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7 items from 2017


Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

18 September 2017 11:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Olivier Assayas to Preside Over Jury of Locarno Film Festival’s 70th Edition

29 June 2017 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Olivier Assayas, the French director/screenwriter of “Personal Shopper” and “Clouds of Sils Maria,” will preside over the international jury of the 70th edition of Locarno Film Festival.

One of Europe’s most critically acclaimed auteurs, Assayas won Cannes’ director prize last year for “Personal Shopper,” a supernatural drama with Kristen Stewart. “Clouds of Sils Maria” also competed at Cannes and earned Stewart a Cesar for best actress. Most recently, Assayas penned the script of Roman Polanski’s “Based on a True Story” which played out of competition at this year’s Cannes.

“As an auteur for whom formal research is tied to narrative requirements, Assayas has proved adept at always bringing out the talent of his cast,” the Locarno festival said, citing the “remarkable female roles played by actresses such as Emmanuelle Béart, Maggie Cheung, Virginie Ledoyen, Connie Nielsen and Kristen Stewart.”

Assayas’ international jury will select the winner of the festival’s Grand Prize »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Olivier Assayas Named President of Locarno Festival Jury

29 June 2017 2:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Writer and director Olivier Assayas has been named president of the international jury of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

Assayas directed Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she became the first American actress to win a Cesar award. He recently teamed up with Stewart again for Personal Shopper, which won him the best director honor last year in Cannes. 

He has worked with a variety of leading actresses throughout his career, including Emmanuelle Beart, Maggie Cheung, Virginie Ledoyen and Connie Nielsen.

Assayas, in conjunction with the international jury, will pick the winner of the festival’s grand prize, the »

- Ariston Anderson

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Former Pathe Toppers Romain Le Grand, Vivien Aslanian Launch Marvelous Prods. (Exclusive)

20 May 2017 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian, the duo at the helm of Pathe for 19 years before exiting in 2016, are launching new banner Marvelous Prods.

Le Grand and Aslanian are partnering with Marco Pacchioni, producer and founder of Master Movies. Pacchioni produced “Alone in Berlin” (pictured) with Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, and co-produced Virginie Despentes’s “Bye Bye Blondie” with Emmanuelle Beart.

Marvelous Prods. will produce and co-produce content for film, TV and web formats. Since Pathe was solely involved in features, Le Grand and Aslanian did not produce TV drama, unlike the big film groups in France.

Marvelous is currently developing 10 projects and expects its first titles in theaters in 2018.

At Pathe, Le Grand and Aslanian produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies, such as “Les Tuches” and “Camping,” as well as “Back to Mom” and “One Man and His Cow,” which were all highly successful at the local box office. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

21 February 2017 1:40 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Being called the French Hitchcock does Claude Chabrol a disservice, as his dark thrillers approach mystery and suspense almost completely through character, not cinematics. These three very good 1990s productions are completely different in tone and approach, and each showcases a stunning French actress.

Betty, Torment (L’enfer), The Swindle (Rien ne vas plus)

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

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1992,1994,1997 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 103, 102, 105 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 49.99

Starring Marie Trintignant, Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht; Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, Dora Doll; Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer.

Cinematography: Bernard Zitermann; Bernard Zitermann, Eduardo Serra

Film Editor: Monique Fardoulis (x3)

Original Music: Matthieu Chabrol (x3)

Written by Claude Chabrol from a novel by Georges Simenon; Claude Chabrol from a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot; Claude Chabrol

Produced by Marin Karmitz (x3)

Directed by Claude Chabrol (x3)

Not all Claude Chabrol films are equal, but »

- Glenn Erickson

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41 trailer scenes that didn’t make the final film

6 February 2017 3:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017

Star Wars, Terminator 2, Fantastic Beasts and more: they all have scenes in the trailer, that never made the final film...

More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important. 

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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »

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Sociopsychological Drama with Central Gay Character, French Film Icon Top Nsfc Choices

7 January 2017 9:04 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »

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