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International Exec You Should Know: Stephane Celerier

12 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The past year has been a busy one for Stephane Celerier. Not only did his first co-production, Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier,” lead France’s Mars Distribution to new box office heights, becoming the highest-grossing French film of 2015, with 7.5 million tickets sold (an approximate $50 million gross), but he was also tapped as VP of Studiocanal in September, when the Gallic giant bought a 30% share in the indie powerhouse.

Mars, which Celerier helped launch in 1998 as a distribution arm of Bac Films, was France’s top indie distributor in 2015, with such reasonably budgeted French crowd-pleasers as Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” Rudi Rosenberg’s “The New Kid,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Wolf Totem” and Melanie Laurent and Cyril Dion’s docu “Demain,” as well as projects from Woody Allen (“Irrational Man”) and Asif Kapadia (“Amy”). The company acquires projects at the script or concept stage.

Celerier proved his resilience after going through »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘The Force Awakens,’ Spike Lee, ‘Alien,’ Pixar, and More

11 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Force Awakens fever is still gripping the film industry two months after the release of the seventh Star Wars entry, and the world of cinema-centric books is just as Snoke-obsessed. But there’s plenty more worth snagging, including in-depth analyses of Pixar and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, a lavish study of musicals, and a graphic stunner called Filmish.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (Dk Publishing)

Dk’s Star Wars visual dictionaries are, quite simply, must-owns. (Even the three prequel editions are fascinating.) And the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary might be the best yet. Author Pablo Hidalgo goes deep, providing everything you wanted to know about Jakku (but were afraid to ask), offering insight on briefly seen characters like Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, and breaking down exactly why the “crossguard blades” of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are a necessity. Plus, the film stills »

- Christopher Schobert

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Caprice | 2016 My French Film Festival Review

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

You Will Love a Tall Blonde Actress: Mouret Plays a Man Most Wanted in Latest RomCom

Perhaps what’s most refreshing about actor/writer/director Emmanuel Mouret’s latest effort Caprice is how equally unlikely it presents the maddening scenario of a nebbish male romantic lead courted aggressively by two incredibly attractive women. A lighter, Gallic equivalent of the type of masculine steered ménage a trois we’ve grown accustomed from Woody Allen, this treatment manages to feel equally effortless but not entirely effervescent. A series of coincidences sets off a sexual comedy of errors involving a quartet of enjoyable performers, though all is eventually for naught since none of them are exactly likeable, a problem considering they’re trapped in a romantic comedy paradigm necessitating we grow interested or even attached to at least one of their outcomes.

Clement (Mouret) is a shy, unassuming fifth grade school teacher, divorced »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Dice’: Trailer & Release Date For Showtime’s Andrew Dice Clay Comedy — Oh!

11 February 2016 9:39 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Andrew Dice Clay has been plugging along ever since a double album artlessly titled The Day The Laughter Died nosedived a stand-up career that saw him selling out arenas. He has done some TV work – Entourage, Bless This House, Hits, Crime Story and HBO's upcoming Vinyl – and had a role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Now, more than a quarter-century after his meteoric rise and cratering fall, the Diceman has his own semi-autobiographical scripted series on Showtime, which… »

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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

11 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk »

- Movie Geeks

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BFI Review – The Lady Eve (1941)

10 February 2016 12:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lady Eve, 1941.

Directed by Preston Sturges.

Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

Synopsis:

A con-woman, and her family, have their eyes on a rich man who joins their cruise ship. But love is in the air…

We know Eve. The temptress seducing Adam to take a bite out of the apple in the Garden of Eden. Preston Sturges The Lady Eve, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, takes this temptress and places her in America, whereby an affluent and naïve chap is the Adam to the money-hungry Eve. The Lady Eve takes some of the memorable screwball comedy clichés of the era, including some pratfalls from the silent comedians, and mixes it together as a sprightly concoction of romance and wealth amongst the elite members of society.

He is the son of a successful ale merchant, travelling back from South America to New York after researching snakes. She is »

- Simon Columb

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Oscar Favorites Elbowed Aside for Rookie Writers in 2016 Race

9 February 2016 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscars’ current problems are a lot like baseball’s, back in the day. The game is too white, too macho and a little too overloaded with grizzled veterans for many fans’ comfort.

But encouraging signs can be spotted over in the writers’ division, where nine of this year’s 10 screenplay contenders were penned, in whole or in part, by first-time nominees.

Only Nick Hornby of “Brooklyn”; Ethan and Joel Coen of “Bridge of Spies”; Tom McCarthy of “Spotlight”; and Pete Docter of “Inside Out” have previously been named Oscar all-stars. Their writing partners and others, a remarkable 15 in all, are being called up to the Big Show for the first time. And that includes four women, the largest such number since 2007.

Maybe no one broke the color bar this year, but when it comes to new voices being heard, it’s truly the Year of the Rookie.

The rookies »

- Bob Verini

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Mozart In The Jungle Renewed for Season 3 at Amazon

9 February 2016 6:42 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Just weeks after its surprise Golden Globe mini-sweep, Mozart In The Jungle has been renewed for a third season at Amazon, per Deadline.

The show’s 10-episode second season was released on Dec. 30.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

Last month at the Globes, Mozart took home statues for best comedy series and best actor in a comedy or musical for leading man Gael Garcia Bernal.

Production on Season 3 begins this summer.

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TV Review: ‘Love’

8 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Judd Apatow’s movies tend to run rather long for romantic comedies, but that pales next to the canvas that’s available on “Love,” a 10-part Netflix series that follows the slow-gestating relationship between Gus and Mickey, as well as the assorted oddballs that surround them. Highly specific to L.A., for good and ill, the show revolves around frequently irritating protagonists that will present a challenge to viewers’ rooting interest, but there are enough moments of sheer awkwardness and bawdy humor to make this a series a core audience should be able to like, if not, you know, love.

The first episode of the show, co-created by Apatow, Lesley Arfin and series star Paul Rust, introduces Rust’s Gus, an on-set tutor for the bratty 12-year-old star of a TV series, as he discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Their subsequent breakup lands him in a temporary-living complex known as the Springwood, »

- Brian Lowry

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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

7 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

6 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, Other WGA Awards Nominees Reveal Their Screenwriting Journeys

5 February 2016 6:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.

One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.

“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”

McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.

Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor  Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »

- Dave McNary

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Miley Cyrus Is Coming to 'The Voice' Season 10

4 February 2016 9:48 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Miley Cyrus has been named a key adviser for the upcoming Season 10 of NBC's two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. Coaches for the upcoming season of The Voice are Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. The new season begins with a two-hour episode Monday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Here's what NBC's Paul Telegdy had to say in a statement.

"When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom. Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture."

A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Miley hosted both the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live in 2015 alongside being its musical guest. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and »

- MovieWeb

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Meet the Coen Brothers' New Breakout Star: Alden Ehrenreich

4 February 2016 7:26 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

At 26, Alden Ehrenreich is in an enviable, though peculiar position. A young actor who's worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Warren Beatty, he's already built up an impressive résumé — although too often, he's done fine work in movies nobody saw (Coppola's sibling drama Tetro, the supernatural Ya romance Beautiful Creatures) or been relegated to the margins of good movies (Blue Jasmine). So perhaps it's fitting that, at last, his coming-out occurs in a movie filled with much bigger stars that requires this charming, nuanced performer to play the »

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Film Review: Hail, Ceasar!

4 February 2016 5:52 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Coen brothers are some of Hollywood’s, nay, the world’s most important directors. Since they entered the scene in 1984 with Blood Simple they’ve rightfully found huge success with their brand of offbeat stories and neurotic characters. Like Woody Allen before them, they’ve tried their hand at a variety of genres, yet kept their voice consistent throughout. They also have the rare distinguishment of appealing to the art-house crowds, while also finding commercial success in Hollywood and abroad. Like Allen, every so often they have a “pallet cleanser” project in between some of their “high-brow” fare that just doesn’t congeal the way it ought to. Hail, Caesar! falls into that latter category.

I did my best to go into this with an open mind. It was the Coen Brothers after all, and the trailers did their job well in alerting us to just how many Big »

- Sprocket the Dog

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Miley Cyrus Joins The Voice As Key Adviser

3 February 2016 7:11 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Miley Cyrus and her tongue will appear on the tenth season of The Voice as key advisers, the psychedelic pop star announced Wednesday. Like Taylor Swift and Rihanna before her, Woody Allen's latest star will give her musical two cents to all the show's teams, probably serve as a ratings boost, and maybe mess with everybody's seat heaters. "When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom," NBC's Paul Telegdy said. "Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture." Miley joins returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, and Christina Aguilera (the last of whom had briefly subbed out for Gwen Stefani), and though the "Wrecking Ball" singer won't get her own button, that doesn't mean she won't try to share. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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TV News Roundup: Miley Cyrus To Visit ‘The Voice’; Metallica Will Appear on ‘Billions’

3 February 2016 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Miley Cyrus will be an adviser on “The Voice,” while heavy metal band Metallica is set to appear on Showtime’s “Billions,” in today’s news roundup…

Casting

Miley Cyrus will be a key adviser in the 10th season of the NBC musical competition series “The Voice.”

“When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture.”

Along with being a singer/songwriter, Cyrus has hosted the VMAs and “Saturday Night Live” and become an accomplished actress, appearing in “A Very Murray Christmas,” “The Night Before,” and a new Woody Allen series for Amazon.

The rock band Metallica will be »

- Jacob Bryant

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Miley Cyrus Joins NBC’s ‘The Voice’

3 February 2016 3:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Miley Cyrus has been named a key adviser for the upcoming 10th season of NBC’s “The Voice,” TheWrap has learned. Cyrus also shared the news on Twitter, along with a picture of herself licking a key set piece. She captioned the photo, “Lickin  buttonz! @NBCTheVoice #keyadviser #season10” A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Cyrus hosted both the VMAs and “Saturday Night Live” in 2015 in addition to serving as its musical guest. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and has released five No. 1 albums as well as seven top-10 songs. Also Read: Miley Cyrus Cast in Woody Allen Amazon. »

- Joe Otterson

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How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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New NYC Film Czar Julie Menin Vows Industry Growth, Diversity (Exclusive)

2 February 2016 1:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The lingering question of who will replace Cynthia Lopez as New York City’s new film czar has an answer at last in Julie Menin, coming to the post directly from her current job as commissioner of the city’s department of consumer affairs. When she officially takes over as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Feb. 22, she’ll find herself tasked not only with maintaining and promoting the activity of a booming film and TV industry, but also ensuring its continued growth, maintaining the city’s competitive edge and confronting the challenges that go along with popularity.

What’s at the top of your agenda?

One of the things we’re very focused on is looking at existing real estate in the city to see how we can support the growth of the industry, and in particular, increase film and TV production and post-production spaces. »

- Gordon Cox

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