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Competition: Win ‘The Hypnotist’ on DVD

24 September 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

From celebrated director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) comes The Hypnotist, a new tense and brutal crime thriller based on the best-selling novel by Lars Kepler. A must-see for fans of The Killing and Scandinavian book-to-film adaptations by authors such as Jo Nesbø (Headhunters) and Stieg Larsson (The Millenium Trilogy).

In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Mikael Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Tobias 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. »

- Phil Wheat

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The Hypnotist DVD review

19 September 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Lasse Hallstrom brings us an intriguing drama with flashes of bloodshed but little satisfaction. Here's Aliya's DVD review...

Lasse Hallstrom is a director who brings a sharp eye to personal relationships. For instance, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Chocolat (2000) are both films that take their time to investigate a family dynamic, building to a feeling of intimacy, and you get much the same kind of feeling in the best moments of his latest film, The Hypnotist. Unfortunately this emotional element is muddied by a plot that never quite ties up and a few characters who aren’t afforded the same kind of room to develop.

The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by a Swedish husband and wife team under the pseudonym Lars Kepler, and it contains every element you would expect from a Scandinavian crime drama, including snowscapes and jumpers and the »

- ryanlambie

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Binoche, Leuthard named Zff Women of Impact

18 September 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Juliette Binoche and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard to be guests of honor at Zurich Film Festival’s ‘Women of Impact’ event.

Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche is to be the guest of honour at the Zurich Film Festival ‘Women of Impact’ dinner on Sept 26.

The star of The English Patient, Chocolat and this year’s Clouds of Sils Maria will be interviewed about her life and career at the event.

Also in the spotlight that evening will be Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, a politician and lawyer who has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2006. She will speak about her work in the political realm.

A statement from the festival said: “The event acknowledges those of unique talent and singular dedication who have risen to the top of their field.

“Despite the strides women have made in every branch of society in recent years, the film industry is still very much a male domain; female »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Ned Benson Will Rewrite How Starbucks Saved My Life For Weinstein Co.

5 September 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Heading to the fall, few first-time feature filmmakers have as much clout as Ned Benson, whose ambitious romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will arrive in three different forms in the coming months (Them, which condenses the story of a relationship by using both viewpoints, arrives in September, to be followed by Him and Her, a duology telling the same story one perspective at a time). And despite all the work that went into that project, the up-and-comer isn’t resting on his laurels until Eleanor Rigby hits theaters – news has emerged that he’s just been hired by The Weinstein Company to rewrite its Starbucks movie, tentatively titled How Starbucks Saved My Life.

Based on the memoir of the same name by Michael Gates GillHow Starbucks Saved My Life will tell the story of an advertising executive who, after losing his job and family, takes a job at Starbucks. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ned Benson rewriting screenplay for How Starbucks Saved My Life

5 September 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Ned Benson has been appointed by the Weinstein Company to work on How Starbucks Saved My Life.

According to The Wrap, the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby director will rewrite the script for the adaptation of Michael Gates Gill's best-selling book.

How Starbucks Saved My Life tells the tale of an ageing advertising executive who loses his job and his family.

He rediscovers his lust for life after taking a job in a Starbucks coffee shop.

Chocolat writer Robert Nelson Jacobs signed up to work on the script for the memoir adaptation last year, and his first draft will now be reworked by Benson.

Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and combines the separate Her and Him movies. »

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Manish Dayal on The Hundred-Foot Journey

5 September 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In theaters now in the Us and opening in the cinema today in the UK is The Hundred-Foot Journey. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, the Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) directed film stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, veteran Indian film actor Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Canadian-French actress and television personality, Charlotte Le Bon.

First the trailer to whet your appetite:


Manish Dayal, who plays the lead role of Hassan Kadam, sat down to answer a Q and A and gives us the inside look into the story and the making of The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Apparently the actor auditioned by accident, “I stumbled into the audition by accident and ended up reading for a part in an untitled film, or so I was told. Then I was called back to do several different takes and read multiple scenes and soon »

- Stacey Yount

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

2 September 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Life gets spicy for the Indian Kadam family when they move to the South of France and dare to open a restaurant opposite the Michelin-starred eatery owned by snooty Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). But while Papa Kadam (Om Puri) locks horns with the formidable Madame, his son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is quietly proving his culinary genius. Blending culture clash comedy with a pinch of drama and a hint of romance, Richard C Morais's novel provides Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom with the perfect recipe for another feelgood treat. »

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Parkland takes Maxine Peake thriller

20 August 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.

London-based sales outfit Parkland Pictures has boarded world rights to Steve Reeves’s thriller, Keeping Rosy, which will play at Dinard Film Festival (Oct 8-12).

Parkland will introduce the film to international buyers at Toronto.

Maxine Peake stars as a career-driven woman who is passed over for a long-expected promotion, leading to frustration which boils over with dire consequences.

The film also stars The Inbetweeners’  Blake Harrison and was produced by Richard Holmes (Eden Lake, Waking Ned), his third collaboration with French producer Isabelle Georgeaux after Jadoo and Resistance.

It marks Reeves’ first feature film, accompanied by DoP Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Chocolat) and composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot).

The deal was negotiated by John Cairns and Pierre-Louis Manes-Murphy for Parkland Pictures and by Richard Holmes and Isabelle Georgeaux on behalf of Redemption Films. »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is soft supple sensuous stroll through a world created in vivid colours – Subhash K Jha

9 August 2014 9:39 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring Om Puri, Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte le Bon

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom

“Food is memory,” says the doll-like vision of a woman named Charlotte le Bon to our young hero Hasaan, played with a striking sensitivity by the little-known Manish Dayal (where were you hiding, young man?)

If food is indeed memory then this film about food, love, loyalty and ambition would serve us well in the years to come.

I would certainly count The Hundred-Foot Journey among the most visually and emotionally rich films I’ve seen in recent times. Dwelling on the compelling culture of culinary confrontation this finely written and robustly performed film immediately transports us into a world where the taste buds simmer in provocative possibilities opened up in the kitchen and transported to a world beyond the physical.

Director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) excels in creating drama in quaint picture-postcard  locales. »

- Subhash K Jha

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Producer Juliet Blake Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Putting the Project Together, Sean Connery, Ted, Farscape, and a Lot More

9 August 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | | See recent 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 or our exclusive video interviews with Lasse Hallström and Charlotte Le Bon. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with producer  Juliet Blake.  She talked about producing her first feature, how she acquired the rights from author Richard C. Morais, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Will 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' make trip to Golden Globes?

8 August 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"The Hundred-Foot Journey," which opened Friday to respectful reviews, looks like a sure-fire contender at the Golden Globes. Expect it to reap nominations for both Best Comedy/Musical and leading lady Helen Mirren, who has won three of her previous 12 Globe bids. And, if it takes off at the box office, newcomer Manish Dayal may contend for his starring role as could veteran actor Om Puri for his scene-stealing featured turn. Lasse Hallstrom also helmed the similarly-themed "Chocolat," which reaped four Globe nominations.  -Break- It is never too early to dish the Golden Globes & Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now rated establishmen. After an initial clash, Mallory realizes...' »

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Film Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Not Worth the Trip

8 August 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is as manufactured and flavorless as a frostbitten Lean Cuisine. However, as the impresario of a Michelin-starred Restaurant in the south of France, Helen Mirren implores her staff that food is not an old tired marriage, it is a passionate affair.

It’s ironic that the film containing that speech is such a limp, forgettable piece of Oprah-endorsed uplift with not one genuine emotion to be had.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Director Lasse Hallstrom aims for the sort of light middlebrow European feature that goes down easy. He throws a little bit of everything into the mix, a dash of tragedy here, a pinch of love story, and the swelling music that goes along with those tugs on the heartstrings – but instead of creating a symphony of surprising flavors, his concoction never quite comes together.

At the center of it all is the Kadam clan, an Indian family »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Gets Creepy New Cover—Check It Out and Also See 5 Past Covers!

8 August 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do, here is a creepy puzzle for you. Publisher Penguin U.K. recently revealed the cover of a new edition of late novelist Roald Dahl's beloved 1964 children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. The image contains no Willy Wonka, no Charlie Bucket, no chocolate and no factory but rather a photo of a blonde girl dressed in a pink fur coat who would, by gum, even creep out ol' Slugworth. The new edition will be published in September under the Penguin Modern Classic label, which is intended for adults. Many people, including Chocolat author Joanne Harris, have said its image appears "sexualized" and drew comparisons »

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‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ Producer Talks Food, Family and France

8 August 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What ingredients go into a movie that’s part foodie pic and part heartwarming ode to family? A dash of Steven Spielberg, a soupcon of Oprah Winfrey, and a heaping helping of actors — including Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Stirring the batter are director Lasse Hallstrom, who last lovingly shot French pastries in “Chocolat,” and first-time feature producer Juliet Blake, who, up to now, has been more accustomed to working with crocodiles and Muppets.

A producer at National Geographic who was formerly president of Jim Henson Television, Blake hadn’t ever produced a theatrical feature when she came across the novel “Hundred-Foot Journey” when it was still in galleys and was inspired to option it. The 2010 Richard Morais novel about the culinary rivalry between a staid French restaurant and a boisterous Indian establishment across the road was inspired by the author’s friendship with the late producer Ismail Merchant, an accomplished chef and cookbook author. »

- Pat Saperstein

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Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

8 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

New release The Hundred-Foot Journey is a beautifully-shot drama produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, who likely hope it will prove a hit along the lines of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Formidable British actress Helen Mirren gets top billing as strict French restauranteur Madame Mallory. Her establishment has a Michelin star and brings in big name political figures. However, Madame Mallory's work and life isn't the main focus of this colorful film from Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), adapted by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) from a novel by Richard C. Morais

A family of refugees, the Kadams from Mumbai, moves into the vacated building across the street from Madam Mallory's restaurant. Papa (veteran Indian actor Om Puri, Gandhi) wants to open an Indian restaurant in this quiet French village, with the help of son and aspiring chef Hassan (Manish Dayal, 90210, Switched at Birth) and other »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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[Review] The Hundred-Foot Journey

7 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Chocolat and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen under his belt, The Hundred-Foot Journey isn’t anything approaching new territory for director Lasse Hallström. But if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Honestly, if he can continue making feel-good tales like this—bona fide crowd-pleasers—we should all be happy since it keeps him busy and away […] »

- Jared Mobarak

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How Lasse Hallstrom Spiced Up 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' with Sexy Food, 35 mm, and A.R. Rahman

7 August 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In light of Kodak's decision to continue producing film stock and the vigorous support by Martin Scorsese and a host of other prominent directors, it's ironic that Lasse Hallstrom had to be forced into using film again for "The Hundred-Foot Journey." What's stranger is that it took Steven Spielberg, the film's producer, to pair Hallstrom up with Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren ("American Hustle"), who insisted they shoot on film. "I didn't even know that he existed until Steven recommended him," Hallstrom laughs. "He's tall and relaxed and comes from the North of Sweden. And his aesthetic is identical to mine. Instead of doing cuts, we did two long takes. But I like the fact that you can keep rolling and rolling with digital until we get it. Otherwise, I cut and talk." But the acclaimed director of "Chocolat," "Cider House Rules," and "My Life as a Dog" resisted film until Sandgren showed. »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

7 August 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Helen Mirren looks delicious. So does the food. What more do you want in summer movie escapism? Ok, a ban on cultural stereotyping, fewer clichés, and a pace less conducive to napping. Still, unlike the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a time-waster that goes down easy. Based on Richard C. Morais' 2010 bestseller, the movie is set in a picturesque French village that only has room for one restaurant. That would be the Michelin-starred Le Saule Pleureur, an elegant boite run by the widowed Madame Mallory »

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The Hundred Foot Journey | Review

7 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Like Curry For Chocolat: Hallstrom Sticks to the Fruits of the Bestseller List

If you’re going to compare director Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey to his extensive filmography over the past decade, then it stands out like a bright shiny penny. Another of Hallstrom’s adaptations of recently beloved bestselling novels, this tries to recreate the magical culinary delights that drove his 2000 hit Chocolat to such great heights. Here he has stapled another grand actress into the cast with Helen Mirren (moonlighting with her best French accent—the magical chocolate film had Juliette Binoche) and has producers like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg behind it. It’s an entirely prim and proper endeavor and appears clearly calibrated for a particular audience that favors a certain conservative strain to storytelling, where life’s uglier conceits like carnal knowledge and racist tendencies of the pastoral French are »

- Nicholas Bell

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Culinary Mash-Up The Hundred-Foot Journey Is Tasty Enough

5 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Lasse Hallström has become an expert at making mom-jeans movies, nonthreatening pictures in which headstrong women find love just when they think it's too late (Once Around), take the upper hand with their cheating husbands (Something to Talk About), and turn small, French villages topsy-turvy by opening chocolate shops (Chocolat). But the tragedy and the glory of mom-jeans is that they're kind of comfy, at least when they're well engineered. Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey, in which the prim proprietress of a trés chic restaurant in the French countryside learns life lessons from a raucous family of Indian emigrees, is almost embarrassingly enjoyable, despite the fact that — or maybe because — it's ridiculous in a shi »

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