The 71st Cannes Film Festival has revealed the full jury for this year’s festival, which will take place May 8-19 next month. The jury includes five women and four men from seven nationalities and five continents under the presidency of actress Cate Blanchett, who is the 12th woman to lead the jury.
This year’s jury includes Ava DuVerynay, whose most recent film includes Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, which was released last month, as well as Denis Villeneuve, who is certainly no stranger to Cannes, having debuted his gritty cartel-thriller Sicario to rave reviews at the festival back in 2015.
Cannes darling Kristen Stewart joins the jury this year as well. She’s starred in multiple Cannes selections over the years including Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria, the former having won Best Director Award for Olivier Assayas in 2016. Chang Chen, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Andrey Zvyagintsev will also serve on the jury.
“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” Blanchett said in a statement earlier this year. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”
While this is undoubtedly one of the weakest lineups Cannes has seen in recent years, there are a number of notable titles playing at this year’s festival including Robert Mitchell’s Los Angeles-set neo-noir Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield and Spike Lee’s true crime-thriller BlacKkKlansman John David Washington and Adam Driver.
Oh, and let’s not forget about that little indie title called Solo: A Star Wars Story that will premiere out of competition at Cannes 10 days before it opens wide on May 25 next month. The film was directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Jon Favreau among others.
Phoenix: Here’s your chance to see ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ early and for free
Dying to see some monster on monster action? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that Warner Bros. is giving several of our very lucky Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend a free advance screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters next week.
All you have to do is click on this link to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters at Harkins Arizona Mills in big, beautiful IMAX on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
The sweepstakes are currently underway and winners will be selected and notified via email by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Mike Dougherty
Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe
Opens: Friday, May 31
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language
Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Amid misconduct allegations, Jason Mitchell’s career has pretty much gone down the toilet
Jason Mitchell was once considered a rising star in the world of Hollywood after garnering plenty of attention and praise for his portrayal of the late rapper Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Unfortunately for Mitchell, though, he seems to have pretty much nuked his own career.
According to Deadline, just about every person, company, or project that was involved with Mitchell at one point or another has suddenly distanced themselves from the actor in recent weeks due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior being leveled against him.”
While Deadline says that the details about those allegations are “sketchy,” THR reports that Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime series The Chi, says the actor sexually harassed her on multiple different occasions, making her feel unsafe on set.
In fact, Boone began feeling so unsafe on the set of The Chi that she would often have her fiance, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set with her on days when she had to shoot scenes with Mitchell. And, get this: Boone was only one of several actresses on The Chi who had made complaints against Mitchell.
Since these allegations came to light, Mitchell has been dropped by not only his talent agent, United Talent Agency, but also his management company and his role from The Chi, as well as a role in the upcoming Netflix comedy film Desperados.
Desperados had not even begun shooting yet at the time that Mitchell was fired, but THR says that Mitchell’s co-stars on the film had already begun expressing their concerns and complaints about working with him. So, yeah, that dude must’ve been pretty damn shitty for that to be the case.
Leonardo DiCaprio torches a bunch of Nazis in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer
Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.
There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.
Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.
Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.