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John / June 10th, 2021

Jane Campion, a Cannes legend who remains the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or with ‘The Piano,’ will have her latest drama ‘The Power of the Dog’ world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

A Netflix Original, ‘The Power of the Dog’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons. The movie’s screenplay was penned by Campion, based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage.

Set in the 1920s, the film is about a pair of wealthy Montana brothers, Phil (Cumberbatch) & George Burbank. Phil is brilliant & cruel, while George is fastidious & gentle. Together, they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George (Plemons) secretly marries local widow Rose (Dunst), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn. The film is produced by BBC Films, Campion’s Bright Star banner & See-Saw Films.

The Venice Film Festival declined to comment.

Campion is no stranger to Venice, where she premiered ‘An Angel at My Table,’ which won the fest’s Grand Jury Prize in 1990, three years before her ‘Piano’ Palm.

Variety understands that ‘The Power of the Dog’ had been invited to world premiere out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival but Netflix opted instead to have it unspool at Venice, where the film can compete. As per a rule set by its administration board, the Cannes Film Festival can’t invite films in competition if they don’t have a local theatrical release planned.

Ultimately, Netflix wasn’t willing to have the movie open theatrically in France in order to get a competition slot at Cannes, & an out of competition slot wasn’t deemed a good enough option, either — even if Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux had vowed to welcome Netflix back to the festival with a glamorous gala premiere.

From Venice, Netflix will also bow Paolo Sorrentino’s personal drama ‘The Hand of God,’ another prestige original that marks ‘The Great Beauty’ director’s return to making a film set, & shot, in his native Naples, 20 years after his feature debut ‘One Man Up’ in 2001.

The Lido in recent years has developed a close rapport with the U.S. streaming giant, having launched, among other titles, Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical ‘Roma,’ which won the Golden Lion in 2018 & went on to win 3 Oscars, & Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’ in 2019, which scooped one Academy Award that year.

While Venice is ideally positioned at the start of the awards season (‘Nomadland’ premiered in Venice last year & went on to win the best picture Oscar), Cannes is still revered as the world’s biggest film festival & has served as a prestige launchpad for many Oscar-winning films over the years, including Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite,’ which received the Palme d’Or in 2019 & made history by becoming the first foreign language film to win a best picture Oscar.

As previously revealed by Variety, Venice will also host the highly anticipated world premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ reboot from Warner Bros.

The 78th edition of Venice is scheduled to run Sept. 1-11 as a full-fledged physical event. Bong Joon-ho will preside over the main jury.

Elsa Keslassy & Nick Vivarelli, variety.com



John / June 6th, 2021

I’ve added to the gallery pics of Kirsten in Los Angeles on Wednesday.



John / June 4th, 2021

Today we’re going back exactly 19 years for the ‘Spider-Man’ Paris Premiere, which was held at UGC Normandie on June 4th 2002. Kirsten attended the premiere with co-star Tobey Maguire & producers Avi Arad & Laura Ziskin.

I’ve added 17 ‘new’ pics to the gallery & replaced 4 of the existing pics with bigger versions.



John / May 30th, 2021

I’ve added pics of Kirsten in Los Angeles on Wednesday to the gallery.



John / May 28th, 2021

Today we’re going back to May 26th 2004 for the London Premiere of ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, which was held at the Vue cinema in Leicester Square. Kirsten attended the premiere with her then boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal who starred in the film. Following the premiere they both attended the after party at the Mint Leaf Lounge in London.

I’ve added 49 ‘new’ pics of Kirsten at the premiere & after party to the gallery & replaced 15 of the existing pics with much bigger versions.



John / May 16th, 2021

I’ve added to the gallery digital scans from the 9th June 2014 issue of Spanish magazine ‘Esto ES Cine’.



John / May 7th, 2021

Today we’re going back to 6th May 2003 for Premiere Magazine’s ‘The New Power’ Awards. The event, which was held at Ivar Nightclub in Los Angeles, honoured Hollywood’s Power Players under the Age of 35 Years. Kirsten attended with her best friend Molly & received one of the awards.

I’ve added 44 ‘new’ pics to the gallery & replaced 26 of the existing pics with much bigger versions.



John / May 3rd, 2021

I’ve added this months newsletter.



John / April 30th, 2021

Kirsten is 39 today. On behalf of Jess, Marc & everyone at the website I’d like to wish Kirsten a very happy birthday. Hope you have a good one Kiki.

To mark the occasion I’ve updated the beautiful Txema Yeste 2011 photoshoot, overwriting 8 of the pics with bigger versions.



John / April 23rd, 2021

I’ve added to the gallery pics of Kirsten & Ennis leaving a Baskin-Robbins Ice-Cream store in Los Angeles on Wednesday.



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