Thursday, June 13, 2024

Exclusive: Double Oscar (and Emmy) Winner Michael Douglas Will Be Part of the Opening Ceremony at Cannes This Year


The Cannes Film Festival opening night is going to be pretty incredible.

Already chosen for the opening is “Jeanne duBarry,” which features an extended cameo from Johnny Depp. The actor will not miss the red carpet at the Palais, believe me. He needs this exposure for his comeback, whatever that may be.

I already told that Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of Catherine Deneuve and the late Marcello Mastoianna, will appear on stage opening night and help open the festival. Both her parents are/were Cannes darlings. I scooped that Deneuve’s photograph is being used this year on the festival poster.

Now comes from two time Oscar winner Michael Douglas that he will also be part of the opening night ceremony. This is great news. Douglas is one of our great actors and movie stars. He won the acting Oscar in 1986 for “Wall Street.” He also won the producer’s Oscar for making “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. His other acclaimed performances include “Fatal Attraction,” “The China Syndrome,” “Solitary Man,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic,” and “The American President.” His “Falling Down” is a cult classic.

Douglas may be the only American on stage as director Ruben Ostlund is head of the jury. We’ll see who Ostlund enlists. It’s not clear if Douglas will stick around the festival. He’s taking his family, including Oscar winning wife Catherine Zeta Jones, on a European vacation.

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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