* The line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which will be the 67th edition of the fest (my first one was the 60th!), has been announced. Ryan Reynolds will be debuting his first directorial feature, Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster) in the Un Certain Regard section, and the opening film is Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman.
Also on the list though, is Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum (a wrestling tale I’m really looking forward to), Maps with Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama The Homesman, starring Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank. This year’s dose of fun will come from How To Train A Dragon 2, which will screen out of competition.
* The Frozen soundtrack has just claimed its 10th week at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. This means it now can add the honour of tying with The Lion King for most weeks spent at number 1 for an animated soundtrack. It also means the soundtrack has racked up 2 million and counting in sales. Spring may finally have reached New York, but it’ll be Winter for some time still
* “Hello dears!” Mrs Doubtfire is getting a sequel. It was over 20 years ago that the original film was made, but that doesn’t seem to mean much because Robin Williams will be back in the title role, which is now set to be Mrs Doubtfire 2. Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of sequels, as movie studios go back over their filmographies, looking to replicate success from years gone by. Mrs Doubtfire earned $440 million worldwide back when it was released in 1993.
* James Franco and Chris O’Dowd made their Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men, which opened on Wednesday. The unlikely pair seem to have garnered differing reviews, with Variety claiming the production is ‘flawless‘ but the NY Times feels it lacked soul.
[Pic: Cannes Film Festival]