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The arthouse Belgrade cinema flickering back to life

30 January 2016 1:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Serbian film-lovers are trying to rescue the Zvezda from financial twists and cultural decay

You could easily miss the art nouveau front of the Zvezda cinema, squeezed between a hat shop and a bookseller’s in the middle of Belgrade, Serbia. The entrance leads into a long, neon-lit corridor. The box office at the end will sell you a rather faded ticket. There is little decoration. The projection room, its walls painted green and orange, smells strongly of dust and the 1970s. But this is no squat, it is a “liberated cinema”. For the past year, at the instigation of a group of film-makers and students, Belgrade’s oldest cinema, which opened in 1911, has come back to life.

Seated in the brown velvet stalls, most of the audience for this showing of Luc Besson’s Léon are still wearing their overcoats, there being no heating. Near the screen a hole »

- Julia Druelle

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Natalie Portman Goes Western in Jane Got a Gun - and 10 Great Roles That Got Her There

29 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Maiwenn on the rocky road of romance by Richard Mowe

20 January 2016 8:23 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Director in action: Maiwenn (right) with Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel during the shoot of Mon Roi Photo: Unifrance

French actress, writer and director Maiwenn has been in the business from an early age appearing as a child in several films including One Deadly Summer with Isabelle Adjani. She was only 16 when she was involved in a relationship with producer and director Luc Besson with whom she had a daughter, Shanna. She spent time living in Hollywood and appearing in Besson’s Léon and The Fifth Element. Her break-up with Besson at 21 marked a return to living and working in France where she has become known simply by her Christian name (surname Lo Besco which her sister Isild, also an actress and director, uses). Maiwenn had a second child, Diego, with property developer Jean-Yves Le Fur before they split up. In 2006 she directed her semi-autobiographical first feature Pardon Me followed in 2011 by Polisse, »

- Richard Mowe

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An Ode to Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber, Possibly the Greatest Screen Villain Ever

14 January 2016 10:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Re-watching Die Hard last month, as I do every Christmas, I was struck, as I always am, by just how astonishingly good the late Alan Rickman is in this movie. If Die Hard set the arcade-game-like template for every lesser action movie that followed (put hero in inescapable situation that requires the progressive elimination of a series of bad guys; escalate set pieces accordingly), then Rickman's Hans Gruber is the template for every lesser bad guy to prowl bullet-riddled sets in a well-made suit. Unfortunately for everyone else who'd play a villain in any action film ever, Rickman pretty much »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Snd bumps up Rdv slate with Jean Reno, Romain Duris titles

7 January 2016 9:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jean Reno stars in Family Heist as master thief who teams up with long-lost daughters.

French outfit Snd has boarded international sales and local distribution rights to art theft comedy caper Family Heist and romantic drama The Confession ahead of Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris next week (Jan 14-18).

Pascal Bourdiaux’s Family Heist stars Jean Reno as a master thief who enlists the support of his long-lost daughters on an ambitious robbery aimed at exacting revenge on a double-crossing, former partner.

French stand-up and big screen comedy actresses Camille Chamoux and Reem Kherici play the two contrasting half-sisters who have inherited their father’s con artist skills.

Reno is set for a high-profile year. He will hit screens at home and abroad in French comedy The Visitors: Bastille Day this spring and also has roles in Sean Penn’s upcoming The Last Face and the historical drama The Promise.

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