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The Oscar-winning director criticised film funding in France, sheltered by state subsidy, high salaries and 'complacency'
Buttressed by state subsidies and partly sheltered from Hollywood predators, the French film industry has traditionally been regarded with envy by its European neighbours. Yet the Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has painted an altogether different picture. The domestic industry, he claims, has been damaged by inflated salaries and a culture of complacency. Quantity not quality, he suggests, has become the order of the day.
Hazanavicius, who won the best picture and director Oscar for his silent comedy The Artist in 2012, took to the pages of Le Monde to lambast what he sees as a well-meaning but outmoded system of French film production. "Today our responsibility is to denounce the failings of a once virtuous system that is being devoured by gangrene."
The French film industry is reliant on around €700m in government subsidies, principally »
- Xan Brooks
Cannes — After the April 8-11 MipTV event wrapped and pavilions were packed away, it was clear that the contours of the international television program market have shifted.
In fact many people have stopped talking about “television programs” and merely refer to “content.”
The traditional broadcasters, already fighting for air because of the fragmentation of the TV market, now have to fend off the streaming platforms and other digital players when pursuing premium content.
With platforms like Netflix and Hulu ramping up content acquisition the market has tilted to the benefit of the distributors and producers.
New digital entrants — all hungry for content — were much in evidence at MipTV, a development that the market’s organizer Reed Midem is keen to encourage.
“The broadcasters and distributors are core, but it’s also important for Mip to build the bridges allowing new players to access the global TV ecosystem,” said Laurine Garaude, »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
The previously announced stellar cast surrounding Simon Pegg as the eponymous hero, which includes Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike (An Education) and Stellan Skarsgård (Thor), has now been joined by Toni Collette as Hector’s ex-girlfriend Agnes, and Jean Reno as drug baron Diego. Veronica Ferres (Klimt) also joins the ensemble as clairvoyant Anjali.
Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: he’s going nowhere and his patients are just not getting any happier! Until one day, armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists: and more importantly, if it exists for Hector. »
- Dan Bullock
Toronto – Toni Collette and Jean Reno have joined the cast of Peter Chelsom's dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness. They will perform opposite Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer in the film adaptation of the novel by François Lelord now starting production in Vancouver. The film is a German/Canadian co-production produced by Screen Siren Pictures and Egoli Tossell Film, and co-produced by Erfttal Film GmbH, Wild Bunch Germany and Construction Film and Film House Germany and Head Gear Films, the UK film financier. Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis. Collette
- Etan Vlessing
Hector and the Search for Happiness is an upcoming romantic comedy which comes from director Peter Chelsom. Today, we’re here to report that Toni Collette and Jean Reno are both set to star in the project that already has quite interesting cast on board, and revolves around a psychiatrist who searches the globe for the definition of happiness. Peter Chelsom will direct the movie from a script he co-wrote with Tinker Lindsay, but I’m sure you already know that the whole thing is actually an adaptation of Francis Lelord‘s novel of the same name. As we said, the film will center on Hector, an eccentric...
- Jeanne Standal
The story takes place years after the failure of Veronica's dad's re-election as town sheriff. Something major brings her back home and back to her calling. [Source: THR]
Toni Collette and Jean Reno are set to star in Peter Chelsom's rom-com "Hector And The Search For Happiness" which has just begun filming. Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård. Christopher Plummer, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies also star.
Based on the novel by Francis Lelord, the story follows a psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) as he searches the globe for the definition of happiness. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
• The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found another star. Will Arnett (Up All Night) has signed onto the film. Megan Fox created quite a stir last month when she signed onto the movie for the role of April O’Neil, the Turtles’ human friend. It has not yet been revealed who Arnett will play, though THR reports that he is not playing Casey Jones, another character from the 1980s comics that will be cast later. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for a June 6, 2014 release date. [THR]
• Things are coming together for the long-in-development Weinstein Company project Big Eyes. »
- Emily Rome
Today’s latest casting news: Jim Sturgess (Could Atlas) is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the psychological thriller Eliza Graves, directed by Brad Anderson (The Call). Toni Collette (Fright Night) and Jean Reno (Alex Cross) join Hector and the Search for Happiness, a romantic comedy directed by Peter Chelsom. Hit the jump for more on both casting stories. Per Heat Vision, we learned that Jim Sturgess is set to star as a Harvard Medical School grad who becomes obsessed with Kate Beckinsale’s character after taking a job at a mental institution now being run by the patients themselves. The film is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether and is being directed by Brad Anderson. Sturgess can be seen next in The Best Offer also starring Geoffrey Rush. From Deadline comes the announcement that Jean Reno and »
- Elena Pena
Exclusive: Toni Collette and Jean Reno are set to star in Hector And The Search For Happiness, a romantic comedy feature directed by Peter Chelsom that follows a psychiatrist as he searches the globe for the definition of happiness. The addition of Collette and Reno completes the casting and the film has just commenced principal photography. Collette and Reno join a stellar cast that includes Simon Pegg, who will play Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist in crisis; Rosamund Pike; Stellan Skarsgård; Christopher Plummer; Desiree Zurowski; and Jakob Davies. Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay wrote the screenplay, adapted from the novel of the same name by Francis Lelord. The film is produced by Judy Tossell for Egoli Tossell Film and Christine Haebler for Screen Siren Pictures. Jens Meurer and Trish Dolman are serving as executive producers. Collette is repped by Wme, Reno by ICM Partners. UTA is representing U.S. rights »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
If you follow esteemed (and occasionally steam-driven) thespian type Simon Pegg on Twitter, you’ll already know that Toni Collette is aboard rom-com Hector And The Search For Happiness. But Deadline’s story at least breaks the news that Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgård, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies have all joined the cast. The film, which already boasts Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer, is shooting now in Canada under the direction of Peter Chelsom. Pegg plays the titular Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist who hits a crisis when he can’t help any of his patients to get any happier and decides to go off on a search for the secret of happiness.Pike will be Hector’s girlfriend, while Plummer is aboard to play a UCLA professor who specialises in Happiness Studies. Not much is known about the other roles, though Davies is apparently playing Hector as a lad. »
They might have enjoyed dressing up as superheroes, but vigilante group Fathers4Justice never had a movie-production arm, as far as anyone knows. Look around the multiplex, though, and it's easy to see why: Hollywood is doing a good job already. Action cinema seems to be obsessed with dads charging to the rescue of daughters in distress. If there's a custody battle being waged across popular culture, the men are fighting back – by, er, fighting.
Take this week's Stolen, in which Nicolas Cage goes through bank heists, car chases, shoot-outs and other spectacular action-movie stuff, all because some creep has kidnapped his teenage daughter, played by Sami Gayle. If that title reminds you of Luc Besson's Taken, it's probably intentional, since that »
- Steve Rose
The popular reaction to news of Juliette Binoche being cast in Godzilla is that she's too good for a monster movie. Obviously, a lot of us forget that the talented French actress has appeared in more than a few weak English-language films, including Dan in Real Life, Bee Season, In My Country, Mary and, depending on your point of view, Cosmopolis. None have been as high profile as a Godzilla remake, however. Apparently her Jet Lag costar Jean Reno didn't bother to tell her that this exact sort of film could be a big mistake. But great actors and actresses need to eat, and as we've discussed previously in a piece focused on Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michael Fassbender, they therefore need to slum it occasionally. And as we're reminded for the umpteenth time this...
- Christopher Campbell
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Godzilla: What is it about Godzilla reboots that attracts French-speaking actors? First the great Jean Reno costarred in the 1998 reboot, and now we hear that the great Juliette Binoche is in talks to costar in Gareth Edwards’ new version, due May 16, 2014. Theoretically, she would join Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston in the creature feature; all the actors are also “in talks,” as they say. Frank Darabont was brought on last month to do another -- final? -- rewrite of the script. [Variety] Open Windows: Recently we spoke with director Nacho Vigalondo about his upcoming film Open Windows, which he described as “a fast thriller filled with twists.” The first poster has debuted, showcasing Sasha Grey in a sexy pose as an...
- Peter Martin
Godzilla: What is it about Godzilla reboots that attracts French-speaking actors? First the great Jean Reno co-starred in the 1998 reboot, and now we hear that the great Juliette Binoche is in talks to co-star in Gareth Edwards’ new version, due May 16, 2014. Theoretically, she would join Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston in the creature feature; all the actors are also “in talks,” as they say. Frank Darabont was brought on last month to do another -- final? -- rewrite of the script. [Variety] Open Windows: Recently we spoke with director Nacho Vigalondo about his upcoming film Open Windows, which he described as “a fast thriller filled with twists.” The first poster has debuted, showcasing Sasha Grey in a sexy pose as...
- Peter Martin
Curious to know which movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Instant over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Film Action & Adventure 3/1 Anaconda (1997) Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde, Owen Wilson When deranged snake hunter Paul Serone tricks a film crew into taking him on their boat so he can hunt a giant anaconda, the group soon finds itself up the Amazon River without a paddle as they become prey for the fearsome reptile. Godzilla (1998) Matthew Broderick, Vicki Lewis, Malcolm Danare, Jean Reno, Hank Azaria When a freighter is attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts, including a biologist and two...
- Erik Davis
Article by Dan Clark (MovieRevolt)
Welcome to another installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure where I highlight films that are currently streaming on Netflix. In this installment I am focusing on action movies. I don’t know about you but sometimes when the proper mood strikes I fiend for some not stop action thrills. In order to make your lives easier I picked out some films that are worth your viewing pleasure. To keep things exciting I choose a variety of films. Some are recent hits while others are classics in the genre. Certain choices are rather obvious and I’m sure you’ve seen them countless times before, but there are a few hidden gems as well. Whatever your cup of tea might be there’s a film here that you will find worthy of adding to your Netflix queue.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Josh Appelbaum, »
Twilight stars Kristen Stewart (Bella) and Christian Camargo (Eleazar - Denali Coven) have both donated some major items for charity auction. Stewart donated her 1.15 carat pavé diamond bracelet and .02 carat avanyu ring, the paired value of which is estimated at $20,000, for auction to benefit the organization Children of the Night. Included in the jewelry package is a signed portrait as well, and you can bid on at Charity Buzz until Feb. 27. View slideshow: Kristen Stewart Meanwhile, Camargo's donation is for two tickets to a private spring screening of his own directorial debut, The Untitled Christian Camargo Project which stars Katie Holmes, Jean Reno and Allison Janney in New York City. The film's »
Author James Patterson has been writing about his infamous detective, Alex Cross, for several years now. So far, there have been 17 books and three film adaptations. Now I’ve never read a single one of his popular novels, but I have seen the films. Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were interesting mysteries, and while they may not have been particularly great films, at the very least they had the great Morgan Freeman as the brooding, contemplative detective. Now we come to the third adaptation, simply titled Alex Cross, which no longer features Freeman. If it was Freeman who opted not to come back, it seems he knew exactly when to jump ship. However, if it was the filmmakers who decided to replace him, then they couldn’t have made a bigger mistake.
- Jeff Beck
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! In this week’s edition, Flight makes a good case for taking the train to your next vacation destination, Here Comes the Boom hits store shelves with a – well with a boom I guess, and a beloved family classic finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
An American drama film from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. It was well received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor (for the film’s star Denzel Washington) and Best Original Screenplay.
Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunction reveals something troubling.
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. »
- C.P. Howells
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