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Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
It’s such a good time to celebrate the talents of Kevin Spacey. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the festival premiere of The Usual Suspects, which earned the actor his first Oscar. We recently furthered its accolades by naming it the best movie ever to screen at Sundance. Spacey also just won his first Golden Globe on his eighth try, for his leading role on the series House of Cards. The third season of that show is about to drop on Netflix in a month, too, so that’s exciting. The guy should be on top of the world, getting more prestige gigs like his role as Richard Nixon in the much-anticipated Elvis & Nixon. But instead, today, we’ve received the news, via The Wrap, that he’s going to play a guy who becomes trapped in the body of a cat. Of course this movie will be huge, especially »
- Christopher Campbell
The second edition of the Paris Images Trade Show enters its second week with Paris Images Pro (Jan. 28-29) dedicated to digital innovation throughout the audiovisual value chain, spanning 4K viewing, new production and VFX techniques, and new distribution channels. The first day’s highlights included a keynote speech on new consumer electronics trends by strategy consultant Olivier Ezratty and a masterclass with veteran French helmer Patrice Leconte.
Paris Images Pro’s seminars focus on topics such as 4K viewing trends, cloud-based media delivery services, remote production, the Previz on Set project (which allows real-time pre-visualisation for shoots combining live action and computer animation), use of drones in audiovisual productions, and new film exhibition techniques.
The event also showcases the latest trends in audiovisual equipment – with an exhibition area and ateliers on the Aja Cion 4K, Sony F55 4K and Panasonic VariCam 35 film cameras.
The event follows hot on the »
- Martin Dale
Update, 2:25 Am Pt: Last year’s dueling Yves Saint Laurent biopics each picked up several nominations this morning for France’s César Awards. Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, the country’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar, leads the pack with 10 mentions, followed by Thomas Cailley’s Directors’ Fortnight title Les Combattants with nine, and Oscar nominee Timbuktu with eight. Yves Saint Laurent, from helmer Jalil Lespert, took seven nods. Otherwise, there are a number of usual suspects in the batch including Best Actress Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, as well as Juliette Binoche for Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria. In something of a departure — and a first — for the French Académie, they nominated American actress Kristen Stewart for her supporting turn in that Cannes competition entry. (Adrien Brody won the Best Actor prize in 2003 for The Pianist.) There are also six nominations for late 2014 release La Famille Bélier. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Egyptian Amr Waked has been cast in the forthcoming sci-fi action thriller Geostorm.According to The Hollywood Reporter Waked will play the head of security on the international space station.Geostorm’s plot centres around catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy life on Earth as climate control satellites look set to cause a massive storm.Waked is a big star in Egypt and was seen in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and more recently in Luc Besson’s Lucy. Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.The movie is currently filming in New Orleans with Dean Devlin (who was a producer on […] »
- James Wray
It’s rare these days to find a sci-fi that doesn’t bog you down in condescending exposition for the first half an hour, boring you senseless with background and character history to the point that you’re unlikely to care all that much when the story proper kicks in. Last year’s Lucy was a prime example of this: the movie kept explaining its ridiculous plot to you despite the fact that no-one’s ever gone into a Luc Besson movie expecting complex, intelligent storytelling. 2014′s other sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, however, is a masterclass in understatement and trusting the audience to comprehend the story without it being spoon-fed to them.
I say all this because, thankfully, Ex Machina is much closer to the latter than the former in its storytelling. Though there is a lot more dialogue. »
- Mark Allen
★★★★☆ In recent years, Luc Besson has become most recognisable for churning out a raft of money-spinning but largely forgettable euro-flavoured actioners from his EuropaCorp studio. That has been to the detriment of his own directorial output (which has become increasingly lacklustre of late), and then along comes this screamingly ridiculous, hugely entertaining pulpy sci-fi yarn, Lucy (2014). It plays like an amped up version of Limitless (2011), rebranded as a frenetic, anything-goes comic book jaunt with a smattering of anthropological, David Attenborough-like inserts. This is a mesmerising return to form for the filmmaker, crafted with an eccentric playfulness evident in his earlier (and best) work.
- CineVue UK
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Annabelle (horror prequel of The Conjuring; Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard; rated R) The Boxtrolls (animated; voices: Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan; also available in 3D; rated PG) Lucy (sci-fi/action directed by Luc Besson; Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman; rated R) Dear White People (comedy; Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris; rated R) Laggies (comedy; Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz; rated R) The Mule (crime film...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
“There’s too many guns out there. Especially in America,” the action star said while promoting his latest movie
The firearm supplier for “Taken 3″ has said it “regrets its decision” to participate in the production, and plans on boycotting any future projects starring Liam Neeson in wake of the actor’s comments about gun control in the United States.
“Para USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film ‘Taken 3.’ While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of »
- Greg Gilman
A two-time Oscar winner with a Golden Globe under his belt and a Palme d'Or nomination to top it off, Sean Penn's next career move? Starring in the kind of movie we'd expect from Liam Neeson. Indeed, "The Gunman" is directed by Pierre Morel who helmed the original "Taken," and so it's no surprise that a lot of that DNA is found in this film, which is shockingly not produced by Luc Besson (Joel Silver gets those honors). Anyway, the bonafides of this one are somewhat better. Firstly, it's based on a book, so perhaps there's a bit more thematic depth, and the cast has guys like Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, chewing the grizzled scenery along with Penn. But the story? You've probably heard it before. A former military operative has some dangerous information, some people want him dead, and he must engage his special skills to survive. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When director Luc Besson wrote the first version of the script for Lucy 10 years ago, he intended for the action to be set in Taipei, Taiwan. He had gone to the city in 1997 on a promotional tour for The Fifth Element and loved the people and the feel of the city. When the time came to scout locations for this action-thriller, the filmmakers considered a few different Asian cities in which to film the picture — for budget and logistical purposes. Says Besson: “The funny thing is that, in the end, we shot in Taipei and picked the … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
This week is a big one for sci-fi fans, as several fantastic films from 2014 are making their home entertainment debuts, including The Zero Theorem, Lucy and Coherence. Horror fans have a lot to look forward to as well with the releases of several notable titles like Wolves, Annabelle and Gnome Alone, which looks to be a hoot of a genre send-up.
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
Wolves (Ketchup, DVD)
- Heather Wixson
This week: Girls night out with Lucy and Annabelle; Oscar-nominated The Boxtrolls; and for his last movie, James Gandolfini goes back to the mob in The Drop. ► Before she gets into her Black Widow tights again, Scarlett Johansson plays a different type of superhero in Luc Besson.s mindbending Lucy. Forced into being a drug mule, she.s kicked in the abdomen while held captive, releasing a synthetic new drug into her system. It starts »
- John Law
"American Sniper" continued its spectacular national rollout taking in an estimated $108.7 million over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. That makes it the no.1 opening in January of all-time and the no. 2 opening among R-rated films following "The Matrix Reloaded." The Oscar player is also the biggest debut for both star Bradley Cooper and the film's legendary 84-year-old director Clint Eastwood. It should easily retain the top spot for next weekend. With most of the nation's kids out of school today, "Paddington" is expected to jump to second place for the four-day weekend taking in an estimated $25.2 million. The critically acclaimed family film has already earned $147.3 million around the world. The Kevin Hart and Josh Gad buddy comedy "The Wedding Ringer" snagged an estimated $24.5 million over the frame for third. That's somewhat disappointing considering how much Hart promoted the comedy and in comparison to "Ride Along's" massive debut exactly a year ago. »
- Gregory Ellwood
20th Century Fox
Public transport is a reluctant necessity for most of us. It’s a dull, dreary, forgettable everyday experience for thousands of commuters all over the world, whose minds are clouded with a thousand other thoughts about anything other than the journey they’re taking. When it comes to the movies though, commuting can look a little different.
Public transport has a natural gravitational pull for the movies, given how it sandwiches a bunch of strangers together in an enclosed space. All that’s missing is for some sort of disaster to strike and Bam! – you’ve got yourself a Hollywood thriller screenplay.
There have been some distinctly memorable individual scenes on public transport in film; from the rapid subway fight scenes in The Matrix, all the way back to where two strangers met on a train in Hitchcock’s classic from 1951. There have even been some movies »
- Gaz Lloyd
Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.
Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.
Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).
In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference, attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.
“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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