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Cannes Opens with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 26, 2010 at 5:38AM

The Cannes Film Festival has selected its opening night film: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The period actioner will screen out of competition on May 12, the day it opens in France. Universal releases the Imagine film globally on May 14.
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The Cannes Film Festival has selected its opening night film: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The period actioner will screen out of competition on May 12, the day it opens in France. Universal releases the Imagine film globally on May 14.

Written by Brian Helgeland (Mystic River), the movie functions as an origin myth for the Sherwood Forest bandit. Scott has shown his films at Cannes before, but not for a while: The Duellists screened in 1977 and Thelma and Louise in 1991. (Lets hope this one plays better than producer Brian Grazer's last Cannes opener: The Da Vinci Code, in 2006. Of course, the movie did go on to gross $757 million worldwide.)

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Headliners, Ridley Scott, Cannes, Russell Crowe


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.