It's that time of year again when entertainment journalists flock to the French Riviera to soak up the heat and humidity and attend one of the most prestigious international film festivals: Cannes.
This year will be the first Cannes since Harvey Weinstein's downfall. The event was one of his notorious hunting grounds. The festival is still grappling with its own #MeToo problems and has set up some features in an effort to adapt to the new era.
"This year Cannes has launched a sexual harassment hotline that people can call," explained Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan, who is at the festival. "The jury has a female chief, Cate Blanchett, and it's a majority female jury. Ava Duvernay, Kristen Stewart are also on the jury, as an attempt to get more women involved among the taste makers of the festival."
But the festival isn't without its critics, who are quick to point out the festival also invited back Lars von Trier, a director whose actresses have accused him of abuse, and it programmed only three women directors in competition.
The consensus seems to be that these are steps in the right direction but not enough.
- "Avengers: Infinity War" has become the fastest movie to earn $1 billion at the box office.
- Orson Welles' final film, "The Other Side of the Wind," is missing from the Cannes lineup after it was abruptly pulled from the festival in a dispute with the festival organizers.
- Since then, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the company made 'mistakes' in its Cannes dealings.
- Last week the film Academy voted to boot out Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby. Polanski's lawyer says he wants to challenge the decision.
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