PARIS – Another year, another Cannes Festival and in preparation the Cannes authorities have released a poster which will be hung above the Palais du Cinema in May.

In the past Cannes has gone with icons of cinema history – Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Marcello Mastronianni and Ingrid Bergman – as a way of both celebrating the glamour of the movies but also the prestige that they have achieved. This year is no different and the most famous European film festival is paying tribute with an image of Kevin James in Paul Blart Mall Cop.

Thierry Fremaux spoke EXCLUSIVELY about the thinking behind the decision:

There are two cinemas in this world. There is the cinema that existed before 2009 and the cinema that came after 2009. That year was the year of Paul Blart Mall Cop starring Kevin James, the heir of Chaplin, Keaton, Sandler, and directed by Frank Coraci, the American Fellini as he known around these parts. I believe with Paul Blart looking down on the Croisette, this festival will be inspired to ever greater heights and also humbled to some extent about the task of carrying on the great legacy that Coraci and James have left us.

A recently restored version of Paul Blart Mall Cop will also be shown as part of a season of digitally restored Kevin James films, – including Here Comes the Boom and the rediscovered classic Grownups – which will be shown during the festival. Of course Paul Blart has a long history with the festival after Paul Blart 2 opened the festival only last year.

The Cannes Film Festival takes place from 11th of May to the 22nd.

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Hidden Gems is a series bringing to light little known filmic gems and rarities that have somehow managed to slip through the collective cinematic consciousness. You’re welcome. This week Casablanca.

Everyone knows Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the hit off Broadway play about a bunch of refugees looking for a way out of a Moroccan city during World War 2. What you might not know is that it was made into a film – called Casablanca –  and although no patch on the original play – it’s not at all bad.

Comedy Irish actor Humphrey Bogart takes the role of Rick on and Ingrid (not Ingmar) Bergman plays Ilsa, his beautiful long lost love and the woman who broke his heart, but has now turned up in his bar looking for an escape route to America with her fugitive freedom fighting husband, Victor somebody.

Many fans of the play might be shocked by some of the liberties Hollywood took with the material, but still you have to admit making the Nazis into the villains of the piece was a bold move, as was killing off the main hero Ugarte (played here by Peter Lorre) so early on in the story. Ultimately, Casablanca can be no more than a curiosity piece that would have been consigned to oblivion if it wasn’t for the interest that Everybody Comes to Rick’s completists have in it. If you can dig up a VHS, it is well worth a gander though most agree the David Soul TV series of 1983 was far superior.

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STOCKHOLM – A new game is sweeping the universe and causing misery and sclerosis wherever you look. It’s the Ingmar Bergman Drinking Game.

Don your beret and PLAY NOW:

  1. Start with The Seventh Seal and every time a character is racked with doubt about the goodness of the universe, drink 1 Diamond White. Anyone who can give a rational defence for a belief in a good God – wins the round.
  2. Quick. Put on The Virgin Spring and and have a pint of Guinness whenever you spot someone guilty of rape, murder or faithlessness. Now the party is started. The round is won by anyone who can learn Swedish, (without any prior knowledge) during the course of the film.
  3. Fanny and Alexander. Now the ball is really rolling, and this four or five hour family saga will give you plenty of opportunity to empty the wine cellar. Last person to still be able to read the subtitles wins the round.  
  4. Time to slow the party down with Cries and Whispers, a meditation on mortality and suffering that goes well with vodka and fish cakes. The player most disgusted with the moral hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie (and who can still say bourgeoisie without spitting) wins.  
  5. Finally, Autumn Sonata. As the fading beauty of Ingrid Bergman bickers with her daughter, drink a glass of absinthe with every argument. At the end of the film, whoever can remember that Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman are two people – wins the round.