Movies about musicians starring Justin Timberlake and Matt Damon are among the 20 contenders for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Steven Spielberg will steer a nine-member jury.
Michael Douglas plays Liberace, Justin Timberlake a 1960s folk singer and Ryan Gosling a Bangkok drug smuggler in three of the 19 contenders for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which starts on May 15.
The depressives in filmmaker Ethan Coen’s “Happy Hour” may provide succor to a New Yorker in a temporary funk. More likely, the three inert one-act plays about inert people will bring you down further.
The Dan David Prize, which is granted in Tel Aviv, Israel this year will give $1 million to Joel and Ethan Coen for their “control over the final cut of their films, their grasp of film genres, black comedy and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to apparently simple plots,” a PRNewswire statement said.
“Little Fockers,” a comedy sequel with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro that was largely panned by critics, led the Christmas weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada, taking in $30.8 million for Universal Pictures.