Hollywood Take 2: Cannes 2012 Films in Competition

21 Apr

What’s happening in Hollywood this week? On Thursday April 19th Cannes released the list of films nominated for the Palme d’Or award. Also, two movie trailers were released that got cinephiles talking.  What films are they you ask? We will discuss those films plus the removal of Disney studio chief Rich Ross who was asked to step down this week.

Essential stories;

1. Cannes 2012 Film Line-Up

2. Most Captivating Movie Trailers 

3. Rich Ross Steps Down from Disney


Cannes 2012 Film Line-Up

  • For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cannes Film festival and its significance to the film industry here’s a quick summary. In an article Blockbuster versus Indie Films: Part 1 highlight why Cannes is so respected.


“Moonrise Kingdom” (dir. Wes Anderson) (OPENING NIGHT)

“Amour” (dir. Michael Haneke)

“The Angel’s Share” (dir. Ken Loach)

“Baad EL Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille”) (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)

“Beyond The Hills” (dir. Cristian Mungiu)

“Cosmopolis” (dir. David Cronenberg)

“Holy Motors” (dir. Leos Carax)

“The Hunt” (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)

“In Another Country” (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)

“Im Nebels (Dans La Brume)” (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)

“Killing Them Softly” (dir. Andrew Dominik)

“Lawless” (dir. John Hillcoat)

“Like Someone In Love” (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)

“Moonrise Kingdom” (dir. Wes Anderson)

“Mud” (dir. Jeff Nichols)

“On The Road” (dir. Walter Salles)

“Paradies: Liebe” (dir. Ulrich Seidl)

“The Paperboy” (dir. Lee Daniels)

“Post Tenebras Lux” (dir. Carlos Reygadas)

“Reality” (dir. Matteo Garrone)

“Rust & Bone” (dir. Jacques Audiard)

“Taste Of Money” (dir. Im Sang-Soo)

“Vous N’Avez Encoure Rien Vu” (dir. Alain Resnais)

“Therese D.” (dir. Claude Miller) (CLOSING NIGHT)


Most Captivating Movie Trailers

  • Two films slated to come out this year, released extended trailers giving audiences a little more insight into what the films about. The first film Cosmopolis starring actor Robert Pattinson and the second, Prometheus starring actor Michael Fassbender. Cosmopolis released two version’s on Thursday, April 19th. The first trailer is in english and the other (which I like the best and featured below) is in english with french subtitles. This trailer is longer and really captures the world director David Cronenberg created for Pattinson’s transformation into this character. The second trailer is from the film Prometheus called Happy Birthday David portrayed by Michael Fassbender. Director Ridley Scott has released short little teasers on two of the main characters.  The first being Ted and the second David which came out this week. Cosmopolis and Prometheus trailers got cinephiles talking with excitement over the release date of these two films. Take a look for yourself and see why.


Rich Ross Steps Down from Disney

  • It was reported this week studio chief Rich Ross was asked to step down due to the box office failure of John Carter. According to Thompson Hollywood it stated;

“John Carter” was a tsunami disaster that no studio chief could survive–even if he inherited it. But under Iger’s directives, Disney Channel veteran Ross let go of many of Disney’s experienced production, distribution and marketing professionals.”[2]

To read the full story click here.

6 Responses to “Hollywood Take 2: Cannes 2012 Films in Competition”

  1. Comic Relief April 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM #

    Speaking of Cosmopolis, of Hollywood’s youngest generation I guess we know who the Oscar top contender is.

    Cool, look what I found…

    • littlebells April 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

      Honestly, I am very interested to see how well this film and Rob do. There has been so much positive praise for both, and I’m hoping my expectations aren’t disappointed. I think this film and role are exactly what Rob has needed to fully shatter his Edward image and I want him to succeed. As for an Oscar Nom…my opinion is a double edged sword.

      As for Moonrise Kingdom: OH MY GOSH! How can you not love a film that has Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis playing cookie characters!!! I’ve seen a small clip and really hope it makes it nationwide so I can see it.

      • Comic Relief April 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM #


        I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean he was the only Oscar contender!!!! The French trailer, is far more detailed than the one being popularly circulated and looks great, yet other than a small group of people no one has even seen this film. This film has a long road to travel before here and there. I’m not crazy.

        Like you suggested, I just meant, who would have ever thought “Edward” would even be a contender. Obviously he’s not, yet another character played by the same actor will HAVE to be considered. My God it’s only April.

  2. Open Book April 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM #

    What a great discussion going on today.

    LB- ITA with u. There are a number of films on the list I would love to see. It will be very interesting to see how well they all do. In terms of Cosmo? I think it’s very relevant and cutting edge despite it’s time period. I think the emphatic reaction to the trailer more than proves its prevalent IMO.

    CR-I like your passion its quite infectious. What do u think of the soundtrack so far?

    • Open Book April 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

      I’m sorry, I’m talking about the Cosmo trailer soundtrack not Prometheus.

    • Comic Relief April 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM #

      The sound track…I guess that isn’t available yet.

      I don’t know what it is…a go-go sound you might hear at street level within a red light district or is it a strip bar quality. At least partially electronic you hear the driving beat but because you’re outside the building a great deal of the music (harmonies, words, other instruments) are kind of muffled or obscured. The flickering neon typography doesn’t exactly hide these associations. So very wrong yet possibly familiar if you were ever around these places in New York City in the later part of the last century.

      As provocative as semi-sinister dialogue I’m glad you brought this up; sleazy over and undertones are rarely packaged so well.

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