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People Explains: Sydney Loofe’s Disappearance and Death in Nebraska After Tinder Date

People Explains: Sydney Loofe’s Disappearance and Death in Nebraska After Tinder Date
For three weeks, frustrated Nebraska authorities searched for Sydney Loofe, turning up no trace of the missing 24-year-old student from Lincoln. But on Monday, there was a sad development in the ongoing investigation.

Police announced Tuesday that a body they believe is Loofe’s was found the day before in rural Clay County. They expect forensic to positively identify the remains before the weekend.

No arrests have been made, but two people have been named “persons of interest” by police. Here are four things you should know about the Sydney Loofe case.

1. Loofe Vanished After Going on a Tinder Date
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‘Evidence of Foul Play’ in Case of Missing Neb. Woman Whose Remains Were Recently Found: Police

‘Evidence of Foul Play’ in Case of Missing Neb. Woman Whose Remains Were Recently Found: Police
Authorities say they have uncovered “evidence of foul play” in their investigation into the death of Sydney Loofe, the 24-year-old Nebraska woman who vanished three weeks ago following a Tinder date and whose remains were likely found Monday evening.

During a press conference Tuesday, Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said that “analysis of digital evidence” led investigators to a body in Nebraska’s Clay County.

Bliemeister said police believe the body is Loofe’s, but stopped short of confirming it was her’s, noting detectives were awaiting a “forensic analysis” before making a positive identification.

“We do believe that there is evidence of foul play,
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Body of Missing Nebraska Woman Found 3 Weeks After She Went on Date with Woman She Met Online

Body of Missing Nebraska Woman Found 3 Weeks After She Went on Date with Woman She Met Online
The body of a missing Nebraska woman was found late Monday evening – weeks after she went out on a date and never came home.

The parents of Sydney Loofe, who went missing on Nov. 15, confirmed their daughter’s body had been located Monday. They shared the devastating news on the family’s official Facebook page.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we share this most recent update with you all,” the post read. “Please continue to pray for Sydney and our entire family. May God grant eternal rest unto thee. We love you Sydney.”

The Antelope County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed the news,
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Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before

Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before
Variety approached five foreign-language directors who have been to the awards circuit before about the changes in their lives and their show business careers since their previous visit to the kudos rodeo whether it was five or 15 years earlier. For some technological advances were in the forefront while for others it was financing. We also asked them if they were interested in taking a path others had before them to Hollywood. The answers may surprise, or enlighten as each director has a unique take on new technology, recognition and of course the motivation and inspiration behind their current films.

Ruben Ostlund

There was a time in the Oscar foreign-language category’s not-too-distant history when the nominating committee fell for films about the sentimental bond between a grandfatherly old man and the bright-eyed boy he takes under his wing — feel-good films such as “Kolya” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” is not that movie. In fact, it
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Kenneth Lonergan, Vanessa Redgrave, Claude Lelouch to Attend Mar del Plata Film Festival

Madrid — The 38th Mar del Plata Film Festival opens on Nov. 17 with Serge Bozon’s farce “Mrs. Hyde,” starring Isabelle Huppert, and inevitable speculation about how Peter Scarlet’s appointment as artistic director will re-set Argentina’s most august film event. Kogonada’s “Columbus” is one of the films in the main international feature competition.

In broad terms, his influence can be seen in several ways. First, festival titles have been pared back from 420 to 320. That may still be too many, Scarlet said, but is a step in the right direction. “I believe festivals are about quality of films rather than quantity. I’m trying to go in that direction.”

Second, Mar del Plata’s masterclasses, a fixture at the Atlantic Coast event, have multiplied in heavyweight name attendance, while morphing into conversations, reflecting Scarlet’s pulling power after nearly 30 years directing the San Francisco (1983-2001), Tribeca (2003-09) and Abu Dhabi (2009-13) film festivals. “Manchester By the Sea’s” [link
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2 Arrested After Missing Pregnant Woman’s Newborn Was Allegedly Found in Their Apartment: Police

2 Arrested After Missing Pregnant Woman’s Newborn Was Allegedly Found in Their Apartment: Police
A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a pregnant Fargo, North Dakota, woman after a newborn believed to be the missing woman’s baby girl was allegedly found in their apartment, People confirms.

On Thursday, William Henry Hoehn, 32, and 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said at a news conference on Friday.

The arrests come as police continue to search for 22-year-old Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, who was eight-months pregnant when she vanished on Saturday.

Police said Crews’s and Hoehn’s apartment
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Why Jeanne Moreau’s Death Represents the Decline of French Film in America

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Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau’s death this week at 89 received muted American coverage, with remembrances that hardly captured Moreau’s essential presence and influence in world cinema. Overshadowed by the passing of Sam Shepard the day before (more contemporary, American, prominent in multiple fields, and younger), she received back-page obituaries in major papers. Her lack of any Oscar nominations, or a deserved honorary award, didn’t help the cause.

Even more unfortunate is the treatment of her death reflects American audiences’ ever-increasing disinterest in French-language film. Jeanne Moreau is significant for her transcendent artistry and the directors with whom she worked, but she also represented the iconic qualities of her country’s cinema.

Though the boom in “art houses” (a term popularized in the late 1940s) came more from Italian films (“Rome, Open City,” “Shoe Shine,” and particularly “Bicycle Thief”), French film became a steady part of the subtitled market by the mid-1950s.
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Film Review: Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’

Film Review: Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’
Whether you already consider yourself an expert on French cinema or are just beginning to explore all the country has to offer, director Bertrand Tavernier’s more-than-three-hour “My Journey Through French Cinema” provides an essential tour through the films that shaped him as a cinephile and storyteller. Clearly modeled after Martin Scorsese’s own made-for-tv journey through American Movies, this incredibly personal and occasionally idiosyncratic labor of love hails from one of the country’s leading experts on the medium, combining a wide-ranging survey with insights that only Tavernier could provide.

A celebrated helmer in his own right, Tavernier counts such masterworks as “A Sunday in the Country” and “Coup de torchon” among his credits. But the director’s contributions to the medium are hardly limited to his own filmography. Like so many French directors of his generation, Tavernier started out as a film critic, studying and championing the work of the era’s leading auteurs. His
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Here in my car by Anne-Katrin Titze

Claude Lelouch on Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby and his own La Bonne Année as films to watch to cheer you up: "Very good choices!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for tomorrow's opening night screening of Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael’s Ghosts (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël) starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard with Louis Garrel and Alba Rohrwacher, and a score by Grégoire Hetzel. Claude Lelouch with Un Homme Et Une Femme, starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, in 1966 had won Palme d'Or honours and with Pierre Uytterhoeven, a Best Screenplay Oscar.

Mr and Mrs Gallois (Charles Denner and Judith Magre) with Simon (Jean‑Louis Trintignant) in Le Voyou: "One must learn how to detect cheaters."

Driving with Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana in Roman De Gare, Abbas Kiarostami and cars, Un + Une in India with Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein,
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Sci-Fi London 2017: The End Of The Lonely Island Review

Fifteen minutes into The End of the Lonely Island, I nearly gave up on the movie. I simply couldn't follow what was happening. A man and a woman are walking on a deserted island. He's telling her about his time spent there as a child and partway through his story, the movie flashes forward to the same woman on the same island but apparently years later. She's talking to someone in an earpiece and trying to find something on the island as quickly as possible but there's no indication of what she's looking for but more importantly, why she's in such a hurry to find it.

The two stories don't seem connected and what's more, there's no indication of why they're important. We know nothing about any of the characters and yet... there's something compelling about the story. In truth, t [Continued ...]
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Everybody’s Life | 2017 Colcoa French Film Festival Review

Au Beaune Pain: Lelouch Continues with Frivolous Comedy Spackle

Somewhere along the way Palme d’Or and Oscar winning auteur Claude Lelouch (1966’s A Man and a Woman) morphed into the Garry Marshall of French film, churning out vapid comedy vehicles sporting a glitzy array of notable Gallic stars. Whenever the slide began, his tendencies to overstuff his narratives with zany layers of (often inconsequential) tangential sub-plotting began years ago, look no further than his 1986 sequel to his most famous film, A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later for longstanding evidence of the change. His later period reflects the stamp of various muses, such as actress Audrey Dana, and now, frequent co-author Valerie Perrin. With 2013’s We Love You, You Bastard and 2015’s Un + Une, Lelouch has become completely divorced from his illustrious past filmography, a chasm only widened by his latest venture, Everybody’s Life, once more featuring Johnny Hallyday and Jean Dujardin amongst a cavalcade of a cast, all whirling through this odd kitchen sink array of miscellaneous characters all inclined to converse about their Zodiac signs as they fall in and out of romantic love or obsessive yearning during a a year’s time in Beaune, France.

As an annual jazz festival gets underway, a slew of characters intersect and coverage in the provincial town of Beaune in the Burgundy region. A judge (Eric Dupond-Moretti) must contend with the news of Clementine’s (Beatrice Dalle) retirement, a local prostitute whose company has brought him great joy since the death of his wife. Meanwhile, his colleague Nathalie (Julie Ferrier) falls out of a window after finding her husband (Gerard Darmon) with another man, sharing an ambulance with a hypochondriac singer (Mathilde Seigner) who believes she is having a heart attack following a performance at the festival. At the same time, a tawdry court case has drawn together another subsection of the community, including the troubled alcoholic Antoine (Christophe Lambert), currently facing the dissolution of his own marriage with his disconsolate wife (Marianne Denicourt) betwixt legal troubles. And as famed singer Johnny Hallyday faces a problem with a slippery doppelganger (who has a tryst with an unhappily married Comtesse played by Elsa Zylberstein, married to Vincent Perez), which causes some confusion with local cop Jean (Jean Dujardin), the marriage between former beauty queen (Nadia Fares) and Stephane (Stephane De Groodt) is also on the rocks. Meanwhile, the local hospital has decided to engage a new policy wherein patients must be put at ease through sexually provocative jokes, which brings a chummy nurse (Deborah Francois) into contact with several patients.

If Max Ophuls had wanted to make La Ronde (1950) into a relationship farce (to be fair, Roger Vadim kind of did this with his remake) set to light jazz, it might look something like Everybody’s Life. However, Lelouch feels as if he filmed his illustrious cast in a number of amusing scenarios and pasted the end results together as he saw fit, clipping it into a semblance of repeated scenarios with revolving characters, all who end up professing their love, being destroyed by it, or simply moving on to another chapter. However, the film is neither subtle nor diverse in its repetitive techniques, and for as entertaining as it is to see Hallyday and Dujardin horse around as they take selfies, the frivolousness quickly gets wearying, particularly by its grand framed finale, where we return to the court room a year later after the film’s beginning, with Lelouch stuffing all his characters, whether it makes sense or not, into the same room.

Gregoire Lacroix assists Perrin, Pierre Uytterhoeven (who co-wrote A Man and a Woman) and Lelouch in this adaptation from his own prose, but Everybody’s Life drifts aimlessly, as if besotted by the presence of its own unlucky in love characters all experiencing the same approximation of discontent. Most of these formulas are tedious, if not forgettable, with a glaring bright spot from Beatrice Dalle as a prostitute who wants nothing more to do with sex or men and relish the retirement she deserves. If somewhat less ungainly than rom-com Un+Une and the loopy We Love You, You Bastard, this isn’t a return to form or an ascension to new heights for Lelouch, try as it might to ‘experiment’ with traditional narrative form.

Reviewed on April 24th at the 2017 Colcoa French Film Festival – Opening Night Film. 113 Mins.

★★½/☆☆☆☆☆

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The observer by Anne-Katrin Titze

Claude Lelouch with Anne-Katrin Titze on Quentin Tarantino and Le Voyou: "He told me if he hadn't seen that film he wouldn't have made Pulp Fiction." Photo: Sylvie Sergent

On the afternoon of the Focus on French Cinema screenings at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York of Un + Une (One Plus One) with Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Christophe Lambert and Alice Pol, and Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man And A Woman), starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, I met with the director/screenwriter Claude Lelouch at his hotel.

Disguises in La Bonne Année (Happy New Year) with Lino Ventura and Charles Gérard, kidnapping in Le Voyou (The Crook) with Trintignant and Christine Lelouch, traveling with Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, and Audrey Dana in Roman De Gare (Crossed Tracks), influencing Terrence Malick, Abbas Kiarostami and cars, Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby, Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, dogs versus cats,
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8 New Korean Films That You Should Watch This Spring

Spring is already shaping up to be a busy season for Korean cinema. From the election drama The Mayor, in which Choi Min-sik appears the mayor of Seoul while Kwak Do-won (The Wailing) plays his aide, to renowned Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s On the Beach at Night Alone starring Kim Min-hee (The Handmaiden) to One Day, the latest film from romantic drama specialist Lee Yoon-ki (A Man and A Woman), featuring Chun Woo-hee (The Wailing) and Kim Nam-gil (Pandora).

Here’s a look at 8 new Korean films worth keeping an eye out for.

Ordinary Person

Director: Kim Bong-han

Cast: Son Hyun-joo, Jang Hyuk, Kim Sang-ho, Ra Mi-ran, Jung Man-sik, Cho Dal-hwan, Ji Seung-hyeon

Plot: Detective Seong-jin (Son Hyun-joo) arrests Tae-sung for petty crimes, but shocked to find out that he is the notorious serial killer. However, Seong-jin becomes doubtful of his identity as the serial murder case is investigated.
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How Often Do Foreign-Language Films Score Screenwriting Oscar Nominations Or Wins?

Toni Erdmann’ (Courtesy: Tiff)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It’s not too often that foreign-language films get recognized for anything at the Oscars beyond the best foreign-language film category — but it does happen. And, believe it or not, it happens more for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay than many other categories. A prime example of that is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s submission this year that is proving to be a cross-category threat, which could score a nomination — or a win — for its writing.

The story of Toni Erdmann — which has a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% — follows a father who is trying to reconnect with his adult daughter after the death of his dog. It sounds simple enough but, of course, the two couldn’t be more unalike. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and where it won the Fipresci Prize. Since then, it
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Remembering Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and More Reel-Important People We Lost in December

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Richard Adams (1920-2016) - British Author. His novels Watership Down and The Plague Dogs were turned into animated features, and his novel The Girl in a Swing was also turned into a movie. He died on December 24. (BBC) Pierre Barough (1934-2016) - French Actor, Singer, Songwriter. He co-starred in Claude Lelouch's A Man and a Woman and received a Golden Globe nomination for the film's title song. He also appears in many more Lelouch films...

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How Oscar Dark Horse Elsa Zylberstein Hooked Quentin Tarantino With a Subtle Love Story

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How Oscar Dark Horse Elsa Zylberstein Hooked Quentin Tarantino With a Subtle Love Story
A version of this story about Elsa Zylberstein first appeared in the “Dark Horses We Love” feature in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. She may be the darkest of dark horses, the star of a small French romance whose Oscar-qualifying run took place in the furthest reaches of Los Angeles County. But Elsa Zylberstein and “Un Plus Une” are eminently worthy of attention–just ask Quentin Tarantino, a huge fan of the gentle, understated love story from director Claude Lelouch (who directed the Oscar-winning “A Man and a Woman” 50 years ago). “Quentin kept sending me amazing emails telling me.
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Inside the Academy Archives: A Priceless Trove of Foreign-Language Nominees

Inside the Academy Archives: A Priceless Trove of Foreign-Language Nominees
Only French films compete for that country’s top César award. The Genies recognize Canadian movies, the Goyas spotlight Spanish cinema, and the Lolas celebrate German film. But at the American Academy’s annual kudosfest, all countries are eligible for best picture — and have been since the beginning.

Still, unless you count British movies (13 of which have taken home best picture Oscars), foreign cinema seldom competes for the top prize (only eight have been nominated, dating back to Jean Renoir’s “The Grand Illusion” in 1939). And yet, as distribution evolved and domestic audiences’ tastes expanded to support the release of international films on U.S. screens, the Academy created a special category to recognize non-English-speaking cinema.

2016 marks 60 years since the launch of the foreign-language Oscar category. Over the past six decades, the honorees have, quite literally, ranged from A (“A Man and a Woman,” “Amarcord,” “Amour”) to “Z” (Costa-Gavras’ intense
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Slideshow: Red-Carpet Portraits from the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 18 | NextOPENING Night: Rosemarie DeWitt of ‘La La Land.’

Chicago – The glamor and the action always takes place on the Red Carpet, and the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival had one virtually every night of their two week 2016 run. New and veteran celebrities walked the carpet, representing their films or being honored at the fest, and HollywoodChicago.com was there.

The following are the Red Carpet questions asked and answered by the participants.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com.

Opening Night: Premiere of “La La Land

Featured actor Rosemarie DeWitt and Director Damian Chazelle was in attendance on October 13th, 2016.

HollywoodChicago.com: What do you think is key to not acting self conscious in acting when you’re about to burst into song?

Rosemarie DeWitt: Well,
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French Romance ‘Un Plus Une’ Fights for Awards Attention, Enchants Quentin Tarantino

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French Romance ‘Un Plus Une’ Fights for Awards Attention, Enchants Quentin Tarantino
When you make a gentle, understated love story set halfway around the world, you don’t expect to find a huge fan in the man responsible for the brutal likes of “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds.” But that’s exactly what happened with “Un Plus Une,” a gloriously subtle romance from French director Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman”). After the film screened in April at the Colcoa Film Festival in Los Angeles, star Elsa Zylberstein told TheWrap, it picked up a huge fan in Quentin Tarantino. “He just fell in love with it, and I was so thrilled that.
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Preview: First Week of Films at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – It’s Week One of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, and with so many film opportunities to experience, what are some of the highlights? The intrepid film reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com has been sampling the cinema fare for the first week, and offers the following capsule summaries.

HollywoodChicago.com reviewers Jon Espino (Je) and Patrick McDonald (Pm) has taken in the previews, and offer these recommendations for the first week of the festival. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.

“The Confessions” (Italy/France)

’The Confessions,’ Directed by Roberto Ando

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival

The world is in fiscal meltdown, and a G8 summit of the world’s greatest economists is taking place in a remote coastal resort in Germany. One of economists has invited an Italian monk to the meetings, in order to make a confession. When that vital world leader turns up dead the next morning,
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