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For me, the Best Supporting Actor category is the most difficult category to predict this far out from the actual nominations. This is not atypical either as this category is annually, almost without fail, the toughest to foresee. The reasons for my particularly foggy clairvoyant skills on this specific matter are two-fold.
First, given the types of movies being made in this day and age, the abundance of choice supporting roles with potentially Oscar-worthy prospects is just ridiculous. They’re as plentiful as water in the ocean, and this plethora of promising performers, while a boon for fans of cinema, is a nightmare for an Oscar protagonist such as myself trying to pull off the illusion that I retain some unique insight into these awards that your regular laymen could never hope to attain.
This year’s crop of potential players makes this job an especially Herculean effort because they include so many recognizable names. »
- Christopher Lominac
Cate Blanchett will star in Blackbird, a Hitchcockian thriller set in the present day which David Mamet is directing which explores a secret explanation for U.S.president John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, reports Variety. Blanchett has been cast as Janet, who travels to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of her Hollywood visual effects artist grandfather. He's also had a second job in the U.S. special ops agencies and his secrets turn out to be a threat towards her, forcing Janet to learn the truth. Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions produces Blackbird. Blanchett was last seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and is in post production on its sequels The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. She's currently working on George Clooney's The Monuments Men with Clooney starring alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin. »
One of the single greatest opportunities for an actor to break out on the world cinema stage, the Cannes Film Festival, has helped launch countless careers. With the 66th edition kicking off tonight with the European premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (starring a breakout actress who made this list...), we run down the 10 actors who could leave Cannes as the next Jean Dujardin. Here are Indiewire's picks for the 10 actors to watch this year. Berenice Bejo, "The Past" We know what you're thinking: Why is she on this list? Academy Award nominated for her graceful turn in "The Artist," Berenice Bejo is a bonafide star in France, but in the black-and-white sensation Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin came out as the true stateside breakout -- that and he got to utter some dialogue at the end of the film, while Bejo did not. Despite a prolific career onscreen in France, »
The Candy Store coupon cast: Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke, Omar Sy (photo: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained) Get your coupons ready, as The Candy Store cast keeps growing: Besides Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke, and Omar Sy, writer-director Stephen Gaghan’s thriller will also feature this year’s Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. Co-written by Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) and Shannon Burke (a "consultant" on Syriana), The Candy Store follows several storylines set in the underworld of Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Here’s the basic plot: A former covert operative (Jason Clarke) discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new backyard. When he teams up with a disgraced local cop (Robert De Niro), their investigation leads them to an international sex trade entrepreneur (Omar Sy), a Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite (Christoph Waltz), and a »
- Zac Gille
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
The story is set in Marseilles in the 1970s & 1980s, at the time it was the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin to the United States.
Dujardin will star as police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring. Lellouche plays Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord.
Alain Goldman will produce with shooting to kick off in September for a late 2014 release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Cannes — French stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Gilles Lellouche (“Point Blank”) will face off in “La French,” a $26 million action-packed thriller produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende and backed by Gaumont.
Helmed by Cedric Jimenez, “La French” spans the 1970’s and 80’s and takes place in Marseilles, then known as the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin to the U.S.
Dujardin will star as police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring. Lellouche, will topline as Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord.
“This film is the true story of the French Connection based on true characters,” said Gaumont Intl. boss, Cecile Gaget, adding that the action takes place in Marseille and in New York.
Jimenez, who last directed “Paris Under Watch,” is from Marseille and was Goldman’s first choice to direct the pic. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
La French has added The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Point Blank's Gilles Lellouch to the thriller budgeted at $26 million dollars. Cedric Jimenez directs the film which takes place in the 1970s and 80s in Marseilles, which was then known as the world capital in drug trafficking, and also the largest supplier of heroine to the U.S. In La French, Dujardin play Pierre Michel, the police magistrate Pierre Michel who battled for six years to bring down the French Connection drug rin. Lellouche plays powerful drug loard Tany Zampa. »
As showbiz gets increasingly global, U.S. talent reps are establishing more outposts around the world. But a cross-section of key markets shows that the tenpercenters in each country retain their own business style while they cooperate with the American invasion.
French A-listers Embrace U.S. Percenteries
U.S. agencies don’t have offices in France but have signed locals looking for an international career. Michel Hazanavicius and Berenice Bejo are repped by CAA, while Wme signed Jean Dujardin, left, (who is represented by his brother and a lawyer on local projects).
Gaumont Intl. topper Cecile Gaget says talent increasingly hires American representatives and works with lawyers on French dealmaking, since the role of local percenters is often limited to negotiating contracts, unlike Hollywood representatives who develop material and help drum up funding. But, like U.S. counterparts, French agents are limited by a law that bans them from producing their content. »
- Variety Staff
Here’s the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ action-thriller Captain Phillips. Starring two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks, the film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
The film is directed by Oscar® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.
Captain Phillips will be in theaters October 11, 2013. Other films from Sony Pictures headed to cinemas this fall are Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore (Oct. 18,) and George Clooney’s Oscar hopeful The Monuments Men starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, »
- Michelle McCue
In theaters September 6th, here’s the new trailer for Populaire.
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a »
- Michelle McCue
False Positive: Rochant’s Latest a Trashy, Muddled Mess
French director Eric Rochant, no stranger to espionage themed genre exercises upon a quick glance at his filmography (Les Patriotes), delivers a surprisingly inept turkey with his latest film, Mobius, an uber glossy, superficially chic potboiler that’s as tawdry as it is overly complicated. While there’s an undeniable appeal front lining this schlocky endeavor in its pair of attractive European stars, Jean Dujardin and Cecile De France, not even they or the intriguing names peppered throughout the considerable supporting cast manage to appear as anything other than laughable.
Crossing over the sweeping vista of Monaco, we are introduced to Alice (Cecile De France), an international banking executive who specializes in money laundering, which resulted in a scandal that rendered her unable to work in the United States where her ailing father resides. Gregory (Jean Dujardin) and Sandra (Emilie Dequenne) are members of the Fsb, »
- Nicholas Bell
ABC-tv Wants More ‘Moody’ Australia’s ABC-tv has ordered a follow-up to comedy series A Moody Christmas. The first season focused on the dysfunctional Moody family over several different Christmas holidays. According to If.com, the new series will be based around significant moments in the family’s year. Producer Jungleboys, which recently signed with Mosaic, has already fielded offers from the U.S. for a remake. Exec producer Jason Burrows told Deadline late last year that the company was waiting until a second season went into production so as to be in a better bargaining position. The follow-up series shoots later this year. Germany Doles Out Funding To International Pics Germany’s subsidies continue to make it an attractive co-production partner and shooting destination. George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is one of a handful of international films that’s secured state subsidies from Germany this week. The film »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The Sundance hit Toy’s House that has been retitled to the more generic and less interesting title of The Kings of Summer gets its first full-length trailer. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a script written by Chris Galletta, a crowd-pleasing, coming-of-age, comedy sensation follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land. Beautiful and dark and also funny, the picture stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The Kings of Summer is scheduled for a summer release in...
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- Nick Martin
Montiel movies: From the blockbuster La Violetera to new versions of Carmen and Camille (Please check out the previous post: "Legendary Spanish Star Dead at 85."] Next in line for the sensual, husky-voice performer was a second tear-jerking hit: Luis César Amadori's La Violetera ("The Violet Peddler," 1958), for which Montiel is supposed to have earned $1 million dollars. In this romantic musical melodrama, she plays Soledad Moreno, a flower seller in the Madrid of the early 1900s, who falls in passionately love with an aristocrat played by Italian star Raf Vallone. As to be expected, class issues arise. Soledad flees for France, where she becomes (surprise!) a singing sensation. What follows includes tears, despair, a deadly iceberg (heard of the Titanic?), psychological and physiological trauma, and, finally, eternal love. Pictured above: A very sexy Montiel in a risque Gina Lollobrigida-like pose. “La violetera was even bigger than El último cuplé, »
- Andre Soares
The Webby Awards, which celebrates the best Internet properties of the year, has announced the nominees for its 17th annual round of awards. While there are dozens of categories you can explore at your own leisure, the online video nominations are dominated by big names, with Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and Ken Marino's Burning Love both earning nods in multiple categories. Seinfeld and Marino are two of the five nominees for Best Individual Performance. Two Academy Award winners--Jean Dujardin and Charlize Theron--are each nominated for their respective roles in Funny or Die videos. Rounding out the nominees is the upstart Lena Dunham, who earned a nod not for her web series work but for her appearance in an Obama For America campaign. Seinfeld and Marino were joined by two more established stars, Neil Patrick Harris and Conan O'Brien, in the Best Comedy Series category. »
- Sam Gutelle
Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store." Both actors have been cast on the heels of a successful 2012. Clarke recently starred opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," and will appear next month in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." French co-star Sy starred last year in the official French Oscar submission "The Intouchables," and beat eventual Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin for the best actor Cesar. Gaghan nabbed a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for Steven Soderbergh's ensemble drama "Traffic," and was nominated again in 2006 for his original screenplay of "Syriana," a film Gaghan also directed. Like those films, "Candy Store" interweaves disparate storylines amid a criminal milieu. Clarke will play a covert operative up against a king pimp (Sy) in Brooklyn. Gaghan will direct »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Today we have the first photos from the upcoming WWII drama "The Monuments Men," which re-teams George Clooney and Matt Damon, and is currently filming in Berlin. Check out the photos below. Plot: In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. The new movie is written and directed by Clooney, and co-stars Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman. It's set to hit theaters on December 18th. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
If you’re not an uber die hard crazy fans of Kevin Hart, that’s fine, but for those who are his forthcoming stand up comedy film Let Me Explain gets full length trailer to whet the appetite. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain chronicles a 2012 10-country concert tour, which saw Hart travel to 80 cities, generating over $32 million in ticket sales and even earning $1 million in one night at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. A full-length concert film, due to hit theaters on July 3rd, 2013, had the funnyman performing his comedy act in cities around the world including Copenhagen, Vancouver, Oslo, London,...
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- Nick Martin
I mentioned in Sunday's What I Watched article and then again on Tuesday's podcast I'm currently reading Jordan Belfort's "The Wolf of Wall Street" in advance of the upcoming adaptation by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The next book I plan on reading is Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter's "amazon asin="1599951509" text="The Monuments Men"" in advance of George Clooney's adaptation starring the likes of Clooney, Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and Bob Balaban. The film just began production in Berlin, Germany and the Daily Mail has revealed some photos from the set as well as some information on the story, which, to me, was previously unknown. Pictured above is Clooney who is not only directing and starring, but producing and co-wrote the script with Grant Heslov. He'll play a character named George Stout, an art enthusiast who leads »
- Brad Brevet
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