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3 items from 2006

Truly, Madly, Delpy

18 August 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > 2 Days in Paris > Julie Delpy > Bathory > Before Sunset > Broken Flowers There are many reasons to love Julie Delpy. She’s gorgeous, talented (writer, director, actor, singer, smoker extraordinaire), and French (how can you not like that accent?). Now the Parisian artiste has given us one more reason to love her – 2 Days in Paris. No, it’s not a contest from Travelocity; it’s Deply’s new screenplay in preproduction. Deply, who received an Oscar nom in screenwriting for Before Sunset, will direct, edit, and star opposite Adam Goldberg. The film follows Marion (Deply) and Jack (Goldberg), neurotic New Yorkers, who take a 2 day vacation to try and reconnect. The stressed-out couple make a misguided attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance in Paris -- Marion's birthplace as well as the home of several of her ex-boyfriends and high-maintenance, non-English-speaking parents. While the idea of Deply and »

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The Legend of Lucy Keyes

1 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SANTA BARBARA -- Bad things happen to good city folk when they move to the sticks -- a standard setup that unfolds with lukewarm results in "The Legend of Lucy Keyes".

Screenwriter-director John Stimpson constructs a contemporary mystery around documented events that took place 250 years ago in central Massachusetts, where he lives and, along with other residents, has experienced the presence of an otherworldly being. The good-looking, low-budget film, shot on digital high-def in Princeton, Mass., site of the titular legend, captures some of those chills. But it's neither chilling nor convincing enough to spell much of a theatrical future for "Lucy Keyes", which world-premiered recently at the Santa Barbara film fest.

Jeanne and Guy Cooley (Julie Delpy, Justin Theroux) are trying the rural life for two reasons: He has been hired by the bossy, patrician Samantha (Brooke Adams) to design a wind-power project, and, as the script gradually reveals, the Cooleys need a therapeutic change of scenery after the death of their youngest daughter. Tween Molly (Kathleen Regan) has little patience for her young sister, Lucy (Cassidy Hinkle), who takes a more impulsive approach to the former farm they are inhabiting, quickly connecting with something unseen.

Hinkle has large, striking eyes like Delpy, whose Jeanne is ultra-alert to rattling doors and apparitions and in some ways as ethereal a presence as the ghost she senses. But while her disconnect from Guy (a natural performance by Theroux) makes sense, the tension between them reads as lack of chemistry.

Guy laughs off the ghost tales while dealing with local resistance to the windmills. According to chief opponent Gretchen Caswell (Jamie Donnelly), they would disturb the sacred site on Wachusett Mountain where Martha Keyes still searches for her daughter Lucy, who disappeared there in 1755. Taking a less reasoned tack, emotionally unstable farmer Jonas Dodd Mark Boone Junior) deploys foul-smelling clam bellies and bloody pig heads in a subtle effort to discourage his neighbors from getting too comfy.

Although Stimpson's depiction of Lucy and Jeanne's restless nights is not very original, he does tap into the intense mother-daughter bond at the heart of this haunting. Present-day mother and daughter uncover a centuries-old New England version of the Hatfields and McCoys, the revelations building toward a credulity-taxing climax. »

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Schepisi set to lead jury at Bangkok fest

25 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director Fred Schepisi has been named president of the international jury for the Bangkok International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 17-27. The jury also includes actor-director Charles Dance, actor-screenwriter Julie Delpy, actor Nancy Kwan, producer Donald Ranvaud and director Pantham Thongsang. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Thai film Invisible Waves will screen as the opening-night film, and Chris Columbus' Rent has been selected for the closing-night gala. »

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