Actors like America Ferrera (at the How to Train Your Dragon 2 photo call) flock to Cannes through May 25. (Nick Wall)
Here is your weekly wrap up of everything going down. Deals being made and contracts broken are just a part of the daily grind in La La Land. Let’s see what happened this week!
Godzilla defied everyone’s expectations over its opening weekend, including the studio themselves, bringing in $93 million. They surpassed their own projections by more than $20 million. The last remake of Godzilla in 1998 was such a flop that this one had to come out of the gate swinging. The film also took in $103 million internationally as well, making both Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. a happy co-financing team. With a strong cast and real storyline, this reboot made a lot of people happy.
Who would have thought that terms coined by social media and pop culture would have such an impact? Popular words used among the socially media savvy like “selfie,” “hashtag” (#) and “tweep” have now been officially entered into the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I shudder to think what might come next.
From May 14 through May 25, people from all around the world flock to the south of France for the Festival de Cannes where models, actors, directors, financiers, producers and just the filthy rich like to come together for the annual festival. The festival has been well respected since its inception in 1946. The twenty films entered into the feature-length competition vie for the Palme d’Or. Many of these films go on to win Academy Awards and bring forth new talent. Controversy over some of the films that are selected in the elite competition is expected, and the red carpet is the most sensational. This year a man dove under actress America Ferrera’s dress on the esteemed carpet, and in her own words, she felt “violated.” He literally tried to climb under her dress!
Until next week, stay tuned!