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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
As part of Colcoa’s Focus on Filmmakers’ series, Hazanavicius – who currently has a couple projects in the U.S. — will present his latest film, the Cannes-competition player “The Search,” as well as his 2006 hit comedy “Oss 117, Cairo Nest of Spies” starring Jean Dujardin. “The Search” starred Berenice Bejo as a Ngo worker who forms a special bond with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.
Headed by Francois Truffart, Colcoa will also screen the restored version of Wim Wenders’s “Paris Texas,” which celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. The Palme d’Or winning movie will be presented in association with Argos Films and Janus Films. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Watch the trailer for "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. 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, the film ignited a pre-buy bidding war after Gaumont Film Company. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sold by Gaumont, the movie stars Efira as Diane, a newly single lawyer who gets a call from Alexandre (Dujardin), a charming architect she’s never met who happened to find her lost phone. The two hit it off and decide to meet, but that first date takes an unexpected twist.
The German sale was negotiated by Guy Amon on behalf of Tmg Concorde and Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget.
A major European deal inked at the market, the Tmg Concorde acquisition — which was done at script stage — shows the commercial appeal of high-concept, well-polished French comedies in Germany, said Gaget.
Gaumont has already pre-sold the movie Lucky Red (Italy), Frenetic (Switzerland), Cineart (Benelux) and Poland (Kinoswiat).
- Elsa Keslassy
“Up for Love” stars Virginie Efira (“It Boy”) as Diane as a newly single lawyer who gets a call from Alexandre (Dujardin), a charming architect she’s never met who happened to find her lost phone. The two hit it off and decide to meet, but that first date takes an unexpected twist.
Gaumont, which is co-producing and representing the film in international markets, has already scored a flurry of European pre-sales at last month’s Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris. Deals were closed with Lucky Red (Italy), Frenetic (Switzerland), Cineart (Benelux) and Pologne (Kinoswiat). Yohann Comte, Gaumont’s deputy head of sales, said the company had also received multiple offers from German buyers.
Tirard is one of France’s best-known comedy helmers, »
- Elsa Keslassy
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Paris — Gaumont and Lgm, which partnered on Cesar-winning comedy hit “My, Myself and Mum,” are back on board with “We Were Young,” a ensemble dramedy by Philippe Guillard (“Jo’s Boy”).
Co-producing and handling international sales, Gaumont will unveil the project at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.
The film will star Kad Merad (“The Chorus”), Benoît Magimel (“Little White Lies”), Charles Berling (“What’s in a Name?”) and Vincent Moscato (“Ruby & Quentin”) as middle-aged friends who set off to fulfill their teenage dreams.
The French release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
Guillard’s last film, “Jo’s Boy” (“Le fils a Jo”), a tightly budgeted drama starring Olivier Marchal, was a sleeper hit in France, where it earned an estimated $9.3 million.
Lgm, one of France’s best-established outfits, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris — Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier” are part of the eclectic mix of movies set to compete at the Lumiere awards, the French equivalent to the Golden Globes.
A love triangle drama, “Three Hearts,” which opened in Venice, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as two sisters who fall in love with the same man. Pic marks Jacquot’s follow-up to “Farewell, My Queen.” His next movie, “Diary of a Chambermaid,” is expected to open in Berlin.
A politically engaged and aesthetically pleasing movie, “Timbuktu” chronicles the lives of several Malians facing Jihadist occupation in their region. Mauritania’s first foreign-language Oscar candidate, “Timbuktu” has been shortlisted. Sissako was also nominated in the director category.
Set in the French provinces, “La Famille Belier,” the only truly popular movie competing for best film, is a dramedy centering on a teenager »
- Elsa Keslassy
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.
Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”
Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.
Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
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