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Benelux Distributor Belga Films Goes Into Production, Exhibition (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Belgium’s second biggest distributor, the 79-year old Belga Films, is getting ready to step into English-language production and exhibition.

Fabrice Delville, founder and managing director of Belga Production and Belga Productions, said the company is currently developing a roster of mainstream English-language movies and will deliver one to two pics per year. Although the films won’t have to be creatively linked to Belgium, they’ll either shoot or do post-prod there.

The strategic shift will complement Belga’s distribution business and film financing. The company, which has outperformed Warner, Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount and Universal for the last three years, is the Netherlands’ top distributor of indie movies. It has output deals with EuropaCorp and Lionsgate and releases about 20 films per year — 90% of which are English-language fare, notably “Paddington,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Hunger Games” series and “Sicario.”

The outfit will also be launching a multiplex of »

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EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert’s Death Stuns Cannes

13 May 2016 9:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert’s sudden death at the age of 51 from lung cancer stunned the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

In life, the dashing executive, whose penchant for expensive suits, relationships with top French politicians, such as former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and hot temper, rubbed some the wrong way. However, his death softened any lingering ill will. Along the Croisette, executives expressed shock or sadness for Lambert’s family. He leaves a wife, Marie Sara, the bullfighter, and four children.

Some said that they were too shaken to speak coherently. Those who released statements or worked with Lambert chose to emphasize the personal side of the hard-charging executive.

“He was, first and foremost, an incredibly devoted father and husband, and his family was most important to him; that will be his legacy,” said Tucker Tooley, the former Relativity president who helped establish a joint venture with EuropaCorp. »

- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang

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Ten Names You Need To Know In The Arab Film Industry

13 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

These actors, filmmakers and auteurs are making a big splash in entertainment.

Mohamed Hefzy

Egypt’s most innovative indie producer, his Film Clinic co-produced Cannes Un Certain Regard opener “Clash.”

Amr Waked

The Arab actor with the most international star power, Waked played the French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy” and will soon be seen in Gerard Butler’s sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm.” He is also a producer, developing a feature based on former Al Jazeera English journo Mohamed Fahey’s upcoming memoir “The Marriott Cell.”

Dora Bouchoucha

Tunisian producer, most recently of newcomer Mohamed Ben Attia’s “Hedi”

Alaa Karkouti Head of Mad Solutions, the Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based marketing and distribution outfit that is pioneering micro-release strategies and social media campaigns

Elia Suleiman

Palestinian auteur and artistic director of the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra incubator for Arab cinema known for his works with surreal comic tones about Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Christophe Lambert Dies: Former EuropaCorp CEO Was 51

13 May 2016 4:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Christophe Lambert, the former advertising executive and right hand to Luc Besson, has died. French media is reporting that Lambert passed away in Marseille after a cancer diagnosis earlier this year. He was 51. Lambert left his post as CEO at Besson’s EuropaCorp in February and was replaced by former Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger. The news was a surprise at the time, especially given he and Besson had put together funding and a strong game plan to take EuropaCo… »

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Ex-EuropaCorp chief Christophe Lambert dies aged 51

13 May 2016 3:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former studio executive credited with internationalisation of EuropaCorp dies following illness.

News of Lambert’s death came less than three months after he stepped down as CEO of Luc Besson’s Paris-based major EuropaCorp, which issued a statement saying he had “decided to devote himself to a personal project.”

French media reported he had died of an aggressive form of lung cancer in a hospital in Marseilles, after being diagnosed with the illness in March, weeks after his departure from EuropaCorp.

The former advertising executive took over the reins of managing director at EuropaCorp in 2010, having originally become associated with the company through the advertising and product placement agency Blue, which he set up with Besson as a 50:50 partnership in 2008.

During his five-and-a-half years at the helm, Lambert pushed through the completion of Besson’s long-cherished Cité du Cinéma and Paris Studios project, and expanded the company’s international remit with partnerships with the likes of Fundamental »

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Former EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert Dies at 51

13 May 2016 3:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 51.

A representative for EuropaCorp said that Lambert was diagnosed with lung cancer in March. He died overnight Thursday.

“The entire Europacorp is shocked, saddened and horrified by the death of Christophe Lambert,” Edouard de Vesinne, co-ceo of EuropaCorp, told Variety. De Vesinne, who was recently appointed, said EuropaCorp had no previous knowledge of Lambert’s terminal illness.

“We’ve just learned about the death of Christophe Lambert. In these terrible moments, the EuropaCorp family mourns his passing. EuropaCorp and all its collaborators are presenting their condolences to Marie Sara (his wife), children, family and his close ones,” said EuropaCorp in a statement.

Former Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger replaced Lambert as chief executive of the international production and distribution company last February. There was speculation at the time that Lambert was ousted. He insisted that he left his EuropaCorp job voluntarily. »

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Watch Francis Ng In Big Budget Chinese/French Fantasy Action Film ‘ The Warriors Gate ‘

12 May 2016 4:57 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Matthias Hoene’s “Warrior’s Gate,” scripted by Luc Besson and Robert Kamen is a Chinese-French film fantasy film starring Francis NgDave Bautista, Mark Zhao, Ni Ni, Uriah Shelton, and Sienna Guillory.

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The film is co-produced by China’s Fundamental Films alongside Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, with Fundamental Films fully financing the project and EuropaCorp handling international sales.

Source: Variety, HKCinema »

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WB Shifts 'Godzilla' and DC Release Dates & Sets Fourth Untitled 'Event' Film

11 May 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Warner Bros. has updated their release schedule, adjusting the previous date for Godzilla 2 as well as setting a release date for Godzilla vs. Kong. Additionally, one of their Untitled DC Films (presumed to be Green Lantern Corps) has moved back a month while they've adding yet another untitled Event Film. Prepare to adjust your calendars accordingly. First off, Godzilla 2 has moved from its previous June 8, 2018 release, where it would have faced off against Transformers 6, and moved to March 22, 2019. The March 2019 date arrives two weeks after Marvel's Captain Marvel and is currently shared with Paramount's Amusement Park. The studio's mashup of Godzilla vs. Kong was previously set for an undisclosed 2020 release date, but has now been confirmed for May 29, 2020, a date the film currently occupies all on its own. The two films will come on the heels of 2014's Godzilla, which opened in mid-May and grossed over $529 million worldwide, and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, »

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Kering Topper Francois-Henri Pinault Puts Women-Focused Initiatives Front and Center

10 May 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the helm of luxury powerhouse Kering since 2005, Brittany-born billionaire businessman Francois-Henri Pinault signed a landmark deal with Cannes Film Festival to launch the Women in Motion program in 2015, at a time when the festival was being attacked for the under-representation of women in the official selection.

Not only did the initiative receive the full endorsement of the fest’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure, it also attracted a bevy of stars and filmmakers — Salma Hayek (Pinault’s wife), Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis and Matthias Schoenaerts, among others — who participated in Women in Motion talks.

Fremaux is also involved in selecting the recipients of the Women in Motion Awards, which last year went to Jane Fonda and Megan Ellison.

The worlds of film and fashion have never been as intertwined as they are today, with actresses signed as the faces of brands and brands recruiting top directors »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’

10 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.

The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.

Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer »

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Pitch Perfect 3 moves up to July 2017

10 May 2016 4:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures had a stellar year in 2015, with the studio grossing almost $7 billion at the worldwide box office, thanks in no small part to Jurassic World, Fast 7 and Minions. But Pitch Perfect 2′s performance was also outstanding given its budget, and it was no shock that a third film was announced almost immediately.

Now news comes in that Pitch Perfect 3 will be coming even earlier than originally scheduled, with the film now set for release on July 21st, 2017 rather than the previously announced August 4th, where it was going up against Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

The move will see the threequel released the same weekend as Luc Besson’s sci-fi actioner Valerian and Dunkirk, the new film from Christopher Nolan. It’s certainly a saturated weekend so don’t be surprised if there is further movement in the coming months.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, stars of the first two movies, »

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Universal Moves Up ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ to July 2017

9 May 2016 5:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the success of the previous installment, Universal is moving quickly on getting “Pitch Perfect 3” to theaters, dating the pic for July 21, 2017.

The studio had originally dated the film for Aug. 4, 2017. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson have already closed deals to return, with Kay Cannon on board to pen the script and Elizabeth Banks set to direct.

The 2012 original grossed $113 million worldwide, while “Pitch Perfect 2” has more than doubled that, grossing $286 million worldwide to date on a $29 million budget.

No plot details have been released currently.

The original film was adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.”

Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Banks and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions are returning to produce.

The film is now pitted to go up against Christopher Nolan’s World War II pic “Dunkirk” starring Harry Styles and Tom Hardy, »

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Cannes: China Co-Prod Event Recruits top China/Europe Players

9 May 2016 1:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Cannes film market’s first China Co-Production Day has recruited a roster of top execs comprising Jerry Ye, CEO of Huayi Brothers Pictures, Vincent Grimond, president of France’s Wild Bunch, and TrustNordisk/Zentropa China chief Rikke Ennis, for its panel on co-productions between Europe and China.

Denmark’s TrustNordisk/Zentropa recently teamed up with China’s Jetavana Entertainment and Sheng-Wei Media on co-prod, “My Best Friend Andersen,” which will mark the directorial debut of hitmaking Chinese scribe-turned helmer Shu Huan (“Lost in Thailand,” “Lost in Hong Kong”).

The Marche du Film’s new China china co-prod initiative stems from a collaboration between France’s Centre National de la Cinematographie (Cnc) and Bridging the Dragon, the growing platform that seeks to forge closer strategic ties between film industries in Europe and China. The event will take place May 13 at the Espace Cnc on the Gray d’Albion Beach.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes: Clive Owen, Jessica Biel Starring in Drama ‘Invisible’

6 May 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clive Owen and Jessica Biel have come on board Danis Tanovic’s upcoming drama “Invisible,” which will begin shooting in London in October.

Good Films is financing and Miriam Segal is producing. Good Universe is handling worldwide sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers next week in Cannes.

Tena Stivicic (“The World’s Greatest Monster”) is writing the script, adapting her original play of the same name.

Owen and Biel will play a couple who, despite their perfect lives, find themselves wanting more. The story will also examine several people on the other side of London, who have each travelled from faraway lands and put their lives on the line to seek out better opportunities than their homeland can offer.

The vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of class, identity and belonging in “Invisible,” which examines the true cost that the pursuit of happiness can take. »

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Clive Owen, Jessica Biel attached to 'Invisible'

6 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The pair are attached to star in Danis Tanovic’s drama from Good Films, which Good Universe brings to worldwide buyers in Cannes.

Production on Invisible is set to begin in London in October. Miriam Segal produces for Good Films.

Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic will adapt the screenplay from her play of the same name about the lives of immigrants in London.

Owen will next be seen in Luc Besson’s action Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, while Biel recently starred in David O. Russell’s Accidental Love.

Tanovic won the Fipresci Prize and Silver Berlin Bear in February for Death In Sarajevo.

Good Films and Good Universe are also collaborating on Dakota Fanning starrer The Postcard Killings, which Janusz Kaminski will direct. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kering and the Festival de Cannes Poster 2016 'Women in Motion'

5 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The second edition of the 'Women in Motion' program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given.

During her Talk on 22 May 2015, the actress addressed the impact gender discrimination had on budget negotiations for female filmmakers, the lack of money being one of the main issues faced within the industry. Frances McDormand made her point hit home:

"We don't need help, we need money. We don't need more initiatives; we need money."

"Women in motion - it's done! We are moving, we just need to catch up."

Read more on SydneysBuzz about the inaugural sessions of Women in Motion, Cannes 2015.

Launched jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in 2015 as part of an official five year partnership, the 'Women in Motion' program celebrates women's talent in cinema. In keeping with the first edition, the 'Women in Motion' program will be comprised of its two founding pillars: the 'Women in Motion' Talks and the 'Women in Motion' Awards.

The Talks will be announced ahead of the Festival, and will highlight the contribution of women and discuss their role in the film industry.

In addition to the Talks, the first 'Women in Motion' Award will reward the exemplary contribution of a laureate to both the film industry and women's causes. The second Award will be attributed to one or several up-and-coming talents in the film industry, chosen from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015.

To watch Frances McDormand's Talk on 22 May 2015 visit Here

"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the program of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year. In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.

With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies." -François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group

The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film

Taking place as morning sessions throughout the entire competition, this year’s ‘Women in Motion’ Talks will welcome guests from outside the film industry to enrich the discussions about the place and contribution of women in cinema and underline solutions which would make the industry more representative.

· During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

· In addition to the talks, the 69th Cannes International Film Festival will also be marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards.

· In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.

· In 2016, the first award will be presented to a laureate who has made an exemplary contribution to both the film industry and women’s causes. The first award winner will then be offered the chance to choose the recipient(s) of the second award, intended to support up-and-coming talents in the film industry, from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015. The second award will be accompanied by financial support for an ongoing film project.

· The awards will be presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux

A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema

Kering and cinema

· From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: “Desert Flower” by Sherry Hormann (2009), “Home” by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), “Brave Miss World” by Cecilia Peck (2013), and “Ice and Sky” by Luc Jacquet (2015).

· Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.

· Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).

Kering and women

· Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.

About Kering

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, and Cobra. By 'empowering imagination' in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously Ppr) share is listed on Euronext Paris (Fr 0000121485, Ker.Pa, Ker.Fp). »

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Cannes: Hollywood Drives Europe to All-Time $8.2 Billion Box Office High

4 May 2016 1:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Propelled by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Minions,” “Spectre” and “Jurassic World,” the European Union’s box office hit an all-time high of €7.3 billion ($8.2 billion) in 2015, a robust 16% up on 2014, per an advance of a Cannes Film Market report, using European Audiovisual Observatory data, Focus 2016: World Film Market Trends.

At 976 million, ticket sales climbed 7.4% vs. 2014, repping the second highest level in the E.U. in the last 10 years, only bested by 2009, the year of “Avatar.”

In what the report’s advance calls “the most homogenous growth trend observed across territories in past ten years,” all 28 member states without exception of the European Union registered at uptick in gross box office. Increases were sometimes dramatic: Box office shot up by 30% and more than €400 million ($448 million) vs. 2014 in the U.K. and Ireland and by 19% and €187 million ($210 million) in Germany, here to an all-time national record of €1.167 billion ($1.3 billion).

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Andrew Niccol’s 'Anon' heads to Cannes

29 April 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sierra/Affinity heads to the Croisette with international rights to the sci-fi thriller to star Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried.

Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur of K5 Film are producing Anon with Niccol and K5 Media Group is financing.

CAA arranged financing and will represent North American rights to the project, currently in pre-production in New York and Toronto ahead of an anticipated July 11 start.

Anon takes place in near-future devoid of privacy, ignorance or anonymity where private memories are recorded and crime has almost been eradicated.

Owen will play a man trying to solve a string of murders who stumbles upon The Girl (Seyfried), a young woman without history or identity who may become the next victim.

“Teaming up with Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg on Anon just feels right as we are focusing more on production again,” said Simon and Baur. “We love their energy and enthusiasm for Andrew’s vision and are very happy »

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'Tommy's Honour' world premiere to open Edinburgh fest

27 April 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Peter Mullan stars as golfing pioneer Tom Morris.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) has announced that the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour will open the 70th edition of the festival on June 15.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Tommy’s Honour is based on the true story of golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son Tommy.

Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith, War Horse) and Jack Lowden (War & Peace) take on the roles of father and son and lead a ensemble cast including Ophelia Lovibond (Man Up), Peter Ferdinando (Hyena) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in the role of Alexander Boothby. Key cast are set to be in attendance on opening night.

Director Jason Connery said: “It’s so exciting! I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Natalie Portman: five best moments

22 April 2016 2:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Oscar-winner’s troubled western Jane Got a Gun finally hits cinemas this week. But what have been her career highlights?

At the age of just 12, Natalie Portman was easily the best thing about Luc Besson’s powerful thriller Leon – and we’re talking about a film where Gary Oldman plays a Beethoven-obsessed junkie cop.

It was a star-making performance, with depth and genuine emotion, catapulting her into Hollywood and kicking off a career of mixed fortunes. She may have picked the wrong franchises (thankless roles in the Star Wars prequels and Thor films), but she’s won an Oscar and plaudits as both a producer and director.

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- Benjamin Lee

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