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It’s been nearly 18 years since Alan Rickman’s feature directorial debut, The Winter Guest, hit theaters, but now it’s finally time to catch his second go behind the lens, A Little Chaos. In 1682 King Louis Xiv (Rickman) commences a search for a landscape designer to build one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Even though Sabine De Barra’s (Kate Winslet) social status and forward-thinking techniques aren’t in line with the candidates one might expect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to chose, he decides to embrace the “chaos” of her process and awards her the job. With A Little Chaos due for a limited release on June 26th, I got the chance to talk to Rickman about making the film. He stressed the importance of pre-production and having rehearsal time, he talked about what it’s like directing a scene that he’s acting in, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Kate Winslet leads A Little Chaos as Sabine De Barra. It’s 1682 and King Louis Xiv (Alan Rickman) is looking for someone to build one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Even though Sabine’s style is a bit too progressive for the King’s famous landscape artist, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), ultimately she persuades him to give her the gig and so begins the challenge of defying gender and class barriers and completing the outdoor ballroom, Rockwork Grove. With A Little Chaos due in select theaters on June 26th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Winslet to discuss her experience making the movie. She addressed the challenges of shooting a period drama while pregnant, what it was like working with Alan Rickman as a director, her experience playing a completely fictitious character within a factual situation and more. You can check it all »
- Perri Nemiroff
The inherent contradiction of landscaping – wherein nature’s splendor is manufactured through rigorous human interference – is likely one most filmmakers can sympathize with. Like gardening, making movies is about presenting a beautiful whole to the public, while hiding the dirty hands and sweated hours that went into making the attraction look natural and organic. A Little Chaos, the Versailles-set period drama, maintains itself effortlessly when drolly snipping at the garish French aristocracy, but as a heartfelt romance with a green thumb, it’s a forced arboreal labor.
“There is an outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles. In what follows, that much at least is true,” reads the opening text of A Little Chaos. It’s a simple and arch preamble that lets director and co-writer Alan Rickman clear away any expectations of historical fidelity one might come to the film bearing. As further suggested by the opening minutes, which »
- Sam Woolf
Come Friday, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet will hit the big screen together for the first time since Ang Lee's 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Winslet leads Rickman's second directorial endeavor, A Little Chaos, as Sabine De Barra. It’s 1682 and King Louis Xiv (Rickman) is looking for a landscape designer to build a main garden at the Palace of Versailles. Even though the “chaos” of Sabine’s style isn’t in line with the techniques of the King’s most celebrated landscape artist, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), he gives her the job and she begins work on the outdoor ballroom, Rockwork Grove. I’ve got full interviews with Winslet and Rickman about making the movie coming soon, but first, find out what one thing they need to have in hand while filming and which on-set job besides acting they'd like to take on. A Little Chaos hits select »
- Perri Nemiroff
A story about an ordinary woman assimilating into the crème de la crème of royal society in 17th century Paris and falling in love above her station brims with potential, which makes our disappointment with Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos” that much more harsh. Romantic period dramas may no longer prompt audiences to stampede to the theater, but one need only turn to “Downton Abbey,” or the understated “The Young Victoria," to see that the genre doesn’t necessarily have to be somnolent. Then again, there are those that can put you to sleep quicker than you can say Nyquil, despite some good-looking costumes and loquacious language. It’s 1682, and the gardens of Versailles need to be developed to appease his royal Highness, King Louis Xiv (Rickman), who desires to make Versailles and France reach heavenly heights of splendor. Famous architect La Norte (Matthias Schoenaerts) is commissioned for the job, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
From Julie Taymor's premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attended by Helen Mirren and Anne Hathaway, who had just finished performing in Taymor's Grounded, to Livia Firth's fashion event, where Alan Rickman stopped by, we end our week in New York with A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, with Helen McCrory, Jennifer Ehle, Stanley Tucci, Paula Paul, and Rickman as Louis Xiv.
Kathleen Turner, Christian Slater, Cornelia Guest, William Ivey Long, Lilly Englert, David Siegel, Fred Schepisi, Gay Talese, Theodora Woolley, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Katrina Eugenia, John Buffalo Mailer, Ann Curry, Diane Sawyer, America Olivo, Christian Campbell, Lisa Falcon, Wendy Whelan. Thomas Matthews, Chuck Scarborough, Meredith Ostrom, Ashley McDermott, Jennifer Creel, and Oksana Jager were among those attending the »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic dramedy “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet from director Alan Rickman!
“A Little Chaos,” which opens in Chicago on June 26, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory, Rupert Penry-Jones, Steven Waddington, Danny Webb, Henry Garrett and Morgan Watkins from director Alan Rickman and writers Jeremy Brock and Alison Deegan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Rhona Mitra, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy, Margarita Levieva, Kristin Lehman, Robert Wisdom, Ric Reitz | Written by Bart De Pauw, Wesley Strick | Directed by Erik Van Looy
I often question why movies are remade, especially those where it seems the remake has come just to remove subtitles and translate it to an English-speaking audience. This seemed to be the case with The Loft which is a new version of the director Erik Van Looy’s own movie Loft…
When five married men conspire to buy a penthouse loft which they can share as a place to have their affairs and live out their fantasies. The last thing they thought would happen though is that it would lead to a death, a murder of a women from their past. When they try to work out what has happened, »
- Paul Metcalf
The Loft, 2015.
Directed by Erik Van Looy.
A group of married men rent a city penthouse to indulge in extra marital affairs but it all goes disastrously wrong when a dead body is discovered.
The Loft is an English language remake of Loft, a 2008 thriller from Belgium directed by Erik Van Looy, who also directs this version. The story concerns five married men – Vincent (Karl Urban – Dredd), Chris (James Marsden – Straw Dogs), Marty (Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family), Luke (Wentworth Miller – The Flash) and Chris’ half-brother Phil (Matthias Schoenaerts – The Drop) – who all have the use of the titular loft, a city centre apartment designed and built by architect Vincent. Each man has a key to the loft and is able to use the apartment to carry out any extra »
- Gary Collinson
Plausibility isn’t in the cards for this odious excuse for a thriller. This is all about sexy danger, for sociopathic, misogynistic values of “sexy danger.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Five men with too much time and money on their hands share a luxury loft. They don’t live there: it’s their secret fuckpad for mistresses, hookers, one-night stands, whatever. It’s discreet and economical, is how the building’s architect, Vincent (Karl Urban: Walking with Dinosaurs), sells the idea to his pals, played by James Marsden (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Eric Stonestreet (Identity Thief), and Matthias Schoenaerts (Far from the Madding Crowd): no mysterious hotel charges on a credit card bill to accidentally inform the wives. Think of it as Zipcar for unfaithful assholes. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Edge Entertainment has acquired Cannes title Disorder (Maryland) from Indie Sales for Scandinavia and Iceland.
The drama, directed by Alice Winocour, played in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Winocour follows her lauded debut Augustine, which played in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2012, with this Antibes-shot psychological thriller about a former French Special Forces soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who has to protect the wife (Diane Kruger) and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman.
Mars Distribution has French theatrical rights for an autumn 2015 launch.
IFC/Sundance Selects acquired Us rights during Cannes.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The French drama won the prize earlier today (May 24) in a shock decision as the 68th annual festival drew to a close.
Meanwhile, Vincent London won Best Actor for his role in The Measure of Man and Best »
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
A compact, effective, if low-key film that takes an interestingly counterintuitive approach to its blending of arthouse and genre elements, Alice Winocour's "Disorder" (which will be its title in the U.S. where its French name "Maryland" might suggest a light comedy involving rival crabcake recipes) is a small but polished find. Starring an entirely convincing Matthias Schoenaerts and a delicately understated Diane Kruger, the film moves in the opposite direction to many hybrids, starting out as a more formally adventurous exercise in empathy for a character suffering from a collection of symptoms that suggest Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but switching gear in its second half to take on the form of a genre thriller. Perhaps surprisingly, while a certain amount of the nuance is lost or left unresolved by this shift, it perhaps is the stronger film in those latter home-invasion sections, where Winocour shows a very sure, »
- Jessica Kiang
The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.
Disorder (Maryland) stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and Paul Hamy and follows a French Special Forces soldier who becomes paranoid after he is hired to protect the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa Maryland.
“We are sure that Us audiences will be as riveted by this film as our team was when they saw it at Cannes.”
Winocour’s first feature film Augustine premiered at the 2012 Cannes Critics Week. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Schoenaerts plays a French Special Forces soldier hired to ensure the security of Kruger’s character — the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman — at their luxurious villa. Variety‘s Guy Lodge gave the film a strong review, noting “Winocour has the gift of instilling fear at a range of tempos.”
Winocour’s first feature film, “Augustine,” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Critics Week.
- Dave McNary
Sundance Selects has picked up Alice Winocour's "Disorder." The Parisian writer/director follows up her 2012 Cannes Critics' Week entry "Augustine" with this Un Certain Regard premiere formerly titled "Maryland." While her moody period debut "Augustine" turned on a 19th-century case of female "hysteria," her sophomore feature pivots on Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier reeling from Ptsd who's hired to protect Jessie (Diane Kruger), the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Holed up in her Maryland villa, Vincent's obsession unfurls into increasing paranoia. No release date yet from Sundance Selects. "Disorder" marks the company's first Cannes 2015 pickup. Here's what critics are saying: Variety: A fine-cut tension exercise that eventually ignites into a full-blown home-invasion thriller, “Disorder” reps about the last step one might have expected Winocour to take after debuting with »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Actress Jane Fonda offered words of encouragement about evening the gender scales in Hollywood on Sunday, and urged the entertainment industry to make sure that “the narrative of 51 percent of us is represented.” The legendary Fonda, 77, and as stunning as she was articulate, accepted the first “Women in Motion” award at the Cannes Film Festival, launched by the luxury and fashion company Kering. Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 5: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Sing for 'Carol,' Matthias Schoenaerts Goes Carpet Casual She accepted the award at a glittering dinner overlooking the Cannes harbor, presented by Festival President Pierre Lescure and. »
- Sharon Waxman
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