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In a slightly odd but welcome move Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will finally release Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s cult classic The City of Lost Children as an Amazon-exclusive Blu-ray release on October 13. The release is timed with the French film's 20th Anniversary.
Though it wasn't their first film, the visually striking City of Lost Children helped to launch the careers of Jeunet (Amelie) and collaborator Marc Caro (Dante 01) as well as Ron Perlman. The film was incredibly influential and a progenitor of the "steampunk" aesthetic in film
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There's an expression a dog wears when it's done something wrong that you haven't found out about yet, as it slinks over to cower in its basket, hoping you won't notice. For some reason, that's kind of what it feels like when films like this week's John Cusack-starrer "Shanghai," or last month's Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet" limp into theaters after a long time out of sight, presumably spent chewing on your dress shoes upstairs. Both those titles were Mia for a long time after they'd been finished and even released in other territories; both come pre-infused with an almost palpable aura of defeat; and neither has received much in the way of a marketing push. And there's one other thing both films share—they are being put out (in the sense of both "distributed" and "doused as one would a fire") by The Weinstein Company. »
- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has not been shy about airing his grievances at Harvey Weinstein about the handling of his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." Earlier this year, Jeunet said Harv wanted to reedit his film, even though the filmmaker had final cut on 'Spivet.' And it seems that eventually Weinstein just gave up on the movie altogether, carelessly dumping it into theaters last month, with the trailer dropping literally the day before it was set open, with no press screenings or other advertising being done to promote the picture. Chatting with Sydney's Buzz, Jeunet once again took the producer/distributor to task for his handling of 'Spivet,' and he has a pretty good idea why the movie was shuffled into cinemas in such a poor manner. Read More: Review: 'Amelie' Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Oppressively Whimsical 'T.S. Spivet' Starring Helena Bonham Carter "...they have a contract with Netflix. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of two dramatic pilots to land on Amazon Prime recently, Casanova stars Diego Luna as the eponymous Venetian, recently escaped from imprisonment in the Doge’s palace and on the run to Paris, determined to right his ways and prove himself to be more than his debaucheries. All, however, does not go to plan. He immediately falls into the political game of the French court, finding himself caught between the ongoing machinations of Madame Pompadour (Bojana Novokovic) and his old friend, de Bernis (Ben Daniels).
When you think of Giacomo Casanova, sex is probably the first thing that comes to mind. His infamous debaucheries and reputation for seduction have formed the basis for various adaptations, including the rambunctious BBC version with David Tennant in the title role. »
As it has built up its library of original programming, Amazon Studios has used “pilot seasons,” in which multiple potential shows premiere at the same time, to its advantage. After debuting its fifth pilot season earlier this year, Amazon is following up with a mini-season that includes two pilots. It has shared the first episodes of Casanova and Sneaky Pete and has welcomed viewer feedback on both of them.
Both of Amazon’s new dramas come with big names attached. Casanova, which was first attached to Amazon in January, will follow the life of the titular 18th century Venetian libertine, with particular attention paid to his time in “exile” in Paris. It comes from veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, features Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the director’s chair, and stars Diego Luna of Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.
Sneaky Pete, on the other hand, follows a con man who »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon Studios wants you to decide the fate of its new shows, per its usual crowdsourcing development process. Will these get a full series order? That's up to audiences. This weekend, you can stream Jean-Pierre Jeunet's pilot "Casanova," starring Diego Luna as the 18th-century playboy as he flees to Paris. Exiled from Venice at the dawn of the Enlightenment, he hopes to put his past behind him. Co-stars are Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson and Ben Daniels. Stuart Zicherman of "The Americans" penned the script. Executive producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore's "Sneaky Pete," a drama pilot rejected by CBS, stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man fresh out of prison who assumes the identity of his cellmate and moves in with his family. Co-stars are Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae, and it's directed by Seth Gordon, who helmed "Horrible Bosses." "House" writer David Shore penned the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Well, if you're not going to see "Fantastic Four" this weekend, there's something else you can do to whittle away a few hours. Amazon is dropping a handful of new pilots on their service today, and as usual, it's up to viewers to vote and share feedback in order to help determine which one will get green-lit. Among those hoping to connect with potential viewers is Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Casanova." Diego Luna leads the erotic drama about the famed master of seduction who can't help but put his moves on the opposite sex. This trailer and clip from the show reveals that "Casanova" promises to be uh, busty.... Here's the official synopsis: Casanova chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of 18th century’s most famous playboys. Exiled from his beloved Venice, renowned playboy Giacomo Casanova (Luna) flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon Studios has released a new batch of pilots on its service today, with one of the most high-profile being the bawdy erotic drama "Casanova". "Amelie" helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs and produces the period effort starring Diego Luna as the famed master of seduction. Like all Amazon pilots, it's up to viewers to vote and share feedback in order to help determine if the show will go to series.
- Garth Franklin
Diego Luna embodies the renowned 18th-century Italian playboy for Amazon original pilot “Casanova,” which the company will debut Friday along with the pilot for “Sneaky Pete,” starring Giovanni Ribisi. Amazon released a new trailer Thursday, which underscores Luna’s allure, as he woos the lovely ladies of the Enlightenment. The series is an account of the historical figure’s exile from Venice, Italy. Casanova flees to Paris and finds himself seduced by the same temptations and opportunities for trouble. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Wants His Money Back in Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Trailer (Video) Oscar-nominated director Jean Pierre Jeunet »
- Deborah Day
Amazon asks customers to “Watch. Rate. Review” its new pilots, giving them a vote, and stake, in the development process. Yet the two candidates being trotted out on Aug. 7, “Casanova” and “Sneaky Pete,” both exhibit the limits of this democratic approach, and the elusive nature of what defines premium programming. While both projects conjure some curiosity about where they’re heading – and are probably more apt to do so among those willing to sample them – neither feels like it fully takes off based strictly on first impressions.
During a session with journalists at the TV Critics Assn. tour earlier this week, Amazon executives sounded a bit smug as they dismissed traditional TV metrics and stressed their desire to engage viewers in a passionate way. The primary question that motivates them, they said, is “How do you make someone’s favorite show?”
If that’s the criterion, then despite some virtues, »
- Brian Lowry
From France With Love: Gender And Identity In French Romantic Comedy
By Mary Harrod (I. B. Tauris, £62/ $99)264 pages. Hardback. Isbn: 9781784533588
Review by Diane Rodgers
French romantic comedy has been enjoying something of a popularity boom, beginning slowly in the 1990s and showing no sign of waning two decades later. The 'comédie romantique' (still a relatively new term in the French language) now firmly standardised as a popular film genre in France. The rom-com genre has outperformed all others financially, responsible for around 50% of domestic box office takings and the lion's share of French film production. So why, Mary Harrod poses, has the area been so badly neglected by scholarly research?
This book is not, perhaps, for those with a casual or passing interest in the genre; some degree of academic knowledge and awareness of related literature is assumed here. However, throughout the study, Harrod makes a strong case for academic »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The last time Jean-Pierre Jeunet made a film in English, it didn't work out so well. Hot off cult hits "Delicatessen" and "The City Of Lost Children" (co-directed with Marc Caro), Jeunet was picked by 20th Century Fox to helm "Alien: Resurrection," the fourth film in one of the most important franchises. The result was the worst entry in the series, one admittedly hampered by studio interference, but also one that seemed to prove a uniquely poor match to Jeunet's particular skill set. The Gallic helmer bounced back, next going on to make the most beloved film of his career with "Amelie," but it's taken him seventeen years to return to the U.S. for another English-language picture, and this time, it's much more on his terms: an adaptation of Reif Larsen's acclaimed "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," variably retitled ""The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." The results, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an established auteur, with modern classics like Delicatessen and Amélie making a case for him as one of the most visually clever and narratively audacious filmmakers out there, which makes it all the more frustrating that The Weinstein Company has utterly botched its release of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.
You may have heard about this one – it opened in Europe way back in 2013 and was warmly received over there. But for some reason, TWC has continually delayed its release up until this summer.
Now, the plan is to quietly drop the film in theaters next week, and as more of an obligatory move than a show of confidence in the pic, the company has put out a new trailer, showcasing what looks to be an endearingly quirky and fun little adventure. Why it’s been treated so poorly, I have no idea.
Here’s the full synopsis:
- Isaac Feldberg
It was released here in the UK over a year ago [read our review here], but to coincide with its U.S. debut today, The Weinstein Company has released a new U.S. trailer for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which sees French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing a cast that includes Callum Keith Rennie, Helena Bonham Carter, Dominique Pinon, Kyle Catlett, Judy Davis and Jakob Davies. Check it out here…
T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the »
- Gary Collinson
"They think I'm an adult." The Weinstein Company has put out a last minute new Us trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. You've probably heard of this one before, because it opened in Europe two years ago, in 2013, and has been delayed by The Weinstein Company for release until now. They're quietly dumping the new Jeunet film in select theaters this weekend. We've posted at least one trailer for this a few years ago, but another brand new trailer has just debuted for this week's opening. Kyle Catlett (who went on to star in Poltergeist after making this) plays T.S. Spivet in this quirky adventure about a ten-year-old cartographer who travels solo across the country. I might still check it out sometime. The official Us trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, via YouTube: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet »
- Alex Billington
It’s not uncommon for a smaller distributor to be a bit behind on releasing press materials for a film, but when there’s radio silence the week of release, our eyebrows are raised. After picking up Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s The Young and Prodigious Spivet at Cannes well over two years ago, we noticed earlier this week that The Weinstein […] »
- Jordan Raup
Harvey Weinstein, champion of auteur filmmakers? Not always. Earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Jeunet claimed Harv wanted to re-edit and/or recut his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." It's a complaint that Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") and Olivier Dahan ("Grace Of Monaco") have also recently leveled at the head of The Weinstein Company, but even their films got treated much better than this. Essentially being dumped into theaters tomorrow, the studio has finally released the first U.S. trailer for movie. How's that for support? Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis star in the movie about a young boy who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute, which changes his life. Here's the official synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
As anticipated, Sneaky Pete — a drama co-created by House‘s David Shore and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — will get a second chance at life via Amazon Instant Video’s unique pilot preview process.
Amazon will debut the pilot on Friday, Aug. 7, after which viewers can provide feedback on whether a full season should be ordered.
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Originally developed (but passed on) by CBS, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a a con-man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He thus moves in with »
One of the more unexpected rumors in the past year or so was that of a live-action TV series in the works at Netflix based on the popular Nintendo video game franchise "The Legend of Zelda". The news was quickly shot down by none other than Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata himself who said it was not based on current facts.
Today though, Season Zero reports that the project has resurfaced again - this time being developed as a potential pilot for Amazon. It adds that if the project is to go ahead, it will shoot in August in New York and Savannah, Georgia.
What the plot of such a potential series could be is unclear at this point, though will likely involve Link traveling across Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda.
If the report is true, the project would join the batch of other high profile pilots in the works at »
- Garth Franklin
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