The Mix-Up: Sushi Dreams Come True, Cannes Update and Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace…


Blog By: Jaclyn Zepnick

Jiro’s Dreams of Raw Fish Rises to Box Office Success…

Any sushi lover needs to see this film.

The new documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi widened from 44 screens to 70 in its fifth weekend, taking in a strong $240,000 and reaching an overall $1 million. Jiro is now the first documentary of 2012 to hit the million dollar mark.

The film follows 85-year-old sushi ninja Jiro Ono, who is considered to be the world’s top sushi chef; He’s been making sushi for 75 years. Jiro is the creator of a small 10 seater Tokyo restaurant located humbly in a subway station. Guests make reservations up to a year in advance. It’s the only restaurant of its kind to be awarded the prestigious three star Michelin review.

First time director David Gelb had the idea when he was introduced to sushi by his father in Tokyo. He had this to say about filming Jiro:

“When you are shooting a living legend at work, I think that it is important to elevate the craft of the film itself to as close to his level as possible. The film includes some of the greatest recordings by masters such as Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Philip Glass. We shot on the Red One, which is arguably the best digital cinema camera ever. We wanted the film to feel as elegant as the sushi itself; as if Jiro himself were making the movie.”

Gleb’s recommendations for worthy sushi in Los Angeles: Sushi Nozawa, Hirozen Gourmet, Sushi Zo, Saito Sushi and Sushi Karen….Yelp time.

Check out the trailer below.

Cannes Line-Up…

There was a fake line-up leaked on April 1… Yes, it was an April Fool’s joke. We will have to wait until April 19 until the complete line-up is released, but until then… Here’s what we know:

On The Road, based on Jack Kerouacs’s classic novel, will premiere on the croisette. It’s one of those cases where financiers want more than funders are willing to pay. The buyers want to see how the audience and critics react to the two and a half hour episodic film.

On The Road stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Amy Adams. What do you think about the new posters?

Nicole Kidman To Play Grace Kelly…

Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to play the beautiful Grace Kelly in the biopic Grace of Monaco. It’s set in 1961-1962 when Kelly was only 32, although Kidman is 44 years-old. But that didn’t stop director Olivier Dahan from offering Kidman the role. Dahan directed Marion Cotillard to her Oscar win for La vie en Rose.

Other contenders rumored to be up to par to play Princess Grace were Rosamund Pike, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, January Jones, Diane Kruger and Amber Heard.

Congrats to Nicole!

And that’s the weekend blog my fellow FilmFunders. Happy Easter! Eat lots of candy and enjoy Spring in the air wherever you are.

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