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Tyrese Gibson Joins the Cast of 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

28 June 2016 6:16 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Tyrese Gibson is reprising his role as Robert Epps in director Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight." The actor confirmed the news on his official Instagram with the caption, "Rumor has it............ Nah.... Robert Epps is back!!!!!! #T5 summer 2017 just got even more interesting...... @MichaelBay aka #MrImAlwaysAwesome" where you can see Gibson and Bay hanging out on the set for Transformers 5.

Rumor has it............ Nah.... Robert Epps is back!!!!!! #T5 summer 2017 just got even more interesting...... @MichaelBay aka #MrImAlwaysAwesome

A photo posted by Tyrese (@tyrese) on Jun 27, 2016 at 2:01pm Pdt

"Transformers: The Last Knight" is directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Jean Dujardin, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. »

- J.B. Casas

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Why ‘Finding Dory’ Sequel Drowned ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

26 June 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like the rest of the summer, it’s a mixed bag.

The good news: this weekend’s top two films, one opener and one holdover, grossed nearly $115 million. That’s better than the top two last year (holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out”).

The bad news: while “Finding Dory” is a huge success, “Independence Day: Resurgence” is a dud that will likely fall like a rock from its underwhelming opening.

Buddy comedy “Central Intelligence” enjoyed a strong second weekend, and low-budget horror flick “The Shallows” scored a better-than-expected opening, buoyed by rave reviews. But Stx’s risky opening strategy failed for Gary Ross’s historic epic “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey. Another national release in under 800 theaters bombed. “The Neon Demon” and its sub-$1 million haul is covered in Arthouse Audit. (This week’s box office preview is here; last weekend’s Top 10 Box Office Takeaways is here. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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In Happier Cannes Times

24 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

on this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1941 Bob Dylan is born in Minnesota, splinters into seven people in front of Todd Haynes' eyes.

1949 Jim Broadbent is born so that we might have Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! the film he should have won the Oscar for on the night he actually won the Oscar. Funny how that happens sometimes.

1960 Kristin Scott Thomas is born. Years later she can drop a room temperature or bring it to a boil onscreen in about 2 seconds. We miss her soooo much.

1972 Superhero Glut Producer of the CW, Greg Berlanti, is born.

1991 Thelma & Louise drove into theaters. You've been reading our 25th anniversary retrospective right? Part 3 hits today and we're having a blast revisiting.

2009 The White Ribbon finally wins Michael Haneke the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It goes on to two Oscar nominations for Foreign Film and Cinematography and becomes Haneke's most successful film globally, »


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Colcoa Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

14 April 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the program for the 20th Colcoa French Film Festival that will run April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase a record 70 films and television series - among them 64 in competition for Colcoa Awards - including four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American or U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres - and 21 new shorts. Colcoa, is now the world's largest event dedicated to French films and television.

"This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and dynamism of French filmmakers and producers," stated François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. "More than ever, we are about to involve audiences in a journey that will stir them, make them laugh, cry, tickle their curiosity, and help them remain optimistic, while recognizing the urgent world zeitgeist."

 "20 years is an achievement for any film festival in Hollywood. This would not have been possible without the commitment of the Franco-American Cultural Fund - a unique partnership of the DGA, the Mpa, la Sacem and the WGA West - creator of the festival in 1996 and supporter of its subsequent development. We also salute French sales companies, official supporters, sponsors, and U.S. distributors, whose loyalty and trust have given the festival its continuing excellence," he added.

Colcoa will open Monday, April 18th with the North American Premiere of "Monsieur Chocolat," a biopic about the first French black clown, co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem, directed by Roschdy Zem, and starring Omar Sy and James Thiérrée. The film will be presented in association with Gaumont, which celebrates its 120th anniversary.

The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 25th with the World Premiere of "Up For Love," the new romantic comedy written and directed by Laurent Tirard, starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira. "Call My Agent" (Season 1), the most popular French TV series of the year, about a talent agency with actors playing their own roles, will close the Colcoa TV Competition.

Two other TV series, shown for the first time in North America, will be part of the program, presented in association with TV France International and Titrafilm: "The Disappearance," a drama co-written by Marie Deshaires and Catherine Touzet and directed by Charlotte Brändström; and "The Secret of Elise," a supernatural drama written by lsa Marpeau, Marie Vinoy, Marie Deshaires, and Catherine Touzet and directed by Alexandre Laurent, Samir Boitard, Mathieu Simonet, and Mehdi Meskar. The first two episodes of each series will be shown to the Colcoa audience.

To complete the competition, five TV movies will premiere at Colcoa: the North American Premiere of "Borderline," a thriller co-written and directed by Olivier Marchal, the International Premiere of "Carpets and Chaos," a comedy co-written and directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun, the International Premiere of "Stolen Babies," a drama written by Julie Jézéquel and directed by Golden Globe winner Alain Berliner; the International Premiere of "The Wall-Crosser," a fantasy written and directed by Dante Desarthes, based on Marcel Aymé's book; and the North American Premiere of "Woman Under the Influence," a drama written and directed by Claude-Michel Rome

The feature film selection (40 features and documentaries and 21 shorts), will feature exclusive presentations. "Fanny's Journey," an epic drama written and directed by Lola Doillon, starring Cecile de France, is also a World Premiere. The U.S. Premiere of the thriller "Made in France," written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, is a film which did not have theatrical release in France because of sensitivity following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  Colcoa also will present the U.S. Premiere of Robert Guédiguian's provocative film about the Armenian genocide, "Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad." The U.S. Premiere of Oscar ® winner Claude Lelouch's new film "Un plus Une," starring Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein, will screen, in addition to another U.S. Premiere of "All Gone South," the comedy sequel co-written and co-directed by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau, two years after the success of Babysitting at Colcoa in 2014.

Several established writers/directors return and other known artists have been selected: Academy Award nominee Christian Carion ("Come What May"- with Cohen Media Group), Anne Fontaine ("The Innocents" - with Music Box Films), Vincent Garencq ("Kalinka"), Academy Award nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Families"), Christian Vincent ("Courted"), Maïwenn ("My King" - with Film Movement)

Every year, the Colcoa program is dedicated to a new generation of talent, many of whose films are included in Colcoa's French NeWave 2.0 Series: Samuel Collardey ("Land Legs"), Clément Cogitor ("Neither Heaven Nor Earth" - with Film Movement), Philippe Faucon - the writer/director of the 2016 César Best film winner ("Fatima" - with Kino Lorber), Emmanuel Finkiel ("A Decent Man"), Eva Husson ("Bang Gang" - with Samuel Goldwyn), Laurent Larivière ("I am a Soldier"), and Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein ("Uncompleted Song").

The After 10 Series at Colcoa invites audiences to explore new frontiers with an exclusive program, including the French-Belgian co-production from writer/director Bouli Lanners ("The First, the Last"), the new dark comedy from Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, starring Gérard Depardieu ("Saint Amour"), and Frédéric Schoendoerffer ("Past Convoy").

Two anticipated films about women in Muslim countries will be part of theWord Cinema Produced by France Series: the Franco-Moroccan co-production, "Much Loved," written and directed by Nabil Ayouch, premiered at the Director's Fortnight in 2015, and remains banned in Morocco; and, "As I Open My Eyes," a Franco-Tunisian film from female writer/director Leyla Bouzid (with Kino Lorber). The Argentine film, "Eva Doesn't Sleep," written and directed by Pablo Agüero will complete the series.

Two documentaries focusing on significant environmental issues will premiere at Colcoa: the closing film of the last Cannes Film Festival, "Ice and the Sky" (with Music Box Films) from Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), and a special presentation following the United Nations screening of the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, "Tomorrow," written and directed by Cédric Dion and Mélanie Laurent. "The Frankenstein Complex," a tribute to the creators of big screen creatures, written and directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, will complete this high profile documentary series.

All other Colcoa series are back in 2016: the Colcoa Classics Series with an exclusive program of digitally restored premieres (see February 19th press release); the Happy Hour Talks PanelSeriesin association withVariety (April 19-25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 24 -  March press release); the Focus on a Filmmaker, this year with writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Thursday, April 21); and the Focus on a Producer will be with Dominique Besnehard (Saturday, April 23).

Animation, an important part of the French film industry, will be shown at Colcoa with the premiere of Rémi Chayé's new film: "Long Way North" (with Shout Factory).

 As is Colcoa tradition, comedieswill join the program almost every day, including the romantic comedy "Love at First Child," co-written and directed by Anne Giaffieri, starring Patrick Bruel and Isabelle Carré, Benoît's Graffin's "Hopefully," with Sandrine Kiberlain and Edouard Baer, Jean-Francois Richet's "One Wild Moment," starring Francois Cluzet and Vincent Cassel, and the new French hit "One Man and His Cow," written and directed by Mohamed Hamidi.

This last film will also be shown to the 3,000 students and teachers who will attend the now five High School Screenings (April 19-25) as part of the Colcoa Educational Program presented in association with Elma (European Languages and Movies in America). Two master classes for college and university students will complete the program.

For the ninth year, Lafca will partner with Colcoa Cinema for the Critics' Awards. The complete recipients list of the 2015 Awards - including the U.S. distributor winner of the Colcoa Coming Soon Award, presented in association with Kpcc, will be announced on Wednesday, April 27. Colcoa Awards are presented in association with Titrafilm, TV5 Monde USA, and Air Tahiti Nui. »

- Sydney Levine

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Transformers 5 Casts Nickelodeon Actress Isabela Moner As Female Lead, 'Izabella'

13 April 2016 6:58 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Wrap reports that Nickelodeon acting/singing sensation Isabela Moner has joined the cast of Michael Bay's still untitled Transformers 5. Apparently she'll play a character named Izabella (easy to remember anyway) whose described as "a street-smart tomboy who grew up an orphan and was raised in foster care. She counts a small Transformer as her only friend… until she meets Wahlberg’s heroic inventor Cade Yeager." Plus, Bay is also said to be eyeing The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin and Stephen Merchant (The Office) for supporting roles. Specific plot details for the movie are still under wraps, but it's safe bet it'll involve giant CG monstrosities smacking the shit out of each other in some capacity. Transformers 5 is set for release on June 23, 2017. »

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Nickelodeon Star Isabela Moner Eyed For Lead Role In Michael Bay’s Transformers 5

13 April 2016 6:51 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Love or hate what Michael Bay has done with the Transformers franchise, there’s no denying the fact that four instalments in, it’s still massively popular with moviegoers. That explains why a fifth one is on the way with the filmmaker back at the helm, and he’s eyeing three stars for the cast which so far is made up of only Mark Wahlberg.

Relative unknown Isabela Moner is being eyed for the lead female role, and The Wrap reveals that she looks set to play Izabella, a “street-smart tomboy who grew up an orphan and was raised in foster care. She counts a small Transformer as her only friend… until she meets Wahlberg’s heroic inventor Cade Yeager.”

That certainly sounds pretty interesting, but so too are the other actors Bay has his eye on. Apparently, both Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Stephen Merchant (The Office) are also wanted for Transformers 5, »

- Josh Wilding

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'Monsieur Chocolat to open Colcoa French Film Festival

29 March 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for the 20th anniversary edition of the French film festival set to run in Hollywood from April 18-26.

The North American premiere of Roschdy Zem’s Monsieur Chocolat (pictured) presented in association with Gaumont will open the festival, and the world premiere of Laurent Tirard’s rom-com Up For Love starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira will close the event. Season 1 of Call My Agent will close the TV competition.

Overall Colcoa will screen a record 70 films and TV series. The programme includes four world, seven international and 19 North American or Us premieres.

Closing the festival is the

The feature film competition includes the world premiere of Fanny’s Journey by Lola Doillon starring Cecile de France, the Us premiere of Robert Guédiguian’s Armenian genocide drama Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad, and the Us premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s thriller Made In France, which »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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The 20th Colcoa French Film Fest Kicks Off with ‘Monsieur Chocolat’

29 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Colcoa French Film Festival (April 18-26) is celebrating its 20th year with its most ambitious program yet, bolstered by it’s first-ever TV competition, four world premieres, a special tribute to writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and the U.S. premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s home-grown terrorism thriller, “Made in France,” which was not theatrically released in France due to sensitivity following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

L.A.’s annual French-language showcase, conveniently held under one roof at the DGA headquarters on Sunset Blvd. and designed as a promotional exchange between the French and U.S. film industries, will open with Roschdy Zem’s “Monsieur Chocolat,” about France’s most famous black circus performer during the Belle Epoque era, starring Omar Sy, who toplined the 2011 boxoffice smash, “The Untouchables.”

The closing offering will be Laurent Tirard’s “Up For Love,” a romantic comedy starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist »

- Steve Chagollan

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'Monsieur Chocolat' to open Colcoa

29 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for the 20th anniversary edition of the French film festival set to run in Hollywood from April 18-26.

The North American premiere of Roschdy Zem’s Monsieur Chocolat (pictured) presented in association with Gaumont will open the festival, and the world premiere of Laurent Tirard’s rom-com Up For Love starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira will close the event. Season 1 of Call My Agent will close the TV competition.

Overall Colcoa will screen a record 70 films and TV series. The programme includes four world, seven international and 19 North American or Us premieres.

The feature film competition includes the world premiere of Fanny’s Journey by Lola Doillon starring Cecile de France, the Us premiere of Robert Guédiguian’s Armenian genocide drama Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad, and the Us premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s thriller Made In France, which did not »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: Isabelle Huppert And Gérard Depardieu's Mercurial 'Valley Of Love'

24 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. There are a few contenders out there for the biggest French star in the world. Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Amalric have enduring international appeal, Juliette Binoche is an auteurist favorite, and a new generation of actors like Jean Dujardin, Lea Seydoux, and Omar Sy are increasingly having as much success in the U.S. as they are at home. But if we're talking about cinematic legends — truly prolific, popular actors — the safest bets might be Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Across decades-long careers, the two actors have earned enormous acclaim, won virtually every prize available, and had every A-list director around the world lining up to work with them. They've only worked together twice, however, in 1974's "Going Places" and 1980's "Loulou," which makes their reunion 30 years on in Cannes competition entry "Valley Of Love" a major event. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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11 Unexpected Actors Who Might Win Oscars Next Year

17 March 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Who doesn’t love seeing a totally unexpected actor scoop up an Academy Award? After all, who could’ve predicted a few years ago that the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jean Dujardin, Sandra Bullock, Lupita Nyong’o and… Monique… would all end up with little gold guys?

Sometimes an actor surprises us because they’re simply not conventional Oscar material, as in the case of McConaughey, the star of bonafide classics like Surfer, Dude and Fool’s Gold whose performance in Dallas Buyers Club sustained momentum from festival screenings all the way to the ceremony virtually unchallenged.

Then there are actors like Nyong’o, who are unexpected simply because we most likely hadn’t heard of them previously, even though her turn was a conventionally box-ticking, Oscar-worthy performance.

This year’s Oscar race won’t really kick off in earnest until around September, but it’s »

- Jack Pooley

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Gaumont Hits French Box Office With Gross-Out Comedy ‘Pattaya’

7 March 2016 9:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — French audiences are now fully embracing their own brand of R-rated comedies with Gaumont’s gross-out adventure laffer “Pattaya,” which has scored an estimated 8.2 million Euros ($9 million) from 1.3 million admissions since its Feb. 24 bow.

Directed by Franck Gastambide, an animal-trainer-turned-helmer, the $11.8 million “Pattaya” drew the year’s second best opening for a French-language film so far, ranking just after “Les Tuche 2 – Le Rêve américain.” Gaumont released “Pattaya” on 307 prints and has just added another 40 playdates.

Pattaya” turns on two underachievers (Gastambide and Malik Bentalha) and their neighbor, a devout Muslim dwarf (Anouar Toubali), who leave their Paris project to travel to Pattaya in Thailand, where they take part in the world championship of Thai boxing for dwarfs. While in Thailand they get together with a pal (played by popular comedian Ramzy Bédia), an expat from their Paris suburb who’s made a fortune in Pattaya. Another well-known thesp, Gad Elmaleh, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Oscars poll: Who's really the Best Actor of the past 15 years? (Cast your vote)'

4 March 2016 2:24 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

We need your help, Derbyites. Now that Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") has won the Oscar, we want to know who's really the best Best Actor winner over the past 15 years? Vote in our poll below. There's a worldly selection to choose from since the turn of the century, with American (Denzel Washington), British (Colin Firth) and French (Jean Dujardin) actors all in consideration. Two performers even appear twice in our poll thanks to their recent double wins: Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn. -Break- Oscars poll: Who's really the Best Actress of the past 15 years? (Cast your vote) But which one is the best of the best? You can only vote for one performance, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 15 winners? Then click through our photo gallery right here that highlights every Best Actor champ since 2001. Who's really the Best Actor since 2001? Photo Credit: Broadimage/Rex Shutterstock »

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The Oscars, and the tricks to winning one

24 February 2016 7:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




The Academy Awards are this weekend - but how do you actually go about winning one? Plus: some Oscar predictions.

Whether or not you believe they’re still relevant, the Oscars are undeniably the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. I am fascinated by them, what intrigues me most is the general consensus that this process is a game of strategy and if you want to win, you have to know the rules. But actors and directors don’t have time to work this out for themselves, they’re far too busy and important. I however am not.

Therefore I have poured over lists of Oscar winners for more time than is healthy in order to determine exactly what it takes to win one of these much desired awards. I’m going to give you the tried and tested formulai for how to win Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture. »

- simonbrew

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Berlin Competition title 'Alone In Berlin' secures UK deal

11 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Altitude and Picturehouse strike deal for Second World War drama starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson.

Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution have struck a deal for UK rights to Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude Film Entertainment’s Will Clarke, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns, producers Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass and Alison Thompson from sales outfit Cornerstone Films, which handles international rights. 

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Daniel Brühl (Rush) star in the Second World War drama-thriller based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime in Berlin.

Actor-director Perez’s feature is adapted from the classic novel Every Man Dies Alone by German writer Hans Fallada.

Producers are X Filme powerhouse duo Stefan Arndt (Amour) and Uwe Schott ([link »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Top 5 Films About The Film Industry

10 February 2016 1:51 PM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We often imagine the sparkling lights of Hollywood as an idyllic World full of beautiful, talented and creative people, but Trumbo (cert 15a), reveals the true story of Hollywood’s worst kept secret. In cinemas now, Trumbo tells the tale of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Inspired by Trumbo, we’re taking a look back at some of the best films that took an in-depth look at Hollywood and the movie industry. The Artist (2011) The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. »

- (Vic Barry)

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 4: #25-1

26 January 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.

Click here for Part 1! (#100-76)

Click here for Part 2! (#75-51)

Click here for Part 3! (#50-26)

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »

- (G.S. Perno)

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UniFrance Rendez-vous: comedy, art and real-life tales rule

20 January 2016 3:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Market sets scene for Berlin and Cannes but few deals sealed.

Sellers reported a slow start to the year at UniFrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris over the weekend (Dec 14-18) in terms of sealed deals but said the event had set the stage for sales at Berlin and even Cannes.

“Buyers are getting pickier. They want titles they’re 100% sure will work in their territories. You get the sense things are tougher for them and that they’re not prepared to take risks. They’re looking for the next La Famille Bélier or Serial (Bad) Weddings,” commented Olivier Albou of Other Angle Pictures, referring to two of France’s top comedy exports of the last 18 months.

Albou said there was strong interest for Other Angle titles The Roommates Party (Le Grand Partage), Full Speed (A Fond), by Babysitting director Nicolas Benamou, and A Mighty Team (La Dream Team), which opened the event on Thursday »

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Snd Boards Romain Duris’ ‘The Confession,’ Jean Reno’s ‘Family Heist’

6 January 2016 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).

Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.

Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck. »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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