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In a slightly odd but welcome move Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will finally release Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s cult classic The City of Lost Children as an Amazon-exclusive Blu-ray release on October 13. The release is timed with the French film's 20th Anniversary.
Though it wasn't their first film, the visually striking City of Lost Children helped to launch the careers of Jeunet (Amelie) and collaborator Marc Caro (Dante 01) as well as Ron Perlman. The film was incredibly influential and a progenitor of the "steampunk" aesthetic in film
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet has not been shy about airing his grievances at Harvey Weinstein about the handling of his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." Earlier this year, Jeunet said Harv wanted to reedit his film, even though the filmmaker had final cut on 'Spivet.' And it seems that eventually Weinstein just gave up on the movie altogether, carelessly dumping it into theaters last month, with the trailer dropping literally the day before it was set open, with no press screenings or other advertising being done to promote the picture. Chatting with Sydney's Buzz, Jeunet once again took the producer/distributor to task for his handling of 'Spivet,' and he has a pretty good idea why the movie was shuffled into cinemas in such a poor manner. Read More: Review: 'Amelie' Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Oppressively Whimsical 'T.S. Spivet' Starring Helena Bonham Carter "...they have a contract with Netflix. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As it has built up its library of original programming, Amazon Studios has used “pilot seasons,” in which multiple potential shows premiere at the same time, to its advantage. After debuting its fifth pilot season earlier this year, Amazon is following up with a mini-season that includes two pilots. It has shared the first episodes of Casanova and Sneaky Pete and has welcomed viewer feedback on both of them.
Both of Amazon’s new dramas come with big names attached. Casanova, which was first attached to Amazon in January, will follow the life of the titular 18th century Venetian libertine, with particular attention paid to his time in “exile” in Paris. It comes from veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, features Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the director’s chair, and stars Diego Luna of Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.
Sneaky Pete, on the other hand, follows a con man who »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon Studios has released a new batch of pilots on its service today, with one of the most high-profile being the bawdy erotic drama "Casanova". "Amelie" helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs and produces the period effort starring Diego Luna as the famed master of seduction. Like all Amazon pilots, it's up to viewers to vote and share feedback in order to help determine if the show will go to series.
- Garth Franklin
Diego Luna embodies the renowned 18th-century Italian playboy for Amazon original pilot “Casanova,” which the company will debut Friday along with the pilot for “Sneaky Pete,” starring Giovanni Ribisi. Amazon released a new trailer Thursday, which underscores Luna’s allure, as he woos the lovely ladies of the Enlightenment. The series is an account of the historical figure’s exile from Venice, Italy. Casanova flees to Paris and finds himself seduced by the same temptations and opportunities for trouble. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Wants His Money Back in Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Trailer (Video) Oscar-nominated director Jean Pierre Jeunet »
- Deborah Day
Amazon asks customers to “Watch. Rate. Review” its new pilots, giving them a vote, and stake, in the development process. Yet the two candidates being trotted out on Aug. 7, “Casanova” and “Sneaky Pete,” both exhibit the limits of this democratic approach, and the elusive nature of what defines premium programming. While both projects conjure some curiosity about where they’re heading – and are probably more apt to do so among those willing to sample them – neither feels like it fully takes off based strictly on first impressions.
During a session with journalists at the TV Critics Assn. tour earlier this week, Amazon executives sounded a bit smug as they dismissed traditional TV metrics and stressed their desire to engage viewers in a passionate way. The primary question that motivates them, they said, is “How do you make someone’s favorite show?”
If that’s the criterion, then despite some virtues, »
- Brian Lowry
The last time Jean-Pierre Jeunet made a film in English, it didn't work out so well. Hot off cult hits "Delicatessen" and "The City Of Lost Children" (co-directed with Marc Caro), Jeunet was picked by 20th Century Fox to helm "Alien: Resurrection," the fourth film in one of the most important franchises. The result was the worst entry in the series, one admittedly hampered by studio interference, but also one that seemed to prove a uniquely poor match to Jeunet's particular skill set. The Gallic helmer bounced back, next going on to make the most beloved film of his career with "Amelie," but it's taken him seventeen years to return to the U.S. for another English-language picture, and this time, it's much more on his terms: an adaptation of Reif Larsen's acclaimed "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," variably retitled ""The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." The results, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
As anticipated, Sneaky Pete — a drama co-created by House‘s David Shore and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — will get a second chance at life via Amazon Instant Video’s unique pilot preview process.
Amazon will debut the pilot on Friday, Aug. 7, after which viewers can provide feedback on whether a full season should be ordered.
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Originally developed (but passed on) by CBS, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a a con-man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He thus moves in with »
Sebastian, Disney’s calypso-inclined crustacean, may despair at “Little From the Fish Shop,” a sly update of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” in which his catchy counsel to remain underwater goes entirely unheeded. Relocating not just Andersen’s yearning heroine but her entire royal family to dry land, Jan Balej’s wittily designed stop-motion outing honors the sorrowful romantic narrative of the original tale to a far greater extent than the Mouse House’s 1989 smash — despite a radical shift in milieu to the red-light district of a seamy city harbor. Not especially suitable for, er, small fry, this touching, technically inventive twist on a classic will nonetheless be treasured by animation buffs. With distribution in a handful of territories already secured, more should follow in the wake of festival slots at Annecy and Karlovy Vary.
It’s no longer better down where it’s wetter, a somewhat elegiac prologue informs us, »
- Guy Lodge
France’s Lionel Uzan, a former Summit board member and architect of the build of the Snd-M6 Group in France, is joining Pascal Breton’s TV production-distribution house, the Paris and L.A.-based Federation Entertainment Group, in the newly created position of its managing director.
Reporting to Breton, and a partner in Federation Ent.,Uzan, the former acquisitions, productions and intl. distribution director at the Snd-M6 Group, the movie label of French broadcaster M6, takes up a central position overseeing the studio’s full production and distribution activities for France, Europe and the U.S.
Uzan’s appointment becomes effective June 1 at Federation Ent. a company which leapt to fame in August when it was commissioned to produce Netflix’s first French series “Marseille.” Federation Ent. Group officially launched in September with Ashley Stern heading up the L.A. office, and writer-director Eric Rochant on board to »
- John Hopewell
In the beginning, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe — or at least, that’s the playful conceit behind Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” an irreverent (but otherwise harmless) ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story. Incidentally, Van Dormael has volunteered an alternate creation myth of some kind in all four of his features (which also include “Toto the Hero,” “The Eighth Day” and “Mr. Nobody”), only this time, the Belgian idea-meister goes as far as to target God directly, “outing” Him as kind of a jerk who lives in Brussels and sits at His personal computer, conjuring natural disasters as a way of staving off boredom. When his daughter rebels and decides to simultaneously enlighten everyone on earth, all hell breaks loose, and the narrative starts to lose its thread, unspooling zany consequences that ought to convert skeptical distributors worldwide. »
- Peter Debruge
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
The production and sales outfit, which has offices in Paris and L.A., is set to host a screening of Finnish hospital drama “The Replacements” at the confab. Set in the near future, the series centers on a nurse who falls in love with a man without knowing that he’s a clone created by her father to save her from a terminal blood disease. Produced by Matti Halonen and Miikko Oikkonen’s Fisher King, the 12-episode series has already been picked up Finnish broadcaster Nelonen.
Modeled on the U.S.’ fully integrated studios, Breton created Federation Entertainment in partnership with experienced execs and creatives, notably Alex Berger, a former Canal Plus senior exec, and French helmer-writer Eric Rochant, who are behind “The Bureau, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Amazon and Electus have set the cast for the Giacomo Casanova drama pilot, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Diego Luna (Elysium, Y Tu Mamá También) has been tapped for the title role, with Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson, Ben Daniels and Amelia Clarkson co-starring. The untitled project, which is currently filming in Europe, chronicles a little-known period in the life of the famous 18th century renaissance man. Known… »
Amazon’s “Casanova” project has found its leading man in Diego Luna, and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct the pilot, the streaming company announced on Wednesday. The as-yet untitled Giacamo Casanova project is executive produced by “The Tudors'” Ben Silverman and “The Americans'” Stu Zicherman, who also wrote the pilot. Jeunet was nominated for an Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for “Amelie,” and Luna, who co-starred in “Milk” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” most recently produced the 2014 biopic “Cesar Chavez.” Also Read: Amazon Renews First Original Hour-Long Drama Series ‘Bosch’ for Season 2 Also joining the cast are »
- L.A. Ross
Exclusive: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.
Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin have been joined by Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones), Yolande Moreau (Amelie) and Sophie Curtis (Arbitrage) for Brady Corbet’s directorial feature debut The Childhood of A Leader, which is shooting now on location in Hungary.
The film charts the birth of a terrifying ego during the rise of fascism in the early 20thcentury.
Protagonist reps international sales, Wme handles North America.
The drama is a Unanimous Entertainment and Mact Films production in association with FilmTeam in Hungary. Funding comes from Media House Capital, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Scope Pictures and Scion Pictures.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
As the Berlin International Film Festival gets underway abroad this week, you might be feeling a little left out of the buzz. Worry not, because streaming curator Mubi has made Berlinale shorts available to a global audience for the first time. In spirit of the 60th anniversary of Berlin's Golden Bear for shorts, a curated selection of the fest's winning films is now streaming on the site. Highlights include last year's "As Long as Shotguns Remain," making its exclusive international VOD debut; the busy Duplass Brothers' "The Intervention" and more. The presentation follows distribution deals signed by Mubi with studios eOne, Icon and StudioCanal to make titles including Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s "Amelie," Nicolas Winding Refn’s "Drive" and Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Conversation" available for Mubi audiences in the UK. Here's the full list of Berlinale shorts currently screening for Mubi subscribers: As Long as Shotguns »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Paris: France hosted an unprecedented number of major Hollywood productions in France in 2014, including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” “Bastille Day” and NBC mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby.” The number of high-budget Asian productions also rose.
Foreign shoots confirmed in France in 2015 include Keith Parner’s “The Penrose Affair,” according to information disclosed by France’s national cinema agency, the Cnc.
Parner is prepping an action thriller about a French detective in Paris, combining influences from Hitchcock and Pierre Morel’s “Taken,” and reportedly to star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The pic will be produced by Film Invaders, which also produced his previous Van Damme-starrer, “Swelter.”
Tax Rebate for International Production (Trip) financing for animation films currently in production include three projects from Universal set up at Illumination Mac Guff – “The Secret Life of Pets” by Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me”), Untitled (Img 6) Project by Garth Jennings (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the »
- Martin Dale
40. Empire Records
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990′s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” “Angus”), there were the middling ones that, if anything, boasted a cast that would go on to bigger, better things. Enter “Empire Records,” which is not only a coming-of-age story, but one that takes place at a record store, no less. Talk about the double dip. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, focusing on the employees, played by Anthony Lapaglia, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, and Liv Tyler. The independent record store is in Delaware – the hot spot of American music – and sees Joe (Lapaglia) allowing night manager Lucas »
- Joshua Gaul
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