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17 items from 2014


Gaumont Powers Up Toronto’s Biggest French-Language Slate

13 August 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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2014 Tiff: McCarthy, Bettany, Girard, Fontaine, Barthes Among Several World Preem Add-Ons

12 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Just how much sway do Tiff programmers have? Looking at today’s Gala and Special Presentation add-ons, measurably, when it comes to films with star-wattage and acquisitions titles, the industry sides with high value world premiere slot in downtown Toronto. Complimenting Sundance (Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies) and Cannes (Assayas, the Dardennes), the wide net includes Francois Girard’s Boychoir, Richard Loncraine’s Ruth & Alex, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me, and in a very Gustave Flaubert type of year includes Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary. In directorial debuts, Henry Hobson presents Maggie, actor Paul Bettany presents Shelter (see pic of star and his wife above), Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost and Philip Martin’s The Forger. Here are the additional items:

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“Boychoir,” Francois Girard / World »

- Eric Lavallee

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Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring films to Toronto

12 August 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) Adds More Premieres

12 August 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Toronto Beefs Up Premieres; Expect Arnold, Travolta, Adam Sandler, Dujardin, Neil Young, Binoche On Red Carpet

12 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival added another seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its September fest lineup running September 4 to 14. Here are the newcomers:

Galas

Boychoir François Girard, USA World Premiere

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.

The Connection (La French) Cédric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere

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

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Toronto Film Festival Adds Sandler’s ‘Cobbler,’ Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me,’ Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ and More

12 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Philip Martin’s “The Forger,” starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job, »

- Jennie Punter

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Gemma Arterton Stuns In Teaser For French Romance Gemma Bovery

3 June 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The gorgeous and talented Gemma Arterton is one of those rare actresses with the ability to both stun in arthouse films and walk away unscathed from studio trainwrecks. That’s why the actress, who last year appeared in two terrible films (Runner Runner, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and a fascinating one (Byzantium), is one of the few performers whose films I actively seek out. Her next, a French graphic novel adaptation titled Gemma Bovery, should prove no different.

It’s clear after watching the new French-language teaser for the film (even if you can’t understand what star Fabrice Luchini is saying) that the marketing team behind this one is hoping Arterton’s ample sex appeal is more than enough to sell Gemma Bovery to audiences worldwide. Director Anne Fontaine (AdoreCoco Before Chanel) also seems content to openly ogle her star.

Based on Posy Simmons’ graphic novel, which in »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Gemma Arterton Struts Her Stuff In First Teaser Trailer for Anne Fontaine’s 'Gemma Bovery'

3 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As we learned from the"Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" poster "controversy," sex sells. Indeed, it speaks any language, and even though this first teaser trailer for "Gemma Bovery" is entirely in French, all you need is a set of eyes (or even one) to understand what exactly the marketing team behind this one wants you to notice. Starring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini, the film is based on Posy Simmonds' graphic novel, a reimagining of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" that updates the tale to a contemporary setting, and finds the titular character living as an English expatriate in Normandy. And it seems director Anne Fontaine ("Adore," "Coco Before Chanel") knows exactly how her camera should drink up her lead actress. No wonder Luchini is so excited about this. No U.S. release date for this one, but it opens in France this fall. Check out »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Gemma Arterton Struts Her Stuff In First Teaser Trailer for Anne Fontaine’s 'Gemma Bovery'

3 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As we learned from the"Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" poster "controversy," sex sells. Indeed, it speaks any language, and even though this first teaser trailer for "Gemma Bovery" is entirely in French, all you need is a set of eyes (or even one) to understand what exactly the marketing team behind this one wants you to notice. Starring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini, the film is based on Posy Simmonds' graphic novel, a reimagining of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" that updates the tale to a contemporary setting, and finds the titular character living as an English expatriate in Normandy. And it seems director Anne Fontaine ("Adore," "Coco Before Chanel") knows exactly how her camera should drink up her lead actress. No wonder Luchini is so excited about this. No U.S. release date for this one, but it opens in France this fall. Check out »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes: Movies With Pickup Buzz in the Market

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

4 Minute Mile

Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud

Producers: Mark Disalle, Deborah Moore, Jennifer Reibman, Micah Sparks

Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger

Sales: Double Dutch Intl.

Autobahn

Director: Eran Creevy

Producers: Joel Silver, Ben Pugh, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Rory Aitken

Cast: Felicity Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.

Sales: Im Global

Before I Disappear

Director: Shawn Christensen

Producers: Shawn Christensen, Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Terry Leonard, Paul Wesley

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum

Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment

The Better Angels

Director: A. J. Edwards

Producers: Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil

Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley

The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment

Cell

Director: Tod “Kip” Williams

Producers: Richard Saperstein, »

- Variety Staff

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Warner Bros. Germany Acquires Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary Starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, & Rhys Ifans

22 April 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Germany has picked up all German speaking rights to Madame Bovary, based on Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece, from A Company FIlmed Entertainment.

The film, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Paul Giamatti (The Ides Of March, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) and Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin), is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) who co-wrote the screenplay with Rose Barrenche.

The classic romance drama is produced by Joe Neurauter & Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment in association with Aden Films’ Sophie Barthes and Aleph Motion Pictures’ Jaime Mateus-Tique with financing coming from Prescience with Tim Smith and Paul Brett taking Executive Producer credits. The Co-producers include Germany’s A Company Filmed Entertainment’s Alexander van Duelmen and Kai Kuenneman, Belgian’s Scope PicturesGenevieve Lemal and Left Field VenturesJohn Engel.

Currently in post-production, Madame Bovary was shot in Le Perche, France. Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales. »

- Michelle McCue

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Warner Bros. Germany secures Madame Bovary

22 April 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Warner Bros. Germany has picked up German-speaking European rights for Sophie Barthes’ new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary, which is currently in post production.

The lead role of the tragic Emma Bovary is played by Mia Wasikowska with a supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.

The Occupant Entertainment production is the third international co-pro involving Berlin-based A Company following its participation in the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas and Pepe Danquart’s Run Boy Run.

A Company will release Madame Bovary in all Eastern European territories, Russia and Vietnam through its subsidiaries in Russia, Vietnam, Hungary, Czech Republic/Slovakia and an extensive network of local distribution partners.

Radiant Films International is handling international sales for Madame Bovary.

Run Boy Run, whose sales are handled internationally by Global Screen, was released by Nfp in German cinemas last Thursday (April 17) after its successful opening in Poland in January »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Warner Bros. Germany Boards 'Madame Bovary'

22 April 2014 3:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Germany has picked up German-speaking rights to Sophie Barthes' literary adaptation Madame Bovary and will release the title theatrically in German, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. Based on Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role, alongside Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.   Story: Cannes Preview: The Hot Movies in the Running to Hit the Croisette    Wasikowska plays Emma Bovary, a young, beautiful woman from northern France who marries the town doctor in order to escape a life of swine farming. But she soon grows tired of her husband and

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- Scott Roxborough

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

Alleluia

Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #76. Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary

24 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Madame Bovary

Director: Sophie Barthes

Writers: Sophie Barthes and Rose Barreneche

Producers: Aden Films’ Barthes, Occupant FilmsJoe Neurauter and Felipe Marino

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, Logan Marshall-Green

Her Sundance preemed Cold Souls, a zany, wry and at times acidic wink to Being John Malkovich-like and homage to Woody Allen was an overlooked oddity that worked with discriminating tastes and received a chickpea sized reception. A long six years later, we hope that her sophomore portrait and take on an a French classic feels fresh and falls along the lines of what Wuthering Heights turned out like under Andrea Arnold’s guise. Re-teaming with her hubby dp Andrij Parekh, Madame Bovary will definitely look the part and hopefully with the Ezra Miller and Mia Wasikowska pairing will bring us characters occupying hazardous emotional spaces. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Dead at 72: Actor Jones Who Left Films at the Peak of His Career, Turned Down Tarantino Movie Role

5 February 2014 6:52 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘Ryan’s Daughter’ actor Christopher Jones dead at 72: Quit acting following nervous breakdown after Sharon Tate murder, in later years turned down Quentin Tarantino movie offer Christopher Jones, who had a key role in David Lean’s 1970 romantic epic Ryan’s Daughter, died of complications from gallbladder cancer last Friday, January 31, 2014, at Los Alamitos Medical Center, approximately 35 km southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Christopher Jones (born William Franklin Jones on August 18, 1941, in Jackson, Tennessee) was 72. After growing up in a children’s home, joining the army at 16 and then going Awol, being handpicked by Tennessee Williams for a small role in the playwright’s The Night of the Iguana in 1961, and starring in the television series The Legend of Jesse James (1965-1966), Christopher Jones began getting film roles. His first was the title role in Allen H. Miner’s 1967 clash-of-generations drama Chubasco, in which Jones plays a misunderstood youth »

- Andre Soares

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