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Glenn has been attending the 25th Stockholm Film Festival as a member of the Fipresci jury. Here he shares thoughts on three French films starring big names Catherine Deneuve, Jean Dujardin, and Gemma Arterton.
In the Name of My Daughter
As is common during a film festival, I had taken a seat in a cinema and completely forgotten what I was set to see. When the title card came up announcing ‘French Riviera’, I thought they were playing the wrong film as we had no such film on our schedule. Me in my festival state, stupidly didn't realise this was merely a location card. It wasn't until I checked the guide that I actually realised its name was In the Name of My Daughter. That title, far more verbose and clunky than is befitting André Téchiné’s movie, rather uncomfortably links the film to Jim Sheridan’s famous 1993 Ira drama »
- Glenn Dunks
The Turin Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled the lineup for its 32nd edition at dual press conferences in Turin and Rome. Guest director Paolo Virzi was not present at either as he was in Los Angeles working the awards circuit. Virzi’s latest film, Human Capital, is Italy’s official entry to the Oscars' best foreign-language film category. His curated lineup for Turin, with 15 films in competition, is full of recent popular festival films and several Italian standouts. Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovary, starring Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton, will open the festival. In the film, an ex-Parisian obsessed with
- Ariston Anderson
We have added a set pictures from the event ‘Made in Dagenham’ Musical Photocall at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Guests included Adrian Der Gregorian and Gemma Arterton, Gemma Arterton, Sophie-Louise Dann, Adrian Der Gregorian, Gemma Arterton and Sophie-Louise Dann. Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos Adrian Der Gregorian and Gemma Arterton during the “Made in Dagenham” Musical Photocall at the Adelphi Theatre in London, The Strand in London, UK. Photo is copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
The 2010 seriocomedy Made in Dagenham fit so snugly into a certain template for British films — what with its feisty working-class underdogs, left-leaning, issues-driven script and stalwart acting ensemble, led by Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Rosamund Pike — that it's a surprise it did such moderate business. The release earned only $12.4 million worldwide, nearly half of that on its home turf. Maybe it was a sleeper on auxiliary platforms, but that figure rather undermines the marketing claim for the new musical that it's based on a "hit" film. This stage version, starring Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel:
- Leslie Felperin
Gravesend, U.K.-born Hannah Arterton’s first bigscreen appearance was a fully fledged lead — opposite Greg Wise and Leona Lewis in cheery summertime musical “Walking on Sunshine,” released in the U.K. in June.
Crammed with ’80s jukebox favorites and starring an all-singing, all-dancing Arterton as a college student hung up on her sister’s fiance, the film has grossed more than $3 million internationally.
In the same week “Walking on Sunshine” opened in the U.K., the microbudget adult drama “Hide and Seek” — in which Arterton excels as a member of a polyamorous commune — premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, where it won the award for British feature.
That last name is no coincidence: The 25-year-old is the younger sister of Gemma Arterton. The sibs also share an alma mater: the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where Hannah — who called getting accepted to the venerable »
- Guy Lodge
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
Jeremy Renner may have jumped into more movie franchises than he can handle. As it stands, the Oscar nominated actor barely has time to fit in passion projects like next month’s Kill The Messenger in between his blockbuster obligations. Coming off shooting The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor is currently working away on Mission: Impossible 5 – a series he signed a three-picture deal for after Tom Cruise personally convinced him to do so.
And next up, sequels are in early development for The Bourne Legacy where he may finally team up with Matt Damon, and Hansel & Gretel where the star will return alongside Gemma Arterton (once it finds a new director). It was this over-the-top schedule ...
- Rob Keyes
Tommy Wirkola will no longer direct Hansel & Gretel 2.
The Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters writer and director has confirmed that despite penning the script, he will not direct the sequel.
"I've just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2," Wirkola told Fangoria. "I have been lately attached to a few more things. It's just a matter of time and priorities.
"I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won't be directing it."
The pair are yet to be confirmed for the sequel. »
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 has a script, but not a director, as Tommy Wirkola drops out of helming the sequel...
A surprise hit when it was finally released in 2013, Tommy Wirkola's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, grossed $226m worldwide off a budget less than a quarter of that. Unsurprisingly, Paramount Pictures wanted a sequel.
Writer-director Tommy Wirkola had been set to return for the new film too, and has written the screenplay for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. However, he's also dropped out of directing it.
Chatting to Fangoria, Wirkola said that "I have been lately attached to a few more things, it's just a matter of time and priorities". Whilst he's remaining involved in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, he added that "I want to do something a bit different now and not just do sequels".
More news on the film as we hear it. »
The sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters needs to hunt for a new director. Tommy Wirkola, who directed Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the 2013 fantasy-adventure film and was expected to helm the follow-up, has left the project, according to Fangorla. Wirkola's next film is Dead Snow 2, which hits theaters Oct. 10. "I’ve just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2," Wirkola said. "I have been lately attached to a few more things. It’s just a matter of time and priorities." Read more 'Dead Snow' Director Tommy Wirkola Signs With Principato Young (Exclusive) Wirkola added that
- Ryan Gajewski
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director Tommy Wirkola states in a new interview with Fangoria that he is no longer directing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, just one week after having revealed that the script is finished.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say, stating that he still hopes to be involved in the project, just not as a director.
"I've just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. I have been lately attached to a few more things, it's just a matter of time and priorities. I did Dead Snow 1, then Hansel & Gretel 1, and then Dead Snow 2. I want to do something a little bit different now and not just do sequels. I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won't be directing it."
Last week, the filmmaker turned his script in to Paramount Pictures, which was received positively by the studio. »
Capaldi opened up about his first full series as The Doctor during an appearance tonight on The Graham Norton Show's series 16 premiere.
Doctor Who: See first-look pictures from 'The Caretaker'
Doctor Who: See The Doctor return to Coal Hill School in 'Caretaker'
The star went on to say: "Everywhere I go I am The Doctor and everyone smiles at me - they are pleased to see Doctor Who, who's far more exciting than I am!"
Capaldi went on to reveal that his most awkward encounter with a Doctor Who fan »
Hoorah! The Graham Norton show is back to fill our Friday evenings with post-pub fun as it returns tonight (September 26)
So in anticipation, we select a few of our favourite titbits from the show's last two series - from the infectious sound of Bill Murray's laughter to Will Smith's Fresh Prince nostalgia overload - below:
1. Samuel L Jackson
Smooth operator Samuel L Jackson got even smoother when he recited his famous Ezekiel speech from Pulp Fiction with ease 20 years on. The Hollywood actor was asked by Norton if he remembered the famous monologue, to which he replied a confident: "Yeah!" Cue the camera panning in for a close-up, the dramatic background music rising up and Jackson's flawless »
Neil Diamond will be the musical guest, performing a track from his new record Melody Road.
Watch a classic clip from The Graham Norton Show below: »
Earlier this week, news broke that writer-director Tommy Wirkola had finished the script for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, but he was unsure whether or not star of the original, Jeremy Renner, would be able to return. Now, Cinema Blend has reached out to the actor for his answer, and while he doesn't know if he can squeeze this sequel into his schedule, he wouldn't balk at returning to the role of Hansel.
Jeremy Renner is not signed for a sequel. When Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came out, it was not considered to be a franchise contender, and was even moved by the studio from its original March 2012 release date to January of last year, which is viewed as a dumping ground for films that are potential money losers. The movie proved to be a hit, though, pulling in $226 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget. A sequel was green lit, »
We haven't heard anything about the sequel Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 since June 2013, when executive producer Adam McKay teased that the follow-up will be "insane." Over the weekend, Shock Till You Drop spoke with writer-director Tommy Wirkola, who revealed that the script is finished, but he's unsure if Jeremy Renner will be able to return, due to his increasingly busy schedule.
"I've written the script for it. I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. But I don't know what's going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don't know how they're going to juggle all of that, but it's up to [Paramount]. We'll see. Hopefully, I'll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. »
What falters on home soil may do surprisingly well overseas: that appears to be Hollywood’s new safety net of sorts, with notable releases such as Rush, Pacific Rim and, crucially, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters all gaining more than 70% of their box office take from international markets.
In fact, the latter’s overseas performance — which saw its total earnings triple to $225.7 million — warranted the commission of a direct sequel. And so, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 was born.
Only, it appears as though pre-development has stalled on writer-director Tommy Wirkola’s project, who recently spoke with Shock Till You Drop about the status of the sequel.
“I’ve written the script for it. I’ve given it to Paramount and it’s up to them now. But I don’t know what’s going to happen. “Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don’t know how they’re »
- Michael Briers
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," which hit theaters last year and starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, grossed only $55 million domestically on a budget of $50 million. But thanks to international box office, it ended up with a worldwide total of $226 million. That's not considered a fantastic performance, but good enough for an R-rated film. As a result, Paramount Pictures brought back writer/director Tommy Wirkola to begin work on a sequel. Now that Wirkola is promoting "Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead," he revealed that the script for "Hansel and Gretel 2" is finished. "I've written the script for it," he confirmed. "I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. I don't know what's going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days." Wirkola continued: "They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system »
After shoring up in Toronto with their Cannes pick-ups in Alleluia and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, the Music Box Films folks have landed their Tiff item. In what should be a significant month of post Tiff month of deal announcements, Music Box’s William Schopf has, according to Variety, made his first item pick-up (we feel that there’ll be more in the pipeline) in Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery. Starring another Gemma in Gemma Arterton, the title had the odd distinction of being included at the fest alongside Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovery. Fontaine’s film as an outside chance at picking up France’s Foreign Oscar nom, and though the trade doesn’t mention it, we expect a 2015 release.
Gist: Martin is an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster, more or less willingly transformed into the baker in a Norman village. All that remains of his youthful ambitions is a »
- Eric Lavallee
Paris– Chicago-based Music Box Films and U.K.’s Soda Pictures have acquired Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” a romantic comedy toplining British rising star Gemma Arterton, on the heels of its Special Presentation premiere at Toronto.
Sold and co-produced by Gaumont, “Gemma” was warmly received at Toronto where it steered a standing ovation and proved one of the fest’s arthouse crossover highlights. A satirical take on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” “Gemma” also sparked two offers from Australian buyers.
“Gemma” stars Arterton as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a small Norman town where she meets a quirky French baker, played by popular Gallic thesp Fabrice Luchini.
- Elsa Keslassy
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