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Cannes As Predicted: Robin Hood, Wall Street, Woody, Godard

The 2010 Cannes Film Festival movies have been revealed, and –drum roll–it’s a great list.

As I predicted, Oliver Stone‘s “Wall Street 2,” Ridley Scotts “Robin Hood” (announced officially after we broke the story), and Woody Allen‘s “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger” are all in, albeit out of competition. As I wrote this morning, Julian Schnabel declined to have his “Miral” in that group and so it’s out.

But the rest of the list is pretty cool. Derek Cianfrance‘s exceptional “Blue Valentine,” from Sundance, is included. Kudos to the Weinstein Company. This will be an Oscar player next winter. There are also films from Mathieu Almaric–the actor from “Munich” who played the bad guy in the last James Bond; Sophie Fiennes, youngest sister of Ralph and Joseph and Martha; as well as Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu, Doug Liman (this could be the big surprise hit), Bernard Tavernier, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, and Diego Luna.

The 2010 Cannes Film Festival will be notable for one special premiere: “Socialisme,” by Jean Luc Godard. The 79 year old father of the French new wave cinema is a god in France and to all cineastes around the world. Although Godard is best known in America for “Breathless,” his resume is full of many gems and masterpieces. It might be interesting to get him and Woody Allen into a press conference.

Congratulations to Thierry Fremaux. It’s a unexpectedly great list. Let the games begin on May 12th!

Woody Allen, “Robin Hood” Waiting for Word from Cannes

The 2010 Cannes Film Festival is shaping up as a possible Hollywood-on-the Mediterranean event.

This is not a bad thing.

First up, I am told there is talk of Ridley Scott‘s “Robin Hood” for opening night. The Russell Crowe-Cate Blanchett extravaganza plays like “Gladiator,” sources say, and could be Universal’s key to recovery.

The timing is good, too: Cannes opens on May 12th. “Robin Hood” opens the next day in many countries, and on Friday the 14th in the US.

Then there’s Woody Allen‘s “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger.” Woody apparently has screened the comedy with Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, and Antonio Banderas for the Cannes committee, and of course, it went well. France loves Woody! And this film is supposed to be a return to form, and very, very good.

Of course, we already know that Oliver Stone‘s “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” is going to the Croisette. Warner Bros. changed its release from April to the fall to accomodate the festival. And Julian Schnabel‘s “Miral” is a certainty there, too. There’s also talk of Terrence Malick‘s “Tree of Life.”

A few good American films would definitely enliven the Cannes atmosphere. In recent years, “Che,” Synedoche,” and “Taking Woodstock” were incredible duds, and not what the US or the festival needed. The best case American film at Cannes is something like “Inglourious Basterds,” which was a critical and popular hit.

On the French front: Francois Ozon‘s “Potiche” reunites a powerhouse pair–Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Sources say it may be ready in time for the festival. If so, that is really what Cannes is all about! Voila!