Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes 15 Minute Standing O for Wes Anderson’s “French Dispatch”: But Director Refuses to Give Press Conference


UPDATE There was a 15 minute total standing ovation apparently. Originally it was said to be 9 minutes, but it went on and on according to my spies.

The French Dispatch has finally arrived in Cannes, a year late.

Director Wes Anderson brought an all star cast to the Croisette tonight but refused to give a press conference. The word is he was avoiding questions about his long time producer Scott Rudin, who has been made a pariah on Broadway for having a toxic work environment.

Todd McCarthy reviewed “The French Dispatch” for calling the director  “the king of twee.” McCarthy writes: This is Anderson in full flower, one that only grows in a rarified altitude… this is a film about and for The New Yorker constituency. If Anthony Lane doesn’t like it, there will be a price to pay. Searchlight Pictures probably shouldn’t even bother to release it in the red states, except maybe in Austin.”

Co-star Timothee Chalamet wore a designer suit that made him look like the Tin Man. The suit has gotten more attention on line than the movie.

Disney (Fox) Searchlight brought a lot of people for this premiere, so they spent some big bucks. Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Chalamet, etc are all four star travelers. Plus I’m sure there’s a big fancy dinner after the screening.

Frances McDormand did not attend. Apparently, there’s a sex scene between her and Chalamet that has set jaws dropping and tongues wagging. Not for the faint of heart.

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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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