Wes Anderson and Viggo Mortensen’s movies chosen for Cannes Film Festival Official Selection

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection. The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due t…

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection.

The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers wanted to support the movies submitted to premiere there by releasing its Official Selection line-up.

The shortlist of 56 titles were unveiled in Paris on Wednesday evening and the presentation confirmed that Anderson’s latest, starring Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, was set for a Cannes debut, as well as Mortenson’s Falling, which he wrote, directed and stars in, and Francis Lee’s Ammonite, a romance drama starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

“In such upsetting times, a little personal joy. I am utterly thrilled Ammonite has been selected for Cannes 2020. To be amongst the other filmmakers is a complete honour. I can’t wait for you all to see it soon. Thank you @Festival_Cannes,” Lee tweeted.

Other notable entries in the Official Selection include Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul, featuring the voice of Jamie Foxx, Summer 85 by Francois Ozon, and Steve McQueen’s films Mangrove and Lovers Rock, which form part of his Small Axe anthology of five feature-length stories.

On Wednesday evening, the 12 Years a Slave filmmaker announced he was dedicating the films to African-American man George Floyd, following his death at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, and “all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere”.

Other titles include Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase, Druk (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg, and Peninsula, Yeon Sang-Ho’s sequel to his 2016 zombie horror movie Train to Busan.

Movies in the Official Selection will not compete for the Palme d’Or this year. However, they will each receive a “Cannes 2020” label and be able to premiere at another festival instead. They can even compete at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival in September.

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Fans spot plastic water bottle in Little Women scene

Eagle-eyed viewers have noticed a rogue plastic water bottle in a scene in Greta Gerwig’s period drama Little Women. The latest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, starring Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, and Meryl …

Eagle-eyed viewers have noticed a rogue plastic water bottle in a scene in Greta Gerwig’s period drama Little Women.

The latest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, starring Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, was released in December and became a critical and commercial success, with it going on to be nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.

However, following its digital release in March, keen fans began to notice an error in one scene, with them sharing stills of Chalamet, in his period costume, standing in front of a table, where a modern hydro flask can be found. In the same shot, a plastic Poland Spring water bottle can be seen in the background – despite the film being set in the 1860s.

The mistake was first spotted by TikTok user Madelyn Rancourt, who shared a video of the scene on the app, and said, “All right, so I’m a very big fan of Little Women. I have the official movie companion book, I have the Louisa May Alcott book with cast photos and I did see it seven times in theatres and went to a Q&A with the cast in New York and saw the film before it came out.

“So, I’ve seen it many times and while watching it I’ve watched this scene with them in their house so many times, with Jo saying she loves the books and Amy hurting her hand… I don’t know if anyone else noticed but there is a hydro flask and a Poland Spring water bottle just casually sitting there during some of the scene. Let me know if you noticed this.”

The mistake has since gone viral on social media, with users sharing screengrabs and expressing their shock.

Others also likened it to the famous Game of Thrones error, in which a coffee cup was left in front of Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen in the final season of the show, which aired last year.

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Saoirse Ronan chose gown made from satin offcuts for 2020 BAFTAs

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally consci…

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.

The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally conscious wardrobe choices by renting, wearing vintage, or selecting pieces made of sustainable materials rather than sporting brand-new clothes.

Saoirse arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a voluminous black satin gown featuring leather straps and complemented the look by having her blonde hair swept off her shoulders and into a twisted-front updo.

Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue that the gown was made by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele from discarded satin.

“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time… It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple, but we’ve been geeking out about the intricate craftsmanship,” she said.

And Elizabeth is a big fan of the pencil-thin leather straps, which she viewed as adding a “naughty kick” to the dress.

“I love that the most classic pieces are often the hardest to make – it feels good to celebrate this unique work,” the style guru smiled.

While Saoirse’s eco-friendly dress was overshadowed by colourful appearances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson in a pink Versace gown and Charlize Theron in a purple Dior number, Elizabeth was pleased with how the black dress allowed the Little Women star to shine.

“(Fashion should) celebrate Saoirse’s talent, rather than overpower her,” she insisted.

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Greta Gerwig goes ‘feral’ while making movies

Greta Gerwig goes “feral” while making movies, because she becomes so dedicated to the project.The director has received critical acclaim for her recent adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson…

Greta Gerwig goes “feral” while making movies, because she becomes so dedicated to the project.

The director has received critical acclaim for her recent adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, and Timothee Chalamet.

She has candidly revealed that while on the set of her films, she becomes so involved in the process that she almost turns animalistic.

“Everyone who works with me can attest to this – I go into a zone where I don’t wash or return calls and I go feral,” Gerwig told Elle UK magazine. “I can go into hyperfocus as well as becoming more scattered.”

She went on to add that she thinks she would’ve been good in a newsroom, because she “likes things that have a great deal of pressure and a lot of deadlines, because I need it.”

However, the 36-year-old readily admitted that she’s good at taking charge of the cast and crew on the sets of her films and trusts her own instincts.

“I mean, they all want to do what you say. It’s not like I’m teaching a class full of kids who are resistant to learning algebra,” she joked. “They are people who would like to please me.”

Despite previously admitting that working with Hollywood legend Streep “terrified” her, Gerwig stated that she likes to collaborate with her actors.

“I think there are some directors who wish they could clone themselves 200 times to do every job on set themselves, but I like people bringing things and surprising me. You want them to see the film and feel like, Well, that is what I gave you. You didn’t misuse my gift,” she explained.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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Greta Gerwig was ‘terrified’ to direct Meryl Streep

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the …

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.

The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the project, based on the literary classic by Louisa May Alcott, and bagged the role of Aunt March.

However, Greta has now admitted that it was a daunting experience making a movie with the acting legend, as she was intimidated by her excellence on set.

“I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She’s so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone,” the 36-year-old told Elle UK. “There were a couple of lines I wrote to get a character from A to B, inelegantly, and you know when Meryl asks, ‘Now why do I say that?’ you’d better have a f**king good answer.”

Revealing her fear of looking silly in front of the movie icon, she added: “It’s intimidating, but it forces you to be better. Unfortunately, it’s uncomfortable to get better, because it means you have to look like an idiot in front of her. But she’s fabulous.”

Despite her apprehensiveness in front of Streep, Gerwig seems to have built a rapport with her cast, which also includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Timothee Chalamet.

Praising the director, Chalamet commented to the publication: “She has a way of talking with actors that is uniquely insightful. That’s perhaps because she’s an actress herself, but also because she has this intuitive way of speaking about movies, about acting and about the direction of a story.”

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Saoirse Ronan was ‘fully terrified every day’ while filming Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan was “fully terrified every day” on the set of Lady Bird because she was worried about ruining the film.The Irish actress starred in the lead role in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 directorial debut and went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a B…

Saoirse Ronan was “fully terrified every day” on the set of Lady Bird because she was worried about ruining the film.

The Irish actress starred in the lead role in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 directorial debut and went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, with her taking home the latter.

However, Ronan has now revealed that she was constantly worried she was doing a bad job while filming the high school drama.

“With something like Lady Bird, I was fully terrified every day. I felt, ‘I’m going to ruin this. I’m going to mess it up.’ I really felt that,” she told Variety magazine. “It was a great experience, but I was constantly on the phone to my mom or my friends saying, ‘I can’t do it.’”

Gerwig explained that the three-time Oscar nominee was worried that she wouldn’t find the character.

“She was scared,” the director recalled. “I drove her around everywhere because she had to go to doctors’ appointments and different things to get cleared to film. She was really worried. I always knew she would be great, but she was really concerned she wouldn’t be able to find the character.”

The duo has since reunited for the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women, in which Ronan stars as Jo March, a character she was more confident about.

“She just knew she could do it,” Gerwig shared, while the 25-year-old added, “I was ready to jump out of line and take it on. Jo is such an important figure for so many girls, and I didn’t feel daunted by it. I was precious with her.”

Little Women, which also stars Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, and Laura Dern, is in cinemas now.

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Greta Gerwig: ‘Golden Globes snub is a bummer’

Little Women director Greta Gerwig has expressed her disappointment over female filmmakers getting snubbed in the recent Golden Globe nominations.Last week, the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, revealing that the battle for Best Dire…

Little Women director Greta Gerwig has expressed her disappointment over female filmmakers getting snubbed in the recent Golden Globe nominations.

Last week, the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, revealing that the battle for Best Director would be between Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for Joker, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Social media users were outraged by the lack of female directors and highlighted the work of Gerwig, Alma Har’el, who helmed Honey Boy, and Marielle Heller, who directed Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Addressing her snub in an interview with BBC Radio 4 presenter Martha Kearney, Gerwig expressed her displeasure that Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) members hadn’t nominated her or any of her female peers for a directing Golden Globe.

“It’s a real bummer,” she said. “There’s so much beautiful work by women this year that you’d love to see it acknowledged by anyone who has trophies to give out. You’d hope they’d give them to some ladies.”

She later added: “I don’t know what the solution is. The work is great.”

Little Women’s star Saoirse Ronan also spoke of having a bad experience with a male director in the past, and explained it convinced her that Gerwig was the right person to bring Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story to the screen.

“I noticed that he wouldn’t stop talking, even though we were trying to discuss a shot we were doing,” the Irish actress said, before adding: “So much of Little Women and Jo’s journey in particular is this battle just to be heard.”

The 2020 Golden Globes take place on 5 January.

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Saoirse Ronan supports Greta Gerwig after Golden Globes snub

Saoirse Ronan has spoken out in support of her Little Women director Greta Gerwig after she was snubbed by the Golden Globes.Earlier this week, the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, revealing that the battle for Best Director would be…

Saoirse Ronan has spoken out in support of her Little Women director Greta Gerwig after she was snubbed by the Golden Globes.

Earlier this week, the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, revealing that the battle for Best Director would be between Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for Joker, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Social media users were outraged by the lack of female directors and highlighted the work of Gerwig, Alma Har’el, who helmed Honey Boy, and Marielle Heller, who directed Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

And Ronan has now shared her disappointment at the lack of recognition for the 36-year-old filmmaker, joining her Little Women co-star Laura Dern in voicing her concern at the inequality in Hollywood.

“She has made one of the best movies of the year,” she told the Today show. “Laura made a really good point yesterday in that in a way it’s sort of vital for something like this to happen, because it reminds us of how far, obviously, we still need to go.”

Gerwig, who scooped a Best Director Oscar nomination for her 2017 movie Lady Bird, which also starred Ronan, has yet to comment on the snub. But the 25-year-old actress was full of praise for her friend and director.

“She is a really brilliant filmmaker. We wouldn’t be here without her. Our performances rely so much on one another, but Greta is the one who brought us all together, and she’s the mastermind of the whole thing,” Ronan gushed.

The 2020 Golden Globes will take place on 5 January.

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