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Michelle Yeoh to Be Feted at Macau Festival

Michelle Yeoh to Be Feted at Macau Festival
Malaysian star Michelle Yeoh is to be the subject of the In Focus section at next month’s International Film Festival & Awards Macao. The festival (Dec. 8-14) has also completed its lineup.

Yeoh, whose credits stretch from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” will appear in an in-conversation session Dec. 14. The festival will also screen her 2010 effort “Reign of Assassins,” directed by Su Chao-pin.

The festival added five films across its different sections and unveiled details of the Crossfire section, in which directors pick genre films that influenced them.

The festival added Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Korean blockbuster “The Outlaws,” French smash hit “C’est La Vie!” (aka “Le Sens De La Fete”) from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano; and Macau film maker Lorence Chan’s “Passing Rain.” Iffam jury president Laurent Cantet will introduce a special presentation of his latest film, “The Workshop
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International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany

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International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany
In today’s International Newswire, German comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” sets fire to the local box-office; French movies dominate the box-office at home with a mix of genres; Germany’s Tiberius acquires Sharon Stone comedy “A Little Something for Your Birthday”; and Finland’s “Little Wing” wins Nordic Council Film Prize, one of Scandinavia’s biggest awards.

Constantin Film’s high-school comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” opened Oct. 26 in Germany to a stellar box-office revenue of more than €15.4 million ($18 million) – by far the best start of the year.

The third installment in the hugely successful franchise from writer-director Bora Dagtekin follows a cynical ex-con-turned-teacher (played by Elyas M’Barek) as he tries to make sure his rowdy students pass final exams while facing the possible closure of his school due to its catastrophic conditions.

While the film had the biggest October start of all time in Germany and the third best start ever for a German
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Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’

Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’
Kicking off less than a month after bombshell reports accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year’s Afm is the first in which the Weinstein Company will play no role — beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the disgraced mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers, and financiers express elation, disappointment, and indifference over TWC’s troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC’s heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the last couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

“The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to Afm. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race,” said
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French Writers and Producers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein

French Writers and Producers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein
The heavyweights of the French film industry condemned Harvey Weinstein in a statement issued Monday, with The Artist director Michel Hazanvicius, Intouchables helmers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and veteran filmmakers Claude Lelouch and Costa Gavras signing a letter from Arp, the producers, directors and writers guild.

Titling it “Acts Unworthy,” the guild wrote: “The filmmakers of Arp join together in the unequivocal condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, after the revelations about him.”

The guild called the allegations of years of sexual harassment and assault “shameful and unacceptable.”

It continued: “We express our solidarity with the women assaulted and humiliated in...
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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make

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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make
This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.

A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.

While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch
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10 Highlights of the San Sebastian Film Festival

10 Highlights of the San Sebastian Film Festival
Cannes’ biggest achievement is that it’s the most important festival in the world while San Sebastián remains the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world. The festival has maintained its staple sections while constantly innovating. From a bigger Basque presence to TV series, here are 10 not-to-be-missed 2017 novelties, events and trends.

Star Contingent

Arnold Schwarzenegger presents “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” which he narrates. He leads a strong star presence including Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (“Loving Pablo”), Alicia Vikander (“Submergence”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Todd Haynes and jury head John Malkovich. Also attending will be Donostia honorees Ricardo Darin, Monica Bellucci and Agnès Varda, her prize representing a drive to “open up the Donostia Awards to cineasts we love, but who perhaps don’t have the glamor of stars,” says San Sebastian director José Luis Rebordinos.

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section

High-end TV goes high-profile at San Sebastián: Alberto Rodriguez’s 1580 Seville-set serial killer thriller
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The Best Films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

When a few hundred films stop by the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s certainly impossible to cover everything, but we were able to catch around 100 features — and, with that, it’s time to conclude our experience, following the festival’s own award winners. We’ve rounded up our favorite films seen during the festival, followed by a list of the complete coverage.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. One can also click here for a link to all of our coverage, including news, trailers, reviews, and much more. As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)

In the Taliban-controlled Afghan city of Kabul, Nora Twomey’s debut film as sole director (she co-helmed Oscar nominee The Secret of Kells
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'C'est La Vie' ('Le Sens de la fete'): Film Review | Tiff 2017

'C'est La Vie' ('Le Sens de la fete'): Film Review | Tiff 2017
A cantankerous French caterer has to try and create a fairytale wedding while relying on the most disorganized group of waiters, cooks, photographers and wedding singers in the history of holy matrimonies in C’est la Vie (Le Sens de la fete). This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose Intouchables became a monster hit a few years ago (that film was remade stateside this year as The Upside). The duo’s latest, which closes the Toronto Film Festival, is a sprawling and often hilarious ensemble comedy almost entirely shot at...
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C'est la Vie! review – underpowered party planner comedy that offers little to chew on

The new comedy from the makers of French hit Untouchable has fine cast, led by Jean-Pierre Bacri, but it just isn’t funny or exciting enough

Writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano had a hit in 2011 with their odd-couple heartwarmer Untouchable, starring François Cluzet as the quadriplegic wheelchair-user who hires Omar Sy as his nurse. (The Hollywood remake of it, The Upside, is also playing in Toronto.) Now they are back with something machine-tooled to be an undemanding feelgood comedy. It stars the always formidable and dyspeptic Jean-Pierre Bacri as Max, the chief of a hospitality company in Paris that provides food, booze, music and service for super-classy parties of all sorts. He is just about tolerant of all the idiots and assholes that he employs, and indeed the idiots and assholes who form his customer base; his patience is tested to destruction when he takes on a massive job,
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Tiff Review: ‘C’est la vie!’ is an Uproarious Comedy of Errors from ‘The Intouchables’ Duo

I went into Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s latest film C’est la vie! knowing nothing about it. My assumption from their two previous works, Intouchables and Samba, was that it would prove a charmingly funny dramedy tinged with relevant politics and racial complexity. Well, I was wrong. Whereas the latter film honed in on the former’s politics, this one strips them away completely to focus solely on the comedy. The result is an uproariously contemporary riff on Robert Altman’s underrated classic A Wedding. While it doesn’t spread out quite so large a net—focusing almost exclusively on wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his eccentric crew—it still wonderfully distills the fiscal and logistical absurdity of such formally traditional celebrations with biting satire, broad pratfalls, and expertly rendered caricature to its essence.

They don’t ease us in either as the tone immediately reveals itself.
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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals
The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while
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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'

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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'
Films from Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, Alexandros Avranas and Diego Lerman added to competition line-up.

Further competition titles for the 2017 San Sebastian Film Festival (22-30 September) have been announced, including The Disaster Artist.

Written, directed and starring James Franco, the project tells the story of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous cult film The Room. It will also appear at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Other titles competing for the Golden Shell include Diego Lerman’s A Sort Of Family (Una Especie De Familia); Love Me Not from Alexandros Avranas; Barbara Albert’s Mademoiselle Paradis; and The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Nobuhiro Suwa.

Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s C’est La Vie!, Ivana Mladenovic’s Soldiers. Story From Ferentari and Matt Porterfield’s Sollers Point have also been announced.

Alexandros Avranas won the best director Silver Lion at Venice for Miss Violence in 2013. Diego Lerman’s Suddenly won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Festival in 2002.

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Latest Films by James Franco, Lerman, Nakache, Toledano to Compete at San Sebastian

Latest Films by James Franco, Lerman, Nakache, Toledano to Compete at San Sebastian
The latest movies by U.S. multi-hyphenate James Franco, Argentine Cannes regular Diego Lerman, and Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the duo behind “Untouchables,” the biggest French-language hit ever, will play in San Sebastian‘s main competition this September.

Barbara Albert’s “Mademoiselle Paradis,” Alexandros Avranas’ “Love Me Not,” Matt Porterfield’s “Sollers Point,” Nobuhiro Suwa’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Soldiers. Story from Ferentari,” the feature debut of Serbian Ivana Mladenovic, also make up cut.

All vie for the festival’s top Golden Shell, as will already announced contenders such as festival opener, Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” plus the Spanish movies “El autor,” by Manuel Martín-Cuenca, Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi’s “Handia” and Antonio Méndez Esparza’s “Life and Nothing More.”

Several of the new international contenders will launch at Toronto’s market or official section before landing in San Sebastian for their European debuts.

That’s the case of James Franco’s comedy-drama
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San Sebastian announces more Competition titles by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-08-04 12:17:50

The Disaster Artist is heading to San Sebastian Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival San Sebastian Film Festival announced a selection of the films that will compete at its 65th edition this September - including features from James Franco, Alexandros Avranas, Diego Lerman and Barbara Albert.

Other directors in contention for the Golden Shell include Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Matt Porterfield and Ivana Mladenovic..

Franco puts himself in front of the camera for his latest film, comedy The Disaster Artist, starring as Tommy Wiseau, the director of the "Citizen Kane of bad movies" The Room. The film showed as a work in progress at SXSW with considerable success and will have its world premiere in Toronto.

Also heading to the festival after a premiere in Canada is Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht), a historical drama about a blind piano prodigy, directed by Austrian filmmaker Albert, who previously competed at the festival
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Tiff 2017. Lineup

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ThelmaA selection of films from the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films by Sebastián Lelio, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Darren Aronofsky, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo Del Toro, Joachim Trier, Wim Wenders, and many more.Special PRESENTATIONSOpening Night: Ladybird (Greta Gerwig)Closing Night: Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)The Children Act (Richard Eyre)The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie)The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois)Hostiles (Scott Cooper)The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)Novitiate (Maggie Betts)Omerta (Hansal Mehta)Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
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Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart's The Intouchables remake gets a new title

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Today, we've learned that the American remake of The Intouchables, a 2011 Golden Globe nominated French film directed by both Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, will be getting a title change. According to an announcement made by the Weinstein Company on Wednesday, the new film, which stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, will now be called The Upside. Hart has come aboard the film to... Read More...
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Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’

Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’
The Weinstein Company has chosen “The Upside” as the title for its remake of “The Intouchables,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

Nicole Kidman also stars along with Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Harvey Weinstein.

Filming took place in Philadelphia and New York in March. Neil Burger directed from a script by Jon Hartmere.

“The Upside” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September in the Gala Presentations and will hit theaters nationwide on March 9.

“The film is about two people giving life a second chance and learning to connect through small acts of respect and compassion,” Burger said. “We’re all very proud of the movie and especially the performances of these two brilliant actors who have amazing chemistry together. The whole team behind the film is incredibly eager for audiences to experience this very funny, heart-felt story.
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'Borg/McEnroe' to open 2017 Toronto Film Festival

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Tennis drama stars Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason.

The world premiere of Borg/McEnroe will kick off the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (7 Sept – 17 Sept).

The film, directed by Janus Metz and starring Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård, will screen at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 7.

Piers Handling, director and CEO of Tiff, said in a statement: “Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night.”

Tennis drama Borg/McEnroe tells the story of the rivalry between the cool swede Bjorn Borg and hot headed American John McEnroe, which culminated in their epic 1980 Wimbledon final.

Sf Studios is handling international sales of the film.

Other titles at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival include Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; real-life skating drama I, Tonya with Margot Robbie; The Mountain Between Us starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and Thomas Edison
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Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations

Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations
Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

This year, Tiff offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.

Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven starring Haile Berry

Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is Tiff’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee ReesMudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions
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Tiff 2017: Wright’s Darkest Hour, Haifaa Al Mansour & Deniz Gamze Ergüven Receive Galas Showcase

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There was no mention of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, but not straying far from the modus operandi of previous editions, Tiff’s announcement of their Gala selections (currently a field of fourteen minus the opener) continues to promote Canadiana (Long Time Running), dramatic works grown-ups (Breathe), spotlight items from France (they offered the closing slot to Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s C’est la vie!

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