When Gimme the Loot director Adam Leon touched down at the Austin airport last spring, he brought along with him 18 anxious members of his cast and crew, who slept on various floors throughout the SXSW festival, and all the nerves of a filmmaker getting ready to world premiere his first feature movie. Gimme the Loot, an unexpectedly sweet, even joyful story of two Bronx teenage graffiti artists over a long summer weekend, went on to win the 2012 Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Nonfiction. So who better than Leon to offer this year’s excited, hand-wringing crop of contenders some tips for surviving the long week ahead. READ FULL STORY
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Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO
Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière. READ FULL STORY
Last week 30-year-old writer and director Adam Leon’s feature debut Gimme the Loot, a buddy caper about teenage Bronx graffiti artists whiling away two hot summer days, was awarded SXSW’s Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize. Today it was announced that Sundance Selects has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to the film.
After the jump, EW spoke with Leon about Gimme the Loot, which stars Tysheeb Hickson and Tashiana R. Washington as 17-year-old friends Malcolm and Sofia, and his most triumphant world premiere.
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