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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Cannes Film Festival bosses rule out physical 2020 edition

Cannes Film Festival officials have decided against staging a physical edition of the 2020 event. The 2020 edition of the prestigious French festival was scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic back in Ma…

Cannes Film Festival officials have decided against staging a physical edition of the 2020 event.

The 2020 edition of the prestigious French festival was scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March. Organisers originally hoped to stage it in late June or early July, but they have now decided a physical edition will not take place this year.

“As of today, a physical edition seems complicated to organise, so we are going forward with an announcement of films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June,” a festival spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

Cannes organisers are set to announce a revised Official Selection of movies in June and plan to present these titles at other film festivals, such as the Venice International Film Festival, which takes place in September, and across cinemas.

In an interview with Screen Daily, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux explained that the films in the Official Selection will be those scheduled for theatrical release between now and spring 2021 and will receive a “Cannes 2020” label for their alternative festival and/or theatrical releases.

“The selection probably won’t be under the usual structured format that we all know with the Competition, Un Certain Regard, and Out of Competition sections,” Fremaux said. “It would have been ridiculous to behave as if nothing had happened. But in our heart of hearts what we want to do is promote the films that we saw and loved. We received films from around the world, magnificent works, and it’s our duty to help them find their audience.”

The director revealed that some filmmakers have opted for their films to be reconsidered for the 2021 edition instead. There will be no jury or awards this year, so Fremaux is welcoming Spike Lee, who was set to be 2020 jury president, back for next year’s event.

Lee’s upcoming movie Da 5 Bloods was set to debut at the festival ahead of its release on Netflix on 12 June. He added that Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch would have premiered at Cannes too, but will no longer be part of the Official Selection.

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Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Liev Schreiber joining Will Smith in King Richard

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Wi…

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams, as portrayed by Will.

Paul, who had worked with the likes of John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, was brought onboard by Richard to give his daughters lessons.

Liev joins a cast that also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price. Jon Bernthal is attached to portray another tennis coach, Rick Macci.

The film, which is slated for a cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin.

The narrative is set to show how the uncompromising tennis dad trained his two daughters to play the game on the cracked courts in Compton, Los Angeles, and coached them all the way to Grand Slam wins and all-time greatness.

Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Liev most recently wrapped on hit TV series Ray Donovan, which concluded earlier this year after seven seasons. However, he recently hinted to fans that they haven’t seen the last of his character.

He will next begin promoting The French Dispatch, a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and also starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Elisabeth Moss, and Edward Norton.

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Saoirse Ronan reuniting with Timothee Chalamet & Wes Anderson on new film

Saoirse Ronan’s latest project sees her reuniting with her former collaborators Timothee Chalamet and Wes Anderson.The triple Oscar nominee worked with Wes on his award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, and has collaborated with Timothee on 201…

Saoirse Ronan’s latest project sees her reuniting with her former collaborators Timothee Chalamet and Wes Anderson.

The triple Oscar nominee worked with Wes on his award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, and has collaborated with Timothee on 2017’s smash Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, both written and directed by Greta Gerwig.

Ronan, Chalamet and Anderson are now beginning work on The French Dispatch, a ’50s-set feature following a group of journalists at an American newspaper bureau in Paris.

Filming is taking place in Angouleme in south west France, with Anderson pulling double duty as scriptwriter and Scott Rudin producing.

Benicio del Toro and Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright are also starring in The French Dispatch, as well as Anderson’s frequent collaborators Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand.

Ronan, 24, is currently starring as doomed Scottish Queen Mary Stuart in Mary Queen of Scots, opposite Margot Robbie, who received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of formidable British monarch Queen Elizabeth I.

Meanwhile, Chalamet is impressing in true-life tale Beautiful Boy opposite Steve Carell, based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff and their experience of survival, relapse, and recovery as the family cope with the addiction that grips Nic. He has received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for the role.

Anderson hasn’t helmed a film since Isle of Dogs, which hit cinemas in April. The stop-motion animation featured an all-star voice cast, including Murray, McDormand, Swinton, Gerwig, Bryan Cranston and Scarlett Johansson.

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