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Cannes 2017: Uma Thurman Set to Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes 2017: Uma Thurman Set to Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury
This year’s Cannes Film Festival has announced their pick for President of their Un Certain Regard jury — Cannes regular and American icon, actress Uma Thurman.

Per an official statement from the festival, “In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.’ She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in ‘Kill Bill’ (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes. Since then, Uma Thurman has worked with many directors, including Andrew Niccol (‘Gattaca’); Woody Allen (‘Sweet and Lowdown’); Roland Joffé (‘Vatel’) and Ethan Hawke (‘Chelsea Walls’). She recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project, ‘The House that Jack Built,’ alongside Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz.”

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Uma Thurman will preside over Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes 2017

The organisers of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 17th in the south of France, have announced that Uma Thurman will preside over the Un Certain Regard jury the 70th festival.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen FrearsDangerous Liaisons and in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in Pulp Fiction (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in Kill Bill (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes.

Since then, Uma Thurman has worked with many directors, including Andrew Niccol (Gattaca); Woody Allen (Sweet and Lowdown); Roland Joffé (Vatel) and Ethan Hawke (Chelsea Walls). She recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project, The House that Jack Built, alongside Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz.
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Uma Thurman to Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury

Uma Thurman to Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury
Paris – Uma Thurman is set to preside over the jury of Un Certain Regard at the upcoming 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks….Whether playing crazy, sexy or dominant, the woman whose namesake is the Hindu goddess of beauty and light has definitely entered the pantheon of movie greats, with several of her scenes attaining cult status,” the festival said in a statement.

The actress delivered notable performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” which won a Palme d’Or in 1994, as well as in “Kill Bill” Volumes 1 & 2, which were both presented at Cannes.

Thurman has since worked with a wide range of auteurs, including Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), Woody Allen (“Sweet and Lowdown”), Roland Joffé (“Vatel”) and Lars von Trier (“Nymphomaniac”).

She is set to re-reteam with Von Trier on his next project,
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‘Jackie’ Production Designer Jean Rabasse On Hurdles Faced In Recreating One Of American History’s Darkest Moments

‘Jackie’ Production Designer Jean Rabasse On Hurdles Faced In Recreating One Of American History’s Darkest Moments
Oscar nominated for 2000's Vatel, starring Uma Thurman and Gérard Depardieu, French production designer Jean Rabasse was thrilled to be brought on board for Pablo Larrain's Jackie, a shoot which allowed him to immerse himself in American history and lore, and to visit Washington D.C. for the first time. Certainly, Jackie presented its share of challenges for Rabasse. With 10 weeks of prep and 27 shooting days in France, Rabasse was floored by Larrain's efficiency on the…
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‘Silence,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers’ Among Production Design Oscar Contenders

‘Silence,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers’ Among Production Design Oscar Contenders
This year’s production design Oscar race is, as ever, heavy on period pieces. But there are some fantasy contenders mixing things up and, if voters are willing to look, plenty of worthy possibilities that lie off the beaten path.

In one of the most extravagant builds of the year, production designer Jess Gonchor, a Coen brothers regular, and his team recreated the Tampa neighborhood of 1930s Ybor City in Georgia (thanks to tax incentives). It’s large-scale, detail-oriented stuff, as is Gonchor and company’s work on the Coens’ “Hail, Caesar!,” which transports the viewer back to 1950s Hollywood in lavish and eye-popping ways.

Speaking of lavish, Dante Ferretti takes us to 17th Century Japan for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He also took on costume design duties for the film. A three-time Oscar winner, twice for Scorsese productions (“The Aviator” and “Hugo”), Ferretti should be good for his 11th nomination to date,
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Omar Sy Is Samba In New Trailer

Check out the trailer for Samba, starring Omar Sy (Jurassic World) and Charlotte Gainsbourg … brought to you from the directing-duo behind The IntouchablesOlivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris.

When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart.

As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.

Sy wowed critics and audiences at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in Gaumont’s Chocolat. The period drama stars Omar Sy as Cuban artist Rafael Padilla
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Cannes: Gaumont’s Omar Sy Drama ‘Chocolat’ Lures Buyers (Exclusive)

Cannes: Gaumont’s Omar Sy Drama ‘Chocolat’ Lures Buyers (Exclusive)
Gaumont has gotten European buyers excited about Roschdy Zem’s “Chocolat,” a period drama starring Omar Sy as Cuban artist Rafael Padilla and James Thierree (“Vatel”) as his lifelong friend.

One of Gaumont’s biggest releases of 2016, the 19 million euro movie ($21 million) has pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Benelux (Paradiso), Scandinavia (Miss Label), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Greece and Romania (Odeon), Poland (Kinoswiat) and Portugal (Lusomundo).

Chocolat” is being circled by U.S. buyers in Cannes, as the movie showcases a powerful performance from Sy, who earned a Cesar award for his role in the hit “The Intouchables.”

Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Cinema (“Saint Laurent”) are producing the drama with Omar Sy’s shingle Kokoroco. “Chocolat” is Kokoroco’s first co-production.

The movie charts the life of Padilla, aka Chocolat, who became the first black artist to appear on a French stage in the 19th century and centers around his
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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer:
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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac
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67th Cannes Film Festival Opens With ‘Grace’ and Style

67th Cannes Film Festival Opens With ‘Grace’ and Style
Riding out of a storm of much-publicized controversies and mixed reviews, “Grace of Monaco’s” premiere may not ended like a fairy tale, but it managed to deliver a fairly glamorous Cannes opening night. Onscreen royal couple Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth were all smiles on the red carpet, in contrast with producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and helmer Olivier Dahan, who appeared tense. Also on hand to boost the evening’s star-power: jury president Jane Campion, jury members Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal, Nicolas Winding Refn, Carole Bouquet, Leila Hatami, Jia Zhangke and Jeon Do-yeon.

As previously reported, pic’s U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein was a no-show.

Notable opening night guests included French culture minister Aurelie Filipetti, Metropolitan Filmexport’s co-founder Samuel Hadida, French producer Eric Altmayer, Gaumont’s chairman Sidonie Dumas and president Nicolas Seydoux. Stars Jane Fonda, Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively also graced the red carpet.
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Blu-ray Book Release: The Killing Fields

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $27.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

The winner of three Academy Awards, The Killing Fields turns 30 in 2014, and Warner celebrates with this Blu-ray Book.

The war movie stars Sam Waterston (TV’s Law & Order), John Malkovich (Red) and Haing S. Ngor (The Dragon Gate) and is based on the true events of the 1975 takeover of Cambodia by Khmer Rouge, the terrorist government that killed nearly 3 million people.

Waterston plays Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg, who stays in Cambodia after the government falls and convinces his friend and translator Dith Pran (Ngor) to stay too to report on the bloodbath and the U.S. role in precipitating the horror.

Released on 1984, the R rated film also stars Julian Sands (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Craig T. Nelson (TV’s Parenthood) and was directed by Roland Joffe (Vatel) from a screenplay by
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The Fickle Fetes: Cannes Parties Can Outperform the Pics

The Fickle Fetes: Cannes Parties Can Outperform the Pics
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” — Jordan Baker, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

The 12-day Cannes gathering is actually four events in one: the festival, the market, the media binge and an international schmooze-a-palooza, where people from the other three groups can meet with colleagues.

There is one hallowed tradition that caters to all four needs: The Cannes party.

These events are often tied to a film’s global launch, but there is no correlation between the success of a film and the success of its fete.

Do you have special memories of “The Swan Princess,” “The Perez Family” or “My Blueberry Nights”? I didn’t think so. But some Cannes vets glow at the mere mention of those parties.

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On the other hand, it’s
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Dead at 65: Harry Potter Actor Famous for Playing Gay Teacher in Stage Hit

British stage, film and television actor Richard Griffiths died yesterday due to complications in the aftermath of heart surgery at Coventry hospital. He was 65 years old. Though best remembered for his performance as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter flicks, Griffiths was a well-respected name on the British stage, having won a number of awards ( Tony. Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk awards.) for playing a free-spirited gay teacher -- who likes his male teenage students a tad too much -- in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. (Pictured above: Griffiths in the film version of The History Boys, co-starring Dominic Cooper.) Griffiths was also a well-regarded movie actor -- though not as a result of his work on the Harry Potter movies. His prestige lay on his work on low-budget, independently made British efforts such as Nicholas Hytner's outstanding film adapation of The History Boys (released in 2006) and
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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and
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As Berlinale wraps, eyes turn to Cannes

With the jury still out on where this year's Berlin lineup will rate on the Dieter meter, attention is beginning to focus on the selection for the Festival de Cannes.

The Riviera event marks its 60th anniversary when it unspools May 16-27, suggesting fest president Gilles Jacob will want to inject some extra glitz. But artistic director Thierry Fremaux said the landmark will not influence his choice of movies for Competition.

After the poor reception given to last year's opener The Da Vinci Code, pressure is on to find a more crowd-pleasing title. One option under consideration is the hugely ambitious documentary "earth," which offers a dazzling look at natural life on our planet.

"We're already speaking to Cannes about being the opening film. We're sending an unfinished mix to Cannes at the end of February," said Sophokles Tasioulis of Greenlight Media, who co-produced the movie with the BBC. The movie is distributed in France by Gaumont, which has previously handled opening-night duties with The Fifth Element and Vatel.

A more conventional contender is Ocean's Thirteen from Palme d'Or winner Steven Soderbergh. And one that would allow for a top-flight red carpet gala given the Warner Bros. picture's all-star cast headed by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino.

Warner's Iraq-themed movie The Valley of Elah written and directed by Paul Haggis starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and James Franco is also in the running. "It's not out of the question," said a source.

Although it is still too early for titles to have received any locked-down slots, Fremaux looks to have a good choice of titles from both the U.S. and France.

Among the former is Cannes golden boy Quentin Tarantino's exploitation double-feature Grind House, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is one possible for out of Competition. Paramount Pictures' fantasy adventure Stardust, starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer, may also show up.

French org ARP re-elects Jolivet

French org ARP re-elects Jolivet
PARIS -- ARP, France's influential body of writers, directors and producers, said Tuesday that it has re-elected director-writer Pierre Jolivet as president. He has headed the organization since 1999. Jolivet was elected at a board meeting June 24, ARP said. Directors Claude Lelouch, Gerard Krawczyk and Bertrand Van Effenterre were elected vps at the meeting. Claude Berri, who heads the French Cinematheque, has been named honorary president. The association's management has been enlarged to include two new members -- writer-directors Christophe Barratier, whose Les Choristes (The Choristers) has been a runaway French hit this year, and Jeanne Labrune (Vatel). The body's administrative council of 13 members includes French directors Alain Corneau, Constantin Costa-Gavras, Claude Miller, Coline Serreau and Unifrance's president, producer Margaret Menegoz.

'La Tulipe' fails to fan first-night flames

CANNES -- The 56th Festival de Cannes got off to a low-key start Wednesday evening despite the promise of a major French event movie to open proceedings. Gerard Krawczyk's remake of Fanfan la Tulipe, inspired by Christian-Jaque's 1951 swashbuckler, was the first Gallic movie selected to open Cannes since Vatel in 2000. Unfortunately, the postscreening consensus around the film was barely more favorable than its ill-starred predecessor, which was roundly panned at the time. Even many French in the audience failed to appreciate the new take on the subject, with the film meeting a distinctly muted response as the credits rolled. The buildup had looked promising enough as attendees arrived at the foot of the Palais steps on a balmy Riviera evening to the heaving rhythm of Latino drums. The film's official party shunned limousines to take the short stroll from the Majestic Hotel to the Palais des Festivals. Producer Luc Besson and the movie's stars, Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz, pushed through the crowds before climbing the famed red-carpeted steps to the auditorium. But the atmosphere in the crowd outside the Palais failed to reach the boiling point, no doubt because of the nonappearance of Cruz's boyfriend, Tom Cruise.

'La Tulipe' fails to fan first-night flames

CANNES -- The 56th Festival de Cannes got off to a low-key start Wednesday evening despite the promise of a major French event movie to open proceedings. Gerard Krawczyk's remake of Fanfan la Tulipe, inspired by Christian-Jaque's 1951 swashbuckler, was the first Gallic movie selected to open Cannes since Vatel in 2000. Unfortunately, the postscreening consensus around the film was barely more favorable than its ill-starred predecessor, which was roundly panned at the time. Even many French in the audience failed to appreciate the new take on the subject, with the film meeting a distinctly muted response as the credits rolled. The buildup had looked promising enough as attendees arrived at the foot of the Palais steps on a balmy Riviera evening to the heaving rhythm of Latino drums. The film's official party shunned limousines to take the short stroll from the Majestic Hotel to the Palais des Festivals. Producer Luc Besson and the movie's stars, Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz, pushed through the crowds before climbing the famed red-carpeted steps to the auditorium. But the atmosphere in the crowd outside the Palais failed to reach the boiling point, no doubt because of the nonappearance of Cruz's boyfriend, Tom Cruise.

Uma Thurman Went Up In Smoke At Cannes

Uma Thurman Went Up In Smoke At Cannes
Uma Thurman started smoking again in Cannes because she couldn't handle the pressure of having two films opening there. The Beautiful Girls (1996) star admits she gave up the addictive drug three years ago, but decided to light up again while at the huge film festival. She says, "The pressure, the excitement and the craziness of it all. I'm going to stop when I get home." The actress had two films open at the festival this year, Vatel (2000) and Golden Bowl, The (2000).

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