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Wall Street 2, Tree of Life, Woody Allen Heading for Cannes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2010 at 3:16AM

It's not official yet, but it looks pretty sure that Oliver Stone will finally be making his Cannes debut, with the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas 23 years after his first turn as Gordon Gekko, and Carey Mulligan as his daughter. Shia LaBeouf and W star Josh Brolin also star. It's long overdue, if you ask me. Oliver Stone is an auteur in my book, even if the Cannes selectors hasn't deemed him one of their elite so far.
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It's not official yet, but it looks pretty sure that Oliver Stone will finally be making his Cannes debut, with the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas 23 years after his first turn as Gordon Gekko, and Carey Mulligan as his daughter. Shia LaBeouf and W star Josh Brolin also star. It's long overdue, if you ask me. Oliver Stone is an auteur in my book, even if the Cannes selectors hasn't deemed him one of their elite so far.

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Stone has been turned down in the past, with U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. But Twentieth Century Fox is not going for a competition slot. (Universal nailed down the May 12 opener for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood). The studio pushed back Wall Street from April 23 to September 24. The fest runs through May 23.

Other likely Hollywood entrants are Cannes perennial Woody Allen's latest, You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger, starring Anthony Hopkins, Brolin, Naomi Watts and Antonio Banderas (a SPC release) and Terrence Malick's long-in-the-works Tree of Life. Word is that the Brad Pitt-starrer is in fact finished, but that River Road and Apparition chief Bill Pohlad is not putting pressure on Malick to deliver in time for Cannes. If he shows it to them, I'm sure they will be eager to take it.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Cannes, Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt, Apparition, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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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.