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Crimes and Misdemeanors: Mathieu Amalric’s "The Blue Room"

13 October 2016 4:39 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mubi is exclusively showing Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room (2014) in the United Kingdom from September 25 - October 24, 2016. “If he has one consistent trait as a novelist it is his tendency to regard women, or Woman, at least, as a terrifying phenomenon, a demon ranging in a kind of erotic fury through the world of men, at once irresistible and destructive.”—John Banville on Georges Simenon“It was true. At that time, everything was true, for he was living in the moment, without questioning anything, without trying to understand, without suspecting that one day he would need to understand.”  —Georges Simenon, The Blue RoomIt came and it went. I confess I’d forgotten all about The Blue Room. On second thought, I’m not sure I even knew of it in the first place. When the film appeared on Mubi, as part of a short season of films made by or starring Mathieu Amalric, »

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Egyptian Star Amr Waked Joins Sky’s Neil Jordan ‘Riviera’ TV Series (Exclusive)

23 September 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Egyptian actor Amr Waked, his country’s biggest international star, has joined the cast of Neil Jordan’s “Riviera” as a French detective investigating the yacht explosion that precipitates the plot of the high-profile TV crime series.

Waked, who also played a French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” will play a detective named Delormes who is “trying to decipher a very complicated case,” the actor said. The show is being produced by London-based Archery Pictures for pan-European pay-tv network Sky.

Billionaire Constantine Clios is killed in the explosion, after which his new wife, Georgina, played by Julia Stiles, “is shocked to discover [that] the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder,” according to Sky’s press notes.

Riviera” is among the flagship titles in the pipeline of Sky’s Sky Atlantic network.

The ensemble cast of the series, set amid the sleazy French jet set on the »

- Nick Vivarelli

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