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Everyone is excited about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's big wedding news - especially their pal George Clooney! George told People, "How great is that? I'm really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family." George didn't provide any additional details, but he may have even attended the nuptials since he's currently in Europe himself. He's been filming a Nespresso commercial in Italy with Jean Dujardin and has gotten a few visits from his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, on set. Brad and Angie haven't shared who specifically witnessed their wedding, but they did tell Popsugar that the ceremony took place "in the presence of family and friends." »
Gaumont Film Company and Drafthouse Films have just released an international teaser for Cédric Jimenez’s 1975-set crime thriller The Connection, starring The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. Inspired by true events and shot on 35mm, the film follows Dujardin as Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and kids who goes after the mafia-run French Connection drug organization and tangles with kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche of Mesrine: Killer Instinct).
Austin-based Drafthouse picked up U.S. rights out of Cannes based on an 8-minute sizzle reel and is plotting an April theatrical release, along with home video and digital formats. Drafthouse, the distribution arm of The Alamo Drafthouse, which hosts the genre festival Fantastic Fest in September, will offer exhibitors the option of screening 35mm prints in addition to DCPs in select markets. The Connection (Fka La French) is produced by Alain Goldman and Legende Films. Check out »
- Jen Yamato
La French Trailer. Cédric Jimenez‘s La French / The Connection (2014) movie trailer stars Jean Dujardin, Benoît Magimel, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Guillaume Gouix. La French‘s plot synopsis: “Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic chronicling a violent [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
A first trailer has dropped for Toronto entry "The Connection," a European spin on 1971's "The French Connection" starring Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille. The trailer is below (no subs, alas). Directed Cedric Jimenez shot his crime epic on 35mm to give it the flavor of the gritty William Friedkin classic that won Gene Hackman a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of undeterred police detective Popeye Doyle. Here's the synopsis:Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. Based on a true story and known as "La French" overseas, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
La French, aka The Connection for international festival audiences, jumps off from the same ’60s and ’70s drug-trafficking patterns that inspired The French Connection. Jean Dujardin stars as a young magistrate thrust into an attempt to corral international heroin smuggling, and follows his “violent six-year campaign to bring down the kingpin of a major narcotics […]
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- Russ Fischer
Whoa - this looks cool! Oscar winner Jean Dujardin stars in what might be best described as a "reboot" of The French Connection, titled just The Connection in America, but known as La French back in France. Set in Marseille, the same place as French Connection, the film tells an action-heavy story about a French police magistrate who spends six years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings. Sound familiar? At least it doesn't look so bad, seriously. I like the music choices, I like the intense action, it doesn't look too cheesy or comical. I'm interested - what about you? No subtitles included but none needed. Here's the first trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection, or La French, on YouTube (via SlashFilm): From the Tiff 2014 guide: "Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane »
- Alex Billington
The Artist star Jean Dujardin did have a career before his Oscar-winning turn as a silent film star fallen upon hard times, and his post-Oscar triumphs have been nothing to sneeze at. He appeared briefly but memorably in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then again in The Monuments Men. He’s also been hard at work in his native France, and will next be seen in Cedric Jimenez’s true-story crime thriller The Connection, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Connection has Dujardin in the role of Pierre Michel, a young magistrate recently transferred to Marseilles. Once there he runs a crash course in the ins and outs of the drug trade, now out of control in the city. His ambitious goal is to taken on the French Connection, the underground operation that oversees the city’s heroine trade. The Connection is run by Gaetan »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There are few films about the battle between Johnny Law and drug dealers that can measure up to "The French Connection," so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be Cédric Jimenez's operating principle, as his forthcoming "The Connection" is a Euro flavored take on William Friedkin's classic. The movie is headed to the Toronto International Film Festival for its world premiere, and the first international teaser trailer is here. Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette and Benoît Magimel star in the action thriller, which looks pretty confidently put together. Here's the official synopsis: Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris– Gaumont will be out in force at Toronto Intl. Film Festival with a record five French-language films selected in major sections.
The French studio will host the world premiere of this year’s hotly anticipated Gallic movies, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Samba” and Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” slotted for a Gala unspooling.
An uplifting dramedy weaving friendship and romance, “Samba” marks Toledano and Nakache’s follow up to smash hit “The Intouchables.” The helmer duo reteamed with their star, Omar Sy, who plays a recent immigrant to France who bonds with a tormented social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
Based on a true story, “The Connection” (“La French”), directed by Jimenez, chronicles the six-year battle waged by a French magistrate, played by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), to bring down Marseilles’ French connection drug ring.
Both “Samba” and “The Connection” have pre-sold in key territories. “The Connection »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
One of the new films announced for the 2014 Toronto Film Festival this morning was Cedric Jimenez's The Connection (La French), a film that looks to tell the story from the other side of the pond for those of you familiar with William Friedkin's classic The French Connection. Starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist), the movie takes place in Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel (Dujardin), a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city's organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. Not paying heed to any warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the most untouchable godfather of all. But Pierre Michel soon discovers that to get results he will have to change his methods. The film is featured as one of the »
- Brad Brevet
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: Boychoir (Directed by François Girard) starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Garrett Wareing The Connection (Directed by Cédric Jimenez) starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel. Escobar: Paradise Lost (Directed by Andrea Di Stefano) starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac. The Forger (Directed by Philip Martin) starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer, and Travis Wade. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. Boychoir An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, »
- Matt Goldberg
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
Still the Chill: Zwick Assembles Fine Cast for Routine Exercise
Jesse Zwick, son of director Edward Zwick, has amassed a fine cast of young actors for a revamp of what will inevitably compared to Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983), where a reunion of old friends transpires over the death (in this case, near death) of one of their old group members. While Kasdan’s film represents the pinnacle of this dramatic formula, there have been plenty of films since then that benefit greatly from its influence. A glossy, less dire example would be the more recent Channing Tatum headlined 10 Years (2011), while Guillaume Canet gets dibs for the best thing since Kasdan with his 2010 Little White Lies. With About Alex, Zwick has a written a smartly observed treatment to define the trials and travails of a new generation of quickly aging twentysomethings, a group of young adults already greatly at »
- Nicholas Bell
Annecy– Marion Cotillard is set to topline “Mal de Pierres,” a period romance drama directed by critically-acclaimed auteur Nicole Garcia and produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, one of France’s top independent film companies.
An adaptation of Milena Agus’ eponymous novel set after WWII, “Mal de Pierres” (“Mal di pietre”) spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
A bestseller, the book has been translated in more than 15 languages.
Cotillard will play the leading role. Garcia co-wrote the script with her regular co-scribe, Jacques Fieschi.
“It’s a passion project for both Nicole and us,” Attal told Variety.” It’s a very romantic and intense story about a woman whose quest for absolute love is the essence of life, her ‘raison d’etre.’” Attal added that Cotillard was taken by the script, the »
- Elsa Keslassy
★★☆☆☆ Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney clambers back into the director's chair for the fifth time with Second World War comedy caper, The Monuments Men (2014). Heading up yet another ensemble cast, including Cate Blanchett, The Artist's Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and Bill Murray, Clooney plays Frank Stokes, an art historian at the Fogg Museum (based on the real life George Stokes who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives, or Mffa division). With presidential blessing, Stokes takes it upon himself to gather a group of like-minded art enthusiast who must travel to Europe to project the world's treasures from the clutches of the Nazis.
- CineVue UK
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