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After one of YouTube's largest Spanish-language comedy channels entered our spotlight last week, it is now the Frenchies' turn. Canal Plus, one of France's largest television companies, has acquired a majority stake in Studio Bagel, a popular Frencophone comedy channel on YouTube. Studio Bagel, which claims 1.4 million subscribers on its main channel, is essentially the French Above Average. Once funded in part by YouTube's Original Channels program, Studio Bagel features sketches, web series, song parodies, and more, with much of the content coming from established French performers. One of the channel's most popular videos (and one of the few featuring English subtitles) stars a trio of well-known French actors: Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard, and Guillaume Canet. By purchasing a large stake in Studio Bagel, Canal Plus is ramping up the YouTube operation it initially launched in November. After launching 20 channels related to its content, it is now making a play at YouTube's young demographic. »
- Sam Gutelle
The so-called "McConaissance" is complete now that Matthew McConaughey, shirtless hunk-turned-serious thespian, has won Best Actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." He did it on his first nomination. While that may seem like an impressive feat, he's actually the 12th to do so in the last quarter-century. That means almost half of the last 25 Best Actor winners have taken home gold on their very first try. The last 11 were: 2011: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") 2006: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") 2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") 2004: Jamie Foxx ("Ray") 2002: Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") 1998: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") 1996: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") 1995: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") 1991: Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs »
Liam Neeson Continues Hot Action Streak As "Non-Stop" Tops Charts. Universal Pictures' "Non-Stop" grossed an estimated $30.01 million over the Oscar weekend, averaging $9,715 per theater from 3,090 locations, according to Rentrak. The film reunites Neeson with his "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Sera, and also includes Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker and Corey Stoll. In second with a very-solid $26.5 million debut, 20th Century Fox's "Son of God" turned in over $26.5 million from its 3,260 theaters, averaging $8,129. The faith-based film starring Diogo Morgdao, Amber Rose Revah and Sebastian Knapp, is directed by Christopher Spencer. Pic should stay on well, and show minimal changes each week of its box office run. Third-placed animated "block" buster "The Lego Movie" continued to turn in solid coin for Warner Bros. with a decent $21 million in its fourth weekend trial. That takes the film's domestic cume past $200 million with money in the region of $209 million. Overseas, the »
Various new dates have been announced for several upcoming limited releases and non-tentpole films. All dates are for this year:
The Weinstein Company has announced April 4th release dates for both David Charhon's crime comedy "On the Other Side of the Tracks" starring Omar Sy, and the French sketch comedy "The Players" starring Jean Dujardin.
- Garth Franklin
We're delighted that Leonardo DiCaprio got nominated. And Her. And Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. We actually agreed with a vast number of Oscar noms this year. However, there were some films and actors who we felt didn't get the recognition they deserved, so we decided to honour them in a different form.
Below are Digital Spy's Alternative Oscar Awards, celebrating this year's greatest who missed out on a nomination. Read on to find out the nominees and who we crowned the best of the rest.
Saving Mr Banks
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Inside Llewyn Davis
Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films: The Purge: Anarchy - Writer-director James DeMonaco's horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th. Dom Hemingway - Writer-director Richard Shepard's crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd. On the Other Side of the Tracks - David Charhon's crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company. The Players - The Weinstein Company's collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th. The Railway Man - Jonathan Teplitzky's biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th. The Rover - David Michôd's drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24. Laggies - »
- Dave Trumbore
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, which includes the opening musical number set directly after 2011's The Muppets, when these lovable characters first learn that they are doing a sequel. This sequence also features stars Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, Jean Dujardin, Christoph Waltz, Sean Combs, Danny Trejo and, of course, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang. Take a look at the latest footage from director James Bobin's sequel, arriving in theaters March 21.
Disney's Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, »
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
The cast of The Monuments Men can't get enough of each other. Even though their Italian premiere was a few weeks ago, part of the cast was still together in Milan on Monday. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman all went to dinner in Italy, laughing and greeting fans outside the restaurant afterward. Matt was the only one with someone on his arm, bringing along his wife, Luciana. While Matt's costar Cate Blanchett wasn't there with the guys, she has a lot to do to prepare for the Oscars, where she is nominated for best actress for her work in Blue Jasmine. She will probably have time to catch up with George at the big award show this weekend, as his latest film, Gravity, is up for several big awards. Cate was most recently with her whole Monuments Men cast at the NYC premiere earlier this month, »
- Alyse Whitney
Directed by: Martin Scorsese Written by: Terence Winter Main cast members: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, Jean Dujardin, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, and Joanna Lumley Number of Oscar nominations in total: 5 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (Scorsese), Best Actor (DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Hill), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Winter) Notable precursor wins: Won Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globe Awards, Won Best Actor in a Comedy at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, and Won Best Adapted Screenplay from the National Board of Review Chances at winning Best Picture: Slim to none, quite frankly Chances at other Academy Award wins: A shutout is pretty likely, though DiCaprio has an outside chance to pull the upset in the Best Actor race Analysis Of Other Oscar Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, »
- Joey Magidson
Film: "The Monuments Men"; Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett and Dimitri Leonidas; Director: George Clooney; Rating: **
After the recent "Lone Survivor" and "RoboCop", here is another film that throws hues of American glorification. This time, in a war movie that includes a treasure hunt, "The Monumental Men" is the sympathetic account of the Us-led effort to save and preserve the treasures looted by the Nazis, who are bent on destroying them as they retreat in defeat.
Based on a true story and adapted from the bestselling book by Robert M. Edsel, the film reveals the factual adventures of a group of art historians, architects and artists. »
- Diksha Singh
Traditionally, last year’s winner of the opposite sex presents each acting category, meaning Best Supporting Actress winner Hathaway would present the award for Best Supporting Actor, and so on.
Last year at the 85th Academy Awards, 2012 winner for Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer, gave out the award to Waltz, who won his second Oscar for his role in Django Unchained, Meryl Streep presented the award of Best Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis, Christopher Plummer presented Hathaway with her award, star of The Artist, Jean Dujardin was also on hand to give out the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role to Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook.
However, which specific categories the actors would be presenting were not disclosed by the Academy. »
Legendary director Martin Scorsese delivers "another cinematic landmark" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in the "madly entertaining" (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter) masterpiece The Wolf of Wall Street, debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD March 25, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives on Digital HD March 18. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), The Wolf of Wall Street has appeared on over 25 Top Ten lists including the AFI, the National Board of Review, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, New York Times, New York Daily News and The Hollywood Reporter.
Leonardo DiCaprio delivers "the best performance of his career" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and earned a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where »
Hybrid children’s 3D hit was made using green shooting practices.
As well as securing critical acclaim, French bug picture Minuscule: The Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues) is also winning praise from local ecologists.
Figures unveiled at the Ile de France Film Commission’s Location Expo in Paris revealed the production had reduced its potential carbon footprint sevenfold by employing green shooting practices.
The Minuscule format is already known to millions of young viewers around the world through a popular TV series shown on channels such as BBC Four in the UK, Nhk in Japan and the Disney Channel and ABC in the Us.
The feature version hit cinema screens in France at the end of January, drawing some 650,000 spectators in the first two weeks on release. It will head to several other international territories »
How do we make the familiar feel new again? Or to pose that same question to a cynical studio executive, how do we sell audiences more of the same? It’s no industry secret that audiences seem more likely to turn up for sequels to established properties, remakes, and recognizable genres, and George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, the World War II-set The Monuments Men, most definitely falls into that last bucket. The second World War is easily cinema’s favorite war, and even as The Monuments Men‘s “based on true events” art heist seeks to remove it from expected tropes, the story of a rag-tag team going up against the Nazis isn’t a terribly new one.
- David Klein
The Monuments Men, 2014.
Directed by George Clooney.
An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
The Monuments Men is a textbook example of how vitally important narrative and story is to the success or failure of a film. No amount of star power can make up for a lack of compelling reasons to care about what happens to whom or why it happens, but this film is doing its damndest to try. On this occasion however, Mr Clooney’s winning persona and smile just doesn’t cut it.
You’d be forgiven for thinking from the promotional material for George Clooney’s latest directorial effort is shaping up to be Ocean’s Eleven: The Wars Years with its »
- Gary Collinson
George Clooney's drama about a team of misfits at war with Nazi art thieves fails to strike the right tone
Look at the famous faces adorning the posters for this second world war caper and it is hard to figure out whether they're meant to be stony-faced or ever-so-slightly smirking. The same is true of the film, which wobbles uneasily between twinkly smiles and schmaltzy frowns, struggling to decide just how seriously to take its subject matter. The premise is promising: a ragtag team of misfits from Europe and America, united by a shared love of art, sent into the field of battle to stop the Nazis plundering and/or destroying the fruits of human culture – paintings, books, sculptures, icons etc.
The message is clear – fight people and they fight back; destroy their culture and they cease to exist – and neither Clooney nor co-writer Grant Heslov is afraid to say this out loud, »
- Mark Kermode
George Clooney's fifth directorial effort, The Monuments Men also sees the actor co-write and take the lead role, adapting the true story of a group of art historians, architects, and museum curators tasked with finding and rescuing pieces of fine art before they are taken and destroyed by Hitler and his forces during World War II. While he has shown great promise behind the camera before, this film falters slightly, despite having a strong cast, which includes Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean DuJardin, and Cate Blanchett, and equally strong premise behind it. Wasting no time in getting to the meat of the story (the opening credits act as a punchy and lively introduction to the premise and cast of characters), the first cracks in the story start to show early on, with The Monuments Men being split up. From here, the narrative becoming a series of incidents »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
★★☆☆☆ 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, 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
Monuments Men star follows Parthenon marbles demand with suggestion Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting should go back to country of origin
The comments, which follow Clooney's repeated claims over the past week that Britain should return the Parthenon marbles to Greece, were reportedly made in Milan at a press event during which the film's cast posed in front of the famed Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece The Last Supper. The film's director was joined by co-stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin and John Goodman for the event.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is currently held in the Louvre in Paris, where it has hung since 1797. It was »
- Ben Child
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