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The 2006 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Tautou, proved a box-office smash in France on its original release and went on to be sold in more than 60 international territories.
The remake has been greenlit for production early summer 2014, shooting on location on the French Riviera.
It will centre on Alec, a shy and hard-working English waiter at a grand hotel on the Riviera, who is mistaken for a millionaire and seduced by Lauren, an American girl with expensive tastes, whose lifestyle is made possible only by the generosity of very wealthy men.
When Lauren discovers Alec’s true identity and limited resources, she bolts - but Alec, determined to woo Lauren no matter what the cost, pursues her along »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013
• The 2012 Braddies
Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.
The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.
I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Audrey Tautou has made herself pretty well-known in English-speaking territories over the years. Although she hasn’t yet fully cracked into Hollywood like her fellow Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard, she’s still managed to get a couple of her home-made titles some good receptions in the UK; Coco Before Chanel (2009), for example, did well both in Britain and worldwide – not bad in a movie world populated by transforming robots and teenage vampires.
Perhaps the thing holding her back in Hollywood is the language barrier, something plagued Penelope Cruz after her initial stardom, before going back to her own country and excelling. The story is much the same for Tatou but in her portrayal of fashion titan Coco Chanel, we saw that she had some real acting clout, and with her role as the girl whose lover goes missing in World War One in the film A Very Long Engagement, the story was much the same. »
- Henri Pearson
UK Jewish film festival | Aesthetica short film festival | French film festival UK | Leeds international film festival
UK Jewish film festival, nationwide
There's really no telling what a Jewish film could or should look like, or even where it could come from. It might be an eastern European thriller (In The Shadow); a New York comedy such as Blumenthal, starring Brian Cox; an Almodóvar-esque musical (Eytan Fox's Cupcakes); an Argentinian Nazi drama (Wakolda); or even a psychedelic semi-animated head trip such as Ari "Waltz With Bashir" Folman's latest, The Congress. The result is one of the most varied festivals out there, and an ever-expanding event (80 films this year, across 19 venues). More recognisably Jewish themes are also abundant, such as in self-explanatory opener The Jewish Cardinal, based on a true story, or new doc Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, with Michael Grade in conversation after.
Various venues, to 17 Nov
Aesthetica short film festival, »
- Steve Rose
Eleven years after his Franglais smash “L’auberge espagnole” and eight years after sequel “Russian Dolls,” French writer-helmer Cedric Klapisch follows up with the zesty “Chinese Puzzle,” a New York-set comedy that serves as a seductive advertisement for modern urban living. Retaining the energy and zing of the earlier films but dialing down the youthful angst, the pic delivers witty, sexy fare that’s the fast-food equivalent of Richard Linklater’s thematically weightier “Before … ” trilogy. Given the presence of international marquee names including Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, its appeal to auds isn’t tricky to puzzle out.
While “L’auberge” was largely set in Barcelona, at an Erasmus educational program that mixed students of different nationalities, and “Dolls” pinged characters across various European cities, this time the action unfolds almost wholly in New York City. That’s where Englishwoman Wendy (Kelly Reilly) shacks up with her new American beau »
- Charles Gant
A role like Solomon Northup is long overdue for an actor like Chiwetel Ejiofor. He’s been quietly building up an impressive résumé of supporting roles for the past decade or so, but having the opportunity to take on such a challenging lead role in 12 Years a Slave, and the almost certain Oscar nomination that will come with it, is sure to make him a known lead player, at long last.
His work in 12 Years is absolutely outstanding, and since it’s a movie that’s so dependent on solid performances that make this dark world an immediate one for us, he bears the weight of its success on his shoulders, and carries it the entire way. More people are going to know his name by the time awards season rolls around, and for those that already do, they’ll likely finally learn how to pronounce it (“Chew-wi-tell Edge-ee-ah-for,” I »
- Darren Ruecker
Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart, »
- Zac Gille
This weekend, a muscle-head attempts to break his porn addiction in "Don Jon," things get heated in the period race-rivalry flick "Rush," and food- animal hybrids wreak havoc in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."
Writer, director, and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title character in "Don Jon," a New Jersey womanizer who can't hold down a real relationship -- not because he's a player, because he's addicted to porn. When Don meets and falls for Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), he starts to give real love a chance, until she catches him watching porn, that is. The sex comedy also stars Tony Danza as Don's father (his older, muscled counterpart), Julianne Moore, and Brie Larson. Will Don toss out the dirty movies for a potential shot a real love? Let's hope so, especially since it's ScarJo.
- Erin Whitney
They say timing is everything, and somehow, I managed to have good timing with some of the clothes I chose to wear to Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. (Bear with me and my nerdiness.) I had picked out an Epcot-specific T-shirt to wear to Day Two of Fantastic Fest, in some goofy way to tie into Escape from Tomorrow, which screened that morning. Of course, then I thought I wouldn’t be attending said screening; the machinations that went into place to secure me a spot, as mentioned in that Day Two report happened so immediately that I realized I was no longer ironically dressed for the occasion in Disney gear. But as it happens, I wore that shirt, with the design of The American Adventure, the centerpiece of Epcot’s World Showcase, to Day Four of the festival. And, as luck would have it, a shirt commemorating one aspect »
- Josh Spiegel
★★★☆☆ Audrey Tautou has never quite cast off the elfin shadow of her breakout role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie (2001). Over the past decade, she's taken on her fair share of more austere roles, and few have seen her turn a performance as restrained as in Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) - out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The second adaptation of one of Françoise Mauriac's most famous novels, the period drama was brought to the screen as the swansong of French director Claude Miller. As a whole, the film resembles its protagonist: a cool, staid veneer and languorous way of life giving way to surprisingly effective tension.
Thérèse (Tautou) is the free-spirited daughter of a wealthy landowner that spends hazy summers in the South of France staying with a doting aunt. She frolics her days away with best-friend, Anne (Anaïs Demoustier), and several years later she finds herself preparing for an arranged marriage to Anne's cloddish brother, »
- CineVue UK
The Australian B.O. rebounded last weekend after sinking to the lowest level of the year, driven by three new films.
Total takings rose by 27% to $9.75 million, although business is still rather soft in the lead-up to the September holidays.
The Smurfs 2 was first-choice for kids and families, fetching $2.04 million in its opening frame, which brings the cumulative earnings to $2.2 million. That.s a solid debut but 20% below the original. The Smurfs franchise is much more popular internationally than in the Us; the first film raked in $US142 million in the Us and $421 million in the rest of the world.
White House Down dropped by a surprisingly mild 28% to $1.3 million in its second weekend, propelling its earnings to a fair $3.8 million.
Glowing reviews for »
- Don Groves
The U.S. channel will premiere the series on Halloween night. Chicago-based distributor Music Box has skedded a VOD and DVD/Blu-Ray roll-out in January.
Repped in international markets by Zodiak Rights, “The Returned” was commissioned and co-developed by French paybox for nearly five years before being greenlit. France’s first fantasy series, “The Returned” was a gamble for the Gallic cabler but it proved a successful: It scored the highest ratings for a French-language skein. It also garnered healthy ratings on Channel 4 in the U.K..
A contempo twist of classic zombie skeins based on Robin Campillo’s “Les Revenants,” “The Returned” is set in a mysterious mountain town where a seemingly random collection of people attempt to regain their homes and reclaim their lives without realizing that they’ve been dead for years. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Bringing together film and TV talent on both sides of the camera, “The Returned” was created by Fabrice Gobert, whose debut feature, “Lights Out,” bowed at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It’s produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta at Haut et Court, the company behind Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Class” and Audrey Tautou starrer.
Managed by Ed Arentz, Music Box Films will roll out the series on VOD platforms on Jan. 1 and DVD/Blu-Ray on Jan. 21, following its October bow on a major U.S. TV channel. The TV deal will be unveiled shortly.
- Elsa Keslassy
“My head's too full of ideas, that's what scares me,” sighs Audrey Tautou's enigmatic free-spirit, Therese, who is on the brink of marrying a pompous landowner, Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), in pre-war France. When Therese's best pal and Bernard's sister, Anna (Anaïs Demoustie), has a scandalous affair with a dashing young Jewish man, the title's “heroine” fails to adequately support her. Claude Miller's last film (the veteran director died in 2011) is a solemn but pretty look at propriety, “terrible duty” and frustration in the 1920s. »
French director Claude Miller's final ever film, Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) is anchored by a performance of great subtlety and depth by Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as the titular character, whilst she's also ably matched by Gilles Lellouche as her husband. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Thérèse Desqueyroux this coming Monday (9 September), we've been given Three DVD copies of Miller's period drama to give away to our well-read supporters, courtesy of the team at world cinema specialists Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
In the French region of Landes, not far from the city of Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land and unite neighbouring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque (Tautou) becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. However, her avant‐garde ideas quickly clash with local conventions. »
- CineVue UK
Amélie is to be adapted for Broadway, it has been announced.
The French film, which starred Audrey Tautou, will be rewritten as a musical.
Dan Messe, of indie band Hem, has been commissioned to write the adaptation. Taking to Facebook, he wrote: "So not the best-kept secret, but still I'm happy to announce that I've been commissioned to adapt the film Amélie for Broadway."
Playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen are also said to be co-writing the musical based on the 2001 film.
Amélie earned five Oscar nominations and grossed $173.9 million worldwide.
An estimated theatre release is yet to be revealed.
Watch a trailer for the Amélie movie below: »
Dan Messe of the Brooklyn-based indie band Hem has been tapped to compose, and he made the announcement on his band’s Facebook page.
“So not the best kept secret, but still I’m happy to announce that I’ve been commissioned to adapt the film ‘Amelie’ for Broadway,” he wrote Aug. 13.
Playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen are set to co-write the musical.
The movie followed Audrey Tautou as the title character, a young waitress in a whimsical version of Paris. The Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed movie was a commercial and critical success, garnering five Oscar nominations and grossing $173.9 million worldwide.
Though the Paris-inspired score is one of the most iconic aspects of the film, Messe recently told Paste magazine that he isn’t interested in doing Parisian music. »
- Alex Stedman
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems
Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German »
- Variety Staff
If you still get butterflies at the thought of Audrey Tautou with tiny bangs, we bear good news. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's uber-whimsical film "Amélie" is on the road to becoming a Broadway musical -- with one glaring caveat. Yann Tiersen's iconic score will not accompany the romantic tale.
Dan Messé of indie group Hem was commissioned to adapt the film, along with playwright Craig Lucas and lyricist Nathan Tysen. Messé announced the news of the not-so-well-kept secret on Facebook. We're certainly interested to see what a folksy indie rocker who is self-admittedly "not a fan of modern musicals" will do with his stage-ready interpretation.
Our biggest concern thus far is obviously the score -- we shudder to think that Tiersen's fanciful, addictive music could be replaced with typical Broadway bravado. "It’s like one of the best movie scores there is. It’s one of the reasons why I love the film, »
- Priscilla Frank
The film that made Audrey Tautou a worldwide star, 2001's "Amelie," is the latest film to get the Broadway treatment. Read More: Audrey Tautou On Playing a Repressed Housewife in 'Therese' and Why She Doesn't Crave the Hollywood Spotlight Dan Messe, the keyboardist and composer of Brooklyn indie band Hem, has been commissioned to adapt Jean-Pierre Jeunet's modern classic for the stage. Although new to musicals, Messe, and his fellow Hem musicians Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis composed the score and songs for the Public Theater's 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of "Twelfth Night." Yann Tiersen, who composed the beloved, accordion-based score for the film will not be involved with the production. Messe told Paste Magazine that he's "not interested in doing Parisian music." The creative team includes Tony-nominated playwright Craig Lucas ("Prelude to a Kiss") and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen ("The Burnt Part Boys"). Playbill.com has reported that Pam MacKinnon, »
- Nigel M Smith
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