The Festival de Cannes announced most of its 2008 lineup this week. In a Moviefile entry last week, I mentioned that Hollywood expected to have a meager showing in the competitive portion of the Festival. One article said that Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York might be the only entry, unless Steven Soderbergh could complete his mondo four-hour Che Guevara biopic under the wire. Soderbergh appears to have accomplished this feat, as Che is listed in the Festival's recently released press kit.
If there's two things America loves, it's high school and musicals. Okay, not everyone loves high school -- social outcasts, I'm looking at you -- but most young kids can't wait to get there, and most adults wish they could relive it. So it's no wonder that High School Musical 3: Senior Year remains at the top of the U.S. box office for the second week in a row, bringing in another $15 million for a total of $61.7 million. In other frightening -in-a-wholly-expected-way Halloween news, Beverly Hills Chihuahua made another $4.7 million and is still at #6, for a total of $84 million. Because if there's three additional things Americans love, it's dogs, Mexico and rich people.
The New York Film Festival has announced its complete lineup, and it looks like they've gone bargain hunting at Shop-Rite's Cannes Cannes bash. In addition to the opening night presentation of Palme D'Or winner The Class, the snobfest I've attended 14 years in a row is also including Steven Soderbergh's Best Actor winner, Che, and Angelina Jolie's Changeling. Chouga and A Christmas Tale are also slated during the fest, which runs September 26 to October 12. Cue Cookie Monster's voiceover: "The New York Film Festival is brought to you today by the letter C for Class, Che, Changeling, Chouga, Cannes, and A Christmas Tale!" Completely by coincidence? Methinks not!