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What Problem? Olivier Dahan's 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman To Open The Cannes Film Festival

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 24, 2014 9:43 AM
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When reports surfaced last night that The Weinstein Company had yanked Olivier Dahan's "Grace Of Monaco" off the spring release schedule, with no word of a new date, we expected the worst. We figured it was another symptom following the director and Harvey Weinstein butting heads over the cut of the movie. But it seems they've solved those issues, as the movie is getting the kind of premiere that few filmmakers ever get the honor to have.

Organizers have selected the Nicole Kidman starring "Grace Of Monaco," as the opening film of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Co-starring Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella and Milo Ventimiglia, the film the 1962 set story follows Grace Kelly, detailing her involvement with the dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle as the threat of invasion looms.

It's a bit of a full circle for Harvey Weinstein, who presented the first footage from the movie in a sizzle reel presentation on the Croisette last yea. As for when we'll see it? The big opening slot suggests Harv may think this is an awards season player (it was originally slated to drop last November), so perhaps this is first stop in a big festival run and Oscar campaign for the flick.

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  • IAN | January 28, 2014 2:55 AMReply

    Why does "Oh Dear" post under fifty different names? Pathetic.

  • Oh dear | January 28, 2014 6:14 AM

    Quite sure Oh Dear is consistently posting under the name Oh Dear.

  • TC | January 26, 2014 6:01 PMReply

    Another Photoshop Fail - Nicole looks like an Avatar in the above poster.

  • LIa | January 25, 2014 11:13 PMReply

    Q. What problem?
    A. Nicole Kidman

  • Jonathon | January 25, 2014 8:23 PMReply

    This film had a 30 million dollar budget -- hardly a "low budget indie."

  • James | January 25, 2014 7:41 AMReply

    OH DEAR you seem to have very deep, personal issues with Nicole Kidman. The fact that her latest movie is going to open the Cannes Film Festival is obviously driving you insane. You really should calm down and step away from your computer.
    I can't imagine how hard it must have been for you when she got an Oscar nomination for Rabbit Hole three years ago. Or when she got all those awards nominations from her peers for her great work in The Paperboy. Or her Emmy nom for Hemingway and Gellhorn. Or when she was chosen to be a member of Steven Spielberg's jury at Cannes last year. What about the fact that she's currently working with Werner Herzog?
    But yeah, keep on trying to convince yourself that her career is in "dire straights" and that she isn't respected in the movie industry. Sure. Now take your chill pills.

  • Rode | January 26, 2014 9:39 AM

    James, i ablolutely agree with you!

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 8:04 AM

    Just telling it like it is James ;)

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 4:25 AMReply

    Curious to watch an actress amplified on the big screen and be constantly distracted by a face that simply does not emote in a normal way - go see a Kidman movie.

    Curious to watch an actress who believes whisperering most of her dialogue constitutes acting - go see a Kidman movie.

    Curious to watch an actress where the only discernible difference between each movie role she plays comes down to the wig she wears - go see a Kidman movie.

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 6:02 PM

    Too bad your very odd idea of "success" doesn't translate into box office ticket sales.

  • az | January 25, 2014 8:06 AM

    It's an odd sign of success and getting under the skin when an actor can create so much wild vitriol in people.

  • James | January 25, 2014 3:11 AMReply

    I love it that just yesterday the Kidman haters were gloating about this movie being terrible and going straight to DVD and today it is announced it's going to open the most prestigious film festival in the world. Hehe. Kidman always wins.

  • Oh dear | January 28, 2014 9:12 PM

    Enjoy :D

  • az | January 28, 2014 9:49 AM

    Okay, see ya bud, got to go weep over my bargain box set, really hope you find some relief from your loathing, and come to realise how ridiculous all this is.

  • Oh dear | January 28, 2014 6:12 AM

    Nice attempt at intimidation AZ. I suggest you relax, dig out your Walmart bargain box set of Nicole MARY Kidman flop films and gently weep as you watch her frozen tundra annihilate movie after movie after movie, starting with Cold Mountain ;)

  • az | January 28, 2014 5:21 AM

    There's a difference between admiring an artist's work and creating delusions in which you suggest crazy beliefs about them personally. I actually don't feel comfortable with this. In an earlier post, amongst the vitriol, you even give Kidman's middle name, I'm a fan but Mary was news to me, your dislike is fixated. I think you're worrying and I was trying to gently suggest that this is unhealthy and out of proportion.

  • Oh dear | January 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    Nice try AJ. Sadly, you obviously believe Kidman is VERY important ..... "She's possibly the ONLY ACTOR who's a firm stamp something interesting and at times deviant is being attempted"

  • az | January 27, 2014 10:01 AM

    You really, really shouldn't worry yourself over movie actors, truly none of them are as important as that.

  • Oh dear | January 27, 2014 6:00 AM

    Kidman actively lives a life of deceit, just ask Tom and Keith. So anything is possible.

  • az | January 27, 2014 4:49 AM

    Don't be silly, nothing I've said suggested that, I was just struck by the vehemence and scope of your attack and wondered if maybe Kidman had been privately funding Assad in Syria or something.

  • Oh dear | January 26, 2014 7:30 PM

    Pretty sure anyone reading my comments would automatically come to the conclusion I do not care for Kidman's acting and I apologize if you feel I have violated one of The Playlist fine print clauses which states you are only allowed to voice your opinion if you are prepared to gush about Nicole Kidman.

  • az | January 26, 2014 6:48 PM

    No it's cool, I don't care that you disagree, but you've still not answered the question, why would you spend so much hate on a person who you find affectless? Seriously I'm just curious, it's an interesting contradiction.

  • Oh dear | January 26, 2014 5:18 PM

    Sweetheart, your simmering anger toward anyone who expresses a differing opinion to your own is kind of weird. Look on the bright side, the mainstream don't want Kidman, which means she is free to annihilate low budget B-Grade indie flicks for you to enjoy.

  • az | January 26, 2014 9:39 AM

    Baby you're projecting, you're hysterical with hate, and you still haven't answered my question, why do you care so much for a performer you've spent days insisting you don't care for, I'm intrigued. And your box office accusation makes me chuckle, I'm imagining a box office friendly Dogville, Birth or Paperboy. Sorry to break it to you but some of us find the movie fringes far cooler and infinitely more interesting than the mainstream.

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 7:17 PM

    Calm down AZ. Kidman's unprecedented run of continuous Box Office bombs is obviously doing your head in. Kidman will fail as Princess Grace of Monaco but she still holds the enviable title of HRH, The Queen of Box Office Poison.

  • az | January 25, 2014 8:08 AM

    stop Oh Dear, it's getting weird and embarrassing, why do you care so much about a performer you insist you don't care for.

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 3:59 AM

    Reality Check time James. Kidman's career is in dire straights - has been for well over a decade now and to say "Who cares if the average Joe Public goes to see her movies or not?" is irresponsible and absurd. Joe Public have said ENOUGH and sooner or later, the financial backers of the low budget, B-Grade Indie movies she now chases will say ENOUGH too. Why continue to cast Kidman - an extremely unpopular, expressionless, generic actress in any movie and subsequently guarantee a loss FOR ALL involved? Nicole Mary Kidman should do the world wide film industry a huge favor and retire.

  • Oh dear | January 24, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    Opening Cannes will not make any difference. Nobody will pay good money to see old Frozen Face annihilate another movie with her inept acting skills.

  • iAN | January 28, 2014 2:57 AM

    Weird how you're obsessed.

  • James | January 25, 2014 3:07 AM

    Um...Maybe you should actually watch her movies? Dead Calm, Portrait of a Lady, To Die For, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge, The Others, Dogville, Birth, Margot at Wedding, Rabbit Hole, Paperboy...She's a fantastic actress and a real movie star. Who cares if the average Joe Public goes to see her movies or not? Most of her movies are not made for him anyway. She's a passionate artist, not a product like many actors and actresses these days.

  • Remy | January 24, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    I'm still disappointed the release has been pushed back because I can't wait to see the movie, but I have to admit that opening night at Cannes seems like a perfect launchpad for it.

    And that's a gorgeous and quite original poster.

  • Guillermo | January 24, 2014 5:20 PMReply

    Nicole is a superb actress!, one in a lifetime performer!
    Can not way to see the film

  • little my | January 24, 2014 4:44 PMReply

    Cant wait for this, love Nicole Kidman!

  • Michael | January 24, 2014 4:26 PMReply

    SOOO happy about this! Nicole is a screen icon (people won't realise for decades though) whose work is probably the most varied of any other actor of her generation. Watch Rabbit Hole, Birth, Stoker, Dogville and The Paperboy and you'll see what a phenomenal artist she is.

  • Ian | January 24, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    I think Nicole Kidman is the best.

  • ella | January 24, 2014 10:18 AMReply

    "and Milo Ventimiglia" Lol, OK.

    I don't have very high expectations for this.

  • An average gay man | January 24, 2014 9:50 AMReply

    Amazing. I'm so excited for Kidman, she's an undervalued actress and cinephile.

  • az | January 26, 2014 9:54 AM

    Wow, you even conducted a survey, your commitment is impressive.

  • Oh dear | January 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    99% of the public "get it" and consequently avoid any movie she is involved in like the plague.

  • az | January 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    I think where Kidman is concerned it's about those who get it or those who don't. She's possibly the only actor who's a firm stamp something interesting and at times deviant is being attempted. Thank god they sorted this crap out, she turned down von trier's nymphomaniac for this movie.

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