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TIMES PICAYUNE: New Orleans movies dominate headlines at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival might belong to France, but attendees to this year’s soiree could be excused if things felt a little more French Quarter than French Riviera along the Croisette this year.

0525 zac efron and nicole kidman paperboy at cannes.JPGZac Efron and Nicole Kidman walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday (May 24) at the premiere of the New Orleans-shot crime drama ‘The Paperboy.’

From “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to “Killing Them Softly” to “On the Road” to “The Paperboy” to “Django Uncahined,” the 2012 edition of the 11-day festival — which started May 16 and wraps up Sunday (May 27) — has brought a parade of news about New Orleans-linked movies. Call it the Krewe of Kannes.

For those who have missed it, here’s a rundown of the headlines generated by locally linked films at this year’s festival:

“Killing Them Softly”: Shot in town early last year under the title “Cogan’s Trade,” the Andrew Dominik-directed, Brad Pitt-starring crime drama “Killing Them Softly” premiered at the festival Monday. The star power on display at the red-carpet event was enough to get the excitement started — but it wasn’t the only story generated by the film. … (Read full “Killing Them Softly” story here.)

“Django Uncahined”: Director Quentin Tarantino didn’t even have a film screening at Cannes this year, but that didn’t stop him — and “Django Unchained” — from stealing the spotlight Monday at the festival. The reason: a sneak preview of footage from his New Orleans-shot “Django.” … (Readfull “Django Unchained” story here.)

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Earlier this year, the locally shot indie drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — a fantastical and surreal daydream of a film — took the Sundance Film Festival by storm, coming out of nowhere to earn effusive praise from critics and a grand jury prize. This past week, it was on to Cannes, where — as it did in Park City — it had audiences gushing. …(Read full “Beasts of the Southern Wild” story here.)

“On the Road”: Some 55 years after it was published, and after endless chatter about whether it could ever be turned into a movie, Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation bible “On the Road” finally completed its journey to the big screen at Cannes. … (Read full “On the Road” story here.)

“The Paperboy”: With an all-name cast that includes Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack, Lee Daniels’ gritty New Orleans-shot crime drama “The Paperboy” won’t likely have too tough of a time luring audiences into the theater. Getting critics on board, however, might be a harder row to hoe. … (Read full “Paperboy” story here.)

“Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”: Jessica Biel (“New Year’s Eve”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) and Chloe Grace Moretz (“Hugo”) have reportedly signed on to star in the New Orleans-set drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” with Biel squeeze Justin Timberlake set to compose the film’s soundtrack and serve as music supervisor. … (Read full “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” story here.)

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 5:00 AM By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune