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Performing slightly better at the Us box office than the 2005 film it follows in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy, Chinese Puzzle still landed with a bit of a fizzle (especially considered to the initial response of the first film featuring this cast). Nominated only for Best Original Music at the Cesars, it ended up being a demure finale for a host of characters that have grown into rather banal adults over the past decade. Receiving a warm response from a variety of critics, this chapter is merely basking in the afterglow established by its predecessors.
Diehard fans of Klapisch’s L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and its sequel, Russian Dolls (2005) should be happy to see the director round out his Romain Duris headlining films into an actual trilogy with Chinese Puzzle. Though it potentially stands as a piece on its own, audiences may feel a bit lukewarm toward this outing without having experienced »
- Nicholas Bell
Charlotte Le Bon plays a young French woman Zoe who intends to plant a bomb in Paris to make a radical political statement without hurting anyone in the process, but changes her mind at the last moment.
Unfortunately an American pickpocket (Richard Madden) steals her bag and dumps it at a busy Metro stop. When the bomb explodes, he becomes the prime suspect in a terror attack.
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- Garth Franklin
Madrid – As both Hollywood agents and indie distributors fight increasingly shy of committing clients and money respectively to movies coming on to the market only part-financed, one of the huge attractions of Studiocanal movies is that, fully financing the net budgets on its projects, the films the Euro film-tv group says it will make it makes.
Also, it has skin in the game, distributing its movies directly in usually all of four key markets, forming its “home” territories: U.K., France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Exhibit A: Idris Elba starrer “Bastille Day,” a Paris-set action thriller produced by Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures (“Source Code”) and Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content (“Babel,” “True Detective”) directed by James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake”), and to be distributed in North America by Focus Features, in one of the highest-profile deals at this May’s Cannes Festival.
Toplining Elba, star of U. »
- John Hopewell
Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Father James (Gleeson) is a good priest who feels sinister forces closing in after being threatened by a mysterious parishioner. As he continues to comfort the troubled members of his community, including his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly, Flight), Father James begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Also starring Chris O’Dowd (Frankie Go Boom), Aiden Gillen (TV’s Game of Thrones) and M Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner), the R-rated British film was well-liked by the critics, earning an impressive 7.6/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 143 reviews. It rang up a not-bad $3.6 million at the domestic box office during its limited release to theaters in August, »
The shoot will continue in Paris for four weeks before moving to London until mid-December.
The story centres on a rogue CIA agent in Paris who teams up with a con artist to thwart a terror attack.
StudioCanal is fully financing the film, handles international sales, and will distribute Bastille Day in its territories: France, UK, Germany, Australia and New-Zealand.
Focus Features acquired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Thanks to the The Guardian, we now have a UK trailer for "Set Fire to the Stars," starring Elijah Wood, Celyn Jones, Shirley Henderson and Kelly Reilly. Check it out below. Plot: Wood plays John M. Brinnin, an American poet and critic who is put in charge of organizing Dylan Thomas' first United States tour. Thomas (Jones), who is an incredibly popular poet of the 1950s, proves more than a handful, and the two go into retreat, where Brinnin must save his hero and get him stateside. The new movie is directed by Andy Goddard ("Downton Abbey) and is set to hit UK theaters on November 7th. Trailer: »
Actor/co-writer Celyn Jones stars as Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who is about to embark on his first trip to the U.S. in the 1950s, with John M. Brinnin being put in charge of overseeing his trip. Little does he know about Dylan Thomas' over-bearing personality and his penchant to drink to excess, which makes this task much more difficult than Brinnin first thought.
Kelly Reilly, Steven Mackintosh and Shirley Henderson co-star in this drama from director Andy Goddard, who co-wrote the script with Celyn Jones, with Welsh musician Gruff Rhys composing the score. The film opens in U.K. theaters November 7, although it does not have a »
When I first read the blurb for Set Fire to the Stars, I had a horrible moment where I thought that someone had cast Elijah Wood to play Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thankfully, I was mistaken: that honor goes to Celyn Jones (Castles in the Sky), with Wood acting alongside him as John M. Brinnin.
Brinnin is a fellow writer and admirer of Thomas, who goes on a week long retreat with his hero during the poet’s first visit to New York City. Today, the first UK trailer for the film hit and it depicts a world and a poet that was really one of a kind.
Based on the footage here, this looks like a true literary odd couple. Thomas was a notorious drinker and wild man, while Wood’s Brinnin is depicted as a slightly more quiet and sedate young writer – perhaps a bit in awe of the brilliant but mercurial poet. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
For most folks, a movie about a poet probably isn't the most enticing prospect, but there's never been a poet quite like Dylan Thomas. He was as close to a rock star as the medium could get, and his American tours in the 1950s made headlines. Now the story of his stateside jaunt is getting the movie treatment with "Set Fire To The Stars." Led by Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones, who plays Thomas, the movie tells the story of the poet's first visit to New York City in 1950, as shown through the lens of a fellow wordsmith who goes on a week long retreat with him. As you might guess, trying to contain Thomas and get him ready for the general public is no easy task. Directed by Andy Goddard ("Downton Abbey"), the movie is presented in lovely black-and-white photography, and co-stars Kelly Reilly, Steven Mackintosh, and Shirley Henderson. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chinese Puzzle (France: Casse-tête chinois), 2013.
Directed by Cedric Kaplisch.
When the wife of 40 year old Father of two, Xavier Rosseau leaves him taking the children with her to live in New York, he cannot watch them grow up from France and so follows them with the hope of living there himself. As a result, the complications of this soon unfold…
I can’t remember a time when I have seen the third part of a trilogy without watching its predecessors first. So, this may have been a first. Did it matter that this was the case with Chinese Puzzle? No. Did I feel that I missed out on character backgrounds? Again: no. This was probably due to the actors’ familiarity with their roles, I didn’t find myself wondering what had happened before to this group »
- Gary Collinson
HBO hasn't made an official announcement yet, but its being reported this morning that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead role in Season 2 of True Detective. The actress is close to signing on, and we should have a definite answer sometime very soon.
Just yesterday, it was said that Keira Knightley had entered the race for the coveted role, auditioning alongside a number of actress both well known and somewhat obscure. Elisabeth Moss was the most popular choice, with Rosario Dawson also said to be a strong contender. Other auditioning actresses included Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, and Jamie Alexander, Oona Chaplin, Brit Marling, and Kelly Reilly.
If Rachel McAdams officially signs on, she will join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn who were both officially confirmed by HBO earlier in the week. Taylor Kitsch is expected to take the fourth lead role.
Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is directing »
Given the flurry of verbiage typed upon each microscopic update (yes, we're implicating ourselves) you would think that "True Detective" season two was being directed by J.J. Abrams and is feature a Millennium Falcon. Neither is true, but there's no denying HBO's show is buzzy as all get out, and now it looks like Nic Pizzolatto and co. are circling in on a female lead. Beating out an array of contenders including Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander, Brit Marling and the recently revealed Keira Knightley, Variety reports that Rachel McAdams now has the offer from the network for the lead female role. Moreover, Taylor Kitsch is "expected" to be on board as well for a second season that will follow three police officers and a career criminal who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. So, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update: Variety is reporting that HBO has offered the lead female role in the second season of "True Detective" to Rachel McAdams, who was previously thought to be the likeliest candidate for the role. Variety also expects Taylor Kitsch to land the fourth lead role, alongside McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. The original post follows... When Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell were announced to star in the upcoming season of HBO's "True Detective", with Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) set to direct the first two episodes from scripts written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, noticeably absent from HBO's press release was confirmation of a female lead that has been speculated about ever since the second season was announced earlier this year. In an interview with HitFix back in March, Pizzolatto promised a story about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system. »
- Jordan Benesh
In recent months, talk surrounding season two of HBO’s True Detective has focused on the possibility of two female leads taking centre stage. The likelihood of that iteration has died down, following two official confirmations from the network; Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will co-star. As the second season steers into familiar territory though, there’s still a wealth of roles so far uncast.
In the running for what’s deemed a major female part are… well, most of Hollywood. According to Deadline, last Thursday eight big name actresses sat down to read for creator Nic Pizzolato in New York. A fresh name that was thrown into the mix is none other than Keira Knightley, who is a newbie to the True Detective rumour mill. Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander, Brit Marling and Rachel McAdams have all been linked to the part in the past. »
- Gem Seddon
With Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn now confirmed for "True Detective," the internet has decreed that the second season of the HBO procedural will either be the best or worst thing ever. And yet another name has entered the mix for one of the major female roles on the show. Deadline has tossed Keira Knightley into the fray that currently includes Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander, Brit Marling and Rachel McAdams. The actresses were all invited to read for one of the female leads, though the trade also says some could be contending for a different female role. So basically, nobody really knows anything except that Nic Pizzolatto has sat down or will sit down with all these folks. With fever around "True Detective" season two reaching iPhone 6 levels of hysteria before even a frame has been shot, perhaps everyone needs to chill. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following weeks of rumors, months of amusing memes and hashtags and Colin Farrell leaking the news himself anyway, HBO has finally confirmed that Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Director Justin Lin are signed on for the second season of Nic Pizzolato’s True Detective.
Via Deadline, Farrell will play a compromised cop in a corrupt Los Angeles police department torn between his allegiance between the Lapd and a mob boss. Vaughn will play another “career criminal” whose legitimate business partner threatens both his new legal endeavor and his criminal empire.
Deadline also has the log line for the new season: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
That third »
- Brian Welk
A couple of days ago Colin Farrell revealed that he has signed on to star in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s acclaimed drama series True Detective, and now HBO has officially announced that both Farrell and Vince Vaughn are on board, as well as offering up the first plot details.
According to Variety, the story “will revolve around three cops and career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy after a murder. Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”
- Gary Collinson
After months of speculation, rumors and even actors making announcements ahead of HBO, we now know who two of the stars of "True Detective" season 2 will be: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. HBO describes the new season thusly: "Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder." Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him," while Vaughn has been cast as Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner." Additional casting — notably the other two main cops — is still to come, though HBO also confirmed that Justin Lin will direct the season's first two episodes, stepping in for Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga. It's »
- Alan Sepinwall
While HBO keeps threatening to release an official casting statement for True Detective Season 2, Colin Farrell has gone ahead and pulled the trigger himself, confirming that he will take on one of three lead roles when the series returns next year.
True Detective will be the actor's first foray into the world of television with a major recurring role on a series, though his involvement will last only one season. About appearing on the series, Colin Farrell stated:
"I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited."
With a plethora of names swirling at the moment for "True Detective" — Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, Elisabeth Moss, Rachel McAdams, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Jaimie Alexander and Rosario Dawson — none had been officially confirmed by HBO for the second season, until now. Today comes news of the first actor you can bank on appearing, and it's straight from the source. Chatting with Sunday World, Farrell stated simply: “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.” But even more, he revealed that Nic Pizzolatto is sticking with the same number of episodes for round two, in what sounds like another tightly coiled story. "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell said. "I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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