Matt Dentler (who also notes that "Tartan did pick up North American rights for that film, ‘Princess,’ I liked and blogged about the other day") offers up a slew of photos, including one of "alas, my new best friend: the guy who sells crepes off a cart on the street."
Jeffrey Wells has a shot of the poster for the new Wong Kar Wai "My Blueberry Nights" (still, of course, only in pre-production) with Norah Jones looming large (Jude Law and Natalie Portman have just been added to the cast).
Scott Roxborough at the Risky Biz blog shares that:
London-based flacks (and Arsenal backers) DDA public relations, set up a ultra-wide screen TV at the Majestic Hotel and flew in a UK techie to set up a live British satellite feed of the [Arsenal vs. Barcelona football] match. The game – a nail-bitter that ended in a 2-1 victory for Barcelona – delivered more in the way of excitement, human drama and suspense, than most of your Festival films.
It also revealed a few things about national character. While the Spaniards watching were screaming and clapping madly at almost every play, the Brits remained stoic, only emitting a bitter â€œkick â€˜em again!â€ whenever an Arsenal player fouled Barcelona star Ronaldinho.
From Kim Hyun at Yonhap News:
The Cannes Film Festival has given unanimous support to South Korean movie industry personnel fighting a trade deal with Washington that would cut a screen quota for domestic movies, according to its statement released here Monday.
"The Korean screen quota that was launched in 1993 made possible the development of diverse movies, which the Cannes Film Festival approves and pays its regards to," the festival’s board of directors said in a statement in French unanimously adopted in Cannes on Sunday. It was released in Seoul via an e-mail from the Korean movie workers.
About 70 Korean directors, actors and movie staff are in Cannes to publicize their protest. They have demonstrated publicly in South Korea to reverse the policy to cut a quota in theaters for homegrown movies. The reduction was a years-long demand from Washington under the influence of major U.S. studios.
Yeah, that’s still not going to change anything. Cool, though.
Jon Morrison at the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog:
[T]he one party we just couldn’t get into, no matter what we tried, was the Isle of Man Film bash on their yacht. We tried persuading them that we were going to shoot the next movie – a psychological thriller called "Cuckoo" – on their island. They seemed bemused. We tried saying how much we disliked paying taxes. They bristled. We even tried pretending they’d invited us but merely forgotten. They didn’t buy it. It was the first great failure of our trip. I mean – just what do you have to do to get on the boat?
And Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter has Focus Feature’s big festival announcement:
Oscar winner Ang Lee is reuniting with longtime collaborator James Schamus and Focus Features to direct his follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain," the espionage thriller "Lust, Caution." Set in World War II-era Shanghai, the Chinese-language film is expected to begin production this fall.
+ Cannes 2006.7: Shower… Crepes (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ In front of Cannes’ Majestic Hotel — Tuesday, 5.16.06, 5:15 pm (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Soccer Mad at Cannes (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Cannes backs Korean protest against cut in domestic film quota (Yonhap News)
+ Schmooze cruise (Guardian)
+ Lee’s future will include ‘Lust,’ WWII (Hollywood Reporter)