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One would not think that a thriller a) starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson and b) helmed by The Others‘ Alejandro Amenábar would be dumped so unceremoniously, yet The Weinstein Company — no strangers to such a tactic, if Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s T.S. Spivet and last week’s Jane Got a Gun are just the most recent evidence — will do such a thing with Regression, which opens in three days and, to my knowledge, still has not had a single press screening scheduled. The picture becomes a bit clearer when one looks at the initial round of reviews, a collection that’s at best complementary and at worst, well, you can imagine. Here, it seems, something didn’t exactly click and a major company wishes to get this thing off its hands already.
So less than 72 hours before its U.S. debut, we have a preview that seems designed to »
- Nick Newman
Celebrating its 40th year, the journal Film Criticism has relaunched as an online open-access journal. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Demme addresses the Academy's diversity problem; The Big Short, winner of the Producer's Guild award, read as a documentary; comparing and contrasting Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant; J. Hoberman on Julien Duvivier; interviews with Anna Karina, Laurie Anderson, Michael Caine, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Manny Kirchheimer, Radu Muntean and a new book on Robert Ryan. » - David Hudson »
Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam of On Entertainment received Unifrance’s French Cinema Award at its annual Rendez-vous in Paris over the weekend in recognition of the global success of their recent production, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince.
The $57m production has drawn more than 15 million spectators worldwide since its release last July, making it the most successful French-produced feature-length animation of all time, and has still to hit screens in the Us, where Paramount Pictures has set a March 18 launch. UK and Canada releases are due around the same time.
3 items from 2016
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