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Oscars 2017: Why Canada Threw Away Their Foreign-Language Submission on Xavier Dolan

23 September 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“It’s Only the End of the World,” from Canadian bad-boy Xavier Dolan, polarized critics in Cannes. The family drama starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Nathalie Baye, and Vincent Cassel was largely shot in intense close-ups, and many Cannes attendees found the film overly theatrical.

Still, the director took home the Cannes Grand Prix. And now it’s his home country’s submission for the foreign-language Academy Award.

Canada is being loyal to one of its anointed auteurs. They tend to stick with their favorite sons, from four-timer Denys Arcand (whose films have been nominated thrice and won once), to three-timers Denis Villeneuve (nominated once) and the yet-to-be nominated Dolan.

Read More: Xavier Dolan Won’t Submit ‘John F. Donovan’ To Cannes Next Year; Points To ‘Trolling’ Nature Of Criticism

It’s understandable for a country’s film culture czars to take a top festival into prize consideration when picking their foreign-language Oscar submission. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: Why Canada Threw Away Their Foreign-Language Submission on Xavier Dolan

23 September 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It’s Only the End of the World,” from Canadian bad-boy Xavier Dolan, polarized critics in Cannes. The family drama starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Nathalie Baye, and Vincent Cassel was largely shot in intense close-ups, and many Cannes attendees found the film overly theatrical.

Still, the director took home the Cannes Grand Prix. And now it’s his home country’s submission for the foreign-language Academy Award.

Canada is being loyal to one of its anointed auteurs. They tend to stick with their favorite sons, from four-timer Denys Arcand (whose films have been nominated thrice and won once), to three-timers Denis Villeneuve (nominated once) and the yet-to-be nominated Dolan.

Read More: Xavier Dolan Won’t Submit ‘John F. Donovan’ To Cannes Next Year; Points To ‘Trolling’ Nature Of Criticism

It’s understandable for a country’s film culture czars to take a top festival into prize consideration when picking their foreign-language Oscar submission. »

- Anne Thompson

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Canada Selects Xavier Dolan’s ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

23 September 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” (“Juste la fin du monde”) will represent Canada in the foreign-language race at the upcoming 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Entertainment One, Sons of Manual, and MK2 made the announcement on Friday.

“Xavier is a truly standout filmmaker whose work resonates with audiences around the world, across languages and borders,” said Anick Poirier, Seville International’s senior vice president of sales. “Together with our partners, we could not be more excited to be on this journey with him and this captivating film.”

The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it took home the prestigious Grand Prix. “It’s Only the End of the World” is an adaptation of the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, and tells the story of a young author who, after 12 years of absence, returns to his »

- Arya Roshanian

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'It’s Only The End Of The World' to represent Canada in Oscar contest

23 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan’s film will fly the flag for his country, Telefilm Canada announced at a press conference on Friday.

The film (French-Canadian title Juste La Fin Du Monde) is a Canada majority co-production with France and marks Dolan’s third Academy Award submission after I Killed My Mother in 2009 and Mommy in 2014.

The story was financed through Telefilm’s Canada Feature Film Fund and is based on the play by dramatist Jean-Luc Lagarce about a young writer’s homecoming to announce his impending death.

Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel star.

Nancy Grant and Dolan produced with Sylvain Corbeil and Nathanaël Karmitz.

“This will be a wonderful journey into Us territory for It’s Only The End Of The World and its director,” said Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada.

“This selection by Canada will kick off an exciting promotional campaign in the United States. We are confident »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Teasers: Scarlett Johansson Is Locked And Loaded In Cryptic New Footage

22 September 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Our first look at some real footage of Scarlett Johansson’s controversial “Ghost In The Shell” adaptation has arrived in the form of five quick teases that are sure to leave you scrambling for more. The action thriller, based on Masamune Shirow’s landmark manga series of the same name, has been battling controversy over the casting of Johansson in the lead role, but Paramount is pushing forward with a cryptic marketing campaign well in advance of the film’s March 2017 release date.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Photos: Scarlett Johansson Debuts Controversial Look in Hong Kong

Johansson plays Major, a highly trained, special ops human-cyborg who leads the elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals, Major finds herself trying to stop a singular enemy who wants to wipe out advancements in cyber technology. The new teasers are void of any plot, solely »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review: Lea Seydoux Stars In a Passionless Remake Of Everyone’s Favorite Fairy Tale

21 September 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Christophe Gans’ retrofitted retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale opens in appropriate fashion: With a pair of wide-eyed youngsters being read a fable from a distractingly large storybook. That their narrator is played by Lea Seydoux is the first indication that the tale will have a happy ending — after all, she’s telling her own story, that of the warm-hearted beauty Belle and the misunderstood Beast she came to love (and ultimately save). But Gans isn’t especially concerned with the outcome this coupling, instead reveling in overwrought and often bloated storytelling, lush details and some of the year’s most unnerving CGI. In this “Beauty and Beast,” the happy ending can’t come soon enough.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Exclusive Clip: Vincent Cassel And Léa Seydoux Fall In Love In New French Adaptation Of Classic Fable

Gans’ script (written alongside Sandra Vo-Anh, in »

- Kate Erbland

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Animated Indie ‘Long Way North’ Combines Arctic Exploration and Female Empowerment

21 September 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Not all of this year’s animated Oscar contenders involve talking or singing animals. Several also explore female adventure: Disney’s “Moana,” Gkids’ “Miss Hokusai” and “April and the Extraordinary World” and “Long Way North” from the kid-friendly Shout! Factory.

Indeed, for “Long Way North,” first-time director Rémi Chayé pursued a passion for sumptuous landscapes and subtle hand-drawn stylization. It’s the story of story of Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat who sets out to find her grandfather and his missing ship that disappeared during an expedition to the North Pole.

“Long Way North” was inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), the first attempted land crossing of the Antarctic continent.

“Russia is exciting for me because it’s huge [unlike France] and for me that impression is very inspiring and so was the Endurance Expedition,” Chayé told IndieWire. He relied on a simple color palette and employed long takes whenever possible. »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

21 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

 Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »

- Edward Douglas

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Movie Review: An extravagant French Beauty And The Beast only gets skin deep

20 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Cast as a prince who falls for a spinster in Matteo Garrone’s fairy-tale anthology Tale Of Tales, the French actor Vincent Cassel proved that he could do a mean impression of a horny cartoon wolf, which is enough to make him seem like an inspired and maybe even subversive choice for the role of the hairy monster in an adaptation of “Beauty And The Beast.” Alas, Christophe Gans’ storybook version—which was released internationally in 2014, but is only now making its way to U.S. theaters—makes Cassel into a brooding creature in a velvet doublet, modeled on the Beast in Jean Cocteau’s classic 1946 interpretation of the fairy tale. This is the only real inspiration Gans (who also-co-wrote) takes from Cocteau; his attractive but tiresome effects-laden adaptation of this old and familiar story is not one for poetry or metaphor.

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Exclusive Clip: Vincent Cassel And Léa Seydoux Fall In Love In New French Adaptation Of Classic Fable

20 September 2016 2:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic fairy tale “The Beauty and the Beast’ has been adapted to film and television numerous times. There’s Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version, the 1987 CBS TV series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, and of course, the 1991 animated Disney musical film. While there’s a highly-anticipated live-action Disney adaptation of the fable, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and Beast respectively, set to be released next year, audiences can check out a different adaptation very soon. Christophe Ganz’s French-language “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, will be ready for theaters this week.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Vincent Cassel & Léa Seydoux Ignite An Unexpected Romance In The French Adaptation

The film follows the original tale’s story: A widowed, financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) is forced to flee into the woods after a debtor threatens to harm »

- Vikram Murthi

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Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Special Screening for Film’s 25th Anniversary

20 September 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Disney is gearing up for its release of the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” next year, it’s also celebrating the original animated film’s 25th anniversary. On Sunday, September 18, during a special screening of the Disney classic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, actress Angela Lansbury revived her Mrs. Potts character and surprised audiences by singing “Beauty and the Beast.”

The 90-year-old award-winning actress took the stage, accompanied by the film’s composer Alan Mencken on piano, to perform the heartwarming melody.

Calling the film “one of the great movies that she was involved with,” Lansbury told the press, “The thing about this particular story is that the characters are so real, and the voices are played by great actors — I don’t count myself necessarily among them.” As for singing the song in front of audiences, she stated, “Believe me »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Starring Lea Seydoux & Vincent Cassel Is An Extravaganza Of Emptiness [Review]

19 September 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.

Ever watched a 30-second perfume commercial and thought “Man, the decadent wonderland they’ve created here is so glorious and rich I wish this could go on forever?” No? Well, neither has anyone ever, but that hasn’t stopped Christophe Gans from addressing that imaginary need with his ghastly, overblown “Beauty and the Beast,” whose 112 minutes certainly feel like an eternity, and which fails on such a grand scale of pomp and over-ornamented visuals, that, robed in splendid scarlet satins, its failures practically preen.

Continue reading ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Starring Lea Seydoux & Vincent Cassel Is An Extravaganza Of Emptiness [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Xavier Dolan Won’t Submit ‘John F. Donovan’ To Cannes Next Year; Points To ‘Trolling’ Nature Of Criticism

19 September 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

French-Canadian filmmaker, enfant terrible and cinematic wunderkind Xavier Dolan might have walked away from this year’s Cannes Film Festival with a Grand Jury Prize for his latest, “It’s Only the End of the World,” but that doesn’t mean he’ll be returning to the festival where he’s seen so much success.

Read More: ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’: Ben Schnetzer Replaces Nicholas Hoult In Xavier Dolan’s Next

In a new post on his Instagram, Dolan says he will not submit his next feature, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” to the festival, partly because it simply won’t be done in time, and partly because of the kind of “trolling, bullying and unwarranted hatred” he sees as part of the current critical climate. Check out his post below.

A photo posted by xavierdolan (@xavierdolan) on Sep 18, 2016 at 4:16am »

- Kate Erbland

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Christophe Gans’ “Beauty and the Beast” (La Belle et la Bete) Opens in select U.S. cinemas Friday, Sept 23

18 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Shout! Factory Films Highly-anticipated Motion Picture Directed By Christophe Gans Beauty And The Beast (La Belle et la Bête) Starring Vincent Cassel And Léa Seydoux With André Dussollier Opens in Select U.S. Cinemas on September 23, 2016 Directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, The Brotherhood of the Wolf), Beauty And The Beast (La Belle Et …

The post Christophe Gans’ “Beauty and the Beast” (La Belle et la Bete) Opens in select U.S. cinemas Friday, Sept 23 first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

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French Beauty And The Beast Movie Premieres Graceful First Clip

6 September 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

You wait for a live-action rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and suddenly two come along at once – only this time, there’s a twist.

Whereas before we’ve clocked eyes on Hollywood’s long-standing case of double vision – Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman spring to a mind as a recent example – this alternate take on the fairytale classic hails from French filmmaker Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill).

Finding Vincent Cassel and Spectre alum Léa Seydoux as the Beast and Belle, respectively, it appears that Gans is cooking up a darker interpretation of the famed legend. That’s judging by this most recent, haunting clip for Beauty and the Beast, which comes to us via The Film Stage and sees Cassel’s rampaging Beast deliver a chilling promise. Amélie star André Dussollier is also among the ensemble.

Beauty and the Beast is »

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Blu-ray Review: Tale Of Tales Is Lofty, But Is it Good?

6 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Tale of Tales was nominated for Cannes' prestigious Palm d'Or and many other awards, but does that make it a good film? I'm on the fence about this feature that follows the tales of three tales, all from 17th-century poet Giambattista Basile. These stories follow three kings, a princess, a prince, and one queen. The film is beautifully shot and the production, art, and costume design are all breathtaking. The acting is great, too, and it should be, as the caliber of stars such as John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and the like know what they're doing. But in terms of story, there's just that elusive something that feels missing.  Sometimes I was engaged in the plot, other times, I didn't...

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Watch: Vincent Cassel Desires a Life for His Rose in Exclusive Clip From ‘Beauty and the Beast’

6 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ahead of Disney’s live-action version next year, this month a new French adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont‘s classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, will arrive. Helmed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the WolfSilent Hill) and featuring a cast including Vincent Cassel as the titular Beast and Léa Seydoux as the Beauty, we’re pleased to exclusively premiere a clip today.

Filled with haunting imagery as we follow Cassel’s Beast encounters the father of Belle, who has stolen his precious rose for his daughter. In turn, he vows to kill his family, setting up quite a darker fable than what we imagine Disney will offer next year. Ahead of a release later this month, check out the exclusive clip below.

1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (Andre Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Lea Seydoux), his youngest daughter, »

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September 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Haunted Honeymoon and Hammer Films Double Features

5 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Now that September is finally underway, you can expect to see a lot of horror and sci-fi offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD from now until Halloween. This Tuesday, we have a handful of selections to look forward to, including a double dose of Hammer Films double features, Haunted Honeymoon (directed by and starring the late, great Gene Wilder), and a trio of new releases: The Neighbor, Tale of Tales, and The Ones Below.

Other notable home entertainment releases for September 6th include Supernatural: Season 11, The Flash: Season Two, The Dead Room, The Darkness, and Night of the Living Deb.

Hammer Films Double Feature: Revenge of Frankenstein & The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination! »

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‘From the Land of the Moon’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Fights for True Love In French Drama

1 September 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ten years after screening “Charlie Says” at the Cannes Film Festival, director Nicole Garcia returned this year to the Croisette with her latest drama “From the Land of the Moon” (“Mal de pierres”).

Starring Marion Cotillard, the film is based on Milena Agus’ novel of the same name and follows a French woman in post-World War II Europe who’s torn between the man she’s meant to marry (Àlex Brendemühl) and a charming war veteran (Louis Garrel).

A new international trailer released by StudioCanal shows the free-spirited Gabrielle fighting for her passionate dream of finding true love — an act that is considered scandalous in her small town in the South of France. While the sneak peek has no English subtitles, Cotillard’s performance guides the trailer forward, bringing a level of suspense and heartbreak to the clip.

Read More: ‘Allied’ Trailer: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard Play A Game »

- Liz Calvario

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Watch a clip from Christophe Gans’ Beauty and the Beast

31 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before Disney brings its animated classic to the big screen next year, filmmaker Christophe Gans is set to deliver a French-language adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and we have a new clip from the film ahead of its release in September; take a look below after the official synopsis…

1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Léa Seydoux), his youngest daughter, a joyful girl full of grace. One day, during an arduous journey, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. Feeling responsible for the terrible fate which has befallen her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself and take her father’s place. At the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, »

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