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‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations

27 January 2016 1:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.

Terzian revealed that Michael Douglas will follow Sean Penn’s footsteps and receive the honorary Cesar award. Douglas previously won the honorary Cesar nod in 1998.

Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.

“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘The Troop #2′ Review (Titan Comics)

22 January 2016 7:31 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Written by Noel Clarke | Art by Joshua Cassara | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

The first issue of The Troop was not only a pleasant surprise, but far exceeded my expectations. Written by a novice ‘celebrity’ writer, Noel Clarke, I expected a middle of the road generic something or other. What we did get was a violent, pacy adventure that had all the hallmarks of a popcorn movie, superheroes for grown-ups. A perfect first issue, in that it established the characters and their world alongside setting up a great storyline but leaving just enough to come to make you really look forward to the next issue. The second issue of course is often where a reader decides if he will stick with a book or not, so perhaps even more critical to a title’s success is how it performs a month later.

To briefly recap, the first issue saw us meet Terrain, »

- Dean Fuller

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‘James Bond 007: Vargr’ #3 dispenses with the pleasantries in favour of action

7 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

James Bond 007: Vargr #3

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Jason Masters

Letters by Simon Bowland

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

After two issues during which writer Ellis and artist Masters supplied fans with ample set-up, issue number 3 of the Vargr storyline finally kicks into higher gear. Bond takes up on Kurjak’s invitation to inspect one’s of his warehouses, but unbeknownst to the hero, the brilliant scientist has a trap laid out to dispatch of the pestering double-oh. Meanwhile, Kurjak comforts assassin Dharma after her failure to vanquish 007 back in issue 2 and subsequently unleashes his ultimate weapon: Mr. Masters, the incredibly fit, biochemically altered man hinted at twice already. In addition to sharing a relationship with Dharma, he is Kurjak’s blunt instrument par excellence. If Bond makes it out alive of the warehouse, Mr. Masters is to handle the assignment…

With issue 3, Vargr really begins to hit its stride, »

- Edgar Chaput

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