12 items from 2016
by Nathaniel R
Natalie Portman in a new photoshoot for Diorskin ForeverWhat odd careers child stars eventually look back on. Natalie Portman was an instant sensation when she appeared in The Professional as a junior assassin. When the film was released late in 1994, Natalie was just 13 years old. She became an instant favorite for directors filling their prestige ensembles and by the time she was 18 she was a leading lady and also the mother of Luke & Leia (though the Star Wars prequels contain her worst acting by far). By 23 she was a Golden Globe winner and by 29 an Oscar Best Actress champ. Afterwards she receded as so many actresses who win Oscars in their twenties do (what is there left to strive for?) presumably enjoying their riches and in some cases their new domesticity. Pregnant during her Black Swan Oscar campaign, Portman & her ballet world husband Benjamin Millepied are now »
- NATHANIEL R
In Reset (Relève), Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai chronicle the path to the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's first ballet at the Opéra National de Paris in the fall of 2015. We hear composer Nico Muhly and the energetic young conductor Maxime Pascal discuss the quality of a lion's roar and the need for a "more menacing, dangerous piano." Designer for Lady Gaga, Tilda Swinton, Björk, and Scarlett Johansson, Iris van Herpen, whose tutus here are unorthodox, is specific about the colors, wanting "the black less black and the white a very light grey."
Benjamin Millepied: "For American people, Benjamin is a Frenchman …"
Millepied is known as the choreographer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel. Vincent Lindon, revolvers; Karl Lagerfeld, un roi seul and Robert Luchini, dit Fabrice on Fabrice Luchini »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Natalie Portman turns 35 on Thursday! The Oscar winner and Harvard grad has grown up in front of the camera; after getting her start at age 13 in The Professional, Natalie starred in films like Garden State, V For Vendetta, and the Star Wars saga. In 2011, she took home an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan, shortly before giving birth to her son, Aleph. A year later, she married French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and the family of three now lives in Paris. In addition to her illustrious film career, Ivy League education, and glamorous style, Natalie is also a great role model, speaking out on important issues like depression, racism, and religion. In honor of Natalie's big day, we've rounded up her most memorable photos over the years. Look through to see Natalie evolve from smiley rising star to gorgeous wife and mother. »
- Brittney Stephens
The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to the high-profile French animated film “Ballerina,” Variety has learned.
In the English-language version of the movie, Elle Fanning will play the film’s lead voice of 1884 orphaned girl Felicie Milliner, who at 11 strives to become a professional ballet dancer at the Paris Opera. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will portray one of the supporting voices of Odette, her teacher.
The movie is an ambitious $30 million Pixar-style musical in 3D directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, currently in production in Montreal. The script is written by Carole Noble and Laurent Zeitoun. The film’s choreography is being overseen by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”), who relied on motion capture for some of the performances.
- Ramin Setoodeh and Elsa Keslassy
“Reset” is so gorgeously shot that it almost distracts attention away from the sheer inertia of its material. In detailing Benjamin Millepied’s 2015 efforts to stage his first show, “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward,” as the Paris Opera Ballet’s new dance director — a post which he recently relinquished, to much speculation — directors Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai don’t lack for access, as their documentary takes up intimate residence alongside its subject as he choreographs, plans and oversees rehearsals for his maiden production. Alas, despite Millepied’s paradigm-shifting intentions, there’s no drama to this story, only a wealth of visual splendor.
On the strength of his tenure as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (as well as his contributions to Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” whose star, Natalie Portman, he married in 2012), Millepied was hired to take over the reigns of the Paris Opera Ballet. It’s an illustrious, »
- Nick Schager
Exclusive: The French sales company has closed key territories on its Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.
Upside has licensed Reset rights to Kmbo in collaboration with MK2 for France, Transformer in Japan, Edko in Hong Kong, Sky Digi Entertainment in Taiwan, and Jinjin in South Korea.
As previously announced, Studiocanal will distribute in the UK and Germany, while FilmRise plans an autumn theatrical launch in the Us.
He sent shock waves through the ballet world at the start of the year when he resigned his post as Paris Opera Ballet director after barely one year in the job.
Read Reset review here.
Read directors interview here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Reset, the ballet documentary featuring dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied that just had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is hitting big screens in the fall. FilmRise has just landed U.S. distribution rights to the pic, which follows the man behind the ballet of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan as he mounts his first production as director of the famed Paris Opera Ballet. (Check out the trailer below.) Millepied, who is married to Blac… »
Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai's look at Benjamin Millepied (Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan choreographer) in Reset; Everybody Knows...Elizabeth Murray by Kristi Zea (two-time Oscar nominee for Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road and James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets), with journals performed by Meryl Streep; Christian Tafdrup's Parents (Forældre) with Søren Malling (Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair) and Bodil Jørgensen (Cæcilia Holbek Trier's Agnus Dei) soon in Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chicken with Mads Mikkelsen; Elvis Presley (Shannon) and Richard Nixon (Spacey) meeting in Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon, co-written by Joey Sagal, Cary Elwes and Hanala Sagal (seen in Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh) are some of the highlights of this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Exclusive: Company close to signing Us deal on Benjamin Millepied doc Reset.
Factual content specialist Upside Distribution has launched sales on its inaugural feature-slate at Berlin’s Efm.
Hot titles in its line-up include Reset (Relève), following Benjamin Millepied’s ill-fated directorship of the Paris Opera Ballet; Zhao Liang’s Behemoth, capturing the destruction of Mongolian prairieland, and Emilie Thérond’s Farewell My Teacher.
Paris-based sales and production company Upside previously focused on TV, with recent titles including A Day In The Life Of A Dictator and Zero Gravity, both of which sold worldwide.
It has been building the feature slate over the last 18 months, following the arrival of former Le Bureau Sales staffer Johan De Faria to head up acquisitions.
“We realised that the market was changing and that there was greater demand for feature-length documentary, especially with the likes of Netflix and other digital platform investing in the format,” explained Pauline »
Twenty years ago this week - Feb. 9, 1996 - the romcom-dramedy Beautiful Girls first opened in theaters. The film centers around Willie (Timothy Hutton), who returns home for his high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town. It's funny, it's heartwarming, and it features one of the better ensemble casts of the 1990s. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, we're pulling out the yearbook and looking up the film's cast to what they've been up to over the past 20 years. Timothy HuttonHutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for Ordinary People when he was only 20. To this day he's the youngest-ever »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Simply entitled Rocco, the documentary features a candid interview with the star in which he speaks about his true life, touching on his early career, fame and life with his wife of 20 years, Rosa Caracciolo, who he co-starred with in Tarzan X: Shame Of Jane- before they married and went on to have two children together.
Sometimes referred to as the “Italian stallion”, Siffredi has appeared in more than 1,500 films over his 30-year career and also dabbled briefly in the French arthouse cinema world, appearing in Catherine Breillat’s Romance and Anatomy Of Hell.
The film also follows Siffredi’s recent decision to quit the porn business for good, shortly after appearing »
This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
12 items from 2016
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