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Dany Boon on ‘Raid: Special Unit,’ ‘Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille’ (Exclusive)

14 January 2017 8:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — “Does anyone have any question?” Dany Boon asked on Friday introducing “Raid, Special Unit” at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris.

A woman put up her hand and said how much she had enjoyed the film, that she was back to see it a second time.

“Thank you very much,” said Boon, translating her comments into English, then joked : “And that by the way, that is my sister.”

Even when just uttering a few words by way of presentation of a film, Boon still has something of the air, passion and techniques of a stand-up comedian, which is how he began in the entertainment business.

Boon’s fifth feature as a director – he pronounced “fifth” in perfect English, showing the benefits of having established his base in Los Angeles with wife Yael Boon – “Raid, Special Unit” is perhaps inevitably a comedy. It currently rates as very »

- John Hopewell

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Why Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz Define Friendship Goals

10 January 2017 5:28 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We just love these two! Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are total friendship goals. This relationship between the two actresses dates back for more than 20 years. So today, they celebrated their beautiful friendship, and we're all about it. While some might say that Hollywood friendships are fickle, these two prove that long-lasting sisterhoods can exist in La La Land.  "Good #friends are forever Los buenos #amigos son para siempre. #spain #mexico #penelopecruz," Hayek captioned the photo. Meanwhile, Cruz posted the same photo in black and white and wrote, "Buenos días! #friends #forever #salma." How could we forget when Cruz pranked Hayek in 2005 »

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Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz Snap Selfies Together, Inspire All the Friendship Goals

10 January 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

How do we get an invite to join this squad?

Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek excited fans when they posed for selfies together and further confirmed that their friendship is still going strong.

Watch: Salma Hayek and Susan Sarandon Hilariously Compare The Size of Their Cleavage at Cannes

"Good #friends are forever. #spain #mexico #penelopecruz," Hayek posted to Instagram on Tuesday.

Cruz also shared a black-and-white photo of herself with her friend, writing: "Buenos días! #friends #forever »

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Awards Voters Should Dig Deeper to Reward Performances Outside of Mainstream

6 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, a colleague was gushing — as was pretty much everyone, this critic included — about Isabelle Huppert’s ice-cool, high-wire tour de force as a rape victim with a very unusual psychology in Paul Verhoeven’s comeback feature “Elle.”

“She should win the Oscar in a walk,” she asserted, before adding a predictable caveat. “Shame awards voters won’t touch that performance with a 50-foot-pole.”

Seven months later, my colleague might not be feeling so pessimistic. Despite being housed in a chilly, controversial, French-language film, Huppert has emerged as the surprise dark horse of the season so far, bulldozing through the major critics’ awards and landing a Golden Globe nomination.

Whether she scores her first-ever Oscar nomination in a competitive category remains to be seen, but she’s very much in the conversation. That’s unprecedented territory for Huppert, despite the Frenchwoman’s reputation »

- Guy Lodge

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Willem Dafoe joins the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express

6 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick and The Grand Budapest Hotel actor Willem Dafoe has become the latest addition to the all-star cast of this year’s Murder on the Orient Express.

The news about the Kenneth Branagh-directed film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 murder-mystery novel comes from Deadline, who claims that Dafoe will play Gerhard Hardman, an undercover detective.

Dafoe has pulled off the amazing feat of remaining relevant in Hollywood for the past 30 years, starring in an eclectic mix of films and never failing to deliver a memorable performance. Between Platoon, The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, Finding Dory and much more, he takes risks and is better for constantly moving outside of his comfort zone as an actor.

In the future, he can be seen in Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, Adam Wingard’s Death Note and the Dceu’s Justice League and Aquaman.

On top of directing, Branagh will »

- Justin Cook

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Willem Dafoe Will Play An Undercover Sleuth For The Murder On The Orient Express Remake

5 January 2017 2:07 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Add Willem Dafoe’s name to the starry cast assembled for 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Dafoe, who will soon be appearing across The Great Wall and next year’s solo Aquaman movie, has landed the role of Gerhard Hardman, a passenger on board the titular vessel who is actually working as an undercover sleuth. That makes him indispensable to one Hercule Poirot, Kenneth Branagh’s lead detective tasked with solving the most puzzling of cases while aboard the titular Orient Express in its journey from Istanbul to Paris.

Based on the cherished 1934 novel by Agatha Christie – first adapted by Sidney Lumet during the ’70s – Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express is an investigation which involves a motley crew of Hollywood talent: Johnny Depp, The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Michael Pena, »

- Michael Briers

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Willem Dafoe Joins Ensemble Cast Of Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

5 January 2017 1:13 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Willem Dafoe has stepped aboard 20th Century Fox's Murder on the Orient Express. He joins an ensemble cast also includes Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Michael Pena, Leslie Odom and Lucy Boynton. The newly imagined film is, of course, based on the iconic 1934 book by Agatha Christie. Dafoe will play undercover detective Gerhard Hardman in the hotly anticipated film being directed by… »

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