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On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 25 is the critically-acclaimed The Wolf of Wall Street, the Oscar-nominated dramatic comedy from director Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort in this true-story adaptation, a fraudulent stock broker who made millions upon millions of dollars by selling phony stocks to unsuspecting clients. Among a stellar supporting cast including Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin and Margot Robbie, is P.J. Byrne, who plays Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in this towering tale about greed, corruption and American excess. I recently had the chance to speak with P.J. Byrne via satellite, who revealed that his finance degree from Boston College came in handy during the production, while discussing what it's like to be directed by the great Martin Scorsese. Take a look at our exclusive video interview with P.J. Byrne for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Leonardo DiCaprio delivers "the »
After blowing up on the international scene last weekend, with $75 million-plus from 32 territories, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” aims its guns Stateside, targeting a projected $90 million bow or higher.
The expected launch for the “Captain America” sequel would make it the largest April bow ever domestically, eclipsing Universal’s “Fast Five,” which bowed to $86 million-plus in 2011. And while the Stateside start for “Winter Soldier” will be huge regardless, the fact that it still falls short of the biggest Marvel openings speaks to the high consistency of the Disney-owned brand.
Internationally, “Winter Soldier,” which opened roughly 88% higher than the original from the same bucket of debut territories, expands to Russia, Australia and China this weekend. The film also bows this weekend at 668 Imax screens globally, a day-and-date company record.
With “Winter Soldier” set to dominate the domestic market place, there are no other new pics daring to open wide, »
- Andrew Stewart
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Culver City, Calif. (March 31, 2014) – George Clooney’s action thriller The Monuments Men marches its way onto Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital* May 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the
non-fiction book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, the film pays tribute to the real men and women who risked their lives to recover and return thousands of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is loaded with bonus materials, including two all-new featurettes that highlight the making of the film. The first, “George Clooney’s Mission,” features interviews with Clooney, as well as the rest of the cast, on the elements that went into completing The Monuments Men. The second featurette, “Marshaling the Cast,” features a cast discussion on the real men and women they brought to life on screen. »
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Martin Scorsese at the Santa Barbara Film Festival By Robert W. Welkos On its website, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival calls itself “a cinephile’s paradise—an eleven day celebration of cinema at several historical theaters on the American Rivera(sic) in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara…” The festival presents “more than 200 films to over 75,000 film enthusiasts—an audience that includes industry professionals, leading reporters and critics from Variety, Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire as well as local and regional cinephiles, film students and independent filmmakers…. “Just a few days after Sundance and well-timed a few weeks before the Academy Awards, (the festival) has become a must-stop for frontrunners on the awards season fast-track.” Over the years, the festival has “honored the artistic achievements of Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis, Amy Adams, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence, Christopher Plummer, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Viola Davis, Martin Scorsese, Colin Firth, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, »
- Robert W. Welkos
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- Michael Stevens
Jean Dujardin had a solid career in France before his work in the 2011 film The Artist earned him a Best Oscar statue in 2012. And that win probably helped him land supporting gigs in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Monuments Men. But he’s got a couple other films in the […]
- Russ Fischer
After winning Best Actor for his performance in The Artist, we've seen Jean Dujardin pop up in The Wolf of Wall Street and The Monuments Men, but he's also been busy in his homeland of France. Now audiences can see him in one of those films from overseas with The Players. Hitting limited theaters next week, The Weinstein Company is releasing this short film anthology about infidelity, and some men who sleep around on their wives. Though the film has segments from multiple directors, including Dujardin himself, this one only seems to focus on one of the shorts featuring the Oscar-winning French actor and Gilles Lellouche. Here's the trailer for the French film The Players from The Weinstein Company: And here's the poster with Jean Dujardin in a compromising position: The Players is a comedy omnibus or anthology featuring various stories focusing on the theme of infidelity and and its adulterous variants. »
- Ethan Anderton
Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank) take infidelity to a whole new level in the first trailer for the comedy anthology The Players. The French stars each play six separate characters in this omnibus feature that consists of six short films, two of which were directed by the actors themselves. In addition, we also have the first poster featuring Jean Dujardin in an uncompromising pose, before this comedy debuts in U.S. theaters April 4 from The Weinstein Company.
The Players comes to theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache, Priscilla de Laforcade, Florine Delobel, Julie Nicolet, Karine Ventalon, Pierre Benoist. The film is directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Jan Kounen, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche. »
Two years after its debut in France, Jean Dujardin's follow-up role to his Oscar-winning performance in "The Artist" is coming to America. Titled "The Players" ("Les Infideles"), the film is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, which just released a trailer for the film. "The Players" is an omnibus comedy starring Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche ("Therese," "Tell No One") as several different men in a series of vignettes about male infidelity. Segments were directed by Dujardin, Lellouche and "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius, among others. The film attracted a certain amount of controversy in 2012 for a handful of posters deemed sexist by some critics. At any rate, the film seems to be a pretty broad sex comedy, a bit removed from the pastiches Dujardin and Hazanavicius are best known for. "The Players" hits theaters on April 4. Watch the trailer below. »
- Max O'Connell
The first trailer and poster for The Weinstein Company's The Players are now online. The comedic picture is a series of short films that center around the theme of infidelity. Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche star as the ladies men in question. This trailer gives a good sense of the comedic tone and personality of the leads, along with a hint of where the plot is going. However, there's not yet any indication that each of them will be playing six different parts, but I'm sure that tidbit of information is on its way. The Players opens in the U.S. on April 4th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster. Here's the new trailer for The Players: »
- Dave Trumbore
The Weinstein Company has brought online both a poster and a trailer for their upcoming short film anthology, The Players , starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Géraldine Nakache. Check them both out below! An anthology of short films about infidelity, The Players features a wide range of directors, including Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavaye, Alexandre Courtes, Jan Koune, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche and Dujardin himself. The Players hits theaters April 4 in a limited release. »
Paramount Home Media Distribution released The Wolf of Wall Street on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD yesterday, giving fans a chance to relive this Oscar-nominated dramatic comedy from director Martin Scorsese, or watch it for the very first time. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, who made millions of dollars through his phony stock market firm in this true-story adaptation. We have the perfect giveaway lined up in conjunction with this release, which will help you get the party started with a copy of the Blu-ray and a Happy Hour Kit. These prizes will be gone quicker than Leonardo DiCaprio can drop an F-bomb, so don't miss out on this opportunity to win big from The Wolf of Wall Street.
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While the initial, "Inception"-y trailer for "Möbius" was pretty exciting, it was a disappointment to find out that the resulting thriller ultimately wasn't so hot. Our review out of the Tribeca Flim Festival last year called the picture "story-heavy" and "nakedly superficial," which is a bummer considering the international ensemble pulled together for this one. But if you want to see for yourself, the movie is coming to home video and a new trailer is here to set it all up for you. Starring Jean Dujardin, Cécile De France, Tim Roth and Émilie Dequenne, writer/director Éric Rochant's film follows a Russian operative trying to crack an international money laundering scheme. But that's just the start of double crosses, intrigue, sex and beautiful people doing bad, beautiful things. Certainly, this looks slicker than you might expect, and again, the talent is hard to deny. So perhaps this is one »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After delivering a very impressive, and very dark, first season of HBO’s gripping True Detective, all eyes are on director Cary Fukunaga to see what he’ll do next. While the in demand filmmaker certainly has several exciting projects on his plate, one that I’m really looking forward to is Noble Assassin. He was attached to the film last Summer and it appears that he’s still on board to helm, as Deadline reports today that Fukunaga will directing off a script provided by Scott Silver.
For those unfamiliar with the project, Noble Assassin tells the true story of Robert de la Rochefoucauld, a “French aristocrat-turned-anti-Nazi-saboteur.” He joined the British Special Ops during World War II and helped organize a powerful resistance movement. Though he was eventually caught and tortured, he did manage to escape execution and actually just passed away back in 2012.
Silver has films like The Fighter »
- Matt Joseph
Audiences overseas have already had a chance to catch Jean Dujardin spy flick Mobius in theaters -- but its U.S. release is VOD-only on April 1, followed two weeks later by a DVD and Blu-ray release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Eric Rochant's thriller premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013 and follows the Oscar-winning star of The Artist as he plays Gregory Lioubov, an undercover Russian spy stationed in Monaco. There he seduces financial whiz Alice Redmond (Cecile de France), bedding her with the kind of skill that would turn 007 green with envy. Review:
- Seth Abramovitch
George Clooney.s The Monuments Men topped the Australian box-office last weekend but its figures don.t really reflect the assembled star power of Matt Damon, Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman and The Artist.s Jean Dujardin.
The comedy-action-drama based on the true story of the efforts to save and recover precious art works stolen by the Nazis in WW2 fetched $2.3 million, and $2.5 million with previews.
That.s a solid but not stellar number which, pro-rata, is a bit better than the Us debut of $US22 million. In the Us the film has taken $73.8 million, part of a worldwide total of $128 million, which is not a lucrative return on a production budget of $70 million.
It.s the kind of movie that would have benefited from positive reviews; instead, most critics were negative, according to Rotten Tomatoes. rankings.
The lethargy at the Australian box-office continues at takings »
- Don Groves
And, well, they had a point.
Except for those awards that have special categories for comedy/musical performances, like the Golden Globes or MTV Movie Awards (which also has one for Best Fight), even the most popular, highest grossing comic actors can find their Wikipedia awards and nominations pages looking a little empty.
Over the last 10 years, for example, the best actor and actress Oscars have gone to actors in dramatic or, at a push, comic-dramatic roles every time – except for 2011, when Jean Dujardin managed to buck two trends at once with a winning performance in silent romantic-comedy The Artist. No words and comedy. Nice one Jean.
But you don’t have to wait around for a decade to get lucky. As John C. Reilly »
- Lottie Oram
One of my favorite activities each year is compiling a list of actors who really nailed their brief but not necessarily coveted roles. Oh sure sometimes a small part is a true get and key to the narrative. There's no way to watch 12 Years a Slave, for example, and miss the importance of "Mistress Shaw", so perfectly rendered by Alfre Woodard. And some tiny parts are designed as cameos for stars: think Jean DuJardin and Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf of Wall Street. But the bulk of small roles each year in any actor's medium, go unnoticed with the actors adding depth to the ensemble and colors to the director or writer or showrunner's palette. Me, I love looking at the peripheries and seeing which actors are hungry, which find ways to maximize their tertiary characters or simply inhabit them so well that you get everything you need in that one scene or, »
- NATHANIEL R
Many people were upset and disappointed this year when Leonardo DiCaprio lost his fourth and fifth Oscar (Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf of Wall Street which he also produced) this year to Matthew McConaughey. While I would have loved for him to win, I knew that it wasn't going to happen. The Academy tends to pick winners that make one excellent movie, like Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball, rather than actors constantly producing knockout performances in every film. Sure, there are exceptions like Daniel Day-Lewis and Cate Blanchett, but they are rare. "Why give the gold to someone who will continue to create a career of golden performances even if they lose?" That's the Academy's mantra. I think we all know deep down that eventually Leo's Oscar curse will break and until then we will continue to watch and root for him. »
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