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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@screendaily.com (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 | 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 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 | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com 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@hollywoodchicago.com (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 | Rollingstone.com | 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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Lasse Hallström Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Turning Down Catch Me If You Can, How Casanova Affected His Career, and More

1 August 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | 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. »

- Nick Newman

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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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