Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu named president of Cannes Film Festival jury

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members…

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members of the movie industry, and help decide what film competing in the official selection should win the coveted Palme d’Or.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Pierre Lescure, festival president, and Thierry Fremaux, artistic director, said they are “delighted” that Inarritu, who won back-to-back Best Director Oscars for 2015’s Birdman and 2016’s The Revenant, had accepted their invitation.

“Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, Alejandro is also a man of conviction, an artist of his time,” they said in a joint statement.

The 55-year-old’s relationship with Cannes dates back to 2000, when his debut feature Amores Perros premiered there, and he most recently went back in 2017 as his virtual reality experience Carne y Arena (Flesh and Sand) was selected for the competition.

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival runs between 14 and 25 May (19).

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Annette Bening was a Marvel novice before signing on to Captain Marvel

Annette Bening needed a crash course to understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe before filming began on Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is best known for critically acclaimed dramas and comedies like American Beauty, Film Stars Don’t Die in…

Annette Bening needed a crash course to understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe before filming began on Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is best known for critically acclaimed dramas and comedies like American Beauty, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Kids Are All Right, but has swapped her usual genres for the new superhero flick.

Playing Supreme Intelligence in the Brie Larson-fronted film, 60-year-old Bening admitted to New York Post’s Page Six that she was a little out of her comfort zone in the role.

“Me, a Marvel movie? No idea I’d ever do something like Captain Marvel. I needed a crash course to understand what I was doing,” she smiled. “My stuff’s mostly with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. The way she does it is that she insists it’s real for her. That it’s grounded in the story… My way to do this was to relate to it on a personal, human level.”

Talking about the movie to U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert recently, the actress also revealed that she roped in her kids Stephen, 27, Benjamin, 24, Isabel, 22, and 18-year-old Ella, who she has with husband Warren Beatty, to help explain the plot.

“When I read the script, I did find it slightly confusing,” she said. “However, I took into my confidence, and the confidence of the entire Disney corporation, two of my kids. Who I then told the story to, and asked them to please explain to me what the hell was going on.”

Captain Marvel hits cinemas from 6 March (19).

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Tyler Perry looking to revamp Madea film franchise by taking character back in time

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise. The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completel…

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise.

The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completely, and is hatching plans to revisit her in the 1970s.

“That’s an idea that I’m thinking of doing,” Perry told Entertainment Tonight. “Letting it go back to the 70s and seeing an actress actually play her in that time… I got some people in mind, but we’ll see.”

Perry has played Madea in 11 films, which began with Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. His final outing as the character will hit cinemas on Friday (01Mar19).

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter,” Perry added. “I’m turning 50 this year and I don’t want to be her age, playing her.”

The final Madea outing comes hot on the heels of Tyler’s performance in filmmaker Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated movie Vice, for which he was transformed into former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the star reveals he actually reached out to former President George W. Bush’s one-time cabinet member to seek his permission before taking on the role.

“It was pretty surreal,” Tyler confessed on U.S. breakfast show Today. “There are not a lot of living African-American heroes, so before I said, ‘I’m going to do this’, I wanted to call and say, ‘Is this OK?'”

Powell, who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State, couldn’t have been more receptive to the idea, much to Perry’s delight.

“It was really, really powerful,” he shared of their talk. “He sent me his book (memoir); we had a great conversation. It was pretty good to be able to pick up the phone and call.”

Powell served under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

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A Star Is Born to get re-release with additional 12 minutes of performances

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s hit movie A Star Is Born has been re-edited to include an additional 12 minutes of musical performances for a special one-week release. Studio officials at Warner Bros. are hoping to cash in on the film remake’s Oscars s…

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s hit movie A Star Is Born has been re-edited to include an additional 12 minutes of musical performances for a special one-week release.

Studio officials at Warner Bros. are hoping to cash in on the film remake’s Oscars success by giving fans an extended cut, which will screen in 1,150 theatres across North America from this Friday (01Mar19).

The new footage features extended versions of songs like the opening Black Eyes, Alibi, and an impromptu a cappella take on Shallow – the track which earned Gaga her first Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Other added scenes include one of Gaga’s ballad Is That Alright?, belted out by her character Ally in a wedding sequence, and another of Cooper singing Too Far Gone in the recording studio as his washed-up country star Jackson Maine.

The actors will also be shown writing previously unreleased tune Clover together in the new cut.

The news of A Star Is Born’s theatre re-release emerges three days after fans raved about Gaga’s set at the Oscars, where she and duet partner Cooper performed Shallow live, stealing the show with their sizzling onstage chemistry.

The Best Original Song award was the only Oscars win for the A Star Is Born team out of its eight nominations, which included Best Picture, Best Actor for Cooper, and Best Actress for Gaga.

A Star Is Born, which served as Cooper’s directorial debut, was originally released to critical acclaim in October (18), when it went on to gross $425.4 million (£319.8 million) worldwide.

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Kevin Smith kicked off Jay and Silent Bob reboot on heart attack anniversary

Filmmaker Kevin Smith marked the first anniversary of his near-fatal heart attack by kicking off production for his long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel. The Clerks director nearly died on 25 February, 2018 when he was hospitalised for emergency sur…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith marked the first anniversary of his near-fatal heart attack by kicking off production for his long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob sequel.

The Clerks director nearly died on 25 February, 2018 when he was hospitalised for emergency surgery after falling ill at the end of a comedy gig in Glendale, California.

The massive health scare forced Kevin to reevaluate his diet and embark on a healthy eating and exercise programme, showing off the results of his 51 pound (23 kilogram) weight loss in August.

Monday (25Feb19) marked the anniversary of Kevin’s heart attack, and he spent the day on the set of his much-hyped Jay and Silent Bob project.

The significance of the date wasn’t lost on the 48 year old, and he subsequently commemorated the occasion with an on-set selfie as he reunited with co-star Jason Mewes, who plays Jay to his Silent Bob character.

Jason Lee, who portrayed Brodie Bruce in the 2001 cult stoner comedy, also featured in the snap, confirming his movie return.

In the lengthy and emotional caption, Smith reflected on how close he had come to death just one year ago, as he threw himself into his new project.

“Today, I’m living it up on with @jaymewes and Jason Lee on Day 1 of my new flick @jayandsilentbob Reboot…!” he wrote, after reminding fans he “almost died”.

Smith then explained how the three pals had gathered to rehearse their lines on Sunday night (24Feb19), during the Oscars telecast, which made the actor/filmmaker realise how thankful he was to still be around.

“The Oscars were on in the background during our practice and I couldn’t help but feel relief when the ‘In Memoriam’ montage ended and I wasn’t in it,” he shared.

“We picked 2/25 as the Reboot start date *intentionally*, to celebrate the fact that I did not become Silent Bob forever 365 days ago. But after a blissful couple hours of making pretend with my friends on the set of my 14th film, I’m starting to think I *did* die in that operating room after all. Because what could be more Heavenly than this?”

The film, simply titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, reunites Smith with Mewes and producer Jordan Monsanto 24 years after the two titular characters made their debuts in 1994 movie Clerks.

Smith and Mewes went on to reprise their characters for small appearances in Kevin’s other films, including 1995’s Mallrats, 1997’s Chasing Amy, and Dogman in 1999, before stepping out in their own 2001 project, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The two co-stars last rekindled their onscreen friendship for 2006’s Clerks 2.

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