Thailand took home its first Palme D’Or ever at Cannes this weekend for Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which is sort of like Snakes On A Plane in that the title describes the story and it’s full of wild animals (that may be where the similarities end, though). The avant-garde film doesn’t have an American release date yet, but with Alice In Wonderland‘s Tim Burton leading this year’s Cannes jury, we’re sure it will find its way here eventually. Among the gorgeous celebs attending the ceremony were Salma Hayek, Kate Beckinsale, Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz, and acting winners Javier Bardem and Juliette Binoche. See what they wore in the gallery below.
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James Franco, what is your game? Between the General Hospital appearances and the master’s degrees and the small roles in chick flicks (Nights In Rodanthe? Why?), we can never figure out what the logic is behind this guy’s career choices. For instance, he’s finally decided to make the potential sci-fi blockbuster his agent has probably been praying for…only it’s apparently going to be a Planet Of The Apes prequel. What, they’re not going to let us know what happened after the 2001 Mark Wahlberg movie? We’ve been dying for closure!
Rise Of The Apes‘s producers hope to have Franco play a modern day genetic engineer in San Francisco who has something to do with the world’s first super-intelligent apes. According to Nikki Finke, Hollywood mighty impressed with Franco in the upcoming Danny Boyle drama 127 Hours, about a hiker who has to saw off his own limb and hope to take his badassery further into the limelight. With Franco soon to appear in theaters as Allen Ginsberg in Howl, a knight in the next Danny McBride comedy and a love interest for Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, it looks like there isn’t any genre the guy can’t conquer. So expect James to retire to start his own fish cannery sometime next year.
See photos of Franco laughing his ass off at Cannes in the gallery below.
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Kate Beckinsale‘s dress looked pretty tight at last night’s AmFar gala at the Cannes Festival, so it’s a good thing her cleavage successfully caught her falling earring on the red carpet, keeping her from having to try and pick the low-hanging bauble up from the floor (sadly, her decolletage has been unable to keep her recent films from slipping right down the box office chart). The soiree was a predictably star-studded affair, with Jennifer Lopez, Marion Cotillard, Elizabeth Banks, Grace Jones, Michelle Rodriguez, Mischa Barton, Kristen Dunst, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and countless others (including Gerard Butler and Russell Crowe, somehow not disrupting the time-space continuum) enjoying performances by Mary J. Blige and Patti Smith. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.
Hey there, Michael Bay! Not sure that we’ve been properly introduced. Here at The FABLife, we’re big fans of the way you are able to subtly wrench powerful emotional performances out of your actors, and we’re surely not the first to tell you that your mise-en-scène would make Truffaut weep with jealousy. Just kidding, we mostly love you because there’s no one better in the business at blowing sh*t up.
And hey, we heard the news that you fired Megan Fox from Transformers 3. We applaud the decision; after all, you can’t let some scrawny, hammer-thumbed bimbette tarnish the directorial legacy that you’ve been building ever since you first stepped behind the lens as the director of Playboy Video Centerfold: Kerri Kendall! Gotta keep your eye on the prize, can’t let one bad apple ruin the bunch, we get it.
But since we’ve heard that you’ve already started filming the third installment of Transformers in Los Angeles, we figured you might need some help finding a new love interest for Shia LaBeouf. To that end, we have gone to the trouble of compiling a list of ten actresses who could replace that ungrateful harlot, Megan Fox, as well as the reasons you’ll want to talk to them. Hopefully this will save you some time and allow you to complete the film in time for its planned release date of July 4, 2012!
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First of all, yes, there is going to be a sequel to The Wizard of Oz! Second of all, you know it will likely be pretty modern and fun considering Drew Barrymore is set to direct the movie. It’s called Surrender Dorothy and we can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
This is no way for a 37-year-old Oscar winner to dress. Actually, this is no way for any human being to dress, but we’re especially embarrassed that leather-loving Adrien Brody decided this look was appropriate for yesterday’s Armani yacht party at Cannes. The Lady Gaga shirt may be meant to suggest a fashion forward mindset, but he still looks like a cheap, sticky couch possessed by DJ Pauly D. Even if we didn’t hate this guy for stinking up every single movie he’s made since winning that Oscar for The Pianist (which we still haven’t seen because its a holocaust drama directed by a rapist and starring Adrien Brody), we’d still hate him for this suit. If he makes Predators suck, we suggest he be banned from anything that has the slightest chance of being awesome.
Thankfully, attendees like Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro and Natalie Imbruglia (she lives!) found more respectable attire for the soiree (Elizabeth Banks is still trying too hard, though). See what they wore in the gallery below.
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We had hardly begun wiping up the drool from the Muse music video premiere, and these arrived in our inbox. Our friends/enablers over at Summit just made our day even better by sending us three new Eclipse character banners featuring the Volturi, the heart-throbbing trifecta, and the newborns led by Riley. From what we’ve seen thus far, there was no shortage of male hair product on this set. [Photo: Summit Entertainment]
Taking on all the Na’avi’s is such a smart idea! Kelly Van is the author of a book called, “Sheila the Warrior: The Damned”, which was published online. And she’s claiming that James Cameron stole the idea for Avatar from it.
She’s spouting that 20th Century Fox was in on it too, and in court papers, claims that everything was copied. From the plot to the characters, especially their, “physique, demeanor, attire, emotions and powers/rituals.” Van’s characters are blue with yellow eyes, too. She’s going as far as to allege that Cameron’s “settings” and “scenes” are ripped off from her story as well.
Van’s work is a science-fiction piece where her characters travel to Tibet where baddie “bloodsuckers” are attempting to overthrow the peace. In her Tibet, “the concept of killing” is alien. Using Tibet as a space is hardly original, though, now is it? It’s a Buddhist land, and the “concept of killing” amongst the people, is alien according to the religion’s scriptures. Violence came in when China decided to overthrow the country causing His Holiness The Dalai Lama to flee to India. Her plot sounds like a metaphor to us!
Cameron claims he’s never even heard her story, and isn’t particularly worried about the suit. Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Fox stated, “It’s absolutely baseless. Jim Cameron’s treatment for Avatar was written before Ms Van alleges she even started to write her book.
One of the major disputes is this: a studio source says that a completed script for the film was given in 1998. Van’s lawyer, Kevin Mirch, disagrees, saying, “We did a lot of research, and the copyright says ‘Avatar’ was copyrighted on April 1 of 2007. The date of [Van's] creation was in 2000, and it was published on the Internet in 2003.”
Outlining more of the beef he added, “Avatar was done much later. It’s just contrary to what they said to us – which they did in a very rude manner. [Cameron's] lawyer wrote us a letter saying they would go after our law firm and our client if it wasn’t dismissed immediately. To have letters that say they’re going to sue us and they’re going to bankrupt us is bad business.” We’ll be watching how this particular script unfurls! ‘Cause the Na’avi won’t take it lying down.
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