The HBO documentary “Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters” will be screened May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival as an official selection. Directed by Bill Couturie, the docu was produced in conjunction with Variety.
Starring George Clooney, Charlize Theron and Jodie Foster, among others, the film presents candid interviews and clips of stars and filmmakers describing the creative rewards of filmmaking as well as the vicissitudes of failure.
Among the others discussing the tensions of filmmaking in Hollywood are Peter Bogdanovich, Pierce Brosnan, David Brown, Danny DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Evans, Morgan Freeman, Brian Grazer, Peter Guber, Alan Horn, Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Sherry Lansing, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Tom Rothman, John Singleton, Nia Vardalos and Richard Zanuck.
The film, exec produced by Peter Bart and Charles C. Koones, was produced by Anne Sandkuhler and Couturie, with Timothy M. Gray as co-producer.
Docu, under HBO exec producer Sheila Nevins and supervising producer John Hoffman, was suggested by Bart’s book “Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb,” which Miramax Books will publish in June. That same month, the docu debuts on HBO.