Netflix Is Making Noise at Cannes – Vanity Fair
It’s Friday, and I’m still recovering from seeing Solange perform at the Guggenheim yesterday. Listening to A Seat at the Table will do, for now.
Yohana Desta here once again, while Rebecca Keegan is off seeing Okja without me at the Cannes Film Festival. Today, we’ve got the latest Netflix drama from the festival, the buzz on Wonder Woman, and a pebble of presidential buzz.
A NETFLIX SABOTEUR?
VF.com’s Rebecca Keegan e-mails:
This morning as the lights went down on the first-ever Netflix movie to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Okja, I wondered why the top half of Tilda Swinton’s head was cut off. The odd framing wasn’t an artistic choice by director Bong Joon Ho, but a technical mix-up by the projectionist. Or was it?!?!? (Cue dramatic music and me swiveling my head to camera and raising an eyebrow.) The glitch, which went on for nearly seven minutes until the projectionist restarted the film, inspired a cacophony of boos and foot stomping from the audience of journalists, and murmurs that Okja had been sabotaged by an anti-Netflix festival staffer seizing on weeks of rancor between the streaming company and the French film industry.
Cannes quickly apologized for the error in a statement, and Bong was good-natured in a press conference after the screening. “What happened this morning, I’m happy about it, because you guys can watch the opening twice,” the South Korean director said. The director has reason to be in good spirits: despite their foot stomping, most critics were quick to praise the film. VF.com’s Richard Lawson called Okja “a rollicking rescue movie with deep ache and hope in its heart.” Whatever the critics say, Cannes jury president Pedro Almodóvar has already indicated he thinks a film without theatrical exhibition shouldn’t win the Palme d’Or, an issue Swinton handled with diplomacy at the press conference. “The truth is, we didn’t actually come here for prizes,” the actress said. “We came here to show the film to the Cannes Film Festival. . . . Let’s be honest. The most beautiful and the most esoteric films [that play at Cannes], most people don’t see in the cinema.”
CARA’S CAREER DREAMS
Also at Cannes is VF.com’s own Julie Miller, who grabbed exactly 10 minutes with supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne. The 24-year-old Brit flew in to the festival to promote her collaboration with Magnum Ice Cream (Julie’s rundown of this event is a treat), and sat down with V.F. for a quick fire round of questions about her acting career, which might one day morph into a directing career. The actress says directing would be “cool” and that she’s passionate about getting “more women’s voices, more women’s stories out there.” Among her biggest inspirations is Angelina Jolie. She’s never met the superstar, but has had a “funny back and forth” with the actress through mutual friends.
MOMENT OF TRUTH
The big release day for Wonder Woman is nearly here—in just two weeks, fans will finally lay their eyes on the Patty Jenkins–directed adaptation, starring Gal Gadot as the titular heroine. Last night, the lucky critics who have already seen the film were finally allowed to share their opinions about it online and . . . they loved it! Praise for the film rushed in from journalists everywhere, saying that not only is the film good, but that Gadot also makes for a perfect Wonder Woman. “Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs,” Kate Erbland of Indiewire tweeted. Looks like Warner Bros. might have an even bigger hit than they imagined.
SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE REMAKE
Speaking of superheroes and long-awaited movies: it seems David Ayer has found his next non-superhero movie after Suicide Squad. The director is reportedly in talks to helm the much talked-about Scarface remake, according to Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline. Ayer would be tapping in after Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), who was originally slated to helm the film, but recently dropped out. Universal has to get the ball rolling on the project, as it’s already slated for an August 2018 release date. Diego Luna will star in the role made famous by Al Pacino. This time around, the story will be set in Los Angeles, and will stay true to the “core immigrant story” told in both the 1932 version and the 1983 version. The script will be penned by the Coen Brothers.
THE ROCK FOR PRESIDENT?
Dwayne Johnson is the consummate movie star, probably among the top five most gregarious human beings on the planet, and posts impressively long Instagram captions that I otherwise would not tolerate from even my closest friends. However, his slowly growing bid for the presidency is starting to get unnerving! The action star stopped by The Tonight Show on Thursday night, and promptly planted the seeds for a presidential campaign. Host Jimmy Fallon brought up the Rock’s recent GQ interview, in which the actor admitted that he’s thought about running for office. Hey, if one celebrity can do it, why not another? Well, I think we all have an answer to “why not” in our minds, but let’s leave it at that. Johnson didn’t deflect Fallon’s question about the presidency, instead giving a sort of elevator pitch for why people think of him as a good candidate, while also dropping what sounds like a Rock-ish presidential slogan: “More poise, less noise.”
A TASTE FOR TRUE CRIME
VF.com’s Hillary Busis e-mails:
You’ve devoured Serial Season 1, binged The Jinx, inhaled Making a Murderer, marveled at O.J.: Made in America, even, in a moment of desperation, mainlined CBS’s The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey. (This is a safe space; you can admit it.) And just where you feared that the well of slickly produced true-crime series had run dry, Netflix is coming to the rescue with The Keepers, the sordid, absorbing story of a beloved nun and the heinous crime ring she discovered—right before she was brutally murdered. VF.com contributor Lisa Liebman interviewed director Ryan White about his seven-part docu-series, which you’ll tear through this weekend—then Google obsessively until you know every detail of Sister Cathy’s life and death.
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