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The drama “The Danish Girl” is one of those projects that has been around in many, many different incarnations for several years. In almost every iteration, two women were cast in the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Versions of the film had Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were attached at one point, and several of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies were involved (directors Tomas Alfredson, Lasse Hallstrom, and Bill Condon were also set to helm too). But the project took on a new direction when Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper(“The King’s Speech”) took on the mantle. Instead of two female leads, one of them undergoing surgery to become a man, Hooper decided to cast Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Elbe, which seems »
- Edward Davis
From France With Love: Gender And Identity In French Romantic Comedy
By Mary Harrod (I. B. Tauris, £62/ $99)264 pages. Hardback. Isbn: 9781784533588
Review by Diane Rodgers
French romantic comedy has been enjoying something of a popularity boom, beginning slowly in the 1990s and showing no sign of waning two decades later. The 'comédie romantique' (still a relatively new term in the French language) now firmly standardised as a popular film genre in France. The rom-com genre has outperformed all others financially, responsible for around 50% of domestic box office takings and the lion's share of French film production. So why, Mary Harrod poses, has the area been so badly neglected by scholarly research?
This book is not, perhaps, for those with a casual or passing interest in the genre; some degree of academic knowledge and awareness of related literature is assumed here. However, throughout the study, Harrod makes a strong case for academic »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Weinstein Company’s multi-platform distribution sibling RADiUS-twc has made a deal that gives Amazon Prime limited exclusive streaming rights to Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth relatively quickly after the movie’s theatrical opening in December. Michael Fassbinder stars as the title character and Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. The Weinstein Company hasn’t set a specific theatrical date for Macbeth other than it will be in December, and the… »
If Kristen Wiig's appearance in that Lifetime melodrama "A Deadly Adoption" is any indication, she'll be weirding us out for years to come. Fortunately, we think we can single out her weirdest moment on film so far. It's coming to Netflix in August. "Welcome to Me" (August 6) In the short time since Kristen Wiig left "SNL" in 2012, she's starred in a host of movies. Some are quaint indies (like "The Skeleton Twins") and some were heartfelt farces ("Bridesmaids"), but "Welcome to Me" is perhaps her most provocative and strange feature. Wiig plays a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who uses a financial windfall to pay for her own talk show. Is it her finest hour? No, but it sees her costarring with the formidable Linda Cardellini, which is a treat. "Two Days, One Night" (August 11) The surprise Best Actress nomination of 2014 that devastated the Jennifer Aniston fan community. Yes to Marion Cotillard! »
- Louis VIrtel
The second annual Leonard DiCaprio Foundation fundraising gala was a huge success, managing last night to raise an impressive $40 million+ from celebrity supporters for the Ldf’s various environmental causes. Held in St. Tropez, the event was hosted by DiCaprio and Ldf Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and featured a performance by Elton John. Guests in attendance included Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Orlando Bloom, Chris Tucker, and more. The money was… »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases.
Starting on October 1 Sphe will distribute Transmission’s titles on both physical and digital formats for the home entertainment market in Australia through its joint venture Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia Pty Limited and in New Zealand.
Transmission’s future new release slate includes Todd Haynes’ Cannes hit Carol starring Cate Blanchett, Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, Sundance selection Brooklyn and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence starring Liam Neeson and Adam Garfield.
Further upcoming Transmission titles include productions from sister company See-Saw Films such as Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellan and Laura Linney, Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, and Justin Kurzel’s Cannes selection Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Little Prince
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that »
- Gary Collinson
So, God exists. He lives in Brussels in a cramped, tatty apartment. He wears a string undershirt and slippers and behaves like a petty tyrant toward his wife. And while we might have heard of his son, who in this reading seems to have defied His will by walking among the people and getting himself killed for his troubles, we probably know less about Ea, his daughter. But it is Ea who is the narrator and heroine of Jaco Van Dormael's, silly, sweet-natured and stylish alternate theology comedy "The Brand New Testament." And at ten years of age, Ea wants to set the world, which her mean-spirited father regards as his own personal playset, to rights. With apple-cheeked but deadpan precociousness, Ea (played by delightful newcomer Pili Groyne, last seen as one of Marion Cotillard's kids in "Two Days One Night") begins by recounting the Genesis story, but from this uniquely skewed, »
- Jessica Kiang
New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures are still committed to bringing Splinter Cell to the big screen, and Deadline reports today that the studios have brought Frank John Hughes on board to write a new script for the military-action thriller, which Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman is still attached to direct.
A hotter-than-ever Tom Hardy, riding a wave of critical adoration after Mad Max: Fury Road, is still in line to star as Sam Fisher, a highly trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division known as Echelon. Along with his fellow Echelon agents, Fisher tackles dangerous terrorist threats with an array of combat skills, high-tech gadgets and ingenuity.
Hughes is best known as an actor, having appeared in The Sopranos and 24, but he recently adapted sci-fi Shovel Ready for Warner Bros. He’s the latest in a significant string of scribes to take a crack at Splinter Cell, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Michael K. Williams will face off against Michael Fassbender in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of video game Assassin’s Creed. Williams, who was reported to have joined Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot just yesterday, will reportedly play a “character [that] has a major stake in the franchise.” No other details were made available by Variety, who broke news of the casting.
Williams will join Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the Justin Kurzel directed movie, along with actress Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Word is that Williams will shoot Ghostbusters first, before moving on to Assassin’s Creed later in the year.
The film already has a release date set for December 21st, 2016, which puts it up against Star Wars: Rogue One, »
- Paul Heath
If you've been missing Chalky White since his fateful turn in the final season of Boardwalk Empire, don't worry! There will be enough of the man to go around soon enough. Variety reports that much-sought after actor Michael K. Williams has joined two very high profile genre projects. They include a role in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which is currently filming in New York. And the video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, which will shoot later this year for a 2016 Christmas release.
Michael K. Williams is playing a character named Hawkins in Ghostbusters. Though, at this time, the specifics of that character are being kept under wraps. And it isn't known if he has any ties to the original in any way. He will shoot this complete revamp of the franchise first, before going to work alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard later in the year. Also recently added to the »
Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire", "Boardwalk Empire") has snatched up a pair of solid upcoming roles, the first pitting him alongside Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed at Fox for director Justin Kurzel. The film, adapted from the video game of the same name co-stars Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed and centers on a bartender (Fassbender) captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors -- all of them assassins -- and retrieve ancient artifacts. There is no word on which role Williams will play in the film, but Variety says "his character has a major stake in the franchise" and will serve as a co-starring role in a sequel should the first film be successful. Always putting the cart before the horse that Hollywood. Meanwhile, Williams is one of four new names added to the cast of Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters film. »
- Brad Brevet
James Gray has, since 1994 debut "Little Odessa," enjoyed a fruitful American indie film career despite studio pressures and tussles, including TWC's infamous dumping of "The Immigrant," his 2013 Cannes premiere that became a critics' cause celebre. Gray, now foraying into television with a hardboiled animated series for adults, joins host Peter Labuza on the latest episode of The Cinephiliacs podcast to unpack his work, thoughts on indie filmmaking and Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" whose streetwalker with a heart of gold played by Giulietta Masina influenced Marion Cotillard's tragic heroine of "The Immigrant." Listen to the podcast here. Read More: From 'The Immigrant' to 'Two Days, One Night': Oscar Nominee Marion Cotillard's Amazing Year »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Michael Kenneth Williams is a man in demand. Just hours ago, word broke that he was joining Andy Garcia and Matt Walsh in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters. Now comes the news that he’s also closing a deal to play one of the key supporting roles in Assassin’s Creed. Justin Kurzel is directing the game adaptation, which reunites him with his Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Fassbender has the lead role of an everyman kidnapped by a mysterious, high-tech organisation and forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors as he locates powerful artefacts. How Cotillard, Ariane Labed and now Williams fit in to the plot are still being kept locked in a treasure chest, though Variety has discovered that Williams’ character will have a major stake in the story and is likely to continue if the first film births a franchise, promoting him to co-star. »
He will first shoot “Ghostbusters,” which is currently in production. The femme-powered pic is being directed by Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Williams’ character, however, is being kept under wraps.
Williams will then film “Assassin’s Creed,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, in the fall. Details on this role are also vague, but sources tease that his character has a major stake in the franchise. His role will be equivalent to a co-starring one, alongside Fassbender, in the sequel.
Justin Kurzel is directing the pic based on the popular video game.
Although Williams is looking to »
- Justin Kroll
First up, Williams has signed on for a major role 20th Century Fox and New Regency's upcoming film based on the popular "Assassin's Creed" video game franchise. No details are available on his role other than it said to have the potential to appear in multiple films.
Justin Kurzel helms the film which stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed. The story follows Desmond Miles, a man captured by a secret organization with ties to the Knight Templar, who repeatedly send Miles back in time into the body of his assassin ancestors to retrieve valuable historical artifacts.
Williams, along with Andy Garcia and Matt Walsh, is also set to join the cast of Paul Feig's currently shooting "Ghostbusters" reboot at Sony Pictures. Williams will be playing a character named Hawkins, Walsh will play a character named Rourke, »
- Garth Franklin
With his gritty, grim adaptation of the Bard’s classic Macbeth earning rapturous praise in the build-up to its anticipated fall bow, director Justin Kurzel is on the cusp of a major breakthrough. He’ll follow up that award-tipped drama with a blockbuster, reteaming with stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for Assassin’s Creed, and the helmer is also plotting thriller Haven. Today, Kurzel is reported to be gearing up for yet another project – this time a Western of sorts about a legendary outlaw.
A story from If reveals that Kurzel is signing on to direct an adaptation of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning novel The True History Of The Kelly Gang, about Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. He’s teaming up with his Snowtown Murders scribe for the pic, which is just the latest in a string of movies centering on the near-mythic historical figure (Heath Ledger and »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the buzz surrounding "Macbeth" set to only get louder following its rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, director Justin Kurzel is lining up a slate of projects so he can ride the wave. Later this year he'll reteam with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and begin production on "Assassin's Creed," and last month he put the thriller "Haven" into development. And now a new project is saddled up and riding onto his desk. Read More: Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard If reports that Kurzel will direct an adaptation of Peter Carey's Booker Prize winning novel, "The True History Of The Kelly Gang," about Ned Kelly, the legendary Australian outlaw. The project will reteam Kurzel with "The Snowtown Murders" writer Shaun Grant, offering yet another cinematic take on the people's hero, who has previously been played on the big screen by folks like. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the heart of Paris, a repurposed monastery known as the Musee des Arts et Metiers serves as a technological shrine to human innovation, where school kids marvel at all manner of inventions, from Foucault’s pendulum to the first robots and computers. Now think how different that museum’s treasures might be had all the world’s best scientists disappeared from the face of the earth at the turn of the previous century, leaving Paris mired in the Age of Steam. That’s the alternate reality that graphic novelist Jacques Tardi imagined in “April and the Extraordinary World,” which has now inspired a dynamic animated sci-fi adventure that delivers on the lofty, retro-styled promise of “Tomorrowland” — or more aptly, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” — in a way that stimulates the intellect of all who watch. The visually striking, hand-drawn toon should fare great in France, where it opens Oct. »
- Peter Debruge
The novel is seen through Kelly.s eyes, scribbling his narrative on scraps of paper in semi-literate but descriptive prose as he fled from the police.
To his pursuers, Kelly was a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To many ordinary Australians, the bushranger was a hero, defying the authority of the English to control their lives.
Joe Penhall was listed as the writer when the project received development funding from Screen Australia.
- Don Groves
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