I am not at the Cannes Film Festival this week, more’s the pity, but I am watching the news of the festival with interest, particularly this item: A very clever thief, on Thursday, made off with more than $1 million in Chopard jewelry. The haul, intended to be worn by celebrities on the red carpet, was stolen from a safe in a Chopard employee’s hotel room, and was apparently one of the largest heists ever to take place during the film festival. Best thing about this story: The theft apparently happened at apparently the same time as the world-premiere screening of Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” about a gang of jewel-thief teenagers. Life imitating art, perhaps?
Also newsworthy are several new projects announced at Cannes:
— Uma Thurman will play anti-gay-rights activist Anita Bryant in the feature film “Anita,” to be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Lovelace,” “The Times of Harvey Milk”).
— The sequel “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny” will begin production early next year, with Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh starring, Yuen Wo Ping directing, and Harvey Weinstein producing.
— Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” which stars Judi Dench as an Irish birthmother searching for her adopted son, is the subject of a bidding war at Cannes between several distributors (looks like Weinstein is winning), even though the movie isn’t yet finished.
— “Last Love,” a late-life romance starring Michael Caine, has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Image Entertainment. Caine has also been anounced for the cast of “Imagine,” a drama about an aging ’70s musician played by Al Pacino; the film, directed by Dan Fogelman, also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, and Bobby Cannavale, and will begin shooting this summer.
–And, for those of us with an interest in red-carpet fashion, here’s a slideshow of some fashion highlights of Cannes, Day 2. Yes, Emma Watson is all grown up and looks lovely, and I seriously covet Sofia Coppola’s shoes and Zhang Ziyi’s dress . . .
Happy weekend, all!