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We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
It's somewhat amazing to realize that the release calendar for March 2017 is now complete with four different tent poles. The next (and potentially final) "Wolverine" is slated for March 3,* Legendary Pictures will bring forth their version of the King of the Apes in "Kong: Skull Island" on March 10, "Divergent" will end its cinematic run with "The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 2" on March 24 and, surprise, Walt Disney Pictures' live action "Beauty and the Beast" will now open on March 17. Can you guess which one will garner the most attention? *A Hugh Jackman movie opening less than two weeks after the Oscars? It didn't work for "Chappie," but, boy that would be an incredibly convenient time for him to host again, wouldn't it? On Monday, Walt Disney Studios confirmed "Beauty's" release date and the impressive cast which had leaked to the press over the past few months. Emma Watson will play Belle, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Le Chapitre Français: Jimenez’s Satisfactory Take on Famed Drug Smuggling Operation
Within the glut of cinematic dramas and thrillers contending with drug smuggling operations and underworld criminal organizations, epically administered and otherwise, Cedric Jimenez’s sophomore feature, The Connection (aka La French) may not appear to be anything special. And the truth of the matter is, it really isn’t, except for the fact that it’s loosely related to the long spanning series of drug related operations referred to as ‘the French Connection,’ which, of course, inspired William Friedkin’s iconic 1971 film The French Connection (which won Best Picture and spawned a John Frankenheimer directed sequel). Sporting an impressive production value and a handsome cast, Jimenez definitely gets the look and feel right, as far as our expectations are calibrated for how these things go. And yet, there’s something innately underwhelming about all this, and though Jimenez is, »
- Nicholas Bell
In the years since his Academy Award-winning performance in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant American filmmakers - including Martin Scorsese and George Clooney. He has not left behind his roots, however, and his next big release comes from his native home in France. This film is The Connection, and you can watch its badass red band trailer below: Based on a true story, The Connection centers on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a French investigator who worked to dismantle the notorious drug smuggling operation known as The French Connection back in the 1970s. Along with his task force of expertly trained police officers, he sets his sights on taking down Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin of the operation. As precisely planned and executed as Michel's strikes are, the heroin-dealing criminal is constantly able to evade his grasp. »
The Connection seems like the vaguest of titles, but once you realize what the film is about it’s actually pretty perfect. It’s a new spin on William Friedkin‘s The French Connection, with the “French” part omitted because, well, the film is already French. Jean Dujardin plays Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate. In 1975, he […]
- Angie Han
Drafthouse Films has released the new red band trailer and poster for The Connection.
John Defore, (The Hollywood Reporter) says the film is “an exciting, epic policier with whiffs of both its American cousin and Scorsese.”
A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting »
- Melissa Thompson
After winning an Oscar for not speaking, it looks like the next move for Jean Dujardin will be wielding a gun for a film that is loosely based on an American classic.
The new trailer for The Connection dropped on Thursday, which finds Dujardin headlining the French crime film. Directed by Cédric Jimenez, the film also co-stars Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.
The Connection is inspired by the same events that led to William Friedkin’s classic, The French Connection, but this time on the European side. The trailer portrays a slick and stylish “update” that also features some gorgeous cinematography.
The Connection hits theaters on May 15.
- Zach Dennis
Read More: Watch: Pulse-Pounding International Trailer For Gritty Crime Pic 'The Connection' Starring Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin may have won Best Actor in 2011 for his expressive turn in "The Artist," but his post-Oscar English-language career has been largely forgettable thanks to fleeting turns in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Monument's Men." But if the cleverly edited teaser trailer for French crime drama "The Connection" is any indication, returning to his native tongue might be just the thing for Dujardin to once again win over domestic indie moviegoers. Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, "The Connection" is a 1970's crime thriller that represents the European flip side to William Friedkin's "The French Connection." Dujardin stars as Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate who went on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in »
- Zack Sharf
The Connection Red Band Trailer. Cédric Jimenez‘s The Connection / La French (2014) red band teaser trailer stars Jean Dujardin, Benoît Magimel, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Guillaume Gouix. The Connection‘s plot synopsis: “Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Period crime thriller The Connection (released in France as La French) stars Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin in the true story of the judge who tried to stop the French Connection, one of the most powerful drug organizations of its day. Directed by Cédric Jimenez and entirely shot on 35mm, it’s billed as the European flipside to William Friedkin’s 1971 classic. Drafthouse Films acquired U.S. distribution rights out of Cannes last year based on an 8-minute sizzle reel and has… »
Drafthouse Films has released the first domestic trailer for The Connection (La French), a film said to be the American cousin to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct). Set for a limited release on May 15, the film was directed and co-written by Cedric Jimenez (Aux yeux de tous) and entirely shot on 35mm. Here's the plot: A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, The Connection was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection. A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations--to ensure the crime ring »
- Pietro Filipponi
He charmed everyone with his vintage movie star charisma in "The Artist," but Jean Dujardin shows a much grittier side in the French crime flick, "The Connection." After hitting some festivals last fall and opening abroad, the movie is now headed stateside, and a Nsfw, red-band trailer is here to get you thoroughly amped. Cédric Jimenez directs the movie, which co-stars Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel, and is inspired by the same events that William Friedkin tackled in "The French Connection," only from the European side of the equation. It all looks pretty slick and accomplished, though our review said it "feels at best like a cover version of the classic American crime films of the 1970s." But maybe that's the kind of cinematic song you'll want to hear again. "The Connection" opens on May 15th. Watch below. [ComingSoon] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin has entertained us in “The Artist” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but now he’s giving us a new side in “The Connection,” a crime thriller set in the 1970s and aims to take audiences back to the sexy crime dramas of the period. The film, co-written and directed by Cédric Jimenez, takes it all the way old-school by being shot on 35 mm and is being called “the European flipside to William Friedkin’s ‘The French Connection.’” Based on true events, “The Connection” tells the story of a magistrate who’s working to take down legendary drug ring the French Connection. The film also stars Gilles [ Read More ]
Last year, we were teased with a trailer for the crime thriller La French, or The Connection as it's come to be called in the United States. Following a premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) was picked up by Drafthouse Films for a release in the Us this year. And now the European flipside to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection has just unveiled a red band teaser trailer. It's a stylish 70s set crime thriller following the exploits of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) as he tries to dismantle the drug smuggling ring called The French Connection. Here's the red band teaser trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection from ComingSoon: The Connection (also known as La French) is directed by Cédric Jimenez (Aux Yeux de Tous) who also co-wrote the script with Audrey Diwan. Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin »
- Ethan Anderton
This year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs). Quentin Dupieux's Reality (Réalité) starring Alain Chabat, featuring Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts closes the festival.
There are first-rate performances from Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette (who also stars with Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Benoît Magimel in Cédric Jimenez' The Connection (La French)) in Cédric Kahn's Wild Life (Vie Sauvage), Guillaume Canet in Cédric Anger's Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur), Olivier Gourmet and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in Stéphane Demoustier's 40-Love (Terre Battue), Adèle Haenel with Kévin Azaïs in Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight (Les Combattants »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, The Connection was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection. A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, The Connection tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award® winner Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting »
- Pietro Filipponi
We need your help, Derbyites. Now that Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") has won the Oscar, we want to know who's really the Best Actor since 2001? Vote in our poll below. There's a worldly selection to choose from over the past 14 years, 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: What's really the Best Picture since 2001? (Cast your vote) But which one of these actors is the best of the best? You can only vote for one performance, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 14 winners? Then scroll through our Oscars photo gallery below the poll that highlights every Best Actor champ since 2001. Who's really the Best Actor since 2001? »
When Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress on Sunday night, it reversed the typical Academy trend of rewarding young female ingenues while celebrating older male actors. “The Theory of Everything” star Redmayne beat out elder statesman Michael Keaton as well as Bradley Cooper Steve Carell and fellow Brit sensation Benedict Cumberbatch. Also Read: Wrap Magazine Never-Before-Seen Outtakes: Benedict Cumberbatch, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Reese Witherspoon (Video) At age 33, Redmayne becomes the youngest Best Actor winner of at least the past 10 years, which have seen Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jean Dujardin, Colin Firth, Jeff. »
- Jeff Sneider
Video Highlights of The Oscars will post to Facebook and Oscar.com directly after they air. Recently added Social Features on Watch ABC Provide Seamless Social Fan Experience
The Oscars Backstage Hosts This Year Include “Good Morning America’s” Weekend Edition Co-Anchor Paula Faris, Fusion Host Pedro Andrade, Entertainment and Sports Reporter Chris Connelly, Yahoo Fashion Correspondent Nick Axelrod and “How To Get Away With Murder’s” Matt McGorry.
The Academy, ABC Entertainment and Facebook are partnering to make this year’s The Oscars Backstage on Watch ABC the most “Likeable” ever. Beginning at 7 p.m. Et/4 p.m. Pt, the curated “Director’s Cut” feed from the award-winning The Oscars Backstage – which delivers three channels of live video feeds from over 20 cameras throughout the Dolby Theater to Watch ABC for desktop and mobile devices – will also stream on the ABC Network’s Facebook Page and be part of the Facebook Trending Oscars experience (www. »
- Michelle McCue
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