It’s Day 2, more or less, of the Cannes Film Festival, where news by the bushel has unleashed a hurricane of coverage by Deadline’s reporters.
Below is a set of links to many of the most notable stories, leading with confirmation of a coming sequel to the exquisite “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” directed by the martial-arts stunt specialist who helped make the original so special.
Other stories include Pete Hammond partying with Marty (Scorsese) on a yacht off the Croisette; a rebooted Imagine Entertainment; producers and actors to watch; new films for Judi Dench, Garrett Hedlund and Uma Thurman; a director’s role for ScarJo; and a movie version of “The School for Good and Evil.”
And so it starts, with screenings even earlier (now underway on the East Coast) than the early start date for “Star Trek Into Darkness” the studio officially announced a bit ago, as evidenced by the ticket stub a fan posted online earlier today.
Who’s looking forward to seeing this film this weekend?
Deadline’s Nikki Finke will, of course, have her usual in-depth coverage of the box office for the film and the weekend, and it’s expected to be pretty darned huge. Keep tuned to Deadline for the deets.
So, it turns out that too many cooks in the kitchen CAN ruin the box office. Or at least that’s Sony’s concern, sending a cease-and-desist order on one project about a washed-out “Chef” seeking redemption even as its own similar project has picked up Bradley Cooper as star:
That’s only one post in a Mediterranean-sized sea of stories coming out of the first day of Cannes from Deadline’s crack reporters. Check the site regularly for more festival news, but here are a few of the hotter stories from the first 24 hours:
So, Daniel Loeb is an activist, libertarian investor who helped run off Yahoo’s old CEO, went halfsies to buy Deadline’s sibling site Variety, and signed on to the Supreme Court amicus brief supporting gay marriage.
Now Loeb has sent an unusually pleasant (at least for him in these often confrontational situations) letter to the president of Sony, suggesting that they work together to spin off the company’s entertainment assets.
This is definitely one to keep watch on. It could affect Sony’s massive investments in film production and distribution, TV production, home entertainment and music. What do you think about the proposal?
Deadline is sending some of our best to cover the Cannes Film Festival that opens later this week, and two of them have filed previews about what to expect this year.
Awards Columnist Pete Hammond notes that the past two Cannes fests have spotlights films that later had a big impact on Oscar, and this year - already one of the “most anticipated in years” - should do the same, with lots of high-profile films that will travel well in the United States:
Deadline Film Editor Mike Fleming, meanwhile, says sellers are telling there’s a “good appetite for dealmaking in the air” already, with U.S. rights getting sold on Ryan Gosling’s “How To Catch a Monster.” Lots of other high-profile films from name directors around the world should also attract a lot of deal-making, Mike says here: