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Julie Delpy: ‘Women were bred to be directors’

Declining the sexual advances of a Hollywood director early in her career earned Delpy an enduring reputation for being ‘difficult’. She talks about how, despite her successes, she is still battling misogyny in the film industry today

Julie Delpy is angry. Right now, the French actor and director should be up to her neck in spreadsheets. For three years, she has worked night and day “fighting, fighting, fighting” to get her sixth film as a writer-director, My Zoe, financed. The script is the best thing she has ever written, she says, a mother-daughter drama “with a crazy third act”. The plan was to shoot this spring, but in November, the night before Thanksgiving, a financier pulled out at the 11th hour, spooked she believes, by a “sexist” American lawyer advising him. “My God, the guy was like a poison.”

So here we are, drinking tea in a fancy Paris hotel a few days before Christmas.
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Lior Ashkenazi on 2018 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Lior Ashkenazi: "I admire David Bowie. The thing he had the biggest success with, let's say Ziggy Stardust, and then he changed to something else." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2017, Lior Ashkenazi starred with Richard Gere in Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer and opposite Sarah Adler as the parents of an Israeli soldier (Yonaton Shiray) in Samuel Maoz's Venice International Film Festival Silver Lion winner and Oscar Foreign Language shortlisted film Foxtrot.

Coming up for Lior is his portrayal of Yitzhak Rabin in José Padilha's 7 Days In Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike (Cédric Jimenez's The Man With The Iron Heart, based on Laurent Binet's novel HHhH) and Daniel Brühl, and Julie Delpy's My Zoe with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, and Brühl. In Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers: The Quest Of The Demon Hunter, with Armand Assante,
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Julie Delpy Honored at European Film Awards, Calls Out Sexism in Funding Female Directors

Delpy in “Lolo

Most award winners use all of their time at the podium to breathlessly thank agents and deliver words of inspiration. Not so for Julie Delpy. In a bold and amazing move, the multihyphenate made an important announcement about her next project — and asked for help. Delpy was accepting the European Achievement in World Cinema prize at the European Film Awards (Efa) “when she called on members of the European Film Academy to pony up for her new film, ‘My Zoe,’” The Hollywood Reporter writes. She addressed “the problems completing financing for her new project, planned as her sixth feature as a director.”

As Delpy explained to THR, a key financier of the family drama dropped the project shortly before the film was scheduled to go to prep. She told the award show’s attendees that in order for “My Zoe” to begin shooting as planned early next year,
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The Square leads the winners at the 2017 European Film Awards

The 2017 European Film Awards were presented in Berlin last night, with the satirical Swedish comedy-drama The Square following up its Palme d’Or success at Cannes by taking home six awards in Best European Film, Best Director (Ruben Ostlund), Best Actor (Claes Bang), Best Screenwriter (Ostlund), Best Comedy and Best Production Designer (Josefin Asberg).

Other big winners included Alexandra Borbely (Best Actress for On Body and Soul), Loving Vincent (Best Animated Feature) and Lady Macbeth (Discovery Award). Check out a full list of the winners here…

Best European Film: “The Square

Director: Ruben Ostlund, “The Square

Actor: Claes Bang, “The Square

Actress: Alexandra Borbely, “On Body and Soul

Screenwriter: Ruben Ostlund, “The Square

Documentary: “Communion”

Animated Feature: “Loving Vincent

Comedy: “The Square

People’s Choice Award: “Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe”

Cinematographer: Michail Krichman, “Loveless

Editor: Robin Campillo, “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)”

Production Designer: Josefin Asberg, “The Square

Costume Designer: Katarzyna Lewinska,
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European Film Awards Tip ‘The Square’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Leader

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European Film Awards Tip ‘The Square’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Leader
Ruben Östlund’s “The Square” dominated the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, winning six prizes: European Film, European Director, European Actor (Claes Bang), European Comedy, European Production Design, European Screenwriter. Östlund took to the stage several times, explaining how he wanted his film to tackle serious issues but still be “wild, entertaining and exciting.” He also thanked his breakout star Claes Bang for adding so much to the screenplay.

Read More:European Film Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Big in Near-Sweep at the Continent’s Most Prestigious Awards Ceremony

The European Film Academy is often predictive of the eventual Foreign-Language Oscar: Recent winners include “Ida,” “The Great Beauty” and “Amour.” On the other hand, last year’s winner went to “Toni Erdmann” while Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” took home the Oscar.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” took home awards for European Composer and Cinematography.

Alexandra Borbely won European Actress for Hungarian
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European Film Awards Tip ‘The Square’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Leader

European Film Awards Tip ‘The Square’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Leader
Ruben Östlund’s “The Square” dominated the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, winning six prizes: European Film, European Director, European Actor (Claes Bang), European Comedy, European Production Design, European Screenwriter. Östlund took to the stage several times, explaining how he wanted his film to tackle serious issues but still be “wild, entertaining and exciting.” He also thanked his breakout star Claes Bang for adding so much to the screenplay.

Read More:European Film Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Big in Near-Sweep at the Continent’s Most Prestigious Awards Ceremony

The European Film Academy is often predictive of the eventual Foreign-Language Oscar: Recent winners include “Ida,” “The Great Beauty” and “Amour.” On the other hand, last year’s winner went to “Toni Erdmann” while Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” took home the Oscar.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” took home awards for European Composer and Cinematography.

Alexandra Borbely won European Actress for Hungarian
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Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Sweeps European Film Awards

Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Sweeps European Film Awards
Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Square,” directed by Ruben Ostlund, scooped the best European film, comedy, script, director, and actor prizes at the 30th European Film Awards ceremony, which took place Saturday night in Berlin.

“We wanted to say something important, but we also wanted it to be entertaining and exciting – I think it’s part of a European approach,” said Ostlund upon receiving the prize for best European comedy. The provocative Swedish helmer cited “Toni Erdmann,” last year’s big winner at the European Film Awards, as another film that uses comedy to say something meaningful about humankind and society.

Robin Campillo’s critically acclaimed “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the winner of Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize, took home best editing out of several nominations.

Alexandra Borbely (“On Body and Soul”) won best actress, beating out French stars Isabelle Huppert (“Happy End”) and Juliette Binoche (“Bright Sunshine In”), as well as Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) and
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Julie Delpy Uses European Film Prize to Raise Money for 'My Zoe'

Julie Delpy Uses European Film Prize to Raise Money for 'My Zoe'
Julie Delpy apparently will do whatever it takes to make her movie.

The French actress, director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter turned an awards ceremony into a fundraiser Saturday night when she called on members of the European Film Academy to pony up for her new film, My Zoe.

Delpy was being honored at the 30th European Film Awards with the European Achievement in World Cinema prize. But after thanking the Academy, she turned to more practical matters, discussing the problems completely financing for her new project, planned as her sixth feature as a director.

Delpy this week revealed to...
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European Film Awards: Watch the Live Stream

European Film Awards: Watch the Live Stream
The 30th European Film Awards kick off in a just a few hours, live from the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin.

Several of this season's Oscar contenders — including Ruben Ostlund's The Square starring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, Robin Campillo's French AIDS drama Bpm (Beats per Minute) and Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman — are in contention for the European Film of the Year honor.

French actress/director Julie Delpy will receive this year's Achievement in World Cinema honor.

Those who can't be there in person can check out a...
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Julie Delpy Says "Sexist" Financier Pulls Out of Her Film 'My Zoe' (Exclusive)

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For Julie Delpy, the last couple of weeks have been a rollercoaster.

Delpy was in final preparations for My Zoe, her sixth feature film as a director, when, in late November, a key financier, believed to have committed around 20 percent of the budget, pulled out, giving what Delpy says were “bluntly sexist” reasons.

“Women directors are emotional, women are unreliable,” Delpy told The Hollywood Reporter. “They told me that to my face in a meeting! They made their decision [to pull money from the film] on nothing except the fact I was a woman.”

Delpy has found a smaller new investor, but...
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John Landis’ American Werewolf in London Sequel revealed

David Crow Nov 23, 2017

John Landis revealed his original plans for the An American Werewolf in London sequel, which included the entire original cast coming back.

An American Werewolf in London is one the seminal horror movies of the 1980s, if not all-time. The only lycanthrope film that’s able to stand shoulder to shoulder with The Wolf Man, this 1981 macabre masterwork married 80s sarcasm with Gothic thrills. It is also a movie that writer-director John Landis penned as a teenager about a decade before its release - and obviously had nothing to do with its belated 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris.

Still, it’s widely known that Landis pitched a version of the An American Werewolf in London sequel that was never used, and now he is opening up on what exactly that movie would have looked like. Speaking with author Paul Davis for his new book, Beware the
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J.K. Simmons Dishes on Making Jim Gordon a 'Tough Guy,' Says He's Open to 'Spider-Man' Return (Exclusive)

J.K. Simmons Dishes on Making Jim Gordon a 'Tough Guy,' Says He's Open to 'Spider-Man' Return (Exclusive)
After playing J. Jonah Jameson, the cigar-chomping editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, J.K. Simmons is stepping into the rain-soaked shoes of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon in the hotly anticipated Justice League, and he says he's looking to bring a different kind of ruggedness to the role.

Et's Ashley Crossan recently sat down with the Oscar winner to talk about taking on the iconic role, and Simmons recalled how daunting the opportunity felt when he first met with director Zack Snyder.

"I don't know anything about show business," Simmons hilariously prefaced his account of his first meeting with the blockbuster director. "My agent called and said, 'Zack Snyder wants to meet with you,' and I was like, 'Awesome. Who's that?' And he was like, 'He's like one of the biggest directors.' Not even like, 'This is what it's about,' just, 'Go meet
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Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin to Topline ‘Joueurs’ (Exclusive)

Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin to Topline ‘Joueurs’ (Exclusive)
Tahar Rahim (“The Past,” “A Prophet”) and Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac,” “Redoutables”) are starring in “Joueurs,” a romance-crime drama that takes place in the clandestine gambling club network.

The film marks the directorial debut of Marie Monge, whose short “Marseille la nuit” was nominated for a Cesar in 2014. Michael Gentile at Paris-based The Film, whose credits include Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” is producing.

“Joueurs” revolves around the relationship between a gambling addict and a young woman who falls madly in love with him and will stop at nothing to win his heart.

The key crew includes Paul Guilhaume, the cinematographer of “Ava,” which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.

The script was penned by Monge, Julien Guetta (“Le petit locataire”) and Romain Compingt, the co-writer of Houda Benyamina’s Golden Camera winning “Divines.”

Gentille said Monge developed the script for three years and did extensive research in underground gambling club networks to depict the characters accurately and give them
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Richard Armitage interview: Audible’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, My Zoe, The Hobbit and more

Duncan Bowles Nov 15, 2017

Richard Armitage chats to us about his new audio production, Dracula, The Hobbit, his upcoming projects and more...

Just the other month we had the pleasure of chatting to Richard Armitage when he was promoting Pilgrimage, but as luck (and his productivity) would have it, we were given the opportunity for a catch up about his latest voice performance, with the Audible release of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story comes as part of The Monster Collection, a Gothic trilogy which also includes a reading of Frankenstein by Dan Stevens and Dracula by Greg Wise. There’s also ‘an exclusive introduction by Dr. Maria Mellins and Dr. Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London’ who, strangely enough, are both people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years – it’s a small world indeed.
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J.K. Simmons on Playing a Grieving Widower in 'The Bachelors'

J.K. Simmons on Playing a Grieving Widower in 'The Bachelors'
In his new film The Bachelors, Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons plays a newly widowed father grappling with depression, something he says his life experience prepared him for.

In the film, his character picks up and moves to Los Angeles with his teenage son (played by Josh Wiggins) for a private school teaching job, after the early death of his wife. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women (portrayed by Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush), who help them embrace life and love again.

Simmons tells The Hollywood Reporter his approach to the character was two-fold:...
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The Bachelors Movie Review

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The Bachelors Movie Review
The Bachelors Freestyle Digital Media Director: Kurt Voelker Written by: Kurt Voelker Cast: J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy, Josh Wiggins, Odeya Rush Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 10/2/17 Opens: October 20, 2017 The Holmes and Rahe scale rates from one to a hundred the forty-three causes of stress that could lead to illness. An argument with […]

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Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020

Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020
Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way. ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.

“I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up.
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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Last Flag Flying (2017)

Last Flag Flying, 2017.

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and J. Quinton Johnson.

Synopsis:

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Richard Linklater is a director who specialises in on the cusp, transitional dramas. Dazed and Confused sees a group of college kids on kick out day, the Before trilogy picks up with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters at various crossroads points in their lives, and his masterful Boyhood is one glorious study of identity in transition as the central character grows from the age of 7 to 19 in front of our eyes. Even School of Rock culminates in the heartwarming progression from prep school snotnosers into fully fledged rock gods.
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017

The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017
For movie lovers, October is the gloriously ghoulish time of year when we celebrate one kind of film above all others. That’s right: Biting comedies about dysfunctional New York Jews who finally decide to air their grievances after decades of resentment! Um… well, maybe Netflix didn’t get the memo. It’s not as though the streaming service isn’t scaring up some choice horror titles in time for Halloween (don’t miss “Raw” or “The Cult of Chucky”), but most of the month’s big new additions aren’t exactly in season.

Case in point: The splashiest arrival is a Noah Baumbach film, and it’s safe to say that “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is considerably less frightening than any of the Adam Sandler comedies that Netflix has brought to you before. On the other hand, it’s true that movies can terrify you in a
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‘Last Flag Flying’ Review: Richard Linklater Enlists Superb Ensemble In Dramedy Of War And Words

‘Last Flag Flying’ Review: Richard Linklater Enlists Superb Ensemble In Dramedy Of War And Words
Most war movies offer lots of action, explosions and perilous life-and-death situations, but not Last Flag Flying from director and co-writer Richard Linklater. As he has proven in the past, Linklater is one of the rare filmmakers who loves words and lets them breathe onscreen — think his Before Sunset trilogy in which Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy wander around talking about their relationship for three movies, or the 12-year gestation of his unquestionable masterpiece Boyh…
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