Friday, May 24, 2024

Cannes Updates: George Lucas Receiving Palme D’or at Closing Ceremony, Kevin Costner to Show Western He Left “Yellowstone” For


The 2024 Cannes Film Festival — with a jury headed by Greta Gerwig — is ramping up with news.

While we wait for this Thursday’s announcement of the whole slate of films, here a couple of breaking bulletins:

The great director and innovator George Lucas will receive the Palme D’or at the closing ceremony on May 25th. The “Star Wars” director should have gotten this a long time ago, but it’s never too late.

“The Festival de Cannes has always held a special place in my heart. I was surprised and elated when my first film, THX-1138, was selected to be shown in a new program for first time directors called the Directors’ Fortnight. Since then, I have returned to the festival on many occasions in a variety of capacities as a writer, director and producer. I am truly honored by this special recognition which means a great deal to me.”

Also, Kevin Costner will show the first of his two part Civil War movie “Horizon” out of competition. Costner left “Yellowstone” to make this vanity project, which he will compare to “Dances with Wolves.”

Costner has bet the ranch — literally — on “Horizon,” which will be released in June. The film will get a “ten minute standing ovation!” at Cannes, which will mean very little but get some good headlines.

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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