Cannes Report, Day 8: Andrew Garfield’s New Movie Divides, But Critics Unanimous About John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’

Cannes is settling down after a flurry of early-week activity thanks to theater walkouts and the outspoken Spike Lee.
Tuesday night premieres led to Wednesday reflections on the competition films, as there was no giant wookiee on the red carpet to dist…

Cannes is settling down after a flurry of early-week activity thanks to theater walkouts and the outspoken Spike Lee.

Tuesday night premieres led to Wednesday reflections on the competition films, as there was no giant wookiee on the red carpet to distract reporters and industry types from their duties.

David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” premiered to mixed reviews, which puts star Andrew Garfield in a familiar position. But the response to actor-director Kevin Connolly’s “Gotti” with John Travolta was about as glaring as a neon “Bada Bing!” sign.

Garfield Treads Water

Once a Spider-Man, Garfield has stated many times how unenjoyable the commercial Hollywood machine became for him. He’s since been playing in Broadway’s sandbox and, while awards campaigning for 2016’s “Silence,” shot the hipster mystery “Under the Silver Lake” with director David Robert Mitchell.

“A movie made for Hollywood strivers who feel so close to cracking the code yet deep down, know their dreams will remain forever out of reach,” wrote Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan of the Cannes selection.

“It’s also a movie made for people who love Andrew Garfield’s butt,” he added.

TheWrap’s Ben Croll dubbed the film “‘Ready Stoner One,’ as it wrangles a rather overwhelming compendium of references, easter-eggs and winks to some of the foundational texts of contemporary millennial culture and offers them as clues in a Galaxy Brain conspiracy.”

Garfield plays Eastside slacker Sam, who sets off to solve several mysteries surrounding a pouty neighbor girl (Riley Keough) he is fond of — pulling in many local references like the dog overpopulation in L.A.’s  crunchy Silver Lake neighborhood (the pups are targeted by a serial killer, if that gives you any idea how Mitchell feels about the area), parking tickets and missing venture capitalists.

“I might have liked that more in a world where Paul Thomas Anderson & David Lynch didn’t already exist,” tweeted the critic for The Village Voice.

“Silly-minded plunge into the overstimulated male psyche, yet also a pure form exercise in sexual frustration,” wrote another user.

A24 (of course!) will release the film stateside.

Gotti Any Good News? 

“Entourage” star Kevin Connolly helped a John Travolta passion project over the finish line by directing this favorable portrait of late New York mobster John Gotti. It costars 50 Cent.

It got the reviews you might expect.

“Even John Gotti deserved better,” tweeted IndieWire critic David Ehrlich, who applauded “the courage that must have been required to unveil it at Cannes, where it surfaced alongside a tribute to Travolta designed to look back on better roles.”

“It’s not only that the film is pretty terrible: poorly written, devoid of tension, ridiculous in spots and just plain dull in others. But the fact that it mostly portrays John Gotti as a loving family man and altogether likable guy,” wrote THR.

Travolta was undeterred by the response at a festival spotlight talk on Wednesday. A moderator brought up his Hollywood superpower — to come back after significant flops — to which Travolta simply replied, “I don’t feel like I’ve ever gone anywhere.”

Sales Update

Sony Pictures Classics acquired rights for U.S., Latin America, Australia and New Zealand territories to Oscar winner Denys Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire.”

The crime drama grapples with the American dream and serves as a follow-up to Arcand’s 1986 film “The Decline of the American Empire.”

The deal was negotiated by Anick Poirier from Seville International, an eOne company, and Denise Robert from Cinemaginaire.

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New York Appoints Acting AG After Eric Schneiderman Exit

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Mike Francesa Will Reclaim His WFAN Throne on Tuesday

It’s official: the “Sports Pope” is set to reclaim his throne.
Mike Francesa will return to the mic at WFAN in New York City four months after capping a seemingly endless “retirement” sendoff, the station’s owner, En…

It’s official: the “Sports Pope” is set to reclaim his throne.

Mike Francesa will return to the mic at WFAN in New York City four months after capping a seemingly endless “retirement” sendoff, the station’s owner, Entercom, announced on Friday. The sports talk legend will be back in the hot seat on Tuesday, with his show airing from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM.

As part of the new partnership between Francesa and WFAN, the station will launch an app — “Mike’s On” — that carries exclusive content, including the host’s Sunday football show during the fall.

“After exploring several options, this partnership with CAA Sports and Entercom was the perfect fit,” said Francesa in a statement. “This partnership allows me the chance to return to WFAN and all of our loyal listeners, as well as significant opportunities, including the app and live events, that are completely new. I look forward to working with both companies on making this a very successful venture.”

Francesa had been at WFAN since 1987, before leaving last December. He made occasional appearances in his absence from radio, most notably on the Bill Simmons Podcast several times. Francesa had said he wanted to “build” something after his initial run at WFAN, but those plans appear to have fallen through. After going years without an agent, Francesa’s new deal with WFAN was negotiated with the help of CAA Sports.

“We are excited about this partnership with Mike and CAA Sports,” said Entercom President and CEO David Field in a statement. “We are proud of the terrific lineup on WFAN and are looking forward to bringing Mike back into the mix in this new, multiplatform and innovative way.”

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Amy Adams Signs on to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘The Woman in the Window’

Amy Adams has been cast as the lead in Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window,” Fox 2000 announced Wednesday.

“The Woman in the Window” is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, 2018’s best-selling adult fiction title.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for the studio. Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay, while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.

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The book follows a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating that she hasn’t left the house in months. She wastes her time watching movies and spying on her neighbors until she witnesses a horrible crime taking place in the house across the park.

Amy Adams will next star in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also next star in Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming film opposite Christian Bale. She is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

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Wright’s most recent film is “The Darkest Hour” which was nominated for six Academy Awards. It won for Best Actor. He is represented by Independent Talent Group, CAA and Slate PR.

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Amy Adams has been cast as the lead in Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window,” Fox 2000 announced Wednesday.

“The Woman in the Window” is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, 2018’s best-selling adult fiction title.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for the studio. Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay, while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.

The book follows a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating that she hasn’t left the house in months. She wastes her time watching movies and spying on her neighbors until she witnesses a horrible crime taking place in the house across the park.

Amy Adams will next star in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also next star in Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming film opposite Christian Bale. She is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

Wright’s most recent film is “The Darkest Hour” which was nominated for six Academy Awards. It won for Best Actor. He is represented by Independent Talent Group, CAA and Slate PR.

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Mike Francesa to Return to WFAN 4 Months After Leaving

Mike Francesa is returning to WFAN four months after walking away from the popular sports talk radio station.

“It is time to return to WFAN,” he told Newsday on Tuesday.

The rest of Francesa’s words were pretty cryptic.

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Francesa told Newsday that he has been working on a project with agency CAA for months, and that he “will do everything to work WFAN into an integral part of the project.”

“This is for those who started this campaign in recent days. I didn’t decide to go back to WFAN until I was told I better not go back,” Francesa told Newsday. “For those behind it, that was the moment I decided to return.”

CAA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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The New York Post reports that Francesa, who anchored 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the station for decades, will host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WFAN declined to comment to TheWrap.

The trailblazing sports radio host, who long co-hosted his afternoon show with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, dominated the ratings for two decades before signing off in December.

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Since his “retirement,” Francesa has appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast and teased he’d potentially wind up elsewhere, but those plans appear to have never come to fruition. His return to WFAN would come after he received a year-long sendoff, coinciding with the release of a “30 for 30” documentary on ESPN.

The “Sports Pope” had been sharing his takes from his radio throne at WFAN since 1987, building an audience that tunes in waiting for one of his trademark rants. For those unfamiliar with the New York sports radio scene, @BackAftaThis on Twitter has chronicled Francesa’s biggest blowups, including the clip below:

???? The #4 Mike Francesa Moment of the Year

Mike destroys Penn State coach James Franklin two days in a row after he finds out that the coach iced Georgia State’s kicker with time running out, in order to preserve a 56-0 victory. pic.twitter.com/vylgVjSoGM

— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) December 12, 2017

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Mike Francesa to Leave WFAN

Mike Francesa is returning to WFAN four months after walking away from the popular sports talk radio station.

“It is time to return to WFAN,” he told Newsday on Tuesday.

The rest of Francesa’s words were pretty cryptic.

Francesa told Newsday that he has been working on a project with agency CAA for months, and that he “will do everything to work WFAN into an integral part of the project.”

“This is for those who started this campaign in recent days. I didn’t decide to go back to WFAN until I was told I better not go back,” Francesa told Newsday. “For those behind it, that was the moment I decided to return.”

CAA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The New York Post reports that Francesa, who anchored 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the station for decades, will host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WFAN declined to comment to TheWrap.

The trailblazing sports radio host, who long co-hosted his afternoon show with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, dominated the ratings for two decades before signing off in December.

Since his “retirement,” Francesa has appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast and teased he’d potentially wind up elsewhere, but those plans appear to have never come to fruition. His return to WFAN would come after he received a year-long sendoff, coinciding with the release of a “30 for 30” documentary on ESPN.

The “Sports Pope” had been sharing his takes from his radio throne at WFAN since 1987, building an audience that tunes in waiting for one of his trademark rants. For those unfamiliar with the New York sports radio scene, @BackAftaThis on Twitter has chronicled Francesa’s biggest blowups, including the clip below:

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Jessica Chastain Travels West in First Trailer for ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ (Video)

A24 has released the first trailer for “Woman Walks Ahead,” in which Jessica Chastain plays a painter who travels west to paint the famous Chief Sitting Bull.

Catherine Weldon (Chastain) heads out of New York to paint Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) just as tensions start to boil between the Lakota reservation and the U.S. Army, so many perceive Weldon’s travel as a threat.

“They all think that you and me are planning some kind of uprising,” Chastain says in the trailer. “The only battle I’ve ever fought against is insignificance.”

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“Woman Walks Ahead” also stars Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hinds. It was directed by Susanna White and written by Steven Knight.

The biographical drama first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and will hit U.S. theaters on June 29.

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Watch the trailer above.

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A24 has released the first trailer for “Woman Walks Ahead,” in which Jessica Chastain plays a painter who travels west to paint the famous Chief Sitting Bull.

Catherine Weldon (Chastain) heads out of New York to paint Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) just as tensions start to boil between the Lakota reservation and the U.S. Army, so many perceive Weldon’s travel as a threat.

“They all think that you and me are planning some kind of uprising,” Chastain says in the trailer. “The only battle I’ve ever fought against is insignificance.”

“Woman Walks Ahead” also stars Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hinds. It was directed by Susanna White and written by Steven Knight.

The biographical drama first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and will hit U.S. theaters on June 29.

Watch the trailer above.

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It’s Miles Morales’ Turn in New Look at ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Miles Morales may be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe someday, but in the meantime, Sony will be giving the black-and-red Spider-Man his big screen debut with the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with the film’s first extended loook on Monday.

Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller introduced very rough footage showing a super-charming Morales at CinemaCon. Morales dons the Spider-Man mask in a comic world where several people are empowered to do the same.

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In addition to impressive fight sequences and a hot soundtrack, the “Lego Movie” team also showed some heart for “Spider-Verse” — in the form of Miles’ doting father, an NYPD officer voiced by Mahershala Ali.

“He’s half Puerto Rican and half African American, he’s the product of a happy and alive family,” Lord and Miller told to the crowd at the Forum Theater at Caesar’s Palace about Morales, making references to Peter Parker’s unfortunate family situation.

“It’s really true that anyone can wear the mask,” said Shameik Moore, who voices Miles.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles Morales was introduced to the comic book world in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Marvel universe, a timeline separate from the main Marvel world. In that series, the Ultimate incarnation of Peter Parker was killed off, with Miles stepping in as the new New York webslinger. After the Ultimate Universe ended in 2015, Miles joined the main Marvel universe as the new protector of the Big Apple, as the main timeline’s Peter Parker took on villains around the world.

“Venom” is the first in a series of planned “Spider-Man” spinoffs that Sony plans to release in coming years, including the animated Miles Morales film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,” due out December 14, and the Silver Sable/Black Cat spinoff “Silver & Black,” which has Gina Prince-Bythewood attached as director and is slated to be released next year.

However, those Spidey-spinoffs are unlikely to be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last summer during the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” press tour, Amy Pascal told journalists that “Venom” will take place “in the same world

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” as the MCU. But Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige fairly decisively shut that down, saying in a separate interview that “there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”

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Jamaican-American rapper Shameik Moore will play Miles, with Mahershala Ali and Liev Schreiber also lending their voices. “The Lego Movie” co-director Phil Lord wrote the script, with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directing.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” arrives in theaters December 14. Watch the trailer above.

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Miles Morales may be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe someday, but in the meantime, Sony will be giving the black-and-red Spider-Man his big screen debut with the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with the film’s first extended loook on Monday.

Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller introduced very rough footage showing a super-charming Morales at CinemaCon. Morales dons the Spider-Man mask in a comic world where several people are empowered to do the same.

In addition to impressive fight sequences and a hot soundtrack, the “Lego Movie” team also showed some heart for “Spider-Verse” — in the form of Miles’ doting father, an NYPD officer voiced by Mahershala Ali.

“He’s half Puerto Rican and half African American, he’s the product of a happy and alive family,” Lord and Miller told to the crowd at the Forum Theater at Caesar’s Palace about Morales, making references to Peter Parker’s unfortunate family situation.

“It’s really true that anyone can wear the mask,” said Shameik Moore, who voices Miles.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles Morales was introduced to the comic book world in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Marvel universe, a timeline separate from the main Marvel world. In that series, the Ultimate incarnation of Peter Parker was killed off, with Miles stepping in as the new New York webslinger. After the Ultimate Universe ended in 2015, Miles joined the main Marvel universe as the new protector of the Big Apple, as the main timeline’s Peter Parker took on villains around the world.

“Venom” is the first in a series of planned “Spider-Man” spinoffs that Sony plans to release in coming years, including the animated Miles Morales film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,” due out December 14, and the Silver Sable/Black Cat spinoff “Silver & Black,” which has Gina Prince-Bythewood attached as director and is slated to be released next year.

However, those Spidey-spinoffs are unlikely to be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last summer during the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” press tour, Amy Pascal told journalists that “Venom” will take place “in the same world

” as the MCU. But Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige fairly decisively shut that down, saying in a separate interview that “there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”

Jamaican-American rapper Shameik Moore will play Miles, with Mahershala Ali and Liev Schreiber also lending their voices. “The Lego Movie” co-director Phil Lord wrote the script, with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directing.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” arrives in theaters December 14. Watch the trailer above.

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