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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Terra Mater launches theatrical label

9 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First projects under CineMater label include thriller Dxm from Gallowwalkers director Andrew Goth and previously announced The Way of the Eagle, starring Jean Reno.

Terra Mater Factual Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of Red Bull Media House that produces high-end TV documentaries, has announced the creation of a dedicated film production label, CineMater.

A statement from the company said that the Austria-based outfit will create content for international cinema audiences across a diverse range of genres - “but all of its storytelling will be rooted in fact”.

Its first projects will be thriller Dxm and the previously announced The Way of the Eagle, starring Jean Reno.

CineMater’s product will be divided under three brands: Terra Magna, Wild Drama and Real Fear.

Terra Magna will produce documentaries for the big screen; Wild Drama focuses on movies where nature takes a key role; and Real Fear will concentrate on films inspired by real events.

Walter Koehler, CEO CineMater »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #23: Godzilla (1998)

28 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 7 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, Harry Shearer, Arabella Field, Vicki Lewis, Doug Savant, Malcolm Danare, Lorry Goldman

Plot: A large lizard, mutated by radioactivity, arrives in New York.

It was only a matter of time. Hollywood itself had never been too fond of the ‘man in suit’ approach to cinematic monsters, but once technology caught up with the genre it was time to unleash Godzilla in the Us. On paper it made sense. A massive dinosaur-like creature destroys New York. With the success of Jurassic Park, surely bigger would easily be better. This was demonstrated in one of the film’s many great teasers as Godzilla »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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10 remarkable things about Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

19 March 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 20 Mar 2014 - 06:47

Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem was critically panned in 2007. But at least we've found a few remarkable things to say about it...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem and other films of an Alien or Predator persuasion.

Everything gets worse. It's one of the basic, fundamental laws that governs the cosmos. According to scientific-type people, all systems degrade over time: a bowl of fresh fruit will soon disintegrate into a puddle of hideous goo. A shiny new car will one day collapse into a heap of rust. The sun will eventually run out of energy and shrivel up.

You can see entropy at work in film franchises - not least 20th Century Fox's Alien. The first film arrived like a shrieking demon in 1979, frightening the life out of audiences with its haunted-house-in-space fear and loathing. Aliens followed it in »

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Klaus Zimmermann Joins L.A.-Based Dynamic Television

17 March 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Well-seasoned German exec Klaus Zimmermann, whose credits include Tom Fontana’s “Borgia,” has joined Daniel March’s L.A.-based Dynamic Television as managing partner.

Zimmermann will spearhead the launch of two European offices, in Berlin and Paris. Dynamic Television bowed last October at Mipcom.

Zimmermann parted ways with Atlantique Prods., the drama production arm of Lagardere Entertainment, in September.

While at Atlantique, Zimmerman developed and produced higher bracket, ambitious English language shows, such as “Borgia” for Canal Plus, as well as “Transporter,” based on Luc Besson’s action franchise, for M6; and Rene Balcer’s Paris based crime series “Jo,” toplining Jean Reno, for TF1.

Prior to Atlantique, Zimmermann co-founded Zen Prods., where he produced a flurry of international miniseries including the BAFTA TV-nommed “The Sinking of the Laconia” with German pubcaster Ard, U.K. pubcaster the BBC and Canal Plus. The exec was previously in charge of international »

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Miptv: Klaus Zimmermann Sets Up Dynamic Operations in Europe

17 March 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran German TV producer Klaus Zimmermann has joined international sales and packaging group Dynamic Television as managing partner. Zimmermann, whose credits as a producer include European-based TV series Borgia and Transporter, will set up new Dynamic operations in Paris and Berlin, Dynamic TV founder Daniel March announced Monday. Zimmermann has been one of the pioneers of international financing of English-language TV series, helping set up and produce the short-lived Paris-based procedural Jo starring Jean Reno and the BBC/France Television series Death in Paradise, currently in its third season. The former co-ceo of Atlantique Productions, producers

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Miami Film Festival Diary: 'Club Sandwich' charms as the sun shines

11 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Miami - Let it never be said that the Miami Film Festival doesn't know its competition. I'm not talking about South By Southwest, running concurrently in Texas at a pace so comparatively frantic that they scarcely seem like equivalent events, but the glorious spring sunshine, currently bathing the city's Art Deco-staggered skyline in honey-clear warmth too delicious to ditch for even the comfiest movie theater. Fully aware of this, Miami is the festival that comes out at night, concentrating its screenings in the evenings and following them up with parties that shoot for Cannes levels of razzle -- all without the shadow of a 7am wake-up call.  If there's a more coolly considerate festival on the circuit, I haven't been to it. Activity intensifies over the fest's opening and closing weekends. Arriving late on Sunday, I missed much of the former, including a glittery kickoff bash attended by Anne Hathaway, »

- Guy Lodge

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The New 'Godzilla' Poster Pulverizes San Francisco (Photo)

20 February 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

One of the summer movies we're the most excited about is the bold reinterpretation of "Godzilla," courtesy of "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards. The movie has an all-star international cast, which includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe, and that initial teaser trailer, featuring sky divers jumping into a giant fire breathing monster-ravaged wasteland, was pretty thrilling. Now it's got an outstandingly cool new poster to get you even more excited.

Courtesy of the Empire Twitter feed, the new poster features the iconic monster from the back, which keeps the mystery alive but also makes pretty clear that the new design will be paying spirited homage to the original monster. Big Daddy Godzilla is stomping through San Francisco. You can see the Transamerica Pyramid and the skydivers from the original teaser... plus lots of fire and implied destruction.

It's nice to see a reverence »

- Drew Taylor

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Tmg’s Herbert Kloiber Feted With France’s Legion of Honor

10 February 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Herbert Kloiber, chairman of Germany’s Tele Munchen Group, has been named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France.

The order goes to one of French cinema’s staunchest supporters. At Berlin, for instance, Tmg’s Concorde, also Lionsgate’s Teutonic distributor, has sealed German-speaking territory rights to the Pathe-produced and sold “Sufragette,” with Carey Mulligan. It also pre-bought Pathe’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “La Famille Belier,” from helmer Eric Lartigau (“The Big Picture”) and produced by Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet and Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films, and Rose Bosch’s Gaumont’s ’ “A Summer in Provence,” with Jean Reno.

Concorde releases French hit “Me, Myself and Mum” in the spring.

Multiple film industry figures have become Chevaliers of the Order of Arts and Letters: Kloiber was bestowed with that honor in 1978. The Legion of Honor, an order established by Napoleon in 1802, is rarely won by foreign film figures, »

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First Stills From ‘Hector And The Search For Happiness’ Starring Simon Pegg

8 February 2014 5:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From those lovely folk over at Koch Media UK (and Bankside Films) we’ve got a couple of new stills from the Simon Pegg-starring Hector And The Search For Happiness that definitely has that indie vibe from this first trailer, like a budget The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty with a more British feel and a truly great cast.

The film tells the story of Hector (Pegg), an eccentric yet lovable London psychiatrist who finds himself at a  crossroads: His patients just aren’t getting any happier and his life is  going nowhere. Trying to find himself again, and with support fro his girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike), Hector decides to break away from his sheltered life and go on a global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists – and more importantly,  whether it exists for Hector.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one and here »

- Dan Bullock

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Casting: Sumpter, Sackhoff, Gooding, Reno

7 February 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Take Down

Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin and Sebastian Koch are in talks to star in Jim Gillespie's young adult thriller "Take Down". Filming is scheduled to start in April.

Alexander Ignon wrote the screenplay about a colony of spoiled brats who fight back when armed invaders take over their remote boot camp. [Source: Screen]

Tell

Katee Sackhoff, Milo Ventimiglia, Jason Lee, Alan Tudyk, Robert Patrick and John Michael Higgins will star in Jmr Luna's crime thriller "Tell" for Arclight Films.

Ventimiglia plays a small-time crim who pulls of a complex $1 million heist. His riches are soon the target of his ex-wife (Sackhoff), a partner he betrayed, his parole officer and two corrupt detectives. [Source: Digital Spy]

Gridlocked

Cuba Gooding Jr. has joined Allan Ungar's action thriller "Gridlocked" at Hackybox Pictures. Filming begins this Spring in Toronto and London, Ontario.

The actor plays play a former Swat leader who is being shadowed by an arrogant movie star. »

- Garth Franklin

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Leon: The Professional 20th Anniversary Blu-ray review

7 February 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ryan Lambie 10 Feb 2014 - 06:10

As Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional celebrates its 20th birthday, along comes an Anniversary Blu-ray edition. Ryan takes a look...

One of the most oft-filmed cities on the planet, New York takes on a renewed sense of the exotic in Luc Besson's 1994 action drama, Leon: The Professional. Accompanied by Eric Serra's imaginative score, Leon's opening shots of Manhattan in the summer - a disembodied camera floating over the Hudson and Central Park - make the place look almost otherworldly.

This is entirely in keeping with the title character Leon (Jean Reno), a childlike foreigner who moves from apartment to apartment like a ghost, seemingly unnoticed among the city's bustle and thrum. An Italian migrant, Leon works as a contract killer for Danny Aiello's mafia boss Tony, who runs his operation from a restaurant in Little Italy. A solitary figure, Leon's »

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Simon Pegg In ‘Hector & The Search For Happiness’ Trailer

6 February 2014 11:14 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’m no fan of Simon Pegg, nor am I a fan of midlife crises  feelgood comedies, so it doesn’t look as though Hector And The Search For Happiness will be for me. However, there’s always an audience, and I’m sure this trailer for the upcoming comedy in which a man searches the globe for happiness, will have many people excited. Based on the best selling novel by Francois Lelord, the film takes in many gorgeous locales as well as offering up a strong supporting cast in the form of Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard. The film looks sweet in its own way, but it also seems like some white middle class pandering. Surely a more fascinating take would have been to take the films budget and send a real person around the globe revisiting the places from the novel. Perhaps somebody less well-off, now that would certainly be inspiring. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Trailer for Simon Pegg's Hector And The Search For Happiness

6 February 2014 3:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

"Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness."

This is the first trailer for Simon Pegg's new film called Hector and the Search for Happiness. If you couldn't tell by the title, it's a movie that examines the very nature of happiness. It looks like a really entertaining and inspiring film. It's based on the book by Francois Lelord, and it also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.

Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He's going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.

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- Joey Paur

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Simon Pegg is All Smiles In Trailer For Hector And The Search For Happiness

6 February 2014 8:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Simon Pegg is an actor who often succeeds wildly in making us smile, in films like Shaun of the Dead and Run, Fatboy, Run. So, it is a relief to see that the actor likes to smile, too. Moving away from the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, the British comic will be hitting UK movie screens this fall in Hector and the Search for Happiness. The first trailer for the film is up and it looks like it hits the sweet spot without being too saccharine.

The film follows Pegg’s Hector, a glum psychiatrist who is just as depressed and uninspired as the patients he speaks with every week. He finds the courage to pick himself up and travel across the world, trying to find the places and people that can turn his frown upside down. Among the ensemble he meets or rekindles a long-lost connection with are played by Jean Reno, »

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Simon Pegg stars in Hector and the Search of Happiness - first trailer

6 February 2014 7:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Pegg has starred in the first trailer for Hector and the Search of Happiness.

The comedy drama is centred around London psychiatrist Hector (Pegg) who finds his life at a standstill, and decides to head off on a global journey to discover if happiness actually exists.

Rosamund Pike stars as girlfriend Clara, while Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgard also appear.

The film has yet to get an official release date, but is expected to be in UK cinemas in the autumn.

It is based on the novel Le voyage d'Hector ou la recherche du bonheur by French author François Lelord. »

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Berlin: Jean Reno Joins 'The Way of The Eagle' Cast

6 February 2014 7:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin — Jean Reno has joined the cast for Gerardo Olivares’ The Way of The Eagle, a movie that combines scripted narrative with wildlife footage.Reno joins Spain’s Manuel Camacho, the star of the 2012 Spanish box office hit Among Wolves, in the English-language drama.  Billed as a “powerful tale of hope and discovery,” the script tells the story of a troubled boy called Lukas (Camacho) and an abandoned eagle chick. Lukas finds the chick, which has been thrown out of the nest by his older brother. Lukas names the eagle Abel and, together, they struggle to

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Berlin: ‘Eagle’ Soars With Jean Reno

6 February 2014 3:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – French superstar Jean Reno will head the cast of “The Way of the Eagle,” an upcoming feature about human and animal relationships that combines fiction and documentary footage.

The picture is being packaged by Red Bull Media’s Terra Mater Factual Studios with Spanish director Gerardo Olivares at the helm.

Reno will star alongside last year’s Spanish top newcomer Manuel Camacho (“Entre Lobos”) in a tale of a troubled boy whose own life parallels that of an abandoned eagle chick.

Wildlife directors Otmar Penker and Gerald Salmina have already delivered considerable amounts of documentary footage captured in Austria and the South Tyrol. Principal photography of the fictional material begins in June, with the completed movie scheduled for an early 2015 outing.

Terra Matter CEO Walter Koehler described the pic as “a legacy film whose use of real-life wildlife footage combined with poignant human drama will resonate with audiences the world over. »

- Patrick Frater

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Trailer: Simon Pegg’s ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’

5 February 2014 5:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first trailer for the upcoming film “Hector and the Search for Happiness” was released Wednesday, inciting a sense of déjà vu among viewers.

Similar to Ben Stiller’s hero in the recent “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” this film shows London psychiatrist Hector (played by Simon Pegg) embarking on a global quest to find out if happiness exists. Like “Mitty,” it is also based on a previously published work of fiction, (“Mitty” is adapted from a James Thurber short story that ran in The New Yorker in 1939 and “Hector” is based on French psychiatrist François Lelord’s debut novel from 2010).

“Hector,” which also stars Rosamund PikeChristopher PlummerToni ColletteStellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno, was announced in 2012 and bows in the UK in the fall. A U.S. release date has not yet been set.

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