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French film-maker is surprise choice for British comedian's upcoming James Bond-style movie
• News: Baron Cohen 'too famous' to play Freddie Mercury
• News: Baron Cohen pranks the La Baftas
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that Cohen was planning a James Bond-style spoof about a spy forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. The actor has written the screenplay with Wreck It Ralph's Phil Johnston.
Leterrier, who is in negotiations, is an unlikely choice. All of Baron Cohen's starring movie roles (bar 2002's Ali G Indahouse) have been overseen by Us film-maker Larry Charles. Leterrier has been responsible for action fantasy epics such as The Incredible Hulk and the recent Clash of the Titans remake, which misfired. »
- Ben Child
Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Awards 2013 winners (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) A crime drama featuring con men, mafiosi, and FBI agents, the David O. Russell-directed, real-life inspired American Hustle won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier today, December 3, 2013: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Russell and Eric Singer; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as con man and FBI mole Christian Bale’s steamy, big-mouthed wife. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Last year, Jennifer Lawrence was the New York Film Critics’ runner-up in the Best Actress category for both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter film, also directed by David O. Russell, earned her the Best Actress Academy Award earlier this year. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, whose The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may turn out to be the biggest 2013 blockbuster in North America, »
- Andre Soares
Marrakech, Morocco– Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” Jean-Christophe Dessaint’s artsy toon “The Day of The Crows,” and Marc Fitoussi’s comedy “Pauline Detective” are among the 10 pics set to compete at Unifrance’s fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, an online fest.
U.K.’s Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (“Vincere”) and India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”) have come on board to serve on the filmmakers’ jury which will be presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” who succeeds “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
Pics will also vie for the international press, audience and social networks nods.
Web users will have access to 10 feature-lenghts and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms, including iTunes, in 80 territories.
Fest was created by Unifrance to promote French films that are still available in many international territories. Although the initiative is not exactly lucrative, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Charlie Chaplin's films have stood the test of time not necessarily because they are funny, at least not in today's terms of what classifies a film as a "comedy", but because the best of them are amusing, clever, witty, smart, emotional and, most of all, simple. But don't let their simplicity deceive you. The level of simplicity a film such as Chaplin's 1931 feature City Lights is not easily achieved. In fact, making something look simple may in fact be the hardest thing to accomplish in cinema. Without sci-fi plotlines, outside forces or even additional characters having an effect on the plot, City Lights is the story of Chaplin's iconic Tramp and the love he finds for a blind woman selling flowers on a street corner. As much as comedy has changed in 80+ years, a story such as this could hardly be told in today's cinemas and garner any kind of attention. »
- Brad Brevet
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
It's 100 years since the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu was published, but a definitive cinematisation of Proust's epic novel has so far proved elusive
This year has been punctuated by a rash of anniversary-themed books and articles anticipating the first world war centenary, and indeed attempting snapshots of how Europe looked and felt in 1913, eerily poised on the precipice. The other centenary is similar in many ways: on 8 November 1913, Marcel Proust published the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, his monumental novel about memory, mortality and art, the belle époque, and the leisured and aristocratic classes of Paris, a city crammed in Proust's pages with the most vivid and extraordinary personalities, destined to be swept away by the Great War.
- Peter Bradshaw
Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, The Search, starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.
The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, with the same title, which is set in post-World War II Berlin.
The production is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France.
Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, »
- Michelle McCue
Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson will serve as executive producers on the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya.
CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“The Serach” is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France. Wild Bunch is handling international sales and is introducing to the film to buyers at the American Film Market.
CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition.
Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with “The Artist” producer Thomas Langmann. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’ new wartime drama The Search has got two new pretty amazing cast members. Annette Bening (American Beauty) and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) have both signed onto the movie about an Ngo worker who forms a unique bond with a small boy in Chechnya.
It sounds like quite an exciting production as it’s based on Fred Zinnemann’s Academy Award winning 1948 movie set in post-World War II Germany. Shooting has just started in Georgia (Eastern Europe, not the other one) before moving to France.
- Ellen Daniels
[Press Release] November 6, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, “The Search,” starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening. Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann, and his award winning production team from “The Artist.” Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. “The Search” is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, which was later sold to IFC Films. “The Search” is the story of an Ngo »
- Pietro Filipponi
Eisenberg will play an unmotivated stoner who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. Unexpectedly, the stoner becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
The story follows Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. Shooting is underway in the country of Georgia, then will move on to France.
Mozart in the Jungle
Based on the memoir by Blair Tindal, »
- Garth Franklin
The film will again see the Artist director team up with its star Bejo, reports Deadline.
The Search follows the tale of an Ngo worker who forms a bond with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.
Written by Hazanavicius, the film will be a modern adaptation of Fred Zinnemann's Oscar-winning 1948 film, which was set in post-World War II Berlin.
Argentine actress Bejo and French director Hazanavicius are married with two children.
Bening recently starred in The Face of Love and has entered negotiations for The Most Wonderful Time.
Shooting on The Search has begun in Georgia, and will later move on to France. »
• Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Annette Bening and The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo have signed on to star in Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius‘ drama The Search. Hazanavicius also penned the screenplay. Pic will reunite Hazanavicius with producer Thomas Langmann and his award-winning production team from The Artist. Worldview Entertainment’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. It’s based on Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, which is set in post-World War II Berlin. Shooting is underway in the country of Georgia, then will move on to France. Bening and Bejo are repped by CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
San Francisco Symphony salutes Alfred Hitchcock: Halloween movies and Hitchcock movie music (photo: San Francisco Symphony and Cary Grant in ’North by Northwest’) The San Francisco Symphony will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock movies and their music scores beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve, October 30, 2013, at Davies Symphony Hall. During Hitchcock Film Week, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the scores for Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, and the world premiere presentation of Vertigo’s full score performed live, in addition to excerpts from To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter Tere Carrubba will introduce the Psycho presentation on October 30. Hitchcock received his fifth and final Best Director Academy Award nomination for this cheaply made — but highly successful — 1960 thriller starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Janet Leigh. »
- Andre Soares
After taking top honors at the Academy Awards for his black-and-white silent drama The Artist, things were fairly quiet when it came to director Michel Hazanavicius‘s follow-up, a modern-day riff of Fred Zinnemann‘s 1948 film The Search. Revolving around a displaced mother’s tireless search for her son (in the original, it was a young Auschwitz survivor in the aftermath of [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Exclusive: Breaking Bad alum Christopher Cousins has joined sophomore NBC drama Revolution as a recurring. The actor, repped by Sdb Talent and manager Lisa Disante-Frank, will play high-ranking Patriot Victor Doyle, who’s on a collision course with Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). French actress Louise Monot and Sam Littlefield have been added to Chris Carter’s Amazon drama pilot The After. Produced by Georgeville TV, it takes place at the moment of apocalypse. In her first Us TV role, Monot, repped by Olivia Bell Management in London, Artmedia in Paris and Radius Entertainment in La, will play Gigi, a woman caught up in the midst of the action. Her feature credits include Michel Hazanavicius’ Oss 117: Lost in Rio, Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies and German pic Girl On A Bicycle. Littlefield, repped by Bold and attorney Chad Christopher, will play the mysterious Dark Shadow. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After spending most of 2012′s Oscar season learning how to touch-type the director’s syllable-heavy surname, it’s time to get that muscle memory back into gear, as French director Michel Hazanavicius is back with his followup to monochrome Oscar darling, The Artist – unless we count 2012′s short film showcase, Les Infideles, aka, The Players.
Hazanavicius’ involvement in a remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film, The Search, was confirmed prior to The Artist’s five Academy Awards, but word has it that the project has been filming since August. Though details are sparse, this collaborative effort with The Artist’s respective producer and cinematographer, Thomas Langmann and Guillame Schiffman, is reportedly soon to shift production from Georgia to Paris.
- Emma Thrower
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