news//70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

FESTIVAL COVERAGE



The lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival was announced today, including high profile films from Hollywood elite directors like Sofia Coppola and Todd Haynes, plus international helmers like Michael Haneke and Michel Hazanavicius.

Twelve female directors are included among the mix of 49 films from 29 countries announced as part of the lineup for one of the most regarded film festivals in the world. The films competing In Competition will culminate with the awards presentation of the Palme d'Or. Last year's winner was Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake.

Innovation was a top priority as productions like a virtual reality project from Alejandro G. Inarritu made the cut.

The most notable and highly anticipated projects to be announced include The Beguiled by Coppola, which stars an astounding mix of talent: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.

Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, and Special Screenings include films from critical favorites. John Cameron Mitchell directs Kidman and Fanning in How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth gets a sequel. Plus, television series Top of the Lake (season two) and Twin Peaks (the revival) get special screenings.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival begins May 17, 2017 with Ismael's Ghosts set as the opening night film.

While this is the current lineup announced, more films could be added in the next month or so. Traditionally, a few Oscar favorites come out of Cannes each year, with plenty of people paying attention to projects like The Beguiled as festival season officially gets underway this May.

OPENING NIGHT

Ismael's Ghost
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard

IN COMPETITION

120 Beats per Minute
Directed by Robin Campillo

The Beguiled
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst

The Day After
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Starring Min-hee Kim, Hae-hyo Kwon

A Gentle Creature
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Good Time
Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi

Happy End
Directed by Michael Haneke
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Toby Jones

In the Fade
Directed by Fatih Akin
Starring Diane Kruger

Jupiter's Moon
Directed by Kornel Mundruczo
Starring Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Merab Ninidze

The Killing of Sacred Deer
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone

L'amant double
Directed by Francois Ozon
Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier

Le redoubtable
Directed by Michel Hazanvicius
Starring Berenice Bejo, Stacy Martin, Louis Garrel

Loveless
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Meyerowitz Stories
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Starring Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller

Okja
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho
Starring Lily Collins, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano

Radiance
Directed by Naomi Kawase

Rodin
Directed by Jacques Doillon
Starring Vincent Lindon, Izia Higelin, Severine Caneele

Wonderstruck
Directed by Todd Haynes
Starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Oakes Fegley

You Were Never Really Here
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola

For the full list, including Un Certain Regard films, click here

thoughts//PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO RIGHT NOW

THOUGHTS



In March, podcasts nationwide participated in the inaugural #TryPod initiative, highlighting other podcasts listeners should try.

One in five Americans listens to a podcast each month and, if you look at the iTunes store, the amount of content is growing at a rapid rate. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, the increase in rush hour traffic times means podcasts could be just beginning to rise as one of the most-listened-to forms of entertainment.

No matter your interests, there's probably a podcast suited specifically for it. And, generally, the ones getting the most buzz are definitely worth it. The release of S-Town in the past couple of weeks has led to astronomically download numbers. If you haven't downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for?

Stuck in traffic? Looking for something other than TV to bide your time?
Here are some of my favorite podcasts that you should definitely add to your subscription library:

LITTLE GOLD MEN
Hosted By: Katey Rich, Richard Lawson, Mike Hogan, Joanna Robinson
Presented by Vanity Fair, Little Gold Men gives an inside look at the Oscar season, from a year-round perspective. For movie fans, there's plenty of talk about the industry and the movies that are trending high and low throughout the year. For award season fans, the entire show is built around the momentum for movies and stars. For industry fans, some episodes feature interviews with behind-the-scenes figures from the year's best movies and the year's biggest events. For history fans, there's plenty of talk of the years of yore. The hosts are entertaining and present a well-rounded look at the films that make up the year in movies. It's a movie fan's must-listen-to podcast. If you like this, also check out Awards Chatter and Hollywood Breakdown.


YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
Hosted By: Karina Longworth
Presented in a storytelling format that only adds to the glamour, You Must Remember This is the ultimate guide to the forgotten history of Hollywood. Each season gives an in-depth look at a particular theme or subject. Previous seasons have investigated the nooks and crannies of Joan Crawford's life and career and peered through the historical showmanship that makes up Alfred Hitchcock's legacy. The most recent season, which recently wrapped, spent weeks showcasing the surprising, shocking, and almost-unbelievable stories behind Hollywood's Dead Blondes (frosted-haired actresses who passed away in their prime). From Peg Entwistle's Holylwood Sign suicide to Marilyn Monroe's mystique, it's a series of stories you don't want to miss. Longsworth's attention to detail and sultry delivery give each episode a level of panache. If you like this, also check out: The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast.


SERIAL
Hosted By: Sarah Koenig
Presented by the people behind This American Life (also a fantastic podcast), Serial was perhaps one of the first must-hear podcasts to reach pop culture royalty. The entire first season follows the true story of Adnan Sayed, a high schooler found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Maryland. The podcast picks up years later as Koenig begins investigating literally every detail surrounding the case, opening up questions as to the validity of Sayed's sentence. The podcast's first season was not only a critical and commercial hit, it opened the door for Sayed's case to be revisited by authorities. The second season dipped into a more recent true story: Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was believed to be a prisoner of war, but many pointed to him as an actual deserter. The second season didn't quite resonate the way season one did, but it's still a compelling look at the nitty gritty details of a true story. This same approach by the Serial and This American Life teams is applied to S-Town, the newest podcast phenomenon. If you like this, also check out: S-Town and This American Life.


2 DOPE QUEENS
Hosted by: Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams
Perhaps one of the funniest and most refreshing podcasts available right now, 2 Dope Queens features Robinson's and Williams' own personal comedy styles, plus their favorite comedians, shared in front of a live audience. Both hosts aren't afraid to delve into their personal lives, divulging hilarious anecdotes about sex, race, guilty pleasures, pop culture, and everything in between. In its third season, 2 Dope Queens find the fine line between genuine storytelling and almost-embarrassing honesty. The lineup of guest comedians is pretty stellar, too, showcasing established funny men and women and newcomers that will lead you down your own YouTube rabbit trail after each episode. If you like this, also check out: Anna Faris is Unqualified.


IN THE LIMELIGHT
Hosted by: Josh Duboff, Julie Miller
The sister podcast to Little Gold Men, In the Limelight is another Vanity Fair product that reaches far beyond your typical pop culture coverage. Hosts Duboff and Miller are like living and breathing tabloids (in the best sense of the word), actively living the life we all dream we had (in the most recent episode, Miller shares a story about a phone call interview with Laura Dern about Big Little Lies in which Reese Witherspoon makes a cameo) and gushing about the pop culture we all care about and need. This is the podcast for you if you, too, fawn over every thing Meghan Markle does as she ventures through her romance with a royal. There's also plenty of talk of Hollywood's biggest parties, as Duboff and Miller have a front row seat. This is the ultimate water cooler of the podcast world. If you like this, also check out: Who? Weekly and Pop Culture Happy Hour.


RELEVANT PODCAST
Hosted by: Cameron Strang, Jesse Carey, Eddie Kaufholz, Chandler Strang
Presented by the team behind RELEVANT Magazine, the RELEVANT Podcast gives a weekly look at current events, faith, culture, and the things that intersect all three. Host and magazine founder, Cameron Strang, leads the group through segments that stretch between hilarious hijinks and high-brow discussions about sustainable culture and the role of faith in today's society. Weekly guests range from musicians, entertainers, faith leaders, and activists. The podcast provides a unique voice on the things that shape our culture, being willing to step out and talk honestly (and, most of the time, with a clever and hilarious wit) where other faith entities may shy away. It's refreshing. If you like this, also check out: The BadChristian Podcast and Ask Science Mike.


PSYCHOBABBLE
Hosted by: Tyler Oakley, Korey Kuhl
YouTube King, Tyler Oakley, spends each week talking about literally anything and everything with his best friend, Korey Kuhl. The topics range from everything between celeb gossip and life in LA to things you don't want to listen to with your parents. Oakley's unabashed self-deprecating humor is the perfect antidote to a mundane drive, offering laugh-out-loud worthy moments mixed with light-hearted storytelling. It's that sense of self discovery and self awareness that helped propel Oakley to the tops of the YouTuber kingdom. The babble between the two hosts can get a little spastic at times, which only carries the show along even greater. When you need a break from something that seems more academic, this is about as far from that as you can get. Which is a good thing. If you like this, also check out: Anna Faris is Unqualified and Broken Podcast.


HOMECOMING
Starring: Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris, David Cross
A scripted series from Gimlet Media, Homecoming is a psychological thriller with a starry cast that is equal parts horror and intrigue. Built like the radio shows of yesteryear, but set in a present day middle America, Homecoming follows Heidi (Keener), a therapist working at a top secret government facility. The series skips around in time, first meeting Heidi years after she left her practice and finding her as a waitress in a roadside diner. Throughout the run of the show, we get firsthand listens to different sessions with certain soldiers, painting a picture of a secret government program that may not be handling things the way they should. It's an interesting glimpse of policy and leadership that feels even more harrowing considering the state of our country at present. The cast is delectable, with Keener especially shining. Fingers crossed we get a second season. If you like this, also check out: Limetown and Welcome to Night Vale.

news//THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR 90TH OSCARS

AWARDS COVERAGE



In a press release, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced key dates for the 90th Academy Awards, as well as ceremonies for the next four years.

The 90th Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The annual ceremony has traditional aired in late February in recent years, but is moving to the first Sunday of March due to the Winter Olympics schedule. The 90th ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The 91st, 92nd, and 93rd Oscars are set for February 24, 2019, February 23, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

New for the 90th Academy Awards, the Academy is partnering with the LA Philharmonic for a special Oscar week celebration. On February 28, 2018, the Academy will host The Oscar Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, featuring this year's nominated scores live in concert.

Key Dates for the 2017 season:

Saturday, November 11,2 017: Governors Awards

Friday, January 5, 2018: Nominations voting opens

Friday, January 12, 2018: Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Oscar Nominations announced

Monday, February 5, 2018: Oscar Nominees luncheon

Saturday, February 10, 2018: Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Finals voting opens

Tuesday, February 27, 2018: Finals voting closes

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: The Oscar Concert

Sunday, March 4, 2018: 90th Academy Awards

For a complete look at the entire 2017/2018 Awards Season, including key dates for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, click here.