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The Connection (La French), 2014.
Directed by Cédric Jimenez.
French police magistrate Pierre Michel wages an obsessive six-year battle to bring down Marseilles’ infamous “French Connection” drug ring.
A motorcycle weaves through the traffic where it connects with a car where the passengers are executed at point blank range. Meanwhile a police magistrate who is responsible for juveniles tries to convince a teenage female drug addict to go clean and tells his own story of how he was able to overcome his gambling problem. The two storylines become intertwined as the lawyer gets promoted to dismantle an infamous and ruthless drug network which has members of the police force, local and government officials on its payroll; the death of the young girl from an overdose ignites an obsession which will see him bend the rules in an effort to make that justice prevails. »
- Trevor Hogg
With a career spanning thirty years, Viggo Mortensen is one of Hollywood’s most experienced actors. To celebrate the release of his recent film The Two Faces Of January on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD from Monday 15th September, we are taking a look at some of the roles that have made him one of the finest contemporary actors on the planet.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Though Mortensen had enjoyed several roles prior to Crimson Tide this was one of his first truly major roles. Starring alongside Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, Mortensen, as nuclear-submarine weapons lieutenant Peter Ince, adopted the quiet restraint needed to portray an average man who finds himself in a less than average situation. Caught in the power struggle between Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (Washington), one would forgive any actor for letting the two Hollywood heavyweights overshadow him but Mortensen holds his own, delivering »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
With everything being planned for the mega-blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's truly strange that so many fans have become focused on Jesse Eisenberg's hairstyle as Lex Luthor. Some reports say he will have bright red hair, others say he will have shoulder-length bleached blonde hair that is reminiscent of early 90s Kurt Cobain. Some speculate that, like Lex in the early comics, he will have hair that eventually gets burned off in a laboratory experiment.
Jesse Eisenberg isn't giving the secret away, appearing in most paparazzi photos with a rag over his head. Today, we get a new photo of the actor, and guess what? He has hair. But is it his? Or is he trying to conceal his bald head? Take a look at the image in question, which finds the aloof thespian agreeing to a rare photo with fan Nicole Yioupis.
just met jesse »
Ever since Martin Scorsese made Goodfellas, giving the crime thriller a shot of sleek cool and moral complexity that moviegoers had not seen since the days of Delon and Melville, directors have hoped to recreate that film’s bustling energy and unnerving stabs at violence. In the process, many of those filmmakers have just ripped off Scorsese’s stylistic impulses, like electric montages to American rock and roll music, and glorified, sweeping long takes. However, Scorsese’s proclivity to craft absorbing, deeply conflicted heroes and villains is harder for others to master. Case in point: Cédric Jimenez’s stylish but formulaic true-crime thriller The Connection, which makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this week.
The title refers to the infamous “French Connection” heroin ring. Seasoned moviegoers and fans of 1970s cinema know that name from the Oscar-winning thriller with Gene Hackman as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle. Well, that »
- Jordan Adler
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
On the tail of their Blu-ray release of Oliver Stone’s Salvador comes a Twilight Time Blu-ray debut of that other photojournalist-in-Latin-America film of the early Eighties, 1983’s Under Fire, starring Nick Nolte (TV’s Rich Man Poor Man), Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner) and Gene Hackman (The Conversation).
Set during the last days of the Nicaraguan revolution that ended the Somoza regime in Nicaragua in 1979, the film revolves around three journalists involved in a romantic triangle as they cover the political intrigue that led up to that year’s revolution.
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray »
We've been patiently awaiting the official reveal of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the actor doing his best to stay out of the many paparazzi set photos that have leaked from the Detroit portion of the shoot. Today, we get our first look at the actor on set, but we still don't get a good look at this new Lex Luthor, as Jesse is covering his head with a towel.
Remember those Batman v Superman set candids we promised?... look for them on Tuesday! #HenryCavill#Exclusivespic.twitter.com/bTS01xpgoY
— Henry Cavill (@HenryCavillNews) August 31, 2014
One of the many arguing points for or against Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is whether or not he will be bald, »
Since his casting as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," actor Jesse Eisenberg hasn't spoken much about his role as the famed nemesis of the Last Son of Krypton.
Officially he isn't allowed to say much, but he does tell Total Film (via Cbm) that the psychology of the character drew him in:
"There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own. I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person."
Security on a project like this is high, »
- Garth Franklin
When Total Film caught up with Jesse Eisenberg to discuss his new drama Night Moves and, more importantly, his role as Lex Luthor in the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 30-year-old actor revealed he does not read comics nor has he seen any comic book movies. In fact, when Tf mentioned how Heath Ledger reinvented the Joker and tapped into modern-day fears of terrorism in The Dark Knight, Eisenberg could only reply, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." However, after he had landed the villain role in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, the actor did look through stacks of comics and he also watched "that movie with Gene Hackman," referring to one of Christopher Reeve's early Superman movies. "My father always cautions me against thinking of something as a means to some other end, because then its irresponsible to the 'means' thing," explained Jesse Eisenberg, »
Faye Dunaway will light up Lyon when she is honored by the Lumiere Film Festival in October. The Oscar-winner will be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the festival that focuses on classic films. A restored copy of her breakout film Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman, will screen. Lyon's Lumiere festival is the pet project of Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who started the festival in his hometown six years ago. “I am greatly moved by this invitation,” said Dunaway. “I am very honored to be invited to Lyon for this festival dedicated
- Rhonda Richford
Following in the footsteps of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Faye Dunaway will open France’s 6th Lumiere- Grand Lyon Festival, attending for an opening evening gala screening of Arthur Penn’s 1967 modern classic “Bonnie and Clyde,” where she stars with Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman.
Taking place Oct. 13, the opening gala will take place at Lyon’s massive Halle Tony Garnier, with a restored Warner Bros. copy of “Bonnie and Clyde,” and much of the crème of the French film industry and around 5,000 spectators in attendance.
In a brief statement Wednesday, Dunaway said she was very touched by the invitation to a festival for film-lovers. Run by the Lumiere Institute’s Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Fremaux, the Lumiere Festival, which only screens restorations, revivals and re-issues, noted Dunaway’s “immense contribution” to the emergence of U.S. independent cinema in the 1960s and ‘70s, citing a swathe of titles that Dunaway went »
- John Hopewell
A first trailer has dropped for Toronto entry "The Connection," a European spin on 1971's "The French Connection" starring Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille. The trailer is below (no subs, alas). Directed Cedric Jimenez shot his crime epic on 35mm to give it the flavor of the gritty William Friedkin classic that won Gene Hackman a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of undeterred police detective Popeye Doyle. Here's the synopsis:Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. Based on a true story and known as "La French" overseas, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"Why so serious?" Is the popular refrain floating around as the rumor about Warner Bros.' 'No Joke' rule rapidly spreads across the Internet. According to a report at Hit Fix, The studio doesn't want any funny business in its impending slate of DC Comics superhero movies, a mandate that began with Man of Steel in 2013 and will continue on as WB sets up Justice League.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a completely serious affair according to this new report, so don't expect to see Jesse Eisenberg hamming it up as Lex Luthor. It won't be anywhere close to what Gene Hackman did in the 1978 Superman. This has struck some as ludicrous, due to the sometimes colorful and humorous tone of the comic books. And this comes just as Marvel is making a name for itself with its equal measure of laughs and action in most of its movies. »
The Artist star Jean Dujardin did have a career before his Oscar-winning turn as a silent film star fallen upon hard times, and his post-Oscar triumphs have been nothing to sneeze at. He appeared briefly but memorably in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then again in The Monuments Men. He’s also been hard at work in his native France, and will next be seen in Cedric Jimenez’s true-story crime thriller The Connection, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Connection has Dujardin in the role of Pierre Michel, a young magistrate recently transferred to Marseilles. Once there he runs a crash course in the ins and outs of the drug trade, now out of control in the city. His ambitious goal is to taken on the French Connection, the underground operation that oversees the city’s heroine trade. The Connection is run by Gaetan »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.
The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...
Won for: The French Connection
Played the »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.
“Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman. It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).
Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:
“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”
- Michelle McCue
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote 2011′s breakout black comedy Horrible Bosses, are teaming up again to produce All Day and a Night, a prison-set action-comedy scribed by Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis from an idea by Goldstein and Daley.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night (which is prison slang for a life sentence without possibility of parole) will follow “a TV news crew that heads to prison to chronicle the life of two guards. But when a violent prison riot breaks out, the crew becomes stranded inside with the guards.” No cast has yet been set for the comedy, but Relativity Studios is attached to produce, finance and distribute.
Ruehl was a writer and co-producer for MTV’s raunchy high school comedy series The Hard Times of Rj Berger, while Lewis, who died in March of last year, worked as a »
- Isaac Feldberg
The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.
As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.
While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead »
Yesterday we ran a story on some of Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances. But as the remembrances keep rolling in and as new, gruesome details about his suicide become apparent, it became clear that Williams didn’t just have depth in his filmography; he was an actor and performer who displayed worlds of expression and moved so many in remarkable and distinct ways.
Rather than ask our staff to rattle off more of their favorites, we asked them to recall Williams’ personality and the legacy his work left on their lives. We’re looking at each side of his many faces as a comedian, a movie star, a voice actor and a true character, offering our final goodbye to a man who gave us so much.
Zany, Charismatic Exuberance
Say what you will about Robin Williams’ quiet, dramatic abilities or his subtle grace notes of acting, but Williams at »
- Brian Welk
But Nelson was already a TV veteran by the time he was cast on “Peyton Place” in 1964. After a string of small parts in Roger Corman B movies during the mid to late ’50s, he began guesting on Westerns such as “Zane Grey Theater,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “The Rifleman,” “Maverick,” “Rawhide” and “Gunsmoke” plus other series such as “Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables, »
- Carmel Dagan
With the passing of Robin Williams (see what we chose as his 10 Best Performances here), perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on actors who died unexpectedly. A documentary on the brief, tragic life of Montgomery Clift has surfaced, and today happens to the birthday of the great John Cazale, an immense talent who died too young, laid low by lung cancer at the age of 42. In 2009, HBO released "I Knew It Was You: Remembering John Cazale," a terrific 40-minute look at his life, career and legacy. Featuring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and many more, produced by Brett Ratner (yup), and directed by Richard Shepherd ("The Matador," "Dom Hemingway") the doc takes a look at the man whose brief film career included the first two "The Godfather" films, "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter." And he was fantastic in all of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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