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Paris — Douglas Kennedy, a critically-acclaimed American novelist known for his keen eye, is set to make his TV drama debut with France’s Ab Groupe and indie producer Sydney Gallonde, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kennedy will adapt two of his best-selling novels, “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “A Special Relationship.” Ab Groupe, a vertically-integrated media group which runs France’s largest paybox, is co-producing, financing and handling international sales.
The two TV adaptations are being produced by Gallonde’s Vab Production. An up-and-coming French producer, Gallonde recently got another high-profile American novelist, Harlan Coben, to write his first TV show — an adaptation of his book “No Second Chance” — for Gaul’s top commercial network TF1.
Kennedy is currently writing the treatment for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The book will likely be turned into an eight episode, hourlong drama series, per Kennedy. The show will shoot in English with an Anglo-Saxon cast. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Following the success of Bob Geldof’s latest Band Aid effort to fight Ebola, France will soon have its own charity Christmas tune. Former first lady and current Bvlgari model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will lead the effort, to be called Christmas is Here (Noel est la). She will be joined by French music and film stars, including Vanessa Paradis, Lou Doillon, Cesar-winner Izia Higelin and popular rapper-turned-actor Joey Starr. Singer and composer Jean-Louis Albert, who scored 2008’s I’ve Loved you So Long starring Kristin Scott Thomas, and French Idol (Nouvelle Star) winner Christophe Willem will also participate, according
- Rhonda Richford
My Old Lady, 2014.
Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz.
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris riding the fumes of his last few dollars. Landing in the French capital looking to sell on a spacious apartment he has inherited, Mathias discovers Mathilde (Maggie Smith) a resident in situ and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas). Initial efforts to sell uncover that the apartment is in in fact a viager, a French method of real estate exchange whereby you only own a property after the current owner’s death. Mathias is therefore forced to pay Mathilde a set figure every month or lose all claims to his inheritance. These darkly comic perimeters lay the groundwork for an assured directorial debut. A subtlety drawn character »
- Gary Collinson
François Ozon seems to be fascinated by what makes writers tick. And he loves to prod the viewer to reconsider his/her mental evaluation of fiction and reality as they watch his later films.
Many viewers are likely to initially consider the superb tale of In the House to be solely Ozon’s creative work; it is not. In the House appears to be almost totally leaning on the product of a contemporary Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga titled The Boy in the Last Row, if one goes by the reviews of the play. It is, thus, not a coincidence that the French film went on to win the well-deserved Golden Shell (the grand prize) and the Jury prize for Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian film Festival in Spain. Then why is the film important, if almost all the credit rests with the play on which the film is built? »
- Jugu Abraham
Sight on Earth On Gone Girl's women... "Psycho Bitch: Qu'est-ce que C'est?"
Awards Circuit Power Hour Actress Oscar categories with Nathaniel R (c'est moi) as guest
In Contention looks at the Best Original Song race
Vulture Most Valuable Stars List methodology...
Vulture 100 Most Valuable Stars rankings with JLaw up top followed by the usuals Rdj, Leo, Bullock... but what's far far more interesting is the lower tiers like Jake Gyllenhaal at 57 'The Modest Movie Star' and Anna Kendrick at 98 'The Songbird' and some inexplicably high placements like Mila Kunis at 37 'The Ingenue in Intermission'
Yahoo funny piece on Britney Spears terror-laden smiles
Wired has a Disney cover and I'm only linking because shouldn't Wired of all places do a little something more creative with an interactive cover than Youtube links? I mean...
BFI is Paris the animation capital of the world for art-driven cartoons?
Esquire "films stupid people think are clever" shameless click bait! »
- NATHANIEL R
A low quality version of this trailer for Suite Francaise, a movie that was originally considered to be a possible Oscar contender at the beginning of the year, premiered last week, but now a high quality, HD version has arrived, previewing the World War II era feature starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Sam Riley and Matthias Schoenaerts among many, many others. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the film is set in France, 1940, the first days of occupation, and the beautiful Lucile Angellier (Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. »
- Brad Brevet
France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news »
- Ryan Adams
The World War II drama is set in France in 1940.
A woman (Williams) awaiting news of her prisoner of war husband is forced to share her home with an unwelcome German officer (Schoenaerts).
Despite warnings to avoid him, she finds herself falling in love with the man, a romance that may end in tragedy.
Suite Française will arrive in the UK on January 23. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit Us screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as »
- Gem Seddon
Where’s The Weinstein Company’s “Suite Francaise,” a movie many assumed would be an Oscar player? Well, it will make its world premiere at the American Film Market, among 90 other premieres, in November. And Afm is for buyers and distributors, so it’s the opposite of the splashy premiere that you might expect from TWC. In fact, if you’re being cynical or conspiracy theory-like, you might think they're trying to unload the picture since they already own it. But that's nothing but speculation for now. Regardless, the picture stars Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts as two diametrically opposed people who embark on a forbidden affair. Set during World War II, during the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, Williams plays a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier (Schoenaerts) stationed to look over her township. Co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, the film is »
- Edward Davis
Curiously absent from the fall film festival slate is the World War II drama Suite Française, but then again, The Weinstein Company seems to be putting all of their eggs in The Imitation Game basket. Thankfully we’ll be seeing the project, starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, sooner than expected, as it’ll be hitting U.K. theaters early […] »
- Leonard Pearce
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
Uma Thurman's former fiancé, French financier Arpad Busson, has filed suit in Manhattan over custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Luna. The actress, who lives in New York City, began dating the London-based multimillionaire in 2007 after meeting at a dinner in Milan, two years after she and actor Ethan Hawke divorced. She has two children with Hawke - Maya, 16, and Levon, 12. "It is unfortunate that this very private discussion regarding Mr. Busson's visitation rights and his participation in decision making has been made public," a spokesperson for Thurman tells People in a statement. "However, we are optimistic that a fair »
- By K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777
By Anjelica Oswald
Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.
Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:
War-themed best picture winners »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.
Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her »
- Anjelica Oswald
Further cementing a fruitful professional partnership after their successful collaborations on The Seagull, Betrayal and Old Times in London and New York, Kristin Scott Thomas and director Ian Rickson come up with the goods again for Electra, a powerhouse rendition of Sophocles’ classic tragedy. Staged in the round at London's Old Vic using Frank McGuinness’ 1997 adaptation of the text, the production strikes a smart balance between antiquity and modernity. Sparse, period-suggestive but not literal design and eerie music (by rock star Pj Harvey) rub up against instantly accessible performances, stippled with surprisingly effective moments of humor. Thomas rightly
- Leslie Felperin
★★★★☆French director Philippe Claudel's noirish new thriller Before the Winter Chill (2013), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil, follows the fortunes of middle-aged couple who find their marriage threatened by a troubled young woman. Paul (Auteuil) is a successful surgeon, popular with the staff at his clinic and his patients. His wife Lucie (Scott Thomas) spends her days tending their impressively large garden, baby-sitting their grand-daughter and visiting her depressed sister who is often sectioned. When red roses start arriving for Paul at the clinic and at home, the cracks in their marriage begin to appear. Lucie is obviously bored and isolated by her husband's career and long hours.
- CineVue UK
The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer.
Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect, while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.
Chris Terrio ("Argo") is adapting the script for this version and will reportedly have to do more work on it before Neeson will officially attach himself. It will happen, but is probably a little while off yet.
The film follows Guillaume Canet's well-regarded and internationally successful »
- Garth Franklin
Kirsten Dunst is comfortable with a few extra pounds.The actress opens up to Net-a-porter magazine, where she reveals that's she's gained some weight since being in a relationship with boyfriend Garrett Hedlund. "I’ve got a little bit more of a tummy now, so although I own about 20 pairs of jeans, I’ll wear the same three for a year because the rest are from when I was skinnier," tells the mag. Kirsten Dunst Talks Child Stars: "The Transition Doesn't Happen To Many Of Us"I guess if I wasn’t comfortable and in a relationship I’d be thinner. When you’re with someone, you eat so much more and you chill out a bit – but I don’t criticize myself more than is healthy, because there’s such a lot of that, isn’t there? Whether it’s girls among themselves or gossip magazines, it’s all »
- tooFab Staff
Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas are three of my favorite actors. If you share that opinion, I think you’ll agree that watching My Old Lady is time well spent, even though the film leaves something to be desired. Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2002 play, which starts out with great promise and a lighthearted tone. It grows more serious as the story unfolds and reveals all too clearly its origins as a stage piece. The premise is certainly auspicious. Financially and emotionally impoverished Kline arrives in Paris to claim his inheritance, a spacious and desirable apartment, only to find that his father purchased the ...
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- Leonard Maltin
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