Diamond shines for Cohen Media Group
Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.
Eric Barbier directed Berenice Bejo, Yvan Attal and Jean-Francois Stévenin in The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant), the French Vertigo Productions thriller about a jewel thief who befriends a gem expert in the run-up to a significant auction.
The film is set to receive its international premiere at Colcoa in Los Angeles on April 25 and opens in France at the end of the month.
Cohen recently partnered with Dreamworks Studios on the remake of French thriller The Prey, which Charles Cohen is producing.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
‘Coming Home’ Trailer: Zhang Yimou’s Cannes Pic Looks Gorgeous
You can always count on the Cannes Film Festival to showcase the most intriguing releases from around the world. This year, that includes Coming Home, the latest from director Zhang Yimou. Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern) and Chen Daoming (Hero) lead the sweeping romantic drama, which has already been scooped up by Sony Pictures […]
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- Angie Han
Magic Magic review Juno Temple and Michael Cera in a satisfyingly nasty drama
In part it looks like a horror-thriller, but Magic Magic is more an unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown, and it features a couple of career-high performances
Chilean director Sebastián Silva gave us a clever and disturbing psycho-chiller of domestic servitude in his 2009 movie The Maid, then teamed up with Michael Cera for the peyote-dream road movie Crystal Fairy. Now he reunites with Cera for Magic Magic, a film with some mannerisms that make it look like a horror-thriller, although it is more a disquieting and unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown. Juno Temple takes her career to the next level with this artless, raw performance, something to be compared with Catherine Deneuve in Polanski's Repulsion, and Cera comes into his own as a natural villain and the nastiest piece of work to be seen in the cinema all year. Temple is Alicia, who has come to Chile to hang »
- Peter Bradshaw
Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes': Watch the gripping first three minutes before Tribeca -- Exclusive Video
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) puts a supernatural twist on the timeless boy-meets-girl storyline for In Your Eyes, which he wrote and executive produced. Now, you can watch the first three minutes of the film before it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.
Starring Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), In Your Eyes takes place in the winter and tells the story of Rebecca, a soft-spoken doctor’s wife living on the East Coast, and Dylan, an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start in New Mexico, who somehow find themselves inexplicably and metaphysically connected. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Lionsgate and Summit Finally Merge Marketing Operations
Inevitably, the long-planned merger of Lionsgate and Summit's marketing operations is finally coming to pass. It's remarkable, actually, how much the Summit label has endured since Lionsgate acquired Summit and its co-chiefs, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, who run the Lionsgate motion picture group and brought in Erik Feig to run production. They also kept going a parallel Summit marketing division headed by studio veteran Nancy Kirkpatrick, who worked with Friedman at Warner Bros. and Paramount, to handle that label's films, including the hugely successful final "Twilight" film and would-be franchises "Ender's Game," which disappointed, and $85-million "Divergent," which did modestly ($127 million domestic) but already has three sequels in the pipeline. With marketing costs factored in, that's not a great number. Sometimes it serves corporate executives well to sacrifice a marketing exec when a venture disappoints. With $50 million in the foreign till so far, a $177 »
- Anne Thompson
Watch Highlights from the Space Jam Live-Read Featuring Blake Griffin, Nick Kroll, Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, and More
Though a new iteration of Space Jam featuring Lebron James turned out to be a silly rumor (probably for the best), the “classic” 1996 film has been resurrected in live-read form. A reading of the screenplay recently took place, and the folks at Funny or Die were there to record the entire event. The eclectic group of participants ranged from comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Ben Schwartz to voice talents like Seth Green and Ralph Garman, and even Boy Meets World’s Danielle Fishel was thrown in for good measure. Of course someone had to fill Michael Jordan’s shoes, and who better than Los Angeles Clippers star (and University of Oklahoma alum—Boomer Sooner) Blake Griffin? Additionally, teammate DeAndre Jordan also participated, debuting a mean Charles Barkley impression. Hit the jump to watch the very funny highlights from the Space Jam live-read event. Space Jam live-read video courtesy of Funny or Die. »
- Adam Chitwood
Rebel Without a Cause review an imperfect film, but James Dean still has an extraordinary, feline potency
There is some stuffy, faintly reactionary stuff in this famed 1955 teen drama, but James Dean is truly extraordinary, and it has some brilliant scenes
Nicholas Ray's 1955 teen issue drama is re-released as part of a James Dean season at London's BFI Southbank. I haven't seen it since the last revival in 2005. Then it looked to me stuffy, with a reactionary insistence that men's failure to be real macho types was leaving their sons with problems; the issues of gay sexuality and abuse appeared to be skirted around, and everything was seen from the fussy older-generation's perspective. All this is probably still true, but I responded more positively this time. Dean's performance has such an extraordinary, feline potency and the opening scene is actually brilliant: Dean's Jim Stark reels drunkenly into the police station's juvenile division and mocks everyone, while Natalie Wood's Judy, in another office, tremblingly recounts her horror at her dad's contempt, »
- Peter Bradshaw
‘The Immigrant’ Trailer: Marion Cotillard Chases the American Dream
We got our first look at the Cannes 2014 slate this morning, but there are still a few Cannes 2013 films making their way to theaters. One is James Gray‘s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish woman who emigrates to New York in 1920 with her […]
- Angie Han
The Love Punch review entirely ridiculous but likable midlife comedy
The cast might well have done it just for the sake of a holiday on the French riviera, but at least this cheerfully daft adventure canters along amiably
It is said that Michael Caine decided to do the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels after reading the script's first line: "Ext. South Of France. Day". Perhaps Emma Thompson had a similar experience before accepting her role in this entirely ridiculous, cheerfully daft and very amiable midlife comedy in which she goes to the French Riviera to steal a super-valuable diamond. Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play Kate and Richard, a bickering divorced couple who face poverty in their retirement years because a sinister plutocrat has bought Richard's company and done a Robert Maxwell on the pension scheme on which these ex-spouses were relying. They are forced to team up to get revenge and head off to Cannes, along with feisty neighbours Jerry (Timothy Spall »
- Peter Bradshaw
‘Noah’ Oscar Campaign Gets Early Start
Hoping to avoid the Oscar flood, Paramount has invited Academy voters to see “Noah” in theaters, using their membership cards for admission.
Oscar campaigns often start at least a year before the ceremonies, but most of the strategizing is done behind closed doors, preparing for later in the year. It’s unusual for a studio to start its campaigning so early.
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences received an email this week alerting them to the fact that their card will admit them and a guest to “Noah.” Screeners and DVDs will no doubt be available later in 2014. However, Par obviously wanted to avoid a lost ark amid the dozens of discs that arrive in the fourth quarter. More important, “Noah,” with its big-scale designs, visual effects and cinematography, will benefit from being seen on the big screen.
In his review, Variety‘s chief film critic Scott Foundas »
- Tim Gray
Cannes: Looking Past the Hype and Hate (Analysis)
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice.” Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.” Hou Hsiao Hsien’s “The Assassin.” Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys.” Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.” Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow.” Stephen Frear’s untitled Lance Armstrong biopic. Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman.”
The list of films and filmmakers once rumored to be hot prospects for the Cannes Film Festival, only to be go unmentioned during this morning’s official selection announcement, is, as usual, a long and tantalizing one — so tantalizing, in fact, that some festgoers may find themselves surveying the actual lineup today with a mild sense of deflation, even disappointment. I’ll be the first to admit that those of us fortunate enough to attend film festivals on a regular basis can too often lapse into a posture of whiny, »
- Justin Chang
Locke review Tom Hardy is mesmerising in an engrossing solo thriller
This supremely gripping one-man drama is a perfect vehicle for Tom Hardy's pent-up brilliance
For years, I remained stolidly baffled while all around, critics simpered and swooned at the words "Tom Hardy". The mere mention of his name caused hardened reviewers to whinny ecstatically as they slid to the floor. Well, it's time to do some swooning and simpering and whinnying and sliding of my own. Hardy gives us a masterclass in less-is-more acting for this absolutely engrossing, stripped-down solo piece, written and directed by Steven Knight, the screenwriter of Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Frears's Dirty Pretty Things. For an hour and a half, all you see is Hardy himself, playing a construction manager at the wheel of his car, talking to the people in his life on his hands-free mobile his boss, his wife, his former assistant. It's a story so involving, it sounds like someone came up to Knight in the pub, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Watch: Director Gareth Edwards Talks "Serious" 'Godzilla' In Featurette Plus New Poster
In case you haven't noticed, the forthcoming "Godzilla" doesn't have a whiff, suggestion or note of the campiness some of the previous incarnations of the movie monster may have had. And there's a very specific reason for that. In a few featurette for the upcoming film, director Gareth Edwards discusses the approach, and wanting to take the material seriously. Why? In his view, because the original Toho Productions movie did, serving as much as an allegory as a thrillride, and it's something Edwards respected. Even more, the filmmaker takes sci-fi in general quite seriously, and it's refreshing to hear him reference Steven Spielberg in terms of the scale and craft he wants to bring to the movie hitting next month. Still, the marketing department is having a bit of fun with this new, old school style poster. "Godzilla" crushes cars on May 16th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
TV Review: SundanceTV's Charming Season Premiere of 'The Writers' Room' Shares Secrets of 'Scandal'
Jim Rash can do no wrong. From his impeccable five-year performance as the Dean on "Community" to his Angelina Jolie-inspired, perfectly-timed pose at the 2013 Academy Awards, to an astute parody of "True Detective" with buddy Joel McHale, the Oscar-winning screenwriter is charming to the nth degree on and off camera. As the host of SundanceTV's "The Writers' Room," he effortlessly pushes for insights from some of the most in-demand writers out there -- and often gets them. While the mood is light during the Q&A session, the entertainment value is high thanks to well-chosen guests, intuitive features, and, of course, its amiable host. The second season kicks off Friday, April 18th with the creator, lead actress, and writers of ABC's hit late night soap opera, "Scandal" (a well-timed episode considering the show's season finale airs Thursday night). Creator Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and writers Mark Wilding, Jenna Bans, »
- Ben Travers
Academy sets 2014-15 timetable
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015.
Announcing the timetable, Academy top brass said they will unveil the nominations on January 15, 2015. The Governors Awards are set for November 8.
Official screen credits and music submissions are due by December 3, while nominations voting begins on December 29 and ends on January 8, 2015.
The Oscar nominees luncheon takes place on February 2 followed by the Scientific And Technical Awards on February 7.
Final voting runs from February 6-17. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Director Zack Parker on his unforgettable thriller 'Proxy'
Seeing director Zack Parker’s new thriller Proxy will undoubtedly represent two of the most unforgettable hours you spend in the cinema this year — if, that is, you can get past the first five minutes. In the film, Alexia Rasmussen plays a heavily pregnant woman named Esther who loses her baby as the result of a brutal beating, which takes place in the aforementioned opening minutes, and subsequently befriends another bereaved mother called Melanie (Alexa Havins) at a grief support group. But is Melanie quite what she seems? And, for that matter, is Esther?
We can’t tell you any »
- Clark Collis
Fledgling Director Gillian Greene's 'Murder of a Cat' Is One to Watch at Tribeca
Gillian Greene's TV star father had an adage about career arcs that was applicable to any actor: "Who's Lorne Greene?" "Get me Lorne Greene!" "Get me the next Lorne Greene!" "Who's the next Lorne Greene?" At the moment, the next Gillian Greene is Gillian Greene, whose first feature, "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said the fledgling director, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, »
- John Anderson
Watch: Gorgeous New Trailer for James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Rudely Welcomes You to America
James Gray has operated in classic Hollywood territory before, both with his Coppola-esque crime dramas "The Yards" and "We Own the Night" and his excellent 2008 film "Two Lovers," which wouldn't seem out of place next to the character-driven New Hollywood likes of "Five Easy Pieces" or "Scarecrow." Read More: 'The Immigrant' Director James Gray to his Cannes Critics: 'They Can Go Fuck Themselves' But Gray's much-awaited new film "The Immigrant" looks like a throwback to the great melodramas of the past, with comparisons from the film's supporters ranging from Roberto Rossellini's Ingrid Bergman collaborations to Elia Kazan. The film stars Marion Cotillard as a Polish immigrant who starts working as a prostitute for Joaquin Phoenix as a way to bring her quarantined sister into the country. The stirring new trailer showcases Darius Khondji's stunning photography, not to mention impressive-looking work from Cotillard, Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as Phoenix's magician cousin. »
- Max O'Connell
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season Two Trailer: “Sadly It’s Starting to Feel Like Home”
Even if you haven’t watched some or all of the first season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix, this trailer is going to be a fun couple of minutes. Because, as one inmate says, there’s some next level crazy coming this year. The adaptation of Piper Kerman‘s book ‘Orange Is the New Black: […]
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- Russ Fischer
God's Not Dead review warped evangelist drama
The content lurking beneath the telemovie sheen of this religious drama veers from the suspect to the outright hateful
Rush-released for Easter, this warped evangelist item a perturbing Us sleeper hit proceeds from a semi-credible dramatic framework in initiating a debate between a pious student (Shane Harper) and his atheist professor (erstwhile Hercules Kevin Sorbo, an unlikely proponent of Bertrand Russell). The multi-stranded content lurking beneath its sun-dappled telemovie sheen, however, veers from the suspect (see the would-be Christian beaten by her Muslim father!) to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, "doing God's work" has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.
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- Mike McCahill
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