Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Bad Boy” Will Smith Added to Cannes Jury Along with Jessica Chastain, Jury President Pedro Almodovar


Cannes takes an odd turn next month. Will Smith, of all people, has been added to the main jury. Hmmm…Not exactly from the “arty” end of Hollywood, Smith should be an interesting choice. What will he make of films by Sofia Coppola or Noah Baumbach? Or, for that matter, what will he think of four films starring Nicole Kidman? That should be interesting.

More on target is the addition of Jessica Chastain, who will most definitely get “it.” Also director Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade, actress FanBingBing, France’s Agnes Jaoui, Park Chan-Wook, and composer Gabriel Yared.

Pedro Almodovar is the head of the jury for the 70th anniversary of Cannes. Unusual choices.

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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