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Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress award at the 42nd edition of the French Oscars, the Césars in Paris last night (February 24), 21 years after she won the award previously for Claude Chabrol’s La Cérémonie. Paul Verhoeven’s film was named best picture. Elle was nominated in 11 categories.
Verhoeven paid tribute to Huppert, saying she had brought an “extra dimension to the role” which he had not expected when they started work. Huppert, looking radiant in an emerald green evening gown, suggested that she had got noticed in the film “because I am practically in every frame”.
- Richard Mowe
France’s highest film awards were handed out at the 42nd annual ceremony in Paris on Friday .
Divines triumphed with three awards for supporting actress, female newcomer and first feature.
Full winners appear below:
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Screenplay
Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” has been named the best French film of 2016 at the Cesar Awards, while Isabelle Huppert also won the Best Actress award for her performance in that film. Huppert won the award two days before she’ll be up for Best Actress at the Oscars for the same performance, and one day before she’ll be competing at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan won the best-director Cesar for his divisive family drama “It’s Only the End of the World,” and his lead actor Gaspard Ulliel won the best-actor award for the same film. »
- Steve Pond
Paris — Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize.
Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at Cannes: she notably won the Golden Globe award. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.
The biggest surprise of the night was Xavier Dolan winning best director and editing with “It’s Only The End of the World” which also earned Gaspard Ulliel the best actor prize. Dolan is currently shooting “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in Prague.
- Elsa Keslassy
- Jazz Tangcay
Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.
The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film, »
- Steve Greene
It’s Only the End of the World, 2016.
Directed by Xavier Dolan.
After 12 years away from his family, a terminally ill writer returns home to break the news. But, as he struggles to re-connect with them, old wounds and frustrations rise to the surface, making it even harder for him to tell them the real reason for his visit.
Meet the family. Fractured, dysfunctional and belonging to writer Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) who hasn’t seen them for 12 years. During that time, older brother Antoine (Vincent Cassel) has married Catherine (Marion Cotillard) and had two children. Sister Suzanne (Lea Seydoux) is increasingly stoned and hippy-like, while mother (Nathalie Baye) has become increasingly garish in her choice of clothes and make-up. Louis might have a tenuous attachment to all of them – he keeps suggesting a visit to the previous »
- Freda Cooper
Child star. Model. Directing prodigy. The wildly talented Xavier Dolan opens up about drugs, fame, film and family
Québécois actor and film-maker Xavier Dolan is loved, and maybe even a little bit resented, as the young-adult prodigy of world cinema. Just 27 years old, he has directed no fewer than six highly successful feature films beginning with I Killed My Mother, made when he was 19. His naughty-cherub good looks have earned him a modelling contract with Louis Vuitton, and he also has a highly lucrative secret connection with Hollywood … of which more in a moment.
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- Peter Bradshaw
With Oscar voting currently underway, what better time for the Academy to remember the exemplary work of Best Actress contender and the woman Stephen Colbert recently called “the French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert? Or maybe you’re like the rest of us, a lowly Huppert connoisseur who just likes to appreciate the French actress’ immense talents.
In a career-spanning video (that still only touches on 50 of the 100+ films she’s worked on), our own sometime-contributor Carlos Aguilar has created a tribute that offers a glimpse at the performances Huppert gave in films such as “La Cérémonie,” “Amour,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and 2016’s “Elle,” which garnered her the Oscar nomination.
“Academy Award-nominated actress, Isabelle Huppert, is one of the most versatile, prolific, and talented performers the world has ever seen,” the video’s description reads. »
- Allison Picurro
Author: Stefan Pape
The prolific, impressively young Xavier Dolan’s preceding endeavour was his finest yet, the indelible, irresistible drama Mommy, a film that contained a lot of shrieking, and yet amidst the emotional, piercing shouting matches, you always felt you could hear every single word. His latest, the curiously self-pitying It’s Only the End of the World, also features screaming – and lots of it – and yet in this instance you feel as though you aren’t actually catching a word, it’s just one big muffled mess.
In what seems to be a self-referential piece, Dolan casts Gaspard Ulliel as Louis, a terminally ill playwright returning back home for the first time in over a decade, with the intention of telling his family that he’s dying. Upon his arrival he’s met with the principle shrieker, his eccentric mother (Nathalie Baye), and his cynical sister Suzanne (Léa Seydoux »
- Stefan Pape
Thandie Newton might be going from a futuristic western theme park to a galaxy far, far away. Variety reports that the “Westworld” actress is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo standalone film.
Details of her character were not revealed, but if she jumps on board the project, Newton will join Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and “Fleabag” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the untitled Han Solo movie will be the second in the series of films that fall outside of the Skywalker family saga. Set before the the events of “A New Hope,” the film will follow Solo and his scoundrel days before meeting Luke and Leia.
Newton recently received a Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination »
- Liz Calvario
Author: Josh Wilding
The cast of Han Solo continues to grow, with Westworld star Thandie Newton in talks to join the impressive ensemble. As per usual, there’s sadly no word on who she will be playing, and with the Expanded Universe no longer canon, we can’t even look there for any major clues.
This is a great bit of casting, though, and Newton is riding high after her recent stint in the HBO series mentioned above. Next up for her is Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, while season two of Westworld also begins shooting later this year. Han Solo will be squeezed in somewhere, but this doesn’t necessarily reveal the significance of her role.
With Disney shifting the focus to Star Wars: The Last Jedi in April to coincide with this year’s Celebration, chances are that it will be a »
- Josh Wilding
With filming already under way on Disney and LucasFilm's latest Star Wars spin-off, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the cast continues to be filled out. Today we have word that Westworld star Thandie Newton has entered negotiations to join the cast. As is the case with most of the recent casting additions, no details were given as to which character Thandie Newton may be playing, but her casting may hint at a recent character rumor.
Variety broke the news on today's casting, which comes just two days after the site broke the news that Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will join the cast as a CGI character that is said to be quite important to the film. Unfortunately, the site has no details about Thandie Newton's character, but back in October, a report claimed that three actresses of color, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road »
The untitled “Han Solo” hits theaters May 25, 2018.
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur, the Star Wars spinoff takes place before the original “A New Hope,” similarly to the recent spinoff, “Rogue One,” which has amassed over a billion dollars worldwide.
Newton is coming off her critically acclaimed turn in HBO’s “Westworld” as Maeve, the renegade robot whose gutty performance earned her two SAG (best performance and ensemble in a drama) nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. »
- Justin Kroll
Room star Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which is now off and shooting in Montreal, Canada. The film is lead by Game Of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington and revolves around the American TV star in his late twenties and his correspondence with a young actor-to-be, played by Tremblay, who is living with his mother (Natalie Portman) in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, sending Donovan in a downfall.
Shooting will also take in the U.K., Prague and New York.
- Paul Heath
The star of last year’s Oscar contender Room has come on board Xavier Dolan’s drama, which is shooting now in Montreal.
Principal photography will continue in Prague, the UK and New York once shooting has wrapped in Canada.
Tremblay will play a young actor who embarks on a life-changing correspondence with a Us TV star and recounts the friendship years later in an interview.
“The talent involved in this project is unparalleled,” said Anick Poirier, senior vice-president of sales at Seville International.
“Xavier is a visionary and he has proven once again that he attracts first-class actors by adding Tremblay to this superb ensemble. We’re looking forward to sharing this project with the world.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that the young up-and-comer will incidentally play a young up-and-coming actor in Xavier Dolan’s star-studded drama. Largely set in the early 2000s, Dolan’s English-language debut follows a popular TV star (Kit Harington) who finds his reputation in tatters amid allegations of his purported correspondence with an 11-year-old actor (Tremblay). The two had maintained a transatlantic pen pal relationship for months, but when those email exchanges are publicly exposed, Harington’s actor is called into question as a relentless media storm begins to swirl.
Also starring Miss Sloane‘s Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Thandie Newton and Scream Queens‘ star Bella Thorne, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan will hop between two time periods. The second takes place about a decade later, »
- Michael Briers
Principal photography will continue in Prague, the U.K. and New York. “John F. Donovan” stars Harrington an American TV star in his late twenties and his correspondence with a young actor-to-be, played by Tremblay, who is living with his mother (Portman) in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, sending Donovan in a downfall.
“The talent involved in this project is unparalleled,” said Anick Poirier of Seville International. “Xavier is a visionary and he has proven once again that he attracts first class actors by adding Tremblay to this superb ensemble. »
- Dave McNary
STXfilms is rolling out its first slate to be distributed in the United Kingdom with five titles set for this year. The group has opened an international headquarters in London.
Three-year-old Stx made the announcement on Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Berlin Film Festival.
The company has acquired U.K. rights to “Breathe,” directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy; “Home Again,” the directorial debut from Hallie Meyers-Shyer that stars Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Lake Bell; “Wind River,” starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen from director Taylor Sheridan; “Adrift,” directed by Baltasar Kormakur with Shailene Woodley; and an untitled Nash Edgerton project, starring Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, Joel Edgerton and Sharlto Copley.
“STXfilms’ inaugural slate for the U.K. is prestigious and »
- Dave McNary
7 February 2017 5:52 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The movie is already shooting in Montreal and will move to Prague, the U.K. and New York.
Set in the early 2000s, Donovan centers on an adult American TV star (Harington) and his correspondence with a young actor-to-be (Tremblay) living with his mother (Portman) in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when »
- Borys Kit
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