighbor’s Dog” Takes Two at Philadelphia Fest
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, which
ended this week after setting a record with more than 30,000 attendees,
announced the winners for its tenth annual event.
The jury selected Michael Kalesniko‘s “How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog” as the winner of the prize for best feature and best first film, while Barbara
Kopple‘s “My Generation” and Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim‘s “Startup.com” tied for the award for best doc. Krzysztof Krause won the award for best director for his film, “The Debt.”
Cheryl Dunye‘s “Stranger Inside” was the winner of the audience prize for
best feature, while “The Turandot Project” won the audience award for best
doc. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Eyre Back with New Film, “Skins”
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — Chris Eyre‘s new film, “Skins,” began shooting in
South Dakota last month. Produced by Jon Kilik (“Before Night Falls,” “Dead Man Walking“), the film is being handled for worldwide licensing by First
Look Media, the company announced this week.
The movie, starring Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves“) and Eric Schweig (“Last of the Mohicans“) is adapted from Adrian C. Louis‘ novel of the same name. Eyre’s first film, “Smoke Signals,” was nabbed for release by Miramax at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Miramax Sings Pact with “Simpsons” Doyle
(indieWIRE/05.10.01) — Miramax has announced the acquisition of Larry
Doyle‘s “1974,” a film described in a company announcement as “an outrageous original campus comedy.” Doyle is a producer of “The Simpsons” and the author of the “Bad Publicity” comic strip in New York magazine.
According to yesterday’s announcement, the movie is “the story of two
college freshmen who, while just trying to have some fun, accidentally start
the conservative youth movement and the ‘Me’ decade. The deal is part of an
overall pact between Doyle and the Indiewood studio.
“I’m especially excited to be writing this movie for Miramax,” commented
Doyle in a prepared statement. “I’m glad that all those years at college
paid off.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Cannes Do; Sundance Nabs Cannes 2000 Film; Lake Placid Plans
(indieWIRE/05.9.01) — Cannes 2001 kicks off today, with Baz Kuhrmann‘s
“Moulin Rouge” followed by a string of downbeat debuts. Also today, Sundance Channel nabs a movie, and the Lake Placid Film Forum unveils its plans.
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