U2to at­tend 3D preview

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U2 are due at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val for a mid­night screen­ing of their con­cert film, U2 3D, which was shot on the South Amer­i­can leg of their Ver­tigo tour last year. Cannes will show a 55-minute preview of the film, which is still in post-pro­duc­tion. The direc­tors are Catherine Owens and Mark Pelling­ton.

“There is no com­par­i­son with a tra­di­tional con­cert film seen in 2D,” says Owens, a long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor on the vi­su­als for the band’s live shows.

“One minute you are on stage with the band and the next, you’re at the back of the sta­dium. The best way I can de­scribe it for the viewer is that it’s like be­ing on the wings of a bird fly­ing around the con­cert sta­dium. It’s re­ally some­thing else.” Mean­while, the 2D trailer for U2 3D is now on YouTube.

Cor­bijn gets closer to Cur­tis

Dutch pho­tog­ra­pher-turned­di­rec­tor An­ton Cor­bijn – who shot the cov­ers for the U2 al­bums The Joshua Tree and The Un­for­get­table Fire, and di­rected some of their mu­sic videos – will also be in Cannes for the pre­miere of his first fea­ture film, Con­trol, which will be the open­ing pre­sen­ta­tion in the Direc­tors Fort­night pro­gramme. The film is a biopic of Joy Di­vi­sion lead singer Ian Cur­tis, who is played by Sam Ri­ley. It fol­lows his rise to fame, his re­la­tion­ships with his wife Deb­o­rah (Sa­man­tha Mor­ton) and his girl­friend An­nik Honore (Alexandra Maria Lara), his prob­lems with epilepsy and his sui­cide in 1980, on the eve of the band’s first US tour. Cor­bijn di­rected the mu­sic video for Joy Di­vi­sion’s At­mos­phere.

Once upon re­lease in Amer­ica

Af­ter win­ning the au­di­ence award at the Sun­dance fes­ti­val in Jan­uary, John Car­ney’s Dublin mu­si­cal love story, Once, was the sub­ject of a bid­ding bat­tle in­volv­ing sev­eral US dis­trib­u­tors.

Fox Search­light, a di­vi­sion of 20th Cen­tury Fox, ac­quired the rights and will re­lease Once in the US on May 18th. Car­ney left Dublin last Sun­day for a whis­tle-stop pro­mo­tional tour of key US cities with the movie’s stars, Glen Hansard and Markéta Ir­glová.

On the same day that Once opens in the US, Buena Vista In­ter­na­tional will re­lease John Boor­man’s Ir­ish movie, The Tiger’s Tail, in the UK.

Slasher flick chopped in half

Orig­i­nally set to open as a dou­ble bill here and in the UK on June 1st, Grind­house has been split into two movies for sep­a­rate re­lease out­side the US, where the dou­ble-bill for­mat fell well short of com­mer­cial ex­pec­ta­tions. Quentin Tarantino has ex­tended his seg­ment, Death Proof, from the 87-minute ver­sion shown in the US to a 110-minute ver­sion that will be shown in com­pe­ti­tion at Cannes this month. It is now set for re­lease here on Septem­ber 21st. The Robert Ro­driguez-di­rected seg­ment, Planet Ter­ror, will be re­leased here “at a later date to be con­firmed shortly”, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the We­in­stein Com­pany.

How­ever, split­ting the dou­ble bill in half is de­feat­ing the pur­pose of Grind­house, which was to pay homage to the old ex­ploita­tion B-movies so beloved of Tarantino by show­ing them on the same pro­gramme, com­plete with mock trail­ers. Short of mak­ing a hasty trip to the US, where Grind­house is rapidly los­ing screens, the only prospect of see­ing the dou­ble bill as it was in­tended to be seen is most likely to be as an ex­tra on the spe­cial edi­tion of the DVD some time next year.

Bran­son’s Casino cameo cut

Movies are rou­tinely cut for air­line screen­ings to pro­tect un­der-age pas­sen­gers from “adult con­tent”. Bri­tish

Air­ways has turned cen­sor on Casino Royale for a dif­fer­ent rea­son. Their in-flight ver­sion of the James Bond movie has deleted the brief ap­pear­ance of Richard Bran­son pass­ing through an air­port metal de­tec­tor in Mi­ami. Bran­son just hap­pens to be the chair­man of ri­val air­line Vir­gin At­lantic.

Know­ing Streep, know­ing you

The ven­er­a­ble Meryl Streep will fol­low one Broad­way adap­ta­tion with an­other. She co-stars with Pierce Bros­nan in the movie of the mu­si­cal, Mamma Mia!, which will be shot over the sum­mer, af­ter which she joins Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man in the film ver­sion of Doubt, which was staged at the Abbey in Dublin last au­tumn. She plays a nun who ac­cuses a priest (Hoff­man) of pae­dophilia. John Pa­trick Shan­ley, who wrote the play, will di­rect the movie. He won an Os­car for his Moon­struck screen­play in 1988. md­wyer@ir­ish-times.ie

Bran­son gets the mes­sage

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