Carell, by a nose
The darling of the Cannes Film Festival, which ends Sunday, is “Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller’s drama starring Steve Carell, of all people. He plays the real-life super-rich (and super crazy) John Eleuthere du Pont, who starts off sponsoring the U.S. Olympic wrestling team (including Channing Tatum) and ends up a murderer. Critics are gushing over Carell’s performance and talking Oscar. But Digital Spy says his awards chances get a boost not because of his talents but because of that prosthetic nose. After all, look who’s won with a fake schnoz: Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull”), Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”), Lee Marvin (“Cat Ballou”), Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) and Jose Ferrer (“Cyrano de Bergerac”). That’s nothing to sneeze at.
More Cannes-do spirit
Another unlikely favorite at the fest: “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson. He stars in two of the festival’s top films. The dystopian thriller “The Rover,” says The Associated Press, announces Pattinson “as a talented actor of range, capable of disappearing into a complicated role.” (It opens here June 24). And in David Cronenberg’s dark Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars,” he plays a Los Angeles limo driver trying to break into the movie business. John Cusack co-stars in this tale of greed.
A surprise loser at the fest was Ryan Gosling, whose directing debut, “Lost River,” played to a packed crowd but received a critical drubbing, says The Associated Press. (“Dumb-foundingly poor,” the London Telegraph said.) It’s called a baroque fairy tale, with Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” as a struggling single mother in the ruins of Detroit.
It was bound to happen. Disney’s megahit “Frozen” is becoming “Frozen on Ice,” the skating equivalent of a touring Broadway musical, says The New York Times, with 39 performers, 20 snow machines, giant video projection panels and nine tractor-trailers to move it all from city to city. The tour will start in Orlando, Fla. Kansas City’s date hasn’t been announced yet.
| Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com