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Elie Wajeman's Les Anarchistes with Adèle Exarchopoulos and Tahar Rahim will begin shooting this week. Exarchopoulos, who, of course, broke through with La vie d'Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Color) last year, will be appearing with Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Jean Reno and Jared Harris in Sean Penn's forthcoming The Last Face. More news of projects in the works: Isabelle Huppert chats a bit about films she'll soon be appearing in, namely, Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Guillaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love. "Like full-on bitch" is the way Xavier Dolan describes Jessica Chastain's role in his forthcoming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. » - David Hudson »
No, not the one with Jon Favreau and the food truck. Sadly, still not the one with Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara. Instead, France’s Le Chef hinges on the always appealing talent of The Professional himself, Jean Reno. Falling into the strangely popular food-porn genre that is all the rage at the moment – think Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey or, yes, even Ratatouille – Le Chef delivers on the promise of a culture and a cuisine. Paris is exhibited in all its romantic glory and the food is done up in its seductive best, beautifully lit and tantalizingly displayed. Like all such movies, the film is enough to get any foodie ravenous and has endearing, if simple, performances, from the cast.
- Kyle North
Paris-based sales company Snd has been rounding up sales for The Squad starring Jean Reno, the French remake of the UK’s cult detective tale.
Following its launch at Toronto, the picture has sold to Japan (Klockworx), Germany (SquareOne Entertainment), Spain (Second Gen Picture), the Czech Republic (Aqs) and Freeman Distribution has acquired the film for Poland, Romania, Hungary and the ex-Yugoslavia.
Principal photography began in Paris on October 27 and will continue until mid-December.
The Squad is produced by Snd, the production, distribution and sales arm of French broadcaster M6, French Capture [The Flag] Films and the UK’s Vertigo Films.
As well as handling world sales, Snd will distribute »
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »
- Max Molinaro
Fury, which stars Pitt as the leader of a tank crew fighting its way across Germany in the spring of 1945, captured nearly $2.6 million in its first four days in Australia.
That.s below the $3.05 million debut in 2009 of Quentin Tarantino. brutal drama, which wound up earning a potent $13.8 million.
And Fury.s ensemble cast of Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal isn.t as stellar as Basterds. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.
The box-office remains in a trough as takings totalled $9.8 million, a »
- Don Groves
It looks like the totally hypothetical Cinematic Teen Hit Girl Club is getting a brand new member. Deadline reports that The Giver star Odeya Rush has signed on to star in Hunter’s Prayer, a Jonathan Mostow-directed action-thriller about “a young girl who teams up with the assassin hired to wipe out her family to find the person responsible.” Oh, a buddy flick! Sam Worthington is already on board to play said assassin, who helps Rush’s Ella “navigate the tangled web of hitmen and thugs on her quest for justice.” And we thought you could just PayPal hitmen money. Rush now joins a subgenre of films that center on guns, girls and (screw any attempts at alliteration) just plain illegal activities. And yet, said subgenre isn’t nearly as bankable as it once (oh so briefly) was, so why do we keep getting films about gun-toting teens with attitude? (Don »
- Kate Erbland
France has always considered itself to be a mecca of world cinema, while tending to disdain its homegrown television fiction. But that has changed as the country forges a reputation for edgy miniseries. In fact, on the business side, international TV fiction sales rose 30% between 2011 and 2013.
The main driver of the change is not international coin, but the need to maintain domestic auds. “French viewers are used to watching U.S. shows,” says Laetitia Recayte, CEO at Newen Distribution. “French TV fiction has to draw closer to U.S. models. Canal Plus paved the way, with shows like ‘Spiral,’ but now all French broadcasters are following suit.”
Successful genres include noirish crime dramas and mystery thrillers. One example is Haut et Court’s supernatural thriller “The Returned,” which whetted Blighty appetites for similar fare.
Newen is now repping mystery thriller “Witnesses,” from network France 2, and already has bids from the U. »
- Martin Dale
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
Relativity’s upcoming movie, Hector And The Search For Happiness – starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer – is opening later this month, and to celebrate Wamg is giving away a Hector And The Search For Happiness prize pack. Hurray!
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$50 in Orbucks (Orbitz Rewards) “Handy Dandy” travel candy (featured in the movie) Branded travel journal $25 Fandango gift card
1. You Must Be A U.S. Resident With A U.S. Shipping Address. No P.O. Boxes.
2. Place Your Name, A Valid Email, And Answer To The Question Below In The Comment Section Of This Post.
3. What movie makes you happy?
Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Prizes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged.
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, »
- Melissa Howland
Directed by Peter Chelsom
There’s a burgeoning subgenre of films about people in existential crisis setting out on a globe spanning adventure to find themselves, to figure out how to really live. These movies are ostensibly inspirational, but for several reasons, they often play out as somewhat depressing. For one thing, they seem to suggest that all it takes to feel alive is a costly globe-spanning adventure. Even more troublingly, they tend to turn the problems and wonders of the rest of the world into just more glib lessons for their heroes to learn. To the ranks of films like Eat, Pray, Love and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, we can now add Hector and the Search for Happiness.
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a disaffected psychiatrist who walks away from his »
- Jordan Ferguson
We have a giveaway that will make you happy!toofab has teamed up with Relativity this week to offer one lucky winner a prize pack based on the upcoming flick, "Hector and the Search For Happiness" -- starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. The movie, which is currently playing in select cities opens nationwide on October 3rd, is about one man's journey to find the secret of happiness.Relativity is offering a fun giveaway -- the "10 Days of Happiness" prize pack, featuring a $25 gift card to 10 different companies (for a total value of $250).The companies are:• iTunes• Sephora• Visa• Macy’s• Victoria’s Secret• Starbucks• Amazon• Marriott• Pier 1 • NikeThe winner will also receive some branded goodies, including some "Handy dandy travel candy" (featured in the film) and a travel journal.To enter: 1. Follow @toofab on Twitter and "Like" us on Facebook 2. Fill out the entry form below. »
- tooFab Staff
Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness. Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier. One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists. Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film's definitely worth checking out. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno. For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom. During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see Hector and the Search for Happiness at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry, because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
About The Film
Hector And The Search For Happiness: Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients »
Opening this weekend in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness. Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier. One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno. For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here's all our previous coverage. Last week at the Toronto International Film festival I landed an exclusive interview with Rosamund Pike, who plays Hector's wife. She talked about being at Tiff, working with Pegg on The World's End and then Hector, collaborating with Peter Chelsom, if there were script changes during production, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I love Simon Pegg! Last year, I sat down with the actor for .The World.s End. where I told him I went out for a pub crawl. He remembered it all! Pegg surprised me by saying that in the beginning of my interview with him and director Peter Chelsom (.Hannah Montana: The Movie,. .Serendipity,. .Shall We Dance.).
This interview is all about being happy! How do you find your inner happy? And has Pegg found his? Take a look at my interview with the actor and Chelsom for .Hector and the Search for Happiness. due out in U.S. theaters on Sept. 19th!
Official .Hector and the Search for Happiness. summary:
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering »
Set in 1980s New England, the story follows a movie star (Allison Janney), who brings her new boyfriend to a family retreat on Memorial Day weekend that turns disastrous. Christian Camargo co-stars and makes his directorial debut with this adaptation, which also stars Katie Holmes, Ben Whishaw, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Juliet Rylance, Michael Nyqvist, Cherry Jones, Russell Means and Mark Rylance, arriving in theaters and on VOD platforms September 26.
Days and Nights is writer/director Christian Camargo's directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The »
In "Hector and the Search for Happiness," Simon Pegg stars as a shrink who decides to chuck it all and travel the world in search of answers. In this exclusive clip, a particularly turbulent plane ride gives Hector the chance to talk to a seatmate about life and love.
"If you look at this plane, you'll notice it's quite old. That means it's never crashed before. Should be quite reassuring," comments the woman next to him. Hector, who is maybe not such a great therapist, is amazed by her logic and resolves to have more empathy for his patients with flying phobias in the future. To take his mind off their mid-air mishegoss, she asks him if he has a family and ends up offering him a little unasked-for advice. "There's really only one question. Does this person bring you predominantly A. up or B., down?" Before he can answer, »
- Jenni Miller
Looking to run fortune cookie writers and the post card industry out of business in one fell swoop, Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness is not a film meant for cynics. With its pithy musings on what it means to be content, and slideshow approach to giving those musings an air of worldly wisdom, it asks the viewer to suspend not just disbelief, but emotional continence. If you’re capable of that, it will not doubt prove a wildly exciting and uplifting story of self-discovery. Keep even a shred of your self-awareness about you, and the empty enlightenment Hector and the Search for Happiness is offering becomes as grating as it is pat.
Simon Pegg stars as Hector, a London-based 30-something with a serious problem. Not a financial problem, mind you, as his booming psychiatric practice allows for a plush existence, one that enables him to travel »
- Sam Woolf
Hector and the Search for Happiness, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is the kind of adaptation that could turn into a new favorite for millions, or completely ruin the book for everyone, without a lot of room to fall anywhere in-between. There are tone requirements, a wide range of emotion, and supporting characters that need to be worked in to things just so.
The big questions that creates in this case revolve around director Peter Chelsom, and Simon Pegg. I’m generally fan of Pegg, but can he go everywhere this film will need him to, and go to all of those places effectively? I’m not sure. Chelsom is a different case, and isn’t a name that most people are going to be able to easily associate with his body of work as a director. The Mighty is an under-appreciated gem, and Serendipity is »
- Marc Eastman
Simon Pegg has faced zombies ("Shaun Of The Dead"), an alien invasion ("The World's End"), super villains (two "Mission: Impossible" movies, with a third on the way), been blasted into outer space (two "Star Trek" films) among other adversity. But in "Hector And The Search For Happiness" he faces his most intriguing obstacle yet: inner peace. Heading to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will make its North American premiere, 'Hector' shows a different side to Pegg to those more familiar with his genre work, and this exclusive clip displays the more thoughtful yet still playful tone of his latest effort. Peter Chelsom ("Shall We Dance," "Serendipity") directs, and Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, Barry Atsma and Christopher Plummer co-star in a movie following a psychiatrist who having lost the ability to offer insight to his own patients embarks »
- Edward Davis
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