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Charlotte Gainsbourg Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

Charlotte Gainsbourg Signs With CAA (Exclusive)
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has signed with CAA for representation.

Her past film credits include “Melancholia,” “The Tree,” “Antichrist,” “The Little Thief,” “21 Grams,” and “I’m Not There.” Most recently, she was in “Ismael’s Ghosts,” which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. She has had nine films presented at the Cannes Film Festival, and has won a Cannes Award for best actress for “Antichrist.”

Gainsbourg has won a César Award, the national film award of France, for best supporting actress for “La Buche” and a César Award for most promising actress for “L’Effrontee.” Additionally, her performances in “The Little Thief,” “Love,” “Etc.,” and “The Tree” have each earned her César Award nominations for best actress.

In music, Gainsbourg won female artist of the year at Victoires de la Musique this past weekend. She released her album “Rest” in November 2017 after four years of writing and recording sessions in New York with notable French
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Official Us Trailer for 'Ismael's Ghosts' Starring Cotillard & Gainsbourg

"You no longer exist." Magnolia Pictures has debuted a new Us trailer for the upcoming theatrical release of Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghost, which was the opening night film at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Despite this honor, the film received mostly mediocre reviews and it's nothing special. It stars Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker named Ismael, who is just about to begin shooting his next feature. However, his long lost former lover suddenly shows up out of nowhere, freaking him out, sending him into a mental "tailspin". Marion Cotillard plays his former lover, and Charlotte Gainsbourg plays his current lover, who also freaks out. The cast also includes Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, Hippolyte Girardot, and Samir Guesmi. I saw this in Cannes and forgot about it fairly quickly, even though I really do like the cast. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghost, direct from
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‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Haunts Charlotte Gainsbourg in Ambitious Cannes Opener

‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Haunts Charlotte Gainsbourg in Ambitious Cannes Opener
You’d be hard-pressed to think of three actors more emblematic of French cinema than Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Mathieu Amalric. Francophiles have a rare chance to see all three onscreen together in “Ismael’s Ghosts,” the latest film from “My Golden Days” director Arnaud Desplechin. The film opened the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews, and this latest iteration tacked on 20 more minutes to a story that many felt was overwrought at the time. In the latest trailer teases a love triangle with a twist, but offers no hint at the movie’s reported espionage chapter.

Per the official synopsis: “Ismaël Vuillard (Amalric) makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta (Cotillard), twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with
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Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg Haunt the U.S. Trailer for ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’

Following up one of his best films in some time, My Golden Days, Arnaud Desplechin is back with Ismael’s Ghosts. Starring Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mathieu Amalric, and Louis Garrel, the film opened Cannes Film Festival last year and now the director’s cut will be arriving in the U.S. next month. Ahead of the release, Magnolia Pictures has now released a new trailer for the story following a filmmaker and the women in his life, one of who reappears as a ghost.

“The story doesn’t just leap back and forth in time; it freely switches between reality and fantasy, and also frequently dives into the film-within-the-film – both as a script being written and as a shoot in progress – which, in turn, has its own flashbacks and recollections,” Giovanni Marchini Camia said in his rave review from Cannes. “Far from mere ostentation or playfulness, this proliferation of narrative layers,
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‘Double Lover’: François Ozon’s Extreme Sex Scenes Are Both Radical and Reductive

‘Double Lover’: François Ozon’s Extreme Sex Scenes Are Both Radical and Reductive
From a jarring opening close-up of a speculum encircling a cervix to a pegging scene so rough you’ll be clinching through your wincing, “Double Lover” is not short on provocations. The latest from French auteur François Ozon, this erotic thriller is a mash-up of metaphors as beguiling as they are befuddling. In the vein of Lars Von Trier’s two-parter “Nymphomaniac,” “Double Lover” centers around a disturbed woman with an insatiable libido. Chloe (Marine Vacth) has less agency than Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Joe; she bounces capriciously between her twin lovers in a sort of ethereal sex-haze. Like Von Trier, Ozon grounds his extreme sex scenes with narrative urgency, justifying even the most gratuitous details; at the same time, the movie depicts consent violations in deeply problematic fashion.

Turning a twisted twin fetish into an exploration of identity, “Double Lover” charts a love triangle between a woman and two estranged
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Ben Kingsley war thriller 'An Ordinary Man' lands at Saban Films

Distributor plans second quarter theatrical release.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights to Brad Silberling’s An Ordinary Man starring Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar.

Silberling, whose credits include City Of Angels, directed from his screenplay about a war criminal in hiding who forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world – his maid. Hilmar stars in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Mortal Engines.

Rick Dugdale produced An Ordinary Man for La-based Enderby Entertainment, alongside Kingsley and Silberling. Daniel Petrie Jr. serves as executive producer.

Saban Films plans a second quarter theatrical release. Ness Saban and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal with Enderby on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Sir Ben Kingsley is the epitome of class, boldness, and exalting talent,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said. “He has truly captivated us with An Ordinary Man.”

Saban Films acquired Craig William Macneill’s provocative period drama Lizzie starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart in Sundance.

The company
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'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations

'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations
Other leading contenders include See You You There, Barbara and Bloody Milk.

Source: Cannes

‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’

Robin Campillo’s Aids activism drama Bpm (Beats Per Minute) leads nominations in France’s 2018 César awards which were announced in Paris on Wednesday morning (Jan 31).

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The feature drama took 13 nominations including best film, best director and best screenplay and best male newcomer for its co-stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations at its traditional news conference at the Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs-Elysées.

The popularity of Campillo’s film among the academy’s members came as little surprise. Although ignored by Oscar and Golden Globe, the Cannes Grand Prix winner has been a critical and box office success in France where the film has drawn more than 800,000 spectators for Memento Distribution.

It also leads the nominations in the upcoming
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Sundance 2018: Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Lizzie, Starring Chloë Sevigny & Kristen Stewart

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Following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Lizzie, the period piece centered on suspected axe murderer Lizzie Borden, has been acquired by Saban Films for North American distribution.

Starring Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, and Kim Dickens, Lizzie was directed by Craig William Macneill, who helmed the Candle Cove first season of Channel Zero and 2015's The Boy.

Saban Films plans to team up with Roadside Attractions to bring Lizzie to theaters this summer, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are announced.

In case you missed it, check here for our previous live coverage of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including the acquisition news for other genre films such as Assassination Nation and Revenge.

Press Release: Park City (January 25, 2018) – In a competitive situation, Saban Films has nabbed North American rights to Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Academy Award Nominee Chloë
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Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’

Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’
The Snowman” is one of the most fascinatingly awful movies of the past few years, for several reasons. It’s got a pretty solid director, Tomas Alfredson of “Let the Right One In” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” fame. It’s got a really quality cast, with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jk Simmons, Val Kilmer and Toby Jones. And it’s based on the seventh book in the acclaimed Harry Hole series of Norwegian mystery novels by Jo Nesbø. And yet the movie, about an elite crime squad’s hunt for a serial killer, is a total disaster, with a plot that...
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The apple of his eye by Anne-Katrin Titze

Arnaud Desplechin on Rainer Maria Rilke, Jacques Lacan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Philip Roth: "What I love is to mix popular culture and what is called classic culture." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In our conversation Arnaud Desplechin discusses the character of his protagonist in Ismael’s Ghosts: Director’s Cut (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot. The director reveals the scenes included in the upcoming Magnolia Pictures release for the Us that were not shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

We speak about de-whispering with Rilke, suffering with Philip Roth, Jacques Lacan's Seminar VIII in Tel Aviv, loving someone like an apple, the presence of Hitchcock, and a touch of Claude Lanzmann. In dreams the dead return casually, without warning and little fanfare. An old stained looking glass can make you lose an eye and give you freckles.
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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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The Loft Film Festival 2017

The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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From The Room to Geostorm: how to make a movie so bad that people will love it

Terrible films are 10 a penny, but making something as magnificently, joyously awful as Showgirls or The Snowman? That takes real skill. Here are the rules of the Truly Bad Movie

Few things in life can rival the joy of watching a truly bad movie. Those of us who savour inept, high-profile, well-funded bombs can only look with pity on our forebears who had the misfortune to be born before motion pictures were invented. Unlike modern film buffs, who can conjure up literally thousands of bad films with just a few keystrokes (thanks to the cultural abyss that is Netflix), our luckless ancestors were forced to make do with bad plays, bad operas, bad circuses, bad auto-da-fés. How they got through their culturally barren lives without bad motion pictures is one of the great mysteries in human history. I know I couldn’t do it. Luckily we have had two films
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount buys the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda comedy “The Book Club,” Gravitas picks up “Public Schooled,” and Saban strikes a Canadian output deal.

Afm Deals

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for the rights to the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.

The deal covers North American, U.K., and French rights for the June Pictures project. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn are also starring

Bill Holderman is directing from a script co-wrote with Erin Simms about four friends in their 60s who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed. Holderman, Simms, Andrew Duncan, and Alex Saks are producing the project.

“The Book Club” is financed by June Pictures and Endeavor Content. Bloom is selling
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Afm: Saban Inks Output Deal With Mongrel Media

Mongrel Media is set to release Saban Films’ 2018 North American slate in Canada following a new partnership announced Friday.

The deal includes Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, Alexandros AvranasTrue Crimes, starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms;’ Small Town Crime, starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer.

“We have developed a close partnership with Mongrel over the past couple years, having released 14 films with Andrew Frank and the rest of the team, and delivering strong numbers across the board,” said Saban’s Bill Bromiley. “We look forward to continuing...
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Film Review: Stellar Cast & Director Fail to Build ‘The Snowman’

Chicago – The biggest mystery in “The Snowman” is what in the world talented actors like Michael Fassbender, Chloe Sevigny, Toby Jones, and Val Kilmer are doing here in the first place. Fassbender’s character’s name alone should have sent off alarm bells. This is based on a series of detective novels featuring detective Harry Hole, and characters have voluminous opportunities to repeat it, although with nary a snigger.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

Hole (giggle) is on the trail of a serial killer who strikes at first snowfall and makes a habit of dismembering his victims and turning them into Snowmen. It’s not that disposable pop pulp like this can’t be well made, it’s that it’s rare to see such a cornucopia of awfulness all in one place. Fassbender’s detective is supposed to be one of those brilliant alcoholic legends, but we aren’t treated to much in the way of brilliance.
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Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’

Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”

“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”

Geostorm,” a weather
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Second Opinion – The Snowman (2017)

The Snowman, 2017.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons

Synopsis:

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

For the third time this year, Michael Fassbender has delivered a decent performance in a film well below his talents. Following Assassin’s Creed and Alien: Covenant I had high hopes that this tremendous actor would be given some meaty material. Unfortunately The Snowman has too much going on for its own good.

Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, a drunk and slightly passed it policeman who is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with the titular killer who leaves snowmen at the scene of his crimes. So far so good. Unfortunately the audience are then treated to multiple smaller stories that detract from the case and
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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for a financial disaster with an opening weekend of $13 million at 3,246 venues for Warner Bros. The studio — which had forecasted a finish in the $10 million to $12 million range — took the unusual step of not holding Thursday night previews, as it had not held screenings for critics.

Sony’s opening of firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is heading for about $6 million at 2,575 locations — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget. Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” is faring even worse with about $5 million at 1,813 North American theaters, well below muted estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. And Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is underperforming
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