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Casting Harry Potter had to have been a little bit like playing Russian Roulette. You’re bringing in a group of largely untested child actors, and praying to the Cinema God that not only will they commit to an eight film series, but that they’ll grow into talented individuals and not get beaten by an ugly stick on their way through puberty. They dodged a bullet with the main trio, with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all turning out perfectly fine. They’ve got good heads on their shoulders and seem remarkably mature in their ability to pick roles that will work for them as adults.
But what about the rest of the cast? Because they weren’t just casting Harry, Ron, and Hermione — they had a school full of students to fill. So what happens to the actors who are part of such a huge franchise, »
- Audrey Fox
The tale of a humble clerk who falls victim to a prostitute and her violent, scheming pimp, was Renoir’s second sound film.
It recently restored by Les Films du Jeudi - the historic production company of Renoir’s late producer Pierre Braunbreger - and the Cinémathèque Francaise with the support of France’s National Cinema Centre and the DGA and WGA-backed Franco-American Cultural Fund.
“Screening in Cannes Classics gives a masterpiece like La Chienne, which is part of cinema history, a new lease of life and visibility,” said Wide Management’s founding chief, Loic Magneron. “This is a timeless classic that should be seen by new audiences.”
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Jacqueline Bisset has been cast as the female lead in the independent period drama “Peter and John.”
Director Jay Craven begins filming later this month in Nantucket for Kingdom County Prods.
“Peter and John” is based on the 1887 Guy de Maupassant novel “Pierre et Jean,” which recounts the story of a French family whose lives are changed when a deceased family friend leaves his estate to one of the sons.
Bisset won the Golden Globe in January for best supporting actress in a TV miniseries for “Dancing on the Edge.” She will be seen next in director Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in the drama based on the rise and fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
- Dave McNary
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