* The New York Film Festival goes 3D – debuting the new Ang Lee movie, Life of Pi, as its opening movie this September.
* Nine Nobel Laureates, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, have called on NBC to scrap the new TV show, Stars Earn Stripes, because it glorifies war and combat training, pitting so-called celebs against each other.
* Taylor Swift has released her new pop-centered single, We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together, in which she promises to never get back together with an ex. Ever.
* After his split with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson is heading into the public eye to promote his new movie, Cosmopolis, this week. He ate ice-cream with Jon Stewart on Monday night, and rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
* And, in spite of the #NBCFail hashtag, the channel has reported the 2012 London Olympics were the most watched event in US history.
There’s been a strong contingent of young stars in Cannes this year. Today’s screening of Cosmopolis, and the premiere happening this evening, sees Robert Pattinson back in Cannes, following his first foray here when he came to present Twilight footage before the first film came out. Starring in director David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, Robert goes tête-à-tête with Paul Giamatti in the movie, which is an overflow of information as it plays upon the themes of social and economic crisis that’s befallen our society. Rob’s girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, who’s here with On the Road, is expected to join him on the red carpet at tonight’s premiere. Possible candidates to take over from Cannes “It” couple – Brad and Angelina…?
Don DeLillo, David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson
It was great to have Don DeLillo on the panel for the press conference. It’s always interesting to get an author’s take on the film interpretation of their work. DeLillo said they’re totally different life forms and that although they were his words, it felt like he was looking at something new. The director said it took him 6 days to write the screenplay, but that, like any other art work created, he didn’t mess with the basic structure and style of the book. “It’s like a Bob Dylan song,” he said. “Everyone knows the lyrics and how it goes, so you don’t mess with the rhythm. You just try to bring out something new.”
Lee Daniels also ventured into a novel once again, for his second film offering. Following on from Precious, which debuted here in2009, the director roped in another young talent – this time Zac Efron, who plays a character he says appealed to him because it was “raw and dangerous”. There are some surprising scenes with him, and Matthew McConaughey too, is seen in a different light. Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Macy Gray were also at the press conference.
Meanwhile, the sun is still shining at Cannes – and that makes me happy!
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Tagged Cannes 2012, Cannes Film Festival, Cosmopolis, John Cusack, Lee Daniels, Macy Gray, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, The Paperboy, Zac Efron