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Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.

Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.
Born 1917, as Jean-Pierre Grumbach, son of Alsatian Jews, Jean-Pierre adopted the name Melville as his nom de guerre in 1940 when France fell to the German Nazis and he joined the French Resistance. He kept it as his stage name when he returned to France and began making films.

Melville at 100 at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood is showcasing eight of his films made from 1949 to to 1972 to honor the 100th year since his birth.

Americn Cinemtheque’s historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque has grown tremendously sophisticated since its early days creating the 1960 dream of “The Two Garys” (for those who remember). Still staffed by stalwarts Barbara Smith, Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Tom Harris, and with a Board of Directors of Hollywood heavy hitters, it has also been renovated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has spent more than $500,000 restoring its infrastructure and repainting its famous murals.
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Studiocanal Boards ‘Primaire’ With Sara Forestier

Studiocanal Boards ‘Primaire’ With Sara Forestier
Paris– Vivendi-owned Studiocanal has come on board Helene Angel’s “Primaire,” a drama toplining French rising actress Sara Forestier (pictured above).

Marking Angel’s fourth feature, “Primaire” stars Forestier as a devoted 30-year old school teacher at a crossroad in life, facing challenges at work where she has to shepherd her fifth grade students and on a personal level as her son wants to go live with his father.

Forestier is a critically-acclaimed actress: She won a Cesar for her perf in “The Names of Love,” a best newcomer Cesar for “L’esquive” and last starred in Emmanuelle Bercot’s Cannes-opening “Standing Tall.” She stars in “Primaire” opposite Vincent Elbaz, Patrick d’Assumçao, Olivia Côte, Denis Sebbah, Guilaine Londez and Laure Calamy.

Under the lense of cinematographer Yves Angelo (“Second Wind,” “Germinal”), “Primaire” has just started shooting near Paris.

Pic is produced by Lionceau Films. Studiocanal is co-producing and handles all rights,
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Jackson Returns! Two-Time Oscar Winner and Former Labour MP to Star in Zola Adaptation

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party.[1] The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart."[2] Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an
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Rewind TV: Room at the Top; The Paradise; Andrew Marr's History of the World – review

Maxine Peake met a hungry young man, Emile Zola landed in a frock shop and Andrew Marr fell foul of grunters

Room at the Top (BBC4) | iPlayer

The Paradise (BBC1) | iPlayer

Andrew Marr's History of the World (BBC1) | iPlayer

Maxine peaked. High above a snowy Yorkshire landscape, far from the snobberies and treacheries of a prosperous town fattening itself daily on inequality, in a faintly quivering black 1949 jalopy with, as she put it, the "warm hands, cold heart" of Joe Lampton, said hands keenly busy in their ministrations below steering-wheel level, Maxine's character, Alice, certainly peaked. With a shudder, a sigh and, somehow, a beatific yet filthy grin. It was one of the most tenderly sexual pieces of television this year and we didn't see a pinch of flesh.

Elsewhere in this truly memorable two-part adaptation of Room at the Top, we saw plenty. We saw a deal of Maxine Peake herself,
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Memorial day is a time to reflect on Us conquests and failures – in film

Hollywood goes for blockbuster returns on Memorial Day, but how do the Us-centric hyper-macho films perform overseas?

Memorial Day is fast approaching, so naturally one's thoughts turn to the Fallen, and to the shared sacrifice of European and American continents as they united in common cause against the spectre of global tyranny. But that's enough about the reviews for Battleship.

"A preposterously lunkheaded salute to American naval machismo" snorted Tim Robey in The Daily Telegraph. "It seems that the Us Navy is as much committed to the production of this film as is the toy company" opined Le Monde's Thomas Sotinel. As news of the hostile European reception spread, American critics equipped their reviews with a pre-emptive Euro-snob missile defense shield. "That the movie didn't exactly receive hosannas in Europe should surprise absolutely no one. This is a Super-American movie," bristled Jeff Simon of Buffalo News. "It would be like
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Suzanne Collins: the queen of teen fiction for tomboys | Observer Profile

Her sci-fi series The Hunger Games, which is now a film, has been called a modern classic. Just don't expect the writer schooled in war to revel in the limelight

You just might have noticed The Hunger Games and treated less as a film, more a full-blown phenomenon. Aimed principally at a teenage market, the science-fiction film, the first of a trilogy, is set, film industry observers note, to be bigger than the hugely successful Twilight series. In fact, the worldwide box office on the opening weekend is expected to transform Lionsgate, the mid-size company behind the film (and new owner of Summit, which made the Twilight films) into a major player.

Slightly overlooked in all the hoopla is the young adult novel from which it is adapted and the novel's author, Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games, which was published in 2008 and has spent more than 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list,
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Laurent Terzieff obituary

'Dostoevskian' French actor with an aura of tormented youth

With his emaciated but hypnotically handsome face and lithe body, the French actor Laurent Terzieff, who has died of respiratory infection aged 75, graced the stage and films for more than half a century. There was always an aura of tormented youth about Terzieff which he carried into the classic roles of his maturity such as Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV (1989) and Shakespeare's Richard II (1991). His perfect diction and rhythmic precision made his rendering of Jean Cocteau's narration of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex in Bob Wilson's production at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1996 particularly exciting.

Terzieff's special talents were used by many of the great theatre producers of the day: Jean-Louis Barrault, Peter Brook, Roger Planchon, Maurice Garrel, Roger Blin and André Barsacq. He also directed dozens of plays, many at the Théâtre du Lucernaire in Montparnasse. Paradoxically, given his tormented persona as an actor,
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Tributes Pour In For Late French Star Terzieff

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has led the tributes to iconic actor Laurent Terzieff, following his death on Friday at the age of 75.

The legendary French star passed away in Paris. Details about his cause of death were unavailable as WENN went press.

Terzieff enjoyed a career spanning more than five decades and established himself as a stage and film actor.

He worked with noted directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Luis Bunuel and Pier Paolo Pasolini, but dedicated the majority of his time and effort to the theatre, with performances in Rouge Baiser, Germinal in 1993 and The Raft of the Medusa in 1998.

Terzieff was a triple winner of the Moliere Award, which honours the best in French theatre, taking home the Best Director title in 1988 for Fall, and again in 1993 for Another Time. Earlier this year, he was named Best Actor for his role in The Dresser and Philoctetes.

Tributes for Terzieff poured in over the weekend (02-04Jul10), with French leader Sarkozy honouring the star as "an exceptional actor and man" who avoided "posturing or masquerades".

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand also credited Terzieff with leaving "an unforgettable mark" on the stage and film industries, while the president of the Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob, added that Terzieff was an "immense" talent.

Director Claude Berri passes away at age 74.

Oh merde… French cinema just lost one of his mentors. Legendary filmmaker Claude Berri died from from a serious neurological condition last week-end. As a director, he was responsible for many French blockbusters, including Germinal, the famous Emile Zola adaptation starring Gerard Depardieu, Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon Des Sources, the movie that made Emmanuelle Beart an international star. When wearing the producer’s hat, Berri was responsible for an impressive number of films such as the first two Asterix, Patrice Chéreau’s La Reine Margot, Claude Miller’s La petit voleuse and many more. This is a major loss as Claude Berri was always a supporter of both popular and author cinema. He will be missed.
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Daily news dose: Focus Features sets release dates; Claude Berri dead at 74

Here's your dose of quick news bits for Jan. 12, 2009...

Focus Features today announced a bunch of release dates for some of their 2009 films. For starters, Rob Marshall's musical "Nine" will open Nov. 25. Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man" will open in limited release Oct. 2, while Mikael Håfström's John Cusack vehicle "Shanghai" is set for Sept. 4. Sam Mendes' comedy "Away We Go" will start June 5.

• Legendary French filmmaker Claude Berri died Monday in Paris. He was 74. Some of Berri's notable directing efforts include "Germinal," "Jean de Florette" and "Lucie Aubrac." He also established a fabulous career as producer, developing successful films such as "Welcome to the Sticks" and "The Secret of the Grain." He will be greatly missed. (The Hollywood Reporter)

• The folks at Bloody-Disgusting today landed some "Scream 4" news. Although none of this has been confirmed yet, Kevin Williamson is apparently on board to write a draft.
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French Filmmaker Berri Dead At 74

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French Filmmaker Berri Dead At 74
Oscar-winning French director Claude Berri has died from a stroke at the age of 74.

The filmmaker, actor, screenwriter and producer was admitted to a Paris hospital on Saturday night with a "very serious neurological condition" after suffering from a blood clot on the brain.

He spent the remainder of the weekend under observation in the intensive care unit, but was pronounced dead on Monday, his agent has confirmed.

A statement released by his publicist simply reads, "Claude Berri died this morning at La Salpétrière Hospital in Paris of a stroke."

Born in Paris in 1934, Berri started his career as an actor, starring in movies by Claude Chabrol, before moving behind the camera.

He was best known for his producing role on Roman Polanski's award-winning 1979 film Tess, and picked up an Academy Award for his short film Le Poulet in 1966.

Berri was also noted for his work on 1986 movie Jean de Florette, 1990's Uranus, and Germinal - the most expensive French feature film ever made at the time of its release in 1993.

French cinema icon Claude Berri dies

French cinema icon Claude Berri dies
Paris -- The New Year is starting on a bittersweet note in Gaul as legendary director-producer-actor-writer Claude Berri died Monday. He was 74.

"French cinema is now an orphan," Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob told reporters, leading a nation in bidding farewell to an industry giant.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Berri "the most legendary figure of French cinema," and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe referred to him as "a child of Paris who asserted himself as one of the major personalities of French cinema."

Best known for directing such films as "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources," "Germinal" and "Lucie Aubrac," Berri went on to become a powerful producer, with more than 50 films under his belt.

His most recent projects include "Welcome to the Sticks," which broke boxoffice records in France last year, and "The Secret of the Grain," which won the 2008 Cesar for best film.

Berri worked with
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