The tramps have been run out of town and replaced by obnoxious Brits and Americans – yes, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival got fully under way yesterday. Today brings a few more of the new posters and standees that are helping to clutter up the Boulevard de la Croisette, and I'm also naming the winners of the recent batch of competitions here on Indie.
Let's begin with a continuation of our Cannes billboard post from two days ago. Included in that post was a picture of a giant pair of boots which were under construction on one of the jetties in the harbour, and I speculated that these were linked to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is due to debut on Saturday.
Not so, as it turns out. Those gargantuan clod-hoppers were actually in aid of Puss in Boots, the forthcoming feature from those zany guys 'n' gals at DreamWorks Animation. Yes, Shrek may have finally been laid to rest, but his spirit lives on, as franchise character Puss embarks on his own headlining movie career.
Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek apparently caused a bit of media scrum yesterday when they showed up by the big boots to plug the picture, but sadly both myself and Emma had better things to do at the time and could not attend that momentous cinematic seminar. I think I was plucking a particularly troublesome hair from my back, while she was staring vacantly into space.
Speaking of animations to make you go “meh” – enter Cars 2! A chunky standee has just been unveiled in front of the Carlton Hotel, which is an establishment now festooned with more advertisements than a Formula One racing car.
Having been gypped by Indie on Tuesday, the mould-addled Kane & Lynch posters from last year have now been removed, to be supplanted by posters for a plethora of fresh Nu Image/Millennium projects. Well, fresh might be stretching it a bit, given that one is a reboot of a horror franchise that has already been rebooted before, one is a sequel to possibly the least imaginative movie of last year, and two feature characters already portrayed on screen numerous times previously.
Ready to tick all of those off as the posters roll by? Pencils at the ready...
So first up, a 3D reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Then The Expendables 2. Oh joy.
Big bloke in a loincloth movie, Conan the Barbarian. That, inevitably, is in 3D.
Hercules, another big bloke in a loincloth movie. Another that, inevitably, is in 3D.
And lastly, The Big Wedding, starring none other than this year's Cannes jury president Robert De Niro, and written and directed by Justin Zackham, the flashing pen behind ITV2 scheduling staple The Bucket List. So while Bob might be taking in the best of world cinema over the course of the next two weeks, he's still as committed as he has been the whole of the last decade to appearing in probable dross.
From Cannes to comps: we've recently closed four of the competitions which have run on IndieMoviesOnline over the last month or so, and here are the winners:
The Little White Lies competition was won by Rubina Pabani.
The Silent House competition was won by David Rimmer.
The Prowl prizes went to Elvis Wright, Fleur Hutchinson and Graham Webster.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec competition was won by John Harrison.
Well done to all of you good good people. Your prizes should be with you shortly, if they are not already. And remember, there is still one competition currently running on Indie – click here to find out how you could win some Outside the Law goodies.