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Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones to Receive Santa Barbara Film Fest Honor

16 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor “The Theory of Everything” stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with its Cinema Vanguard Award on Jan. 29.

The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will recognize the actors both for the accomplishments of their career and for their recent turns as physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde Hawking, respectively.

“These two actors continue to impress, and we are honored to have them at Sbiff to celebrate their fantastic body of work,” said executive director Roger Durling. “Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones’s performances together in ‘The Theory of Everything’ are nothing short of an astonishing collaboration, recalling the alchemy of Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in ‘My Left Foot.'”

Redmayne and Jones will join a long list of celebrated filmmakers and actors who’ve received the award, including Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, »

- Kevin Noonan

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Sbiff to honour Theory duo

15 December 2014 9:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (Sbiff) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29. 

The actors are riding high on adulation for their lead roles in The Theory Of Everything and will be the focus of a tribute at the Arlington Theatre.

The Cinema Vanguard Award was created “in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.”

Previous honourees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.

Sbiff is set to run from January 27-February 7. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Share Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award

15 December 2014 8:46 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Theory of Everything" costars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who play Stephen and Jane Hawking, respectively, will be jointly honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre. "The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film,' says the festival. Past honorees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling. Watch: Watch: Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones Reveal Terrors Filming 'Theory of Everything' (Exclusive Video) As previously announced, Eddie Redmayne will also be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to receive Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award

15 December 2014 8:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. It's makes for as subjective a reading as anything, I suppose, but this year's honorees are a fair enough choice: "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. "These two actors continue to impress," Sbiff Roger Durling said. "Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones's performances together in 'The Theory of Everything' are nothing short of an astonishing collaboration, recalling the alchemy of Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in 'My Left Foot.'" The accolade will be awarded during a tribute presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29. Previous Cinema Vanguard honorees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Exodus’ Commands $23.1M In Overseas Bow As ‘Hobbit’ Looms: Final Intl B.O.

9 December 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday Am Pt: Actuals are in from all studios with the exception of Sony. For the most part the estimates matched the final results, although Mockingjay came in slightly higher with $32.9M for a $306.6M cume, and Penguins Of Madagascar flapped up to $24.2M with a $95M cume. Also among notable upticks was Fox’s new entry, The Pyramid, with $4.2M versus the original $3.8M estimate. Next week will see Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings expand while The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies emerges from Middle Earth.

Figures have been updated below for Mockingjay Part I, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, Big Hero 6, The Pyramid, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Theory Of Everything, Alles Ist Liebe, Trash, Dumb And Dumber To, Black Sea, Dracula Untold, Boyhood, Men Women & Children and Billy Elliot: The Musical Live.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Asterix: Mansions Of The Gods’ Animates French Box Office In Big Bow (Video)

3 December 2014 5:42 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Asterix films are traditionally big winners at the French box office, although the most recent ones have been live-action and seen some decrease in traction. The latest, Asterix: The Mansions Of The Gods, is a 3D animated adaptation of the comic books created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Snd released the picture on November 26 on 696 screens with first-week grosses today coming in at a huge 6.2M euros ($7.64M) from nearly 780K admissions. The opening bests previous local performances of such animated hits as Frozen, Tangled, Monsters, Inc, and Cars. It was No. 1 at the weekend, topping the second frame of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the fourth session for Interstellar. The first week puts it just behind Guardians Of The Galaxy and above Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the 2014 chart and makes it the 3rd biggest opening for a French animated film ever. The last Asterix movie, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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MovieWeb's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

1 December 2014 12:29 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »

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‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’, ‘Penguins’ Lead Frame; ‘Paddington’ Charms UK: Int’l B.O.

30 November 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Despite Mockingjay and Interstellar muscle, the current frame was down more than 30% on last week, but very close to last year’s comparable weekend for the Top 10 studio titles. Indies and local films that factored big this session included Women Who Flirt ($11.5M) and Rise Of The Legend ($5.5M, cume $18M) in China; along with Paddington‘s $8.5M bear hug to the UK, Mexico and Peru.

Last year this time, Catching Fire was the big game globally, while Gravity, much like Warner Bros’ Interstellar this year, was still exerting force in China in the similar period. Also last year, Frozen was just getting its skates on for what would go on to be a record breaking run.

Next week, Korea will be the among the first overseas territories where Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings heads into action along with Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Spain and »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Stockholm Film Festival: French Films Lack Luster with Big Stars

11 November 2014 6:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn has been attending the 25th Stockholm Film Festival as a member of the Fipresci jury. Here he shares thoughts on three French films starring big names Catherine Deneuve, Jean Dujardin, and Gemma Arterton.

In the Name of My Daughter

As is common during a film festival, I had taken a seat in a cinema and completely forgotten what I was set to see. When the title card came up announcing ‘French Riviera’, I thought they were playing the wrong film as we had no such film on our schedule. Me in my festival state, stupidly didn't realise this was merely a location card. It wasn't until I checked the guide that I actually realised its name was In the Name of My Daughter. That title, far more verbose and clunky than is befitting André Téchiné’s movie, rather uncomfortably links the film to Jim Sheridan’s famous 1993 Ira drama »

- Glenn Dunks

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Oscar Contenders Turn on the Charm for Awards Season Q&As

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Moviegoers far outside of Hollywood might think that the Oscar actually goes to the “best performance,” whatever that is. But those on the circuit know the award doesn’t always correlate with the nominated performance. Other factors include the idea that an actor is “due,” how well the film scores financially and, of course, likability.

Jean Dujardin, for example, was tireless in working the circuit, and always came off as funny, outgoing and self-effacing, despite heavy competition from a field that included George Clooney.

So far this year, the best charm offensive has been waged by Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” It’s a fantastic, transformative performance that could win the best actor statue on its own merits. But helping the situation is the fact that Redmayne is almost ridiculously endearing.

Working against Redmayne is the fact that he faces some stiff competition, and »

- Jenelle Riley

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Michael Fassbender Might Play Steve Jobs Now

4 November 2014 1:45 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The roulette wheel for Oscar-nominated white men under the age of 45 who could conceivably play Steve Jobs has now landed on Michael Fassbender. According to Variety, the actor is "in talks" to star in Danny Boyle's Jobs, which has already seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale bow out in the past month. Once Fassbender inevitably drops out, the roulette wheel will be down to Javier Bardem, Edward Norton, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Renner, Mark Wahlberg, Jared Leto, Jean Dujardin, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Michael Shannon, Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper, Casey Affleck, James Franco, Ryan Gosling, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonah Hill, and Haley Joel Osment. One of those guys has to say yes. »

- Nate Jones

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Film Review: ‘The Connection’

28 October 2014 1:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The lesser-known but no less interesting Euro side of “The French Connection” story finally gets its due in Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” (aka “La French”), a meaty, export-ready true-crime saga — and relatively safe bet for U.S. distrib Drafthouse Films — that manages to be both more upbeat and more cynical than William Friedkin’s loosely fictionalized policier. Few would have thought the latter point possible, given the gritty original’s unresolved ending and the grim sequel it inspired. Still, “The Connection” can’t hold a candle to that 1976 classic as Jimenez adopts a vintage-kitsch sensibility, taking a disappointingly generic approach to his hard-to-follow narrative.

Already booking sprocket operas left and right since its Toronto Film Festival bow, “The Connection” not only sounds good on paper, but also boasts a lead turn from a suitably retro-looking Jean Dujardin, dudded out in sideburns and polyester suits for the role. Dujardin plays relentlessly dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel, »

- Peter Debruge

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‘The Connection’ tells the European side of events of the infamous drug operation

27 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Connection

Directed by Cedric Jimenez

2014, France

Not to be confused with the 1971 classic The French Connection starring Gene Hackman, director Cedric Jimenez’s second feature The Connection essentially tells the European side of events of the infamous drug operation. Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin leads a strong cast as Pierre Michel, a magistrate stationed in Marseille, determined to cut off the supply chain but unaware of how high up corruption from the local Corsican mob has spread up the political food chain.

Through the French Connection, morphine base from Turkey was processed into dangerously pure heroin in France and smuggled to New York City, causing widespread corruption on both sides of the Atlantic in the ’60s and ’70s. Jimenez’s film, loosely based on actual events, takes off in 1975 when Michel arrives in the drug unit from the juvenile department. He’s shocked to find an office full of thumb-twiddlers »

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Could ‘Birdman’ Join These 10 Best Picture Nominees About Show Business?

19 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Hollywood films portraying the world — including the troubled side — of show business have garnered best picture nominations for years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) could be a serious Oscar contender and features Michael Keaton as a former film star known for his portrayal of a superhero named Birdman. He attempts to renew his career by writing, directing and performing in a Broadway play. The film hit theaters Friday. Here are ten best picture Oscar-nominated films about show business (in chronological order):

1. The Red Shoes (1948)

The film is a tragic story about a young ballet dancer (Moira Shearer) who is forced to choose between her future dance career and the composer she falls in love with. The film was nominated for five Oscars and won two.

2. All About Eve (1950)

Anne Baxter stars as Eve, an aspiring, conniving actress who »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Watch: Pulse-Pounding International Trailer For Gritty Crime Pic 'The Connection' Starring Jean Dujardin

16 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Say the words “French Connection” and plenty of images come to mind: Gene Hackman in a porkpie hat, the grit and grime of pre-Giuliani New York City, and some of the most nerve-jangling, eardrum-rattling car chases ever committed to celluloid. And yet “The Connection," while clearly indebted to the slick, entertaining amorality of William Friedkin’s classic cop thriller, is neither a remake nor a re-interpretation. It is instead a much different story, albeit one that draws inspiration from the same true events that were the basis for the 1971 film that saw Hackman chase down crooks on foot in an ill-fitting Santa suit. A new French trailer has arrived, promising down-and-dirty thrills, plenty of action, and the dependably chiseled mug of the man once dubbed “France’s George Clooney,” Mr. Jean Dujardin. On the basis of this trailer, “The Connection” promises to be a leaner, cleaner film then Friedkin’s sprawling, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Full Trailer For Jean Dujardin Starring Crime Thriller La French (The Connection)

15 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Jean Dujardin anchors the cast of Cedric Jimenez' classy Gallic crime thriller La French. Based on the same true events that provided the basis for The French Connection, the film is known in these parts simply as The Connection and with the French theatrical release drawing near the full trailer has arrived online. No English subtitles, unfortunately, but big bags of cocaine and gunmen on motorcycles are kind of their own language, n'est ce pas?...

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Pascal Breton Unveils Ambitious Mini-Studio Federation Entertainment

23 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– French vet producer Pascal Breton has officially launched Federation Entertainment, a film and TV mini-studio with offices in Paris and L.A.

Following the footsteps of Gaumont International Television, Breton, who is the former boss of Marathon Entertainment, has tapped a well-seasoned American executive, Ashley Stern, to run the Los Angeles office, which will focus on development and marketing.

Stern was previously VP of development and production at Ensemble Entertainment where she worked on such acclaimed series as “The Pacific,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Magic City.”

Meanwhile, Breton appointed international sales exec Jean-Michel Ciszewski to run the shingle’s distribution arm from the Paris office.

Shingle was created to produce, finance and distribute original programming with universal themes and strong international market potential. Breton told Variety that aside from developing in-house series, “Federation Entertainment will also acquire shows – produced by third-party outfits — to finance and distribute them.”

Added Breton, “The »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Spy vs. Spy: Oss 117

17 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Three years ago Jean Dujardin became the first French actor ever to win a Best Actor Oscar, for The Artist. That charming film, meticulously designed in the style of a late-1920s black-and-white silent film, was transformed from an ingenious stunt into something more by Dujardin’s brilliance as a swashbuckling Hollywood star circa 1928. A pastiche performance, yes, particularly paying homage to Douglas Fairbanks, but nonetheless one with delicacy and emotional depth. Few Americans heard of him before The Artist’s sleeper triumph. Fewer still of its writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. Yet they were already something of a signature creative duo in France, on the basis of two movies that got just moderate arthouse exposure in the U.S. but were big commercial hits abroad. Some of us who had seen them enjoyed The Artist very much—but semi-guiltily still preferred the brassier, vulgar, laugh-out-loud joys of Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) and its sequel, »

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Tiff 2014 Review – The Connection (La French) (2014)

13 September 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Connection (La French), 2014.

Directed by Cédric Jimenez.

Starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.

Synopsis:

French police magistrate Pierre Michel wages an obsessive six-year battle to bring down Marseilles’ infamous “French Connection” drug ring.

A motorcycle weaves through the traffic where it connects with a car where the passengers are executed at point blank range.  Meanwhile a police magistrate who is responsible for juveniles tries to convince a teenage female drug addict to go clean and tells his own story of how he was able to overcome his gambling problem.  The two storylines become intertwined as the lawyer gets promoted to dismantle an infamous and ruthless drug network which has members of the police force, local and government officials on its payroll; the death of the young girl from an overdose ignites an obsession which will see him bend the rules in an effort to make that justice prevails. »

- Trevor Hogg

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Review: The Connection (Tiff 2014)

12 September 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A magistrate (Jean Dujardin) stationed in Marseilles in the seventies, tries to dismantle the infamous .French Connection. which is supplying millions of dollars worth of heroin to the United States. His main target is the kingpin (Gilles Lellouche) at the head of the organization, which the media dubs .La French.. Review: Those of you reading this who may only be familiar with Jean Dujardin through his Oscar-winning turn in The Artist or his small part in The Wolf Of Wall »

- Chris Bumbray

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