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The least-deserving Best Director victor since… well, Tom Hooper (good going, Academy) is coming back to Hollywood. Details are so scant as to almost be comical, but Deadline reports that Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, Oss 117) is hoping to partner with Paramount on a project titled Will@.
No, that’s not a typo. The movie is called Will@.
Whatever curiosity has been raised — my primary one being, “What the hell is going on with that title?” — will have to wait a bit, as he and his Artist star (plus, wife), Bérénice Bejo, will soon commence work on a Chechnya-set, modern-day spin on Fred Zinnemann‘s The Search. After which, he can get down to @-ing on a project which, God help us, couldn’t possibly receive as much inexplicable praise as his last effort.
Based on Hazanvicius’ past work, is there an early interest in Will@ on your own part?
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Taking a page from the successful programs that Warner Bros. and other studios have launched, Amazon has unveiled their “Never Before On DVD” store, which will make DVD copies available for films and television shows that have not yet made the leap to home video.
The catalog currently boasts more than 2,000 titles from the vaults of Disney, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, most of which had already been available from Warner Archive or other similar services. It also includes current content (mostly in the form of reality television) from CBS Networks, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, with seasons of short-lived TV shows like "Mr. Sunshine" or "Dark Blue" appearing on disc for the first time.
The store will utilize Amazon’s CreateSpace DVD on demand service, which literally makes discs and packaging after you have ordered them, »
- Cain Rodriguez
As Harvey Weinstein crawls on hands and knees up the Croisette, searching desperately for the next film to equal the success of last year’s golden child, “The Artist,” it can be hard to recall just how unique and singular the film seemed when first shown at Cannes, before its subsequent release and obnoxious awards season buzz. The plain fact is, director Michel Hazanavicius & Co. made a tremendous film, and today news has sprung up that the cast and crew will continue to pursue interesting projects, ones that find them in a distinctly different environment than before.
Jean Dujardin’s dazzling smile and comic chops largely dominated “Artist” discussion, but really it was actress Berenice Bejo who truly grounded the film with an emotional center, oftentimes playing the straight performer but owning some fine comic moments herself. She then broke men’s hearts everywhere with news that she was married to Hazanavicius, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie, Thomas Langmann, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle Michel Hazanavicius: Favorite Silent Movies – Oscar 2012 Q&A Pt.2 A. I don't know. I won't be so presumptuous. If it can be something for directors, if directors can take The Artist as an example in discussion with financiers and say we can shoot in black and white for example. We can do something that is unusual and if it can help, I would be very proud of it, really. But usually, it's not one movie that can help to change things. If 10 movies or 20 movies in the same year very different in a way, that can change a little bit. But it's … just one movie. It doesn't change things. But I don't know. If it helps, I would be very proud of it. Q. Now, that you've made an accomplished silent film, what »
- Andre Soares
Gary Cooper, High Noon Fred Zinnemann: Top Oscar Directors for Actors Fred Zinnemann-directed movies: twenty acting nominations; six wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1944 Hume Cronyn (s), The Seventh Cross 1948 Montgomery Clift, The Search 1952 * Gary Cooper, High Noon Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding 1953 Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity * Frank Sinatra (s), From Here to Eternity * Donna Reed (s), From Here to Eternity 1957 Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain 1959 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story 1960 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners Glynis Johns (s), The Sundowners 1966 * Paul Scofield (with Susanna York), A Man for All Seasons Robert Shaw (s), A Man for All Seasons Wendy Hiller (s), A Man for All Seasons 1977 Jane Fonda, Julia Maximilian Schell (s), Julia * Jason Robards (s), Julia * Vanessa Redgrave (s), Julia »
- Andre Soares
Fred Zinnemann began his career during the studio era, but kept on going, however sporadically, long after most of his contemporaries had retired. Even so, today his name means little to most moviegoers and critics alike. But why? Quite possibly because, like William Wyler, Zinnemann covered just about every film genre there is. His relatively small oeuvre — 21 narrative feature films — encompasses the following: Western (High Noon, The Sundowners [sort of]), romance (From Here to Eternity), socially conscious drama (The Search, The Men, A Hatful of Rain), historical drama (A Man for All Seasons), adventure (The Seventh Cross, Five Days One Summer), religion (The Nun's Story), thriller (The Day of the Jackal), crime (Eyes in the Night, Kid Glove Killer, Act of Violence), war (Behold a Pale Horse), comedy (My Brother Talks to Horses), melodrama (Little Big Jim) psychological drama (Teresa, The Member of the Wedding), musical (Oklahoma), pseudo-"historical" drama (Julia, whose »
- Andre Soares
This weekend everyone is a winner! So many awards. And SAG continues the trend tonight (we'll be live blogging right here). Can clapping for 30 days straight give you carpal tunnel?
Let's start with the biggie, the DGA Awards. Last year's winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) passed the baton, in the shape of that golden eagle plaque, to this year's winner Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). Tom Hooper got ambitious post awards flurry as is busy on Les Miserable. Hazanavicius will chase The Artist with another film inspired by Old Hollywood. He's going to remake The Search (1948) which The Film Experience readers will know as Montgomery Clift's debut. (All we can say is good luck finding another Monty. That's an irreplaceable star in Hollywood's firmament.) Given that The Search is a post World War II drama about an American soldier and a child who survived Auschwitz, maybe Hazanavicius won't be »
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Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Jeanne Crain, A Letter to Three Wives DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards Pt.2: Foreign, Small, Controversial Movies Have Better Luck at the Oscars Since pre-1970 Directors Guild Award finalists often consisted of more than five directors, it was impossible to get an exact match for the DGA's and the Academy's lists of nominees. In the list below, the years before 1970 include DGA finalists (DGA) who didn't receive an Academy Award nod and, if applicable, those Academy Award-nominated directors (AMPAS) not found in the — usually much lengthier — DGA list. The label "DGA/AMPAS" means the directors in question received nominations for both the DGA Award and the Academy Award. The DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards list below goes from 1948 (the DGA Awards' first year) to 1952. Follow-up posts will cover the ensuing decades. The number in parentheses next to "DGA" indicates that year's number of DGA finalists if other than five. »
- Andre Soares
Talk about a tone shift.
Michel Hazanavicius, the writer and director behind this year's delightful silent film homage "The Artist," will next direct "The Search," a film set in the war-torn nation of Chechneya. Variety reports that the film is based on a 1948 film of the same name about an American soldier, played by Montgomery Clift, who helps a young Auschwitz-survivor find his mother in the aftermath of World War II.
It will be his first major work since breaking through in the United States with "The Artist," which is currently the front runner to take home Best Picture at next month's Academy Awards. He had French hits with the "Oss" spy spoof films, which featured "Artist" star Jean Dujardin in the starring role.
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- Jordan Zakarin
How do you follow-up a triumphant, award-winning black & white silent film that Hollywood loves? Go back and remake a 1948 film! French director Michel Hazanavicius (interview), of The Artist as well as the two Oss 117 spy films, is reportedly lined up to direct a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film The Search, but will update the setting to contemporary "war-torn" Chechnya. Variety broke the news, which comes at a key time when Hazanavicius and The Artist are aiming for some big Oscar nominations (and maybe wins). But I also find it perfectly fitting that Hazanavicius chose a classic B&W film to remake for his next project. The Search, the original 1948 film starring Montgomery Clift, is about a displaced mother's tireless search for her son, a young Auschwitz survivor, in the aftermath of WWII. Set in the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find »
- Alex Billington
The award winning original is set just after the Second World War and followed a displaced mother on a desperate search for her young son who managed to survive being at Auschwitz.
- Garth Franklin
The Golden Globe-nominated director of The Artist has announced his next project: a re-imagining of Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, The Search. Though Michel Hazanavicius is currently in the middle of the awards season for The Artist (a black-and-white, dialogue-free tribute to the silent era of movies), he’s already setting his sights on a contemporary slant on The Search. The original was a story about a mother’s search for her young son who survived the concentration camps of World War II. His version will be set in Chechnya and will focus on the “special relationship between a woman and a young boy as well.” The Artist co-star and Hazanavicius’ wife, Berenice Bejo is already attached as the female lead, an Ngo employee in the war-torn republic of Chechnya. Hit the jump for more on The Search. Variety originally reported on Hazanavicius’ new project, which will also be produced by The Artist producer, »
- Dave Trumbore
If you’ve seen writer-director Michel Hazanavicius‘ two spy-genre parodies — Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and Oss 117: Lost in Rio — then you know that The Artist, a film as focused on good-hearted laughs as it is on the downward nature of Jean Dujardin‘s star-to-unknown trajectory, is a somewhat notable jump towards the more dramatic for the French filmmaker. It’s certainly not supremely weighty stuff, but it nevertheless represents a slight departure, and one that Hazanavicius probably had some acknowledgement of while undertaking the silent-film project.
That said, the uproarious response the Cannes-debuter has had — critical acclaim through the roof, a current status as the Best Picture frontrunner — must have gone a long, long way towards reassuring any doubts Hazanavicius may have initially had about his tonal versatility. And with that in mind, his just-announced feature-length follow-up is traveling amidst much darker territory — it’s a modern-day riff, »
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