9 items from 2015
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (August 5-15) will open with Jonathan Demme’s musical comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash, in which Meryl Streep stars as a musician who tries to make things right with her family after giving up everything to pursue her dream of rock-and-roll stardom.
Written by Diablo Cody, the film gets a Piazza Grande berth alongside Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw.
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Lifetime, A+E and History will simulcast a limited series event in 2016 as part of a co-production with The Weinstein Co and the BBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This television version will condense elements of Tolstoy's 1869 novel about the Napoleonic French army's invasion of Russia.
A+E Networks' announcement of the new War and Peace series comes on the same day as it commissioned a »
Brazilian indie distributor Tucuman Films is setting up a Paris-based French distribution operation of the same name to distribute films from Brazil and other Latin American countries in France, the world’s biggest art film market.
Bowing its distribution operations in September with “Chronicle of the End of the World,” an intimate father-son drama from first-time Colombian director Mauricio Cuervo, Tucuman Films will also release Geraldine Chaplin starrer “Sand Dollars” and Brazilian Eryk Rocha’s “Sunday Ball.”
Both screening at Toulouse CineLatino Festival, which kicked off Thursday, the FiGa Films-sold fourth feature from Dominican Republic-based scribe-helmer tandem Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman has twinned large critical acclaim and sales.
Tucuman’s first distribution slate includes Brazilian screenwriter Luiz Bolognesi directorial debut “Rio 2096, A Story of Love and Fury,” which straddles four periods in Brazilian history and won the top Crystal Award at France’s 2013 Annecy Animation Festival. Tucuman »
- John Hopewell
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms about using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Dan Stevens has been cast as her beastly prince. Luke Evans will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Luke Evans has been cast as her beastly prince. Dan Stevens will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le Fou »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The Tunnel 2: Debris will air early next year, reuniting detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann on a new case not inspired by The Bridge.
Sky Atlantic boss Zai Bennett revealed to The Guardian that the second series will focus on an airliner that crashes in the English Channel.
Watch the trailer for The Tunnel's first series below: »
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- John Plunkett
“No bloody manners, the French,” puffs one British copper as he and his team square off with their Gallic counterparts over a body cut in half at the exact midpoint of the Channel tunnel. By poking fun at such ancient enmities, the makers of The Tunnel – a remake of stylish Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge – inject new life into their storyline. The Chunnel itself makes such a brilliantly creepy location, it’s a surprise Eurostar didn’t give a resounding “non” to Sky Atlantic’s 10-parter.
Two mismatched police officers swing into action: Karl, a jokey, flirty, blokey Brit played by Stephen Dillane; and po-faced French oddball Elise, brilliantly brought to life by Clémence Poésy. The murder heralds a spate of killings »
- Toby Manning
9 items from 2015
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