18 items from 2015
27,000 people sign petition spearheaded by French filmmakers in four days.
A petition initiated by French filmmakers last week calling on the French government to do more to help the inhabitants of the Calais “jungle” in northern France is gathering momentum, with Jean-Luc Godard and Arnaud Desplechin among the signatories.
The population of the squalid camps around the port of Calais has swollen to 6,000 people over the past month, due to the rising numbers of migrants arriving in Europe, as well as tighter security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel.
French filmmakers Nicolas Philibert, Ariane Doublet, Catherine Corsini and Christophe Ruggia spearheaded the petition initiative after visiting the camps last week, kicking it off on Wednesday (Oct 21) with the support of some 800 French artists.
More than 28,000 people had signed the petition by Sunday evening (Oct 25). The objective is to garner at least 35,000 signatures.
Philibert, Doublet, Corsinin and Ruggia said they had been shocked by the “appalling living »
Aiming to further expand its presence globally, FremantleMedia has acquired a 51% stake in Fontaram, the French scripted company recently launched by producer/writer partners François Aramburu and Pascal Fontanille.
The deal with Fontaram, which follows the acquisition of Italian TV and film company Wildside, was brokered by FremantleMedia France CEO Monica Galer, who will have a seat on the board of the new company.
“François (Aramburu) and Pascale (Fontanille) are incredibly talented drama producers with a wealth of experience and long standing relationships with all of the major French broadcasters. This is an important deal for FremantleMedia as we establish our scripted presence in France and I look forward to a successful creative partnership with the duo.”
François Aramburu and Pascal Fontanille said that their partnership with FremantleMedia would give their “new production company the best possible foundation to grow while also fulfilling our creative ambition.”
The pair added, “Joining »
- Elsa Keslassy
Guy Ritchie has taken the former Manchester United and England captain under his wing and cast him in two of his upcoming films.
What a beautiful day today is going to be... I want to wish my mate and his beautiful bride an amazing day where friends and family come together to celebrate what they have and are going to create together over the years to come... Have an amazing day you two... Oh and by the way don't miss Man from U.N.C.L.E .. Proud to have played a small part ... @guyritchie
A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 30, 2015 at 4:29am Pdt
He will be making a small cameo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, where he plays a projectionist, but Ritchie teased a bigger »
Sky Sports may have just released its mightiest Premier League advert yet.
Pundit and ex-Arsenal player Thierry Henry previews the 2015/16 season, joined by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Eric Cantona as Henry revisits some of the greatest moments in the League's history.
Henry has imposed himself into scenes including glorious goal scoring and celebrations, a rather vocal Roy Keane arguing near the changing rooms and managers invading the pitch following wins.
Henry even runs alongside himself on the pitch - celebrating a win for Arsenal.
Closing the advert, Henry watches Chelsea celebrate winning the competition and tells the viewer directly: "That is why this is the best league... in the world."
The Premier League kicks off on Saturday, August 8. »
Ahead of its one-off comeback show this Friday (June 12), Digital Spy has collected just some of the most memorable and hilarious moments from its five years on air.
1. Shaun Ryder says "f**k" on live TV. In front of your mum.
Pity Chris Evans. With a mouth dodgier than the bizarre moustache he was sporting at the time, it was always going to be something of a liability bringing indie music's chief party-monster Shaun Ryder onto a family show that aired at just 6pm.
"If you don't swear tonight, I'll give you my shoes!" promised Evans, only »
Paris-based Alpha Violet has taken international sales rights to Julia Kowalski’s feature debut “Raging Rose,” a France-Poland co-production selected for 2015 Cannes festival’s Acid section whose producers include Palme d’Or competing director Valerie Donzelli.
“Raging Rose” centers on Rose, a turbulent, emotionally charged French teenager who offers to help Jozef, a blue-collar Pole who arrives in France to find his son Roman. Rose will end up falling desperately in love with Roman.
Produced by Mina Driouche, Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim at France’s Les Films de Françoise and Maria Blicharska and Monika Sajko-Gradowska of Poland’s Donten & Lacroix Film, “Raging Rose” was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and supported by France’s Cnc and the Media program.
“Raging Rose” will market preem at Cannes, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15
Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.
Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning »
Director: Kristian Levring.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Synopsis: After the murder of his wife and child, Jon (Mikkelsen) enacts revenge, only to find the brother and widow of his family’s murderer now too want their revenge.
It is both fascinating and liberating to see the western genre adopted by countries all around the world. Spaghetti westerns were always around, but in the last decade we’ve seen efforts from Korea, Japan, and now Denmark. Whether set far from the American frontier, or right in the middle of it (as this effort is), each film manages to capture something about humanity starting a fresh in a promised but unforgiving land. The Salvation certainly recreates what is great about westerns, while also adding in a quiet and reserved Scandinavian nature.
The film starts very bleakly, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Eric Cantona is to lead a new comedy film about a synchronised swimming coach.
The former Manchester United footballer will star in The Mermaid Man as Franck, a widower who sets up a swimming group made out of unemployed men as they struggle through depression and poverty.
The Full Monty-style film will be set in the Thatcher era of the 1980s, with Cantona's men hoping to win an international competition in honour of his late wife, a former swimming champion.
Stéphane Giusti will direct the film, while David C Barrot will produce with a British film crew.
Watch a trailer below: »
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There are few clubs that polarise opinion like Manchester United. Love them or loathe them, you can never ignore them. United have been one of the biggest clubs in the world for decades and are one of the best supported clubs in the world.
Naturally, a club of United’s stature are nearly always linked with players from all over the world.
For a club that has always looked to its youth ranks for talent, United have never been shy of bringing in star players. Even back in the 1960’s George Best and Bobby Charlton, graduates from the youth team were joined by Denis Law, whose transfer from Torino was a British record.
Fast-forward to the Alex Ferguson era, and the like of Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, the Nevilles and Nicky Butt found themselves rubbing shoulders with Eric Cantona, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
- Chris Dowding
The period drama casts Hannibal star Mikkelsen as a Danish settler in the American Old West, who seeks revenge for his family's murder.
Jon (Mikkelsen) takes on a violent criminal gang all on his own when townspeople refuse to take a stand in the wake of the murders.
The Salvation opens on April 17 in the UK. »
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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona is an icon of the Premier League and revered by most modern-day football fans as a true genius of the sport.
And like many a genius, King Eric is certainly not without his fair share of controversies and flaws.
In amongst the titles, cups, international caps, and various other accolades achieved during Cantona’s career, there are a multitude of misdemeanours that make you question whether Eric was a few sardines short of a sandwich.
Whilst many remember his flamboyant arrogance, his match-winning goals, his ice-cool penalties, and the up-turned collar, Cantona’s backstory is filled with many a moment that The King would rather forget.
Despite often standing by some of the heinous acts that he carried out over the years, there are still a whole host of horrible happenings that surely Eric Cantona would love for fans to conveniently forget. »
- Andrew Pollard
Westerns have been very few and far between over the last few years, and with the exception of Django Unchained, they haven't really found a place with modern audiences. That could all change with The Salvation, a tribute to classic westerns of years past, that perfectly captures the classic and mythic nature of this beloved genre. The above trailer does a great job of showing exactly what director Kristian Levring wants to achieve with The Salvation, and couples a strong lead performance from Mads Mikkelsen with an impressive supporting cast, including Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eric Cantona (yes, really. He's proven himself a competent actor since he gave up football). I have a feeling, years from now, this could be said in the same breath as other classic westerns, like Once Upon a Time in the West, Tombstone, and Unforgiven. Released: 17th April Synopsis: In the 1870s, among new settlers and outlaws, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Hannibal star Madds Mikkelsen finds himself embroiled in a New World showdown in the latest trailer released by IFC Films.
Ticking all the boxes for a classic Western tale, The Salvation sees Danish ex-soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) experience the untamed savagery of the New World when his family is brutally murdered by a pair of convicts on the same day that they arrive. After seeking vengeance, Jon finds himself the target of notorious gang leader Delarue (played by Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan), whose brother was one of the convicts who killed Jon’s family.
Directed by Kristian Levring who also co-wrote the script with fellow Dane Anders Thomas Jensen, The Salvation found a home at Universal Pictures International Entertainment who acquired the feature at Tiff Isa last September. Distributed by IFC Films, the film also stars Eva Green, Eric Cantona, and Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies »
- Sacha Hall
Following up his Best Actor win at Cannes for The Hunt, Mads Mikkelsen returned last year in a far different genre. The western The Salvation, directed by Kristian Levring, also stars Eric Cantona, Eva Green, Mikael Persbrandt and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and the U.S. trailer recently arrived. Selling a handsomely crafted period piece, we’re looking forward to it later this month, particularly […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Get ready to see Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen in a whole new way! IFC Films has released the first trailer for The Salvation, which sends the actor back to the dusty landscape of the Old West, where he'll certainly be engaging in more than a few gun fights. Directed by Kristian Levring (The Intended), The Salvation promises to be one hell of a ride!
The mighty Mikkelsen will unleashes a maelstrom of bloodshed in in this white-knuckle tale of revenge. When he lays waste to the scoundrels who killed his wife and son, a Danish ex-soldier incurs the wrath of a sadistic gang leader hell-bent on hunting him down.
Exploding with eye-popping action, dazzlingly dramatic frontier landscapes, and a smoldering performance by Eva Green, The Salvation is a rip-roaring, blood-spattered saga of sin and redemption. Check out the first thrill-packed footage. The movie will hit select theaters in Los Angeles »
If you, like the rest of us, can’t wait for the return of Hannibal this June, then hopefully Mads Mikkelsen’s new movie can help hold you over. The Salvation, which reunites Casino Royal stars Mikkelsen and Eva Green, follows the story of an American settler who, after killing the man who murdered his family, incurs the wrath of a dangerous gang leader. In addition to Mikkelsen and Green, the film stars such talent as Eric Cantona and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
In addition to the new U.S. trailer, previously unseen stills of the film have also been released, with the full set posted over at Indiewire.
The Salvation hits select theaters, and video-on-demand, February 27th.
Morgan and Green in The Salvation
Photo Credits: Indiewire
- Caitlin Marceau
Do I even have to say anything other than Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green made a western called "The Salvation"? That alone should be more than enough to get you to put this on your movie watching list, but should you need an extra push, a new U.S. trailer has arrived, along with a handful of new images. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce, Eric Cantona, and Mikael Persbrandt round out the ensemble in the film directed by Kristian Levring, which takes audiences to the 1870s, where a mild-mannered settler in America gets armed for vengeance after a ruthless gang leader murders his family. A familiar premise, sure, but this got a midnight slot at Cannes of all places, and while Jessica called it a "slavish devotion to great films that have gone before" and "little more than an extremely affectionate fake," I'm still very curious to check it out. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
18 items from 2015
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