Kanye West's Cannes Bash, Ethan Hawke's Time Traveler: Biz Break
Also in Thursday morning's briefs: Bill Clinton heads to Monaco for celebrity fundraising, Obama is criticized for helping Kathryn Bigelow's latest film on Osama bin Laden, and a pair of fan-friendly sites team up for ticket initiative.
Kanye West Hosts Cannes Party and Premiere
The hip-hop artist debuted Cruel Summer at a beachside venue in Cannes Wednesday night. The project, a fusion of short film and art installation, will be available to the public for two days of screenings via www.cruelsummer.com. Rumors flew that he would perform as happened last year at the festival, but West opted out this time around.
President Clinton, Prince Albert Raise Cash in Monaco
The first annual Nights in Monaco gala raised $750K for the former president's William J. Clinton Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Princess Caroline, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Billy Zane and Rose McGowan were among the attendees. The event coincided with the Cannes Film Festival, about a 45-minute drive away.
Entertainment One Nabs Freaky Deaky
Charlie Matthau's homage to the '70s will go to eOne, the company announced from Cannes. Based on Elmore Leonard’s 1988 novel of the same name, the film stars Crispin Glover, Billy Burke, Michael Jai White and Christian Slater in a darkly comic tale of murder, manipulation, money and movies. It premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Obama Admin Under Fire for Hollywood Bin Laden Access
The Administration is taking some heat for granting Kathryn Bigelow access to the Navy SEAL team that killed the Al Qaeda leader last year, The Guardian reports.
Sony Snaps up Ethan Hawke Time-Travel Thriller
The sci-fi action thriller Predestination has been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. The story “chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers," and will be directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, who previously directed Hawke in Daybreakers. THR reports.
Moviefone and Fandango Team for Tix Sales
The two companies are forging a ticketing partnership focusing on mobile phone and tablets, Thompson on Hollywood reports.