Friday, June 21, 2024

Woody Allen Cannes Premiere; Murdoch ‘Daily’ Launch Needs Flash

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Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 11th. But of course! The French love Woody, and Woody has reciprocated with a movie about the City of Lights. France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, has a cameo. Can you imagine what the red carpet will be like? Sacre bleu! Marion Cotillard, the most famous French actress of this generation, is the star, along with Michael Sheen and Rachel McAdams. Owen Wilson is in it. Mon dieu! At the same time this morning, Rupert Murdoch debuted his new IPAd newspaper, The Daily. The slick live video presentation, if you watched it on a laptop PC, required Adobe Flash plug in. Apple, which makes the IPad, doesn’t support Flash. Steve Jobs hates Adobe. So. wtf, as they say? Initial impression: The Daily’s front page reminded me of US News and World Report. The inside looked like pictures and text, with some audio, video, and a blond news anchor. It’s like a website. Except it’s on the IPad. Maybe there’s more. I sure hope so. There is Sudoku and gossip.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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