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Daily Bite: Cannes Critics’ Week, Chris O’Dowd, and John Boorman
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Director John Boorman on the set of 'Excalibur'
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Miguel Gomes to head Cannes Critics’ Week Jury
The Cannes Film festival recently announced that Portuguese writer-director and former film critic Miguel Gomes will head the Cannes ‘Critics’ Week’ jury this year. The jury is comprised of four film journalists and they will each decide which of the seven films is deserving of its ‘Grand Prize’. Migeul has released three feature films, ‘The Face You Deserve’, ‘This Dear Month of August’, and his latest film, ‘Tabu’, the Africa set black-and-white story that won several awards at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, including the Alfred Bauer Award. Created in 1962, Critics’ Week will run May 16-24, with the Cannes festival itself running from May 15-26.

Irish Actor Chris O’Dowd in talks for ‘St. Vincent de Van Nuys’
Chris O’Dowd is in early talks to join the cast of ‘St. Vincent de Van Nuys’ with Ted Melfi as writer and director. O’Dowd would be joining a cast that includes veteran actor Bill Murray and comedienne Melissa McCarthy. O’Dowd would be playing a priest that is shocked with how well the 12-year-old main character and Murray’s character get along, seeing as how the boy’s single mother (McCarthy) pushed caring for the child on Murray’s character. As well as shooting the next season for the successful Sky1 comedy ‘Moone Boy’, O’Dowd also recently finished shooting the Christopher Guest-helmed HBO television series ‘Family Tree’, due to be released this year.

John Boorman presented with BFI Fellowship
Director John Boorman received the British Film Institute’s Fellowship at an event held last night at the BFI Southbank facility in London. The fellowship is noted for being the BFI’s highest honour. Renowned film critic Michel Ciment, editor of French magazine Postif, began the event with an interview with the celebrated director and Irish actress Sinéad Cusack presented the award to the director. Boorman, who directed such critically acclaimed films as ‘Deliverance’ and ‘The General’, also announced that he is once again trying to make another independent film; his first since the Irish film ‘The Tiger’s Tail’ in 2006. Among the previous recipients of the BFI Fellowship are Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, and Michael Powell.

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