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The Weinstein Company is in advanced negotiations to acquire all U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 3D adventure pic “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” in what will be one of the highest-profile deals inked at Cannes.
Adapted from Reif Larsen’s novel by Jeunet and his scribe partner Guillaume Laurant (“Amelie”), the English-language “Spivet” centers on a 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) with extraordinary skills who leaves his family in Montana and takes off on a cross-country adventure to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to receive a prize.
Pic will be digitally remastered by Imax and will be released in France Oct. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Here's a wonderfully beautiful trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's new film The Young and Prodigious Spivet. The movie is based on the novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which is the debut novel by Reif Larsen.
The story follows a 12-year-old cartographer who "secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute."
If you're not immediately familiar with who Jean-Pierre Jeunet is, he's the director of the amazing French film Amelie. The movie stars Kyle Catlett (The Following) in the lead role, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and more.
This is an international trailer. There's no word on when the movie will be released in the U.S., but is looks fantastic! I love Jeunet's visual style.
Here's a description of the »
- Joey Paur
Late last year we got our first look at The Young and Prodigious Spivet, a family film based on The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, the debut novel by American author Reif Larsen. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Micmacs) co-wrote and directs the film which follows a 12-year old mapmaker named T.S. Spivet, who lives on a ranch in Montana, as he receives a prestigious award and accepts it, hitch-hiking on a freight train for the acceptance speech in Washington D.C. Kyle Catlett ("The Following") leads the film which also features Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and more. It looks original and quite charming Watch! Here's the first trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious Spivet from YouTube: The Young and Prodigious Spivet is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also co-wrote the film with his Amelie and Micmacs writer Guillaume Laurant. A 12-year-old cartographer (Kyle Catlett of »
- Ethan Anderton
Given that his sole film in the English-language to date was "Alien: Resurrection," it's not surprising that French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet has preferred to stick to homegrown fare in the fifteen years since (bar a brief flirtation with making "Life of Pi," eventually filmed to great success by Ang Lee). But the director's back Stateside at last, with "The Young And Prodigious Spivet," and a trailer's just arrived, courtesy of The Film Stage. Based on Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," the story follows a young inventor who leaves his eccentric family after being invited to the Smithsonian. And fingers crossed, this looks like a much more successful venture into the English language than his 'Alien' movie -- there's a real sense of Americana, but it's also clearly a Jeunet film, with the promo looking closer to his most celebrated hour, "Amelie," than anything he's made since. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Cannes – In a last-minute addition to the Cannes film festival, Homeland by first-time filmmaker Mohamed Hamidi has been added to the official selection as an out-of-competition special screening, organizers announced on Tuesday. As part of the festival’s ongoing efforts to include the local community, the screening of the French comedy will only be open to high school students from the Provence-Alpes, Cote d’Azur region. Director Hamidi and star Jamel Debbouze will attend. Debbouze, best known in the U.S. for his role as the abused grocer’s assistant in Amelie, is a mega-star in
- Rhonda Richford
The French film industry has always been among the worlds most important……at least to film studies professors. Most French movies are either funded by the French government or made with the support of government-linked media companies. Filmmakers face little market pressure in the creative process. That helps explain why they’re so boring!
Starbuck opens this weekend so we here at We Are Movie Geeks have decided to post this article about our favorite French films. Okay, so Starbuck is technically a Canadian film shot in Quebec, but its French language so, in our eyes that makes it French! The Hollywood remake is already in the can. It stars Vince Vaughn. The remake was originally tilted Dickie Donor but they’ve changed it to Delivery Man, so you just know they’ve screwed it up bad. This list may not line up with that of your typical French Cinema scholar. »
- Movie Geeks
Ah, Michel Gondry, how you continue to play with our minds with your clever twists on what we see and what we think we see. This is no sarcasm, this is pure praise, and it looks set to continue in this second trailer for Audrey Tautou-starring Mood Indigo. The Amelie stars in this charming-looking movie Romain Duris as Colin plus roles for Omar Sy, Jamel Debbouze and Gad Elmaleh that’s based on Boris Vian’s 1947 book “L’Ecume des jours” or “Froth on the Daydream” for those scrabbling for Google Translate.
It’s another romantic-based film, but Gondry’s films are all around the journey within the film itself and you’ll see almost instantaneously all the new, weird and wonderful contraptions that he’s put together. If you’re a fan of his films Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and the Science Of Sleep, then you »
- Dan Bullock
Possibly having gotten its inspiration from the U.S.-based Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca; the critics group that hands out the Critics Choice Awards) or, just as possibly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA; the organization that hands out the Golden Globes), the European Film Academy has added a new category to its European Film Awards roster: European Comedy. As per a press release, the new category was decided by Efa's board at its latest meeting in Berlin to “pay tribute to a genre which has proven that it is able to unite and entertain audiences across Europe and beyond.” (Pictured above: Daniel Brühl in Wolfgang Becker's 2003 comedy Good Bye, Lenin!, winner of that year's Best Film trophy.) The release adds that this year's three nominations for in the new category "will be decided by a special committee," while the eventual winner "will be voted for by the »
- Andre Soares
The star and director of Evil Dead, Jane Levy and Fede Alvarez, stop by the Empire Podcast studio to talk blood, body parts and chainsaws this week, with only two of us fainting during the process.Elsewhere, La Haine director and Amelie star Mathieu Kassovitz drops in in honour of his latest, Rebellion, and the podcast team talk embarrassing interview questions, yearly Star Wars outings and funerals in the movies (for some reason...).P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival includes 19 films and lots of world cinema, including from some of the globe’s most difficult locales for artists.
Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said Thursday that the high-profile festival protects talent in countries where freedom of expression is threatened.
Among the films in competition for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, are Chadian work Grigris and Chinese film A Touch of Sin. A Mexican narco-film, Heli, shows the constants of family and love in crisis.
The festival will also have works from old favorites including Ethan and Joel Coen »
- Associated Press
La Haine’s Mathieu Kassovitz returns, licking his wounds, to home soil following his less than auspicious results in Hollywood (he disowned the theatrical cut of his 2008 Vin Diesel apocalyptic actioner Babylon Ad). Not one to shy away from a challenge, he’s back in the directors chair, as well as co-writing, co-producing and starring in this true-life account French colonial unrest which resulted in severe military force. Thankfully, the film sees Kassovitz back on solid ground, displaying much of the cinematic pizzazz which characterised his earlier work.
The film opens with scenes which occur towards the end of the struggle, where things have gone seriously awry, leaving the audience with an impending sense of doom from the off. The director still manages to present a taut countdown to the outcome of events from 1988 which saw members of a separatist group from the Ouvea island of New Caledonia taking 27 French »
- Adam Lowes
The official lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was officially announced in Paris earlier today.
Here’s the line-up in full…
Behind the Candelabra, dir: Steven Soderbergh
Venus in Fur (La Venua a la Fourrure), dir: Roman Polanski
Just 17 (Jeune & Jolie), dir: Francois Ozon
La Vie D’Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru by Kore-eda Hirokazu
Tian Zhu Ding by Jia Zhangke
Grisgris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Immigrant by James Gray
Le Passe by Asghar Farhadi
Heli by Amat Escalante
Jimmy P. by Arnaud Desplechin
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Despallieres
Un Chateau En Italie by Valeria Bruni-tedeschi
- Joseph Dempsey
Gist: Spivet is a 12 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. Cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rick Mercer and Callum Keith Rennie.
Prediction: This promises to be more along the vein of Amelie (which the festival Gilles Jacob regretfully passed up on when it was offered to the Croisette in an uncompleted form) and though Jeunet doesn’t make regular appearances at the festival (his first was 95′s The City of Lost Children »
- Moen Mohamed
It's been 12 years since Audrey Tautou whirled and fluttered onto the world stage in Amelie, playing the romantic young French woman looking to change the world in tiny increments. She has intermittently returned to the international spotlight -- she co-starred in 2006's Da Vinci Code -- but has been content to follow her artistic bliss and maintain stardom in her native France. "I really don’t dream of becoming a huge Hollywood star, and I don’t have the fantasy of doing some huge commercial blockbuster I, II, III, IV movies," she tells THR. "It’s not something that excites me, it’s
- Jordan Zakarin
In the new thriller "Stoker," there's a scene involving Mia Wasikowska playing piano with her uncle, played by Matthew Goode. During this incredibly sophisticated duet he puts his arm around her back to play some keys at a higher octave, and they both start breathing heavily…
That's right, it's a sex scene with No Sex!
This is not an innovative conceit, though, since we have nine other examples of this titillating tactic on display for your viewing pleasure. It's all of the hanky with none of the panky.
9. 'Titanic' (1997)
Before Jack and Rose had their sweaty tryst in the backseat of that old jalopy, Kate Winslet commissioned Leonardo DiCaprio for a nude modeling session where his pencil is making love to every luscious curve of her body. As for what happened next… "You mean, did we 'do it'? Sorry to disappoint you Mr. Bodine, but Jack was very professional. »
- Max Evry
Chicken With Plums, the latest film from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers of Persepolis (2008, Best Animated Feature Film), will be released on DVD by Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 26th. Written and directed by Satrapi and Paronnaud, the film features a prestigious multicultural cast including Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Jamel Debbouze (Amelie).
Satrapi and Paronnaud received international acclaim for their innovative collaboration on the animated Persepolis. In addition to the Oscar® nomination, Persepolis was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, and it won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, along with two César Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best First Film. Chicken With Plums, like Persepolis, is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi that pushes the boundaries of filmmaking by combining live-action »
- Movie Geeks
Here's the first trailer for Michel Gondry's whimsical Parisian romance Mood Indigo, which stars Romain Duris (L'Auberge Espagnole) and Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Dirty Pretty Things) starring as Colin and Chloe, a wealthy couple that endure hardship when she falls ill with the strange ailment of "water lily in the lung." Much-lauded actor/comedian Omar Sy (The Intouchables) co-stars in the film as Colin's man-servant Nicolas. And Aissa Maiga also co-stars as a character named Alise - the long-suffering girlfriend of Colin's best friend. The film is expected in 2013. Watch the trailer below, which includes the usual »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Des histoires d'amour. Whoa! Underwater weddings, see-through limousines, floating cloud chair lifts, ice skating controlled by a record player. Should we expect anything else from the twisted French mastermind Michel Gondry? I think not. The first official French trailer for Mood Indigo, Gondry's latest film, has debuted today and it's a must watch. Partially because this looks like his Amelie (thanks mostly to Audrey Tautou being adorable as always) but also because it looks wacky and full of love and so much fun. Besides Tautou, this is also stars Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh and Alain Chabat. Check it out now! Here's the first French trailer for Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, found on YouTube (via Vulture): Gondry's Mood Indigo, based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel "L'Ecume des jours" (or "Froth on the Daydream"), stars Audrey Tautou as Chloë, a woman who marries an inventor but falls ill »
- Alex Billington
With films to his credit like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep, Michel Gondry is considered by many to be among the most imaginative and whimsical of contemporary filmmakers. And while his take on the superhero genre, 2010's Green Hornet, was not well-received, he is back to his old and much beloved tricks with his upcoming romance Mood Indigo. Based on Boris Vian's novel L. Ecume des jours, Gondry's latest focuses on an unconventional love story. Amelie's Audrey Tautou co-stars with Romain Duris of L'Auberge Espagnole, playing Chloe and Nicholas, a pair of lovers whose happily ever after is threatened when Chloe sprouts a deadly water lily in her lungs. We got a sneak peek of the film last summer, when a string of production stills were released. Now, you can see the film's French trailer below, thanks to »
True fact: If you were to go through a psychiatry textbook and look up all the clinical definitions of insanity, at least two thirds of the symptoms would be on full display in the new trailer for the French film "Mood Indigo." But before you start prescribing Zoloft to everyone involved in production, don't worry: It's not insanity, it's just Michel Gondry.
And the idea of a new Gondry film is pretty much the only antidepressant most film fans could ever need.
So what's "Mood Indigo" about, as if that even remotely matters? Well, Based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel "L'Ecume des Jours," the film is a romance about a couple ( Romain Duris and "Amelie's" Audrey Tautou) that fall in love, have a nice underwater wedding and then drive off in an invisible limousine. One problem: She turns out to be sick with an illness that can only be treated with tons of flowers, »
- Scott Harris
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