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Lasse Hallström Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Turning Down Catch Me If You Can, How Casanova Affected His Career, and More

9 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Lasse Hallström.  He talked about how he got involved in The Hundred-Foot Journey, film versus digital, his shooting style, the first cut, deleted scenes, turning down Catch Me If You Can, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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7 Films You Can’t Miss This August

31 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It’s easy to feel like the summer’s coming to an end when August rolls around, but the following films prove the season isn’t even close to slowing down. From Marvel blockbusters to indie films to classic novel adaptations, August has it all for moviegoers.  So, which are you most excited to see? “Guardians of the Galaxy,” August 1If you love Marvel comics and film you’re going to want to catch “ Guardians of the Galaxy” this month. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) gets himself wrapped up with the villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after discovering a powerful orb. He and group of misfits who call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy are left to protect Earth from the evil Ronan. “The Hundred Foot Journey,” August 8A talented young chef and his family are displaced from their home in India. They settle in a small French »

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Charlotte Le Bon Talks The Hundred Foot Journey, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, How She Got Into Acting, and More

30 July 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Charlotte Le Bon.  She talked about how she got into acting, the experience of making The Hundred Foot Journey, the differences between an American set versus a French set, Lasse Hallström’s directing style, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Director Lasse Hallström and Producer Juliet Blake Talk The Hundred-foot Journey, Stylistic Differences from Chocolat, and More

29 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Lasse Hallström’s filmmaking style and sensibility are a perfect match for The Hundred-Foot Journey, a delightful story with a powerful message directed from a screenplay written by Steven Knight based on Richard C. Morais’ best-selling novel.  In a quaint village in the south of France, a heated battle erupts when a colorful new Indian restaurant opens directly across the street from a traditional establishment specializing in French haute cuisine.  Amidst a culture clash of epic proportions, everyone slowly discovers that they share a lot more in common than they realized if only they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.  Opening August 8th, the film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri. At the film’s recent press day, Hallström and producer Juliet Blake talked about the appeal of the project, how the film differs stylistically from Chocolat, how the sensuality of the »

- Sheila Roberts

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Lasse Hallström Strikes a Familiar Gong In First Reviews of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

26 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

By the first counts,"The Hundred-Foot Journey" (August 8) is a mildly enjoyable if too-familiar film that will flee your mind within moments of exiting the theater — in short, a Lasse Hallström movie. “Chocolat,” specifically, is the film most reviewers are finding similar, both for its focus on food and, in one critic’s own words, an “affectionate shaming of provincial Gallic villagers.” How much culture-shaming Helen Mirren’s protagonist carries out will remain to be seen, but the first batch of reviews do not foretell a tasty confection. One can't help but wonder if Hallström and DreamWorks returned to this terrain because in 2001 "Chocolat," after all, did earn five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. It played well to the smarthouse demo (and had Harvey Weinstein behind it).  Will adult audiences return to the well? They tend to be driven by good reviews, is the thing. Variety's Justin Chang writes that the effort is. »

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‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Review: Helen Mirren Can Add Only So Much Flavor

25 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For a movie loaded with dialogue about cooking from the heart and not being afraid of spices, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a surprisingly bland slumgullion of food porn and emotional manipulation, filtered through the middlebrow sensibilities of director Lasse Hallström (who seems to be remaking his own “Chocolat,” as though that weren't bad enough the first time) and the treacly homilies of Oprah Winfrey (who executive produced alongside Steven Spielberg). It delivers the kind of sentimental sledgehammering I found myself willing to forgive — the presence of Helen Mirren goes a long way in that regard — but once the »

- Alonso Duralde

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Film Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

25 July 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beef bourguignon or tandoori goat? Career success or family loyalty? You can actually have it all, according to “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a culture-clash dramedy that presents itself as the most soothing brand of cinematic comfort food. As such, this genteel, overlong adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ 2010 novel about two rival restaurants operating in a sleepy French village is not without its pleasures — a high-energy score by A.R. Rahman, exquisite gastro-porn shot by Linus Sandgren, the winningly barbed chemistry of Helen Mirren and Om Puri — all prepared to exacting middlebrow specifications and ensured to go down as tastily and tastefully as possible. With the formidable backing of producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the DreamWorks concoction should cater to a broad array of arthouse appetites, particularly among those viewers who embraced the similar East-meets-West fusion cuisine of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

If this Old World foodie fairy tale feels like »

- Justin Chang

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'The Hundred-Foot Journey': Film Review

24 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With its picture-postcard setting and mouth-watering Indian and French delicacies, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a movie designed to comfort. Stimulating taste buds and little else, Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film picks up where his 2000 hit Chocolat left off, in terms of the affectionate shaming of provincial Gallic villagers. Toplining Helen Mirren and Om Puri as rival restaurateurs in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, the film tracks a tension-free lesson in cultural exchange that culminates, predictably, in romance. Fans of the source bestseller and seekers of non-challenging counterprogramming to summer’s genre fare will savor the offering.

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- Sheri Linden

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An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Oprah's New Passion Project, The Hundred-Foot Journey

23 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Helen Mirren stars as a Michelin-starred French chef who is none too pleased when an Indian family opens a rival restaurant just across the road from her own. The film tells a charming story about the power of food in bridging cultures - and inspiring romance in the unlikeliest of places. Powerhouse producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and Chocolat director Lasse Hallström helped bring the story to life, but the movie also introduces us to some new big-screen talents. Charlotte Le Bon, whose wide-eyed wit brings to mind a young Winona Ryder, and the handsome and heartfelt Manish Dayal hold their own with Helen in the big-screen adaptation of the bestselling book. Watch our exclusive sneak peek of The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look for it in theaters beginning Aug. 8. »

- Lindsay Miller

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An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Oprah's New Passion Project, The Hundred-Foot Journey

23 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Helen Mirren stars as a Michelin-starred French chef who is none too pleased when an Indian family opens a rival restaurant just across the road from her own. The film tells a charming story about the power of food in bridging cultures - and inspiring romance in the unlikeliest of places. Powerhouse producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and Chocolat director Lasse Hallström helped bring the story to life, but the movie also introduces us to some new big-screen talents. Charlotte Le Bon, whose wide-eyed wit brings to mind a young Winona Ryder, and the handsome and heartfelt Manish Dayal hold their own with Helen in the big-screen adaptation of the bestselling book. Watch our exclusive sneak peek of The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look for it in theaters beginning Aug. 8. »

- Lindsay Miller

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Helen Mirren Delivers the Sass in Our Exclusive 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' Preview (Video)

18 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Helen Mirren wants to give us what we want, and what we want is a Helen Mirren who can deliver one-liners with gusto and give as good as she gets. Which is why she's the perfect Dame (sorry, Judy Dench) to play Madame Mallory, the prim and proper (and stubborn as all get out) proprietor of a Michelin-starred restaurant in the French countryside, in "The Hundred-Foot Journey."

The movie, which has the impressive credentials of being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and directed by Lasse Hallström ("Chocolat"), concerns an Indian family that opens a restaurant directly across from Madame Mallory's very fancy French restaurant, an establishment that draws guests in the form of prime ministers, presidents, and other assorted dignitaries.

In this preview, debuting exclusively on Moviefone, Papa Kadam is very angry with Madame Mallory about her insistence that his son, the very talented Hassan, come work in her kitchen. »

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what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Jul 15)

15 July 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

The Congress: a hugely ambitious film reminiscent of The Matrix and the works of Terry Gilliam while also carving out its own apocalyptic sci-fi space [my review] [iTunes Us]

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Snowpiercer: hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths; most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer [my review] [iTunes Us]

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Noah: a Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of [my review] [iTunes Us] On My Way (Elle s’en va): beautifully observant meander through the difficulties and discoveries of wise but still confused advanced age, led by a gorgeous, vital, 70-odd Catherine Deneuve [my review] [iTunes Us] Teenage: snappy »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Hypnotist Puts the UK in a Trance; New Images

15 July 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Lasse Hallstrom's The Hypnotist is getting set to make its DVD premiere in the UK on September 15, 2014, via Studiocanal, and right now we have the box art along with a six-pack of new images. Dig it.

Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Lena Olin (The Ninth Gate, Chocolat), and Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) star.

Synopsis

In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.

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- Steve Barton

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The Hundred-foot Journey Featurette: Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Fusing Two Opposite Cultures

7 July 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name.  The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison Join ‘Tulip Fever’

5 June 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company has added Judi Dench and “Glee” star Matthew Morrison to the cast of historical drama “Tulip Fever,” set in 17th century Amsterdam.

It’s the 10th film that Dench has done for the Weinsteins. Dench will play the Abbess of St. Ursula’s, a rescuer of orphan children, and Morrison will play a drunken bohemian artist.

Previously announced cast includes Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis.

Justin Chadwick is directing from a Tom Stoppard script, adapted from Deborah Moggach’s romance novel. Ruby FilmsAlison Owen is producing the project.

Vikander plays a married woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The duo gamble on the tulip bulb market to raise money to run away together.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “I’m unbelievably proud to say that ‘Tulip Fever’ will be »

- Dave McNary

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Interview: Juliette Binoche Paints in Schepisi Romance 'Words and Pictures,' Challenged Assayas to Write Cannes Entry 'Sils Maria' (Exclusive Video, Trailer)

4 June 2014 7:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") is the best reason to see Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures" (new trailer below), a light romantic comedy about two rival high school teachers. Clive Owen's English teacher with a drinking problem falls for Binoche's art teacher trying to paint as she battles rheumatoid arthritis. They engage in a war of words vs. pictures that ignites them as well as their students. Some of the best scenes involve Binoche sprawled belly-down on a swirling chair as she maneuvers a giant paint brush, splashing wide swatches of color on her canvas. It turns out, I learned from our interview in Toronto (below), that she came up with this visual idea, based on her research. She created the paintings in the film herself. Binoche broke out at age 23 in Philip Kaufman's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," opposite Daniel Day Lewis, followed by "The Widow of St. »

- Anne Thompson

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Helen Mirren Cooks in the First Trailer for 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' (Video)

13 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Dame Helen Mirren is cool as a cucumber as a fancy French restaurant owner named Madame Mallory in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Her Michelin-approved restaurant and her uptight life get a shake-up when an Indian family moves into the neighborhood and starts their own restaurant... a hundred feet away.

The patriarch of the Kadam family, played by Om Puri, is certainly game for a grand battle between Madame Mallory's Le Saule Pleureur; he can dish it out as well as he can take it. His son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is a chef in the great family tradition, but his interest in combining the two cuisines is piqued by his new neighbors. Oh, and Madame Mallory's delicious sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). It looks quite charmant, n'est ce pas?

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" has quite a filmmaking team behind it. Lasse Hallström, who is no stranger to sexy food onscreen a la "Chocolat, »

- Jenni Miller

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Helen Mirren Cooks in the First Trailer for 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' (Video)

13 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Dame Helen Mirren is cool as a cucumber as a fancy French restaurant owner named Madame Mallory in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Her Michelin-approved restaurant and her uptight life get a shake-up when an Indian family moves into the neighborhood and starts their own restaurant... a hundred feet away.

The patriarch of the Kadam family, played by Om Puri, is certainly game for a grand battle between Madame Mallory's Le Saule Pleureur; he can dish it out as well as he can take it. His son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is a chef in the great family tradition, but his interest in combining the two cuisines is piqued by his new neighbors. Oh, and Madame Mallory's delicious sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). It looks quite charmant, n'est ce pas?

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" has quite a filmmaking team behind it. Lasse Hallström, who is no stranger to sexy food onscreen a la "Chocolat, »

- Jenni Miller

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Steven Spielberg to develop new film from 'Lincoln' screenwriter

17 April 2014 6:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For me, there are two immediately interesting takeaways from the news that Steve Spielberg will be developing the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." The first is that it would mark his third collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner after "Munich" and "Lincoln." The other is that the project would be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company. DreamWorks, quietly celebrating a 20th anniversary this year after being concocted by entertainment magnates Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, saw some interesting Oscar battlefield time opposite Harvey Weinstein back in the Miramax days. Round one went to Weinstein, as "Shakespeare in Love" shocked "Saving Private Ryan" to win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1998. But Spielberg and company won rounds two and three with "American Beauty" topping "The Cider House Rules" in 1999 and "Gladiator" blowing past "Chocolat" in 2000. (DreamWorks also co-produced the 2001 Best Picture winner, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection Review And Giveaway

3 April 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection is another of those set releases that is the best and worst of all possible worlds. Serious fans are going to be happy to get collectible postcards, and a “personal letter from Nicholas Sparks,” but they already own the movies, and the discs don’t have any new bonuses.

On the other hand, if you don’t already own the movies (or only have one or two), this is a great collection to bring them all home at once. While there aren’t new bonuses, and the films aren’t remastered, or otherwise jazzed up with new treatments, most of the films include some solid bonuses anyway, and even the aging Message in a Bottle looks pretty good.

The Collection includes:

Message in a Bottle A Walk to Remember The Notebook Nights in Rodanthe Dear John The Lucky One Safe Haven

Running through »

- Marc Eastman

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