The Cannes Film Festival takes great pride in unveiling the official poster each year and has increasingly relied on iconic images to set the tone for the event. For 2012′s 65th edition, Marilyn Monroe blew out a candle on a birthday cake; the year before it was Faye Dunaway shot by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970 when they made Puzzle Of A Downfall Child, and in 2009 Monica Vitti was spotted from behind in a scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura. This year, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman — “a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other” — grace the affiche officielle. The shot was taken in 1963 during the filming of Melville Shavelson’s A New Kind Of Love. “It is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favored co-star,” the festival said. Both Woodward and Newman were in Cannes in 1958, the year they got married, for the official competition selection of Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. Newman’s directorial efforts in which Woodward starred, The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (1973) and The Glass Menagerie (1987), were also both in competition. Paris-based The Bronx agency is responsible for all the graphics of the 2013 festival which runs May 15-26.
Oliver Platt, 90210‘s Ryan Eggold and The Help‘s Ahna O’Reilly have joined Toni Collette in Lucky Them, the film that Paul Newman was working on when he passed away in 2008. The “un-romantic comedy” about a female rock journalist on assignment to hunt down her musician ex-boyfriend began filming in Seattle last weekend on Newman’s birthday — January 26th. Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward signed on to executive produce the picture last year to help its cause. Thomas Haden Church plays the elusive ex, with Platt, Eggold and O’Reilly rounding out the supporting cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Joanne Woodward has become executive producer on Lucky Them, a film that was begun by her late husband, movie immortal Paul Newman, before he passed away in 2008. Woodward has Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney attached to star. Scripted by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel and to be directed by Botko (he co-wrote The Last Exorcism and co-directed The Virginity Hit), the film is about a fortysomething rock journalist who gets an assignment to find her ex-boyfriend. It’s a late bloomers coming-of-age quirky romantic comedy, and a semi-autobiographical tale about the writer’s life in NYC, dating musicians and finding herself when most of her friends have settled down.