Moonrise Kingdom, Jessica Ennis

09 Mar

Moonrise Kingdom – it has just been announced that the new Wes Anderson movie has been chosen to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The opening slot has always been a prestigious one and previous Cannes openers have included Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.The opening night place will guarantee plenty of publicity for the film, which is set in 1965 is about the hunt for a couple of young lovers who have fled from their town in New England and are being tracked down by the girl’s parents and the town sheriff.

The movie is written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, (son of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of Sofia Coppola). It has a stellar cast including Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as the girl’s parents, Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp the town sheriff, as well as other performances from Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Harvey Keitel.

Anderson’s earlier movies include Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr Fox. He co-wrote the scripts for all the above as well as Moonrise Kingdom and received Academy Award Nominations for both The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Frémaux said of the news: “Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom, which once again is a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve. Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive film-maker.”

The 65th Cannes Film Festival opens with a showing of Moonrise Kingdom in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals on 16 May. The official poster girl for the festival is Marilyn Monroe and Nanni Moretti, the satirical Italian filmmaker and 2001 Palme d’Or winner, heads the jury. The festival runs until 27 May and Moonrise Kingdom is set for its official UK release on 25 May.

Jessica Ennis – in one of the final events before this year’s Olympics Jess took a small lead into the final day of the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

She managed a lifetime best of 14.79m with her final throw of the day in the shot put. This put her on track to possibly break Irina Belova’s world record of 4991 points which has stood since February 1992. Jess’s previous best indoor total was 4937 points from her 2010 performance in Qatar, which put her in 4th place on the all-time indoor pentathlon list.

Jess is under tremendous pressure to bring home a gold in this year’s London Olympics. As well as her great performances her good looks and lively personality have made her a firm favourite with the British public and the media. On top of her many sporting achievements Jess has had a horse named after her and also has a waxwork of her at Madame Tussaud’s in London.

She was appointed an MBE in last year’s Birthday Honours List and was voted Athlete of the Year for the 3rd time by the British Athletic Writers’ Association. In December last year Vogue featured her as part of an article called “People To Celebrate.” Her victory in the 2010 World Indoor Championships made her the first British woman to have held the World Indoor and Outdoor titles.

She is certainly portrayed in the media as our “Golden Girl” and we must hope that the weight of expectation does not prove to great for her 5ft 5in frame. Even before she has finished her athletics career her looks and personality have marked her out as a future tv presenter, Dancing On Ice and Strictly Come Dancing competitor. Unlike many of the athletes of the past she seems more than capable of dealing with the media demands on her time and is never seen without a smile on her face.

The current Indoor Championships have the usual drama from event to event with Jess having a great 60m hurdles and shot but a disappointing high jump on the first day. Prior to the Championship’s Jess’s main rival was thought to be Russian Tatyana Chernova but she finished the first day back in 5th place with Jess’s biggest challenge coming from Lithuanian Austra Skujyte.

The final 2 events of the pentathlon tonight saw a disappointing performance from Jess in the long jump where she only managed a 7th place finish but a fantastic effort from her in the final event, the 800m, almost saw her take back overall first place. Although she won the 800m in a personal of 2m 8s she needed to finish 6.48 seconds ahead of Ukranian Natalia Dobrynska to take the gold medal. Sadly her margin of victory over the Ukranian was not enough and not only did Dobrynska win the title she also broke the world indoor record with her total of 5013 points.


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