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After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
"The power of love is the only indestructible thing in the world. Hate is not going to get you anywhere, violence is not going to get you anywhere, cynicism is not going to get you anywhere, love will get you there. Love makes life worth living and that is it. Period," Matthias Schoenaerts told Rte Ten. This is a sentiment that powers the upcoming "Suite Francaise," and today a couple of clips from the wartime drama have landed. Co-starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie. Ruth Wilson ("The Affair"), and Sam Riley, and based on the novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the story is set during World War II, in the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, and follows a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier stationed to look over her township. But horrors of war aren't hidden, and these clips (one via The Telegraph) show »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thirty years after “The Breakfast Club” premiered in theaters, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy are back in detention. Both actresses attended a SXSW screening of a restored version of their high school classic with 1,300 fans on Monday.
The John Hughes comedy follows five teenagers (among those would later be known as “the Brat Pack”) stuck in school on a Saturday, as they slowly reflect on their secrets and personal struggles. “William Saroyan and Eugene O’Neill have been here before, but they used saloons and drunks,” wrote Roger Ebert in his three-star review at the time.
Ringwald plays Claire, the popular girl, and Allison (Sheedy) is her polar opposite, the outcast dressed in black. Ringwald and Sheedy sat down with Variety at SXSW this year to talk about “The Breakfast Club,” working with Hughes and how the film helped — and hurt — their careers.
Why did the “Breakfast Club” become such a classic? »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has won the UK box office for a third consecutive week.
Meanwhile, Still Alice rises one place to seventh.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - £1,409,311
2. (-) Run All Night - £823,833
3. (2) Focus - £805,244
4. (-) Suite Francaise - £503,928
5. (3) Fifty Shades of Grey - £487,635
6. (4) Chappie - £448,288
7. (8) Still Alice - £419,327
8. (5) Big Hero 6 - £387,905
9. (7) Kingsman: The Secret Service - £292,368
10. (6) Shaun the Sheep Movie - £262,862
Watch a trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »
★★★★☆ Saul Dibb's film adaptation of Suite Française (2014) dramatically compresses the many strands of Irène Némirovsky's incomplete World War II novel, discovered by her daughter after her death and published to great acclaim in 2004. Némirovsky intended to write five parts dealing with the tumult of war but only completed two novellas – she died in Auchwitz in 1942. In the second, Dolce, she created a vivid portrait of a provincial French town, Bussy, through the various reactions of its citizens to the German occupation. In their adaptation, Dibb and co-screenwriter Matt Charman concentrate on Dolce and the love affair between Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts).
- CineVue UK
Suite Française, 2015.
Directed by Saul Dibb.
During the early years of German occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.
We’ve seen romantic movies, we’ve seen war movies, and we’ve seen romantic movies set during a war so from the off Suite Française faces the unenviable task of setting itself aside from the rest. Thankfully director Saul Dibb’s keeps his film aimed squarely at the relationships between and evenly balances both love and war to ensure the film never runs flats or becomes to cliché ridden – something it could very easily have been.
France has become occupied by the Nazis and when a troop of German soldiers move in to the small town of Bussy a »
- Gary Collinson
Based on an unfinished novel by Irène Némirovsky, who wrote it shortly prior to her death in Auschwitz, Suite Française transforms an extraordinary story into a profoundly ordinary period drama. Tasking its potent performers with a stiff script and by-rote characterisations, the film feels endlessly in search of a dramatic thread worth paying off.
Lucile (Michelle Williams) is a lonely young woman living with her repressive and chilly mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) in the French village of Bussy during World War II. We learn through heavy-handed voiceover that her husband is away fighting, leaving her scarcely more emotionally neglected than she was in his company. When the village is occupied by German forces, Lucile is drawn to a sensitive Nazi soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) who comes to stay in her too-empty home. »
An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Even though Marilyn Monroe's life was cut short at the age of 36, her legacy and iconic style lives on. From movies and music to magazines and advertisements, Hollywood still manages to be inspired and influenced by Marilyn's glamorous life and epic beauty. In honor of Marilyn, we're taking a look at 12 celebrities who have been inspired by the actress in their work and personal style, including Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michelle Williams, and even Rihanna. Scroll through to see them all now. »
Lambert Wilson - returning to the Croisette as master of ceremonies
That most elegant and refined of French actors, Lambert Wilson, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival in May to host both the opening and closing ceremonies in the presence of jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.
The organisers of the Festival made no apologies for inviting him back for duty on the 13 May and for the closing awards on 24 May.
“Lambert Wilson left a distinct mark on the 67th Festival de Cannes ceremonies with his elegance, poise and lyrical eloquence while evoking his love of cinema,” organisers said.
Outside of France the versatile Wilson is best known for his roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Currently he is to be seen in Suite Française with Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams.
He first came to the Croisette in 1985 when he appeared alongside Juliette Binoche »
- Richard Mowe
But there’s no such pathos in the film, or adequate frisson. As an account of the Occupation, this has more in keeping with the soporific "Charlotte Gray" than, say, "The Army of Shadows." British director Saul Dibb and co-writer Matt Charman have fused the novellas, focussing on the slow-burning, forbidden love affair between a Frenchwoman in an occupied town outside Paris, and the German officer billeted in her home. It opens in 1940, in the fictional Bussy. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) is a timid young woman whose husband is a prisoner of war, and in whose absence she lives under the thumb of her domineering mother-in-law. A joyless widow and uncompromising landowner, Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas) forces Lucile to accompany her as she drives around the countryside squeezing every last centime of rent from her struggling tenants. The arrival in town of a convoy of refugees from Paris, followed by a regiment of Germans, »
- Demetrios Matheou
The title is the most authentically French thing about “Suite francaise,” a fusty but enjoyably old-fashioned WWII soap that, notwithstanding its Gallic locale, is otherwise characterized by a distinctly British brand of plumminess. Based on the bestselling unfinished novel by Irene Nemirovsky, this lightly perfumed tale of the tentative romance between a married Frenchwoman and an urbane Nazi soldier during the 1940 German occupation covers no new ground historically or stylistically, and is hampered by gauche narration that undermines the expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance. Still, attractive mounting and casting — with the inspired choice of Matthias Schoenaerts as Williams’s co-lead paying off handsomely — could see this Weinstein Co. property make moderately “Suite” music in limited release.
In Blighty, where Entertainment One releases the pic on March 13, “Suite francaise” is likely to entice the older audience that failed to turn out for the comparable but superior wartime weepie »
- Guy Lodge
Michelle Williams stars as a bourgeois Frenchwoman who falls in love with a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) during the Occupation in the long-awaited but soapy and numbingly flat Suite Francaise. Based on the second part of Holocaust victim Irene Nemirovsky's unfinished novel, which became an acclaimed worldwide bestseller in 2004, this filleting by writer-director Saul Dibb (The Duchess, TV series The Line of Beauty), co-written by Matt Charman and completed in 2014, has sturdy production values, a tony cast and middlebrow tastefulness up the wazoo, but barely any soul, bite or genuine passion. Fans of the book will
- Leslie Felperin
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Michelle Williams is a work in progress! The actress covers the April issue of Elle UK, where she opens up about balancing motherhood and her career, supporting Kristen Bell's "No Kids Policy" and reveals her love of poetry. While the "Dawson's Creek" alum looks stunning in the cover shot -- rocking newly-dyed platinum tresses and a retro A-line dress -- Williams says most days she's exhausted. "I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working. I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling," she tells the mag. "I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time, »
- tooFab Staff
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Michelle Williams says she's "so good" at raising daughter Matilda - Us Weekly Hilary Duff gets candid about her divorce - HuffPost Celebrity Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen step out after the Super Bowl - Lainey Gossip The Duggars come under fire for "cat bowling" stunt - Dlisted Madonna has some advice for Kanye West - Et Which model sisters met up in snowy NYC? - JustJared See Selena Gomez's latest Adidas campaign - Hollywood Tuna ABC Family airs youngest same-sex kiss in TV history - Pink Is the New Blog Anna Wintour wants babies banned from fashion shows - The Superficial »
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She told Elle UK: "There are so many problems with that. But Kristen [Bell] has made it so much easier for these kids to live in a world that is friendly and that they can trust.
"Every month I send her a gushy, 'You don't know what you've done' note. Now my daughter and other kids aren't scared to walk down the street any more. It's like a miracle," she enthused.
Williams, who wears Louis Vuitton for the magazine's shoot, also discussed juggling motherhood with work, and revealed that balancing both often leads to her falling asleep - and snoring - through exhaustion at parties.
She said: "I feel like most of my life, »
Following on from news that director Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves) was reteaming with her Wendy and Lucy star Michelle Williams on her new as yet-untitled film, it looks like Kristen Stewart is now set to join them.
Deadline has reported that Stewart, fresh from her famous win at the French Cesar Awards, will join the cast of the film, which has also added Laura Dern (Wild), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and James Le Gros (Justified) to its impressive ranks.
Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is “a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana.” Stewart will play “a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she’s determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after taking the job, Beth develops a close friendship with Jamie, a local »
- Scott J. Davis
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