The Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off today with the premiere of Woody Allen's latest, 'Midnight in Paris,' which is already garnering glowing reviews and Oscar buzz. The film market has been heating up for days, and we're finally starting to hear about some of the biggest deals finalized in the posh French Riviera town.

'The King's Speech' Oscar-winner Colin Firth, who is currently filming the Coen-brothers-scripted 'Gambit' with Cameron Diaz, will star opposite Emily Blunt in an untitled dark comedy from first-time director Dante Ariola. In the film, Firth plays a man who fakes his own death so he can begin a new life and in the process meets a woman (Blunt) desperate to leave her own past behind.

Production is set to begin in the fall, with Focus Features handling international distribution. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

For more news from the Cannes Film Festival, read on.

Katie Holmes' plan to get her film career back on track continues with 'Responsible Adults,' a rom-com that pairs her with 'Gossip Girl' star Chace Crawford in the tale of a 30-year-old medical student (Holmes) who begins dating a younger man, only to later discover that she used to be his babysitter. Jon Poll, director of the acclaimed Robert Downey Jr.–starring indie 'Charlie Bartlett,' will shoot the film this fall in Los Angles from a script by first-time screenwriter Alex Schemmer.

Holmes will next be seen in 'Son of No One' opposite Channing Tatum and Al Pacino, and has already finished filming the Adam Sandler comedy 'Jack and Jill.'

Check out the 'Son of No One' trailer below:



[Deadline]

'Killer Elite,' an action-thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, was picked up by Open Road Films for U.S. distribution this fall. In the film, a skilled special-ops agent (Statham) comes out of self-imposed exile to help rescue his former mentor (DeNiro) but must facing off against a covert group of former soldiers, led by Owen, to do so.

This is the first release from Open Road, a company formed earlier this year by AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group to make and release the types of mid-budget films that studios have been ignoring in favor of franchise films and expensive star vehicles.

[Variety]


Orlando Bloom, Nick Nolte and Stanley Tucci have been cast in 'Idea in America,' a road-trip comedy about a young Italian ornithologist who travels across the U.S. in search of the American bald eagle and her dream job. Cecilia Miniucchi wrote the script and is directing the film, which goes before cameras this fall.

[THR]