Sunday, May 26, 2024

Cannes 2017 Good News– Nicole Kidman in 4 Films– Bad News Adam Sandler Is Coming, Too


Hell has frozen over. Adam Sandler is coming to Cannes in official selection. Is there no mercy in such a terrible year?

The film is Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories,” starring the great Dustin Hoffman. I guess Sandler plays his son. The idea of Sandler on the Croisette is more than anyone can take. Cannes is press-friendly. Sandler hates press and it’s mutual. That should be a lot of fun.

To offset this horror, Nicole Kidman is in four films including Sofia Coppola’s
“The Beguiled.” So that’s great news. There’s nothing better than Nicole Kidman in Cannes.

Otherwise, so far, the Cannes list for this year is a mixed bag with few American entries. The opening night film is a French one, Arnaud Desplechin’s “Fantomes de Ismael,” starring Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Those two ladies are like rock stars in France.

Missing from the list is Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which a lot of hot air prognosticators predicted would be there.

Other highlights are Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls At Parties,” Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” and Michel Hazanavicius’s Godard film, “Redoubtable.”

They’re also touting a documentary by Vanessa Redgrave, a short film by Kristen Stewart, and screenings of TV shows “Twin Peaks” and “Top of the Lake.”

I know Thierry Fremaux is struggling this year because so many films aren’t finished, or their distributors don’t want to show them in May for a December release. But he will add titles over the next couple of weeks, no doubt.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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