• Spielberg, Foster and Penn likely to feature in Cannes line-up


    PARIS: Steven Spielberg, George Clooney and Jodie Foster are tipped to be among those who will walk the red carpet at Cannes next month when the line up for the world’s top film festival is revealed Thursday.

    While the movies in the running for the main Palme d’Or prize are still under tight wraps, it appears that Spielberg will almost certainly show his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic “The BFG” (The Big Friendly Giant) out of competition.

    It will most likely be joined by Jodie Foster’s new thriller “Money Monster”, about a television financial pundit taken hostage by a man whose family has been left penniless by his dud tips.

    Starring Clooney as the Wall Street tipster and Julia Roberts as his TV producer, the film will be released internationally during the festival, which runs in the French Riviera resort from May 11 to 22.

    Festival chiefs Thierry Fremaux and Pierre Lescure have already announced that Woody Allen’s new Amazon-backed film “Cafe Society” will open the annual jamboree, also out of competition.

    The movies in the main competition, however, are harder to call, with the final list often not decided until the very last minute.



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