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Hollywood icons Costner and Demi Moore make Cannes comeback

Hollywood icons Costner and Demi Moore make Cannes comeback

Entertainment Desk

Two Hollywood legends made their comeback at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, as Kevin Costner launched his sprawling self-funded Western and Demi Moore returned in a gore-filled body horror flick.

The star-studded premieres arrived midway through the world's most famous movie festival, where "Emilia Perez" -- a musical about a transgender drug lord, starring Selena Gomez -- is currently the talk of the town.

Epic Western "Horizon, an American Saga" is a passion project for Costner, who told AFP he had started working on the screenplay in 1988. Despite having enormous success with Westerns, including the Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves", "Open Range" and television's "Yellowstone", he could not find a studio willing to fund his script. "But I loved it and so I decided I would write four, which is very American of me -- insane," said Costner, who bankrolled the project himself.

The first film premiered at Cannes on Sunday in a special screening outside the main Palme d'Or competition. A second film has also been shot, and both will launch globally in theatres this summer.

"Horizon" follows multiple characters and storylines on the violent frontier, as Europeans establish settlements on Native American land. Costner stars along with Sienna Miller and Sam Worthington.

Critics were underwhelmed, with the Hollywood Reporter dubbing it a "clumsy slog."

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