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Gaumont’s French Christmas Comedy ‘Santa & Cie’ Set for Big Rollout in China

Gaumont’s French Christmas Comedy ‘Santa & Cie’ Set for Big Rollout in China
After smashing the French B.O. with an estimated €3.5 million in five days, Alain Chabat’s fantasy-filled Christmas comedy “Santa & Cie” will be getting a wide release in China on Dec. 15.

Hishow Entertainment is partnering up with China Film Group to give “Santa & Cie” a massive roll-out across 8,000 screens.

Co-produced and repped worldwide by Gaumont, “Santa & Cie” will mark the second French-language film to be released in China this year, following Dany Boon’s “Raid Dingue,” and the second French-language pic to be distributed nearly simultaneously with the release in France. Another Gaumont movie, the animated feature “Ballerina,” was released in China by Hishow and sold more than 1.3 million tickets.

Hishow Entertainment is aiming to bank on the growing popularity of Christmas, which Gaumont says has become the second-most celebrated holiday in China after the Chinese New Year. It turns out that two-thirds of the Christmas decorations consumed worldwide are made in Yiwu, a Chinese
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Call to stub out on-screen smoking in French films

Injecting morality into films is ‘like pouring cola into a Château Lafite’, one critic of idea declares

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo spent almost an entire film – the 1960s classic À Bout du Souffle (Breathless) – with a Gauloise dangling from his lips. Audrey Tautou portrayed the designer Coco Chanel pinning haute couture dresses while smoking. Jacques Tati was rarely without his pipe and Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Alain Delon all puffed their way through decades of movies.

Hardly surprising then that a call for French directors to stub out smoking on screen has been greeted with a mix of disbelief and outright ridicule. It has also prompted the existential question: what would French cinema be without the cigarette?

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Audrey Tautou: ‘My subject in these photos is somebody between the character and who I am’

The French actor has been in the public eye since Amélie in 2001. Now, in her first show as a photographer, she’s playing around with that image

‘I’m an interesting subject,” says Audrey Tautou, the French actor who exhibited her photographs for the first time this summer at the Arles festival under the title Superfacial. But it’s not her who decided that, she points out – it has been drummed into her over the 15 years or so since she became an international star courtesy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film Amélie.

Tautou starred as the eccentric young Parisienne who, against the artfully shot background of the streets of Montmartre, sets her sights on increasing the sum of human happiness, one kind act at a time. But it wasn’t simply that the film – charming, whimsical and filled with a particularly French brand of tragicomedy – was a hit – it was that Tautou’s heart-shaped,
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‘The Big Lebowski’ Embarrassed John Turturro At First, and Now He’s Made a ‘More Sexual’ Sequel

‘The Big Lebowski’ Embarrassed John Turturro At First, and Now He’s Made a ‘More Sexual’ Sequel
One of the most intriguing indies without a release date or a scheduled festival appearance this fall is John Turturro’s “Going Places.” The film had been originally billed as a sequel to the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” but it’s more of a character-centric spinoff or “continuation” of the Jesus character Turturro made so iconic 19 years ago.

Turturro recently joined The Hollywood Reporter on its Awards Chatter podcast for a conversation about his Emmy-nominated turn in “The Night Of,” but the discussion couldn’t help but involve one of his most unforgettable supporting turns. It turns out the actor could have never predicted that Jesus, the Puerto Rican bowling enthusiast, would be such a huge success and a character he would revisit nearly two decades later.

Read More:‘Going Places’ First Look: John Turturro Resurrects Jesus Quintana In ‘Big Lebowski’ Sequel

“When I got the script,
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The Odyssey Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though on the surface Jérome Salle’s The Odyssey is just your archetypal biopic, of the relentlessly curious, resolutely ambitious explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the film’s dramatic edge and emotional core comes through the character of Philippe, his rebellious son. It’s a tried, tested and often triumphant technique within this sub-genre, to peer into the subject’s extraordinary life from an outside perspective, to allow for somebody else to steer the ship, which in the case of this great captain, makes for something of a change.

Beginning in the late 40s, Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) is enamoured by the sea. The sheer immensity of it, the ability, as he puts it, to fly, to be caught somewhere between the sun and the sea-bed, and so he manages to secure funding and begin an expedition to travel the world with a team of deep sea divers, to capture footage never seen before.
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From ‘The Odyssey’ – In UK Cinemas August 18th

Opening in UK cinemas this Friday 18th August, is The Odyssey, a film examining the life of French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher Jacques Cousteau. To celebrate its release, we have an exclusive clip to share.

The Odyssey boasts an impressive cast, including Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou, and is directed by Jérôme Salle.

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this.

We reviewed the film earlier this week [read it here].

Watch our exclusive clip from The Odyssey below, and find the film in cinemas from this Friday,
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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Watch the UK trailer for Jacques Cousteau biopic ‘The Odyssey’

Altitude have released the UK trailer for the upcoming Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which is being directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017.

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing
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Why foreign-language films are struggling in UK cinemas

Releasing arthouse films is as challenging as ever, but there are grounds for optimism.

“For foreign-language films, you really have to have something quite exceptional to break the £1m ($1.3m) mark,” says Louisa Dent, managing director and acquisitions chief at UK arthouse distributor Curzon Artificial Eye.

Given the UK’s shared language with the dominant provider of film and its overall cultural pivot towards North America rather than continental Europe, the territory has always been seen as a challenge for sellers of foreign-language fare.

The advent of digital distribution has created a more crowded marketplace than ever. But Dent suggests the problem is not so much that audiences are dwindling as the changing nature of the product.

“If you get a really good classical piece of French cinema, a Coco Before Chanel or an Amélie, they still work,” she says. “But that sort of film hasn’t cropped up as much. What we are
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China's Hishow acquires Gaumont duo

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China's Hishow acquires Gaumont duo
Chinese outfit picks up Christmas & Co and Gaston.

Beijing-based distributor Hishow Entertainment has acquired two titles from France’s Gaumont – Christmas & Co, directed by and starring Alain Chabat, and family comedy Gaston, from Pierre Francois Martin-Laval.

Chabat plays Santa Claus in Christmas & Co, a combination of live-action and CGI, which also stars Audrey Tautou [pictured]. Currently in production, the film is produced by Gaumont, Legendaire, France 2 Cinema and Nexus Factory.

Martin-Laval is also serving as both director and star of Gaston, an adaptation of a French classic that will be mostly live-action with some animation sequences. Also starring Theo Fernandez and Alison Wheeler, the film is produced by Les Films du Premiers, Les Films du 24 and TF1 Film Production.

Hishow has previously worked with Gaumont on animated feature Ballerina, which it released theatrically in China over Chinese New Year.

During Cannes Marché, the company has also acquired French animation Tall Tales from Pgs and On Animation.
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Cannes: China’s Hishow Buys Gaumont’s ‘Gaston’ and ‘Christmas & Co.’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: China’s Hishow Buys Gaumont’s ‘Gaston’ and ‘Christmas & Co.’ (Exclusive)
China’s Hishow Entertainment has picked up mainland Chinese rights to “Christmas & Co.” and “Gaston.” Both films were acquired from France’s Gaumont.

“Christmas & Co.” stars comedian Alain Chabat and Audrey Tautou, who is pictured above, and directed by Chabat. Mixing live action and animation, the film tells the story of Santa Claus’ attempt to cure his sick reindeer in time to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

“Gaston,” produced by Gaumont and Ugc, is a film adaptation of Andre Franquin’s cult comic strip franchise Gaston Lagaffe. “Gaston” will be mostly shot in live action with some animation, provided by French VFX studio MacGuff.

Pierre Francois Martin-Laval is directing the picture on a budget of $21 million (19 milion euros), making it one of the biggest-budget films from France for 2018. Martin-Laval also stars in the film as Gaston, alongside Theo Fernandez (“The Tuche Family”) and Alison Wheeler (“Going to Brazil”).

The deals
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Ridley Scott Eyes Michelle Williams for ‘All The Money In The World,’ Golshifteh Farahani to Lead ‘Santa & Cie,’ and More

With Alien: Covenant on its way — and his announcement that he’d like to helm many more of them — director Ridley Scott also has plans to direct All The Money In The World, according to Deadline. The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III by mob-tied captors, and the desperate attempts of his grandfather to get him back. While Natalie Portman was originally circling the film, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, and Kevin Spacey are now in talks to star in the ticking-clock thriller.

The 79-year-old Scott has also added another film to his sky-high pile of potential projects. Deadline reports he’s now attached to a World War II drama based around the Battle of Britain, a major skirmish fought in the air that was a major coup for Allied forces. Scripted by Matthew Orton, who also wrote the upcoming Oscar Isaac-led Nazi-hunting thriller Operation Finale,
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Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)

Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)
Paris – Popular French actor-director Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”) is teaming with Gaumont for his next directorial effort, “Santa & Cie,” a $28 million family comedy.

Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Audrey Tautou (“Amelie Poulain”) and Pio Marmai (“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) star in the film.

Legende, the outfit behind Marion Cotillard starrer “La vie en rose” is producing the film with Gaumont, which is also handling sales and will be distributing in France on Dec. 6.

The fantasy-filled comedy, which started shooting Tuesday, boasts a strong key crew, notably Bryan Jones, whose credits include “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

The movie follows the journey of Santa Claus when he is forced to travel to Earth to find a cure for his sick elves a few days before Christmas. He comes across a young Parisian family who help him complete his mission, including delivering all the gifts.
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Capturing the Cousteau allure by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jérôme Salle on Lambert Wilson as Jacques-Yves Cousteau: "It helps when you ask a very nice person to be a very tough person."

Once again, inside the Furman Gallery at Lincoln Center during the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema exhibition of Paul Ronald's color photographs from Federico Fellini's 81/2, where I met Christophe Honoré for a conversation on Les Malheurs De Sophie, The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) director Jérôme Salle spoke with me on the performances of Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou. Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, composer Alexandre Desplat, Calypso captain Albert Falco (Vincent Heneine), nicknamed Bébert (which recalls for me the cat featured in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline), were also washed ashore.

Jérôme Salle at Paul Ronald's 81/2 circus photos: "Audrey is wonderful." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Odyssey (shot by Matias Boucard, screenplay, co-written with Laurent Turner) is
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Now, voyager by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jérôme Salle: "I'm the kind of director who loves to tell stories with pictures more than words." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2015, at an Oceana event hosted by Cobie Smulders, I spoke with Jacques-Yves Cousteau's granddaughter and Expedition Blue Planet filmmaker, Alexandra Cousteau. In my conversation with The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) director, Jérôme Salle, we explore the world around Alexandra's grandfather portrayed by Lambert Wilson in his film with Audrey Tautou as Jacques' wife Simone, Pierre Niney (Adrian in François Ozon's Frantz) and Benjamin Lavernhe as their sons.

Simone (Audrey Tautou) and Jacques Cousteau (Lambert Wilson)

With a screenplay, co-written with Laurent Turner, loosely based on the books by Jean-Michel Cousteau (My Father, the Captain: Life with Jacques Cousteau) and Albert Falco (Capitaine de La Calypso) and a score by longtime Wes Anderson composer Alexandre Desplat, Salle takes us on a personal family journey at sea.

We go from "Cousteau
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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile.
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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Ivanhoe Pictures form Sk Global

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The original companies will continue to release film and TV projects under their respective labels.

Backed by what representatives called “substantial equity investment” from China Cultural And Entertainment Fund (Ccef), the parties have merged to create a film and TV producer-financier.

Ske chairman and CEO Sidney Kimmel (main picture) and Ivanhoe Pictures chairman Robert Friedland (middle picture) will serve as co-chairmen of Sk Global.

Chairwoman Yang Liu and managing director Alick Dong of China-focused private equity fund and investment management company Ccef will oversee the investment and provide strategic advice to Sk Global as the venture seeks to expand throughout Asia.

Dong will join Kimmel, Friedland and Ivanhoe Pictures co-founder and Ske president John Penotti (pictured below Friedland) on the Sk Global board alongside Kimmel advisor Matthew Kamens and Ivanhoe Pictures vice-chairman Gary Gartner.

Sk Global will control the combined libraries of both companies including all current productions, comprising more than 75 features.

These include
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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-03-02 22:27:51

Class of 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pictured above from left to right are: Frantz's François Ozon, uniFrance General Director Isabelle Giordano, Reda Kateb and Cécile de France, stars of Django, a highlight of the festival, Mal De Pierres' Nicole Garcia, Django's Étienne Comar, Réparer Les Vivants' Katell Quillévéré, composer Martin Wheeler for 150 Milligrams and Sólveig Anspach's L'Effet Aquatique, Planetarium's Rebecca Zlotowski, La Fille De Brest's Emmanuelle Bercot, and in the front row, Florence Almozini, Associate Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center with Agnès Varda for the Opening Night of the 22nd edition of New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on March 1 at the Walter Reade Theater.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard,
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