Dallas native David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls, the forthcoming Sundancer Snow Angels) told Unfair Park back in January he'd be shooting a "1970s stoner comedy" some time in the summer -- a marked departure from his moodier, downbeat fare. Well, earlier this week, the Hollywood Reporter had the details: Titled The Pineapple Express, it'll star Knocked Up's Seth Rogen and Spider-Man's James Franco as "two toking pals...who get mixed up with a drug gang." Rogen and Franco are old pals, having starred together in The Best TV Show Ever, Freaks and Geeks, which was exec-produced by 40-Year-Old Virgin director Judd Apatow -- who's also producing here...
Norah Jones' big-screen debut -- My Blueberry Nights, the first English-language film from critically beloved Chinese director Wong Kar Wai -- will be the opening-night screening at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 16. The film also stars Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman, and it's "an intimate tale of love and self-discovery that features Wong's trademark visual flair and colorful characters." Jones will also be performing June 11 at the Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie...
And, finally, we have a stack of passes for the May 11 screening of the astounding new "musical" Once, which opens locally May 18. But this isn't any ol' screening: Afterward, Glen Hansard of the band The Frames and his co-star in the heartwrenching film, Markéta Irglová, will perform some songs that appear in Sundance sleeper. And Yrs Truly will moderate the post-screening Q&A. E-mail me if you'd like a pass; each is good for you and a guest. --Robert Wilonsky
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