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French Comedian Dieudonne Barred From Entering Hong Kong

Controversial French actor-director-comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was detained Thursday (Jan. 28) as he tried to enter Hong Kong. His two scheduled comedy shows in the territory were cancelled.

The performer has a number of convictions in France and Belgium for racist and anti-Semitic remarks is better known by his stage name Dieudonne.

He arrived at Hong Kong airport at 7.30am after performing for two nights in Thailand.

Dieudonne posted a photograph of the refusal document on his Dieudonne Officiel Facebook page.

Dieudonné and his two eldest sons (including 1 Minor) are blocked at the police department to Hong Kong for over 14 hours by the French Consulate: the son of dieudonné who recently underwent a surgical procedure and who needs care is in a delicate situation because the authorities deny him the visit to a doctor so that the law make it! Dieudonné should play his show: Dieudonné in peace!” the page said.
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French Actor Alexandre Astier to Write and Co-Direct Animated Asterix Sequel in 3D; 2014 Release Planned

Mac Guff, the Paris-based animation company behind Despicable Me, will take on the Gauls in a new 3D adventure fronted by Alexandre Astier. The French actor, writer and director revealed to the French site NoWatch.tv that he will pen and co-direct Astérix: Le Domaine Des Dieux, based on the comic Asterix The Mansions of the Gods. Set for release in 2014, the 3D animated feature will be produced by M6 Studios, part of the M6 Group, and distributed through Snd in France.

This will be the fourth major Asterix feature since 1999’s Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar. It was followed by Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra in 2002 and Asterix at the Olympic Games in 2008, in which Astier starred alongside Gérard Depardieu. Find out more about Asterix and watch Astier’s interview (in French) after the jump.

Comics are a huge part of French culture and Asterix is probably one of the most famous series,
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French b.o. enters 'Bronzes' age

French b.o. enters 'Bronzes' age
PARIS -- A film about a band of trashy, loud-mouthed 50-something characters on vacation has captured the imagination of French filmgoers, smashing a series of boxoffice records in France, and raking in €39 million ($46.4 million) from 950 screens nationwide in the two weeks since its Feb. 1 opening. Les Bronzes 3: Amis Pour La Vie has had a phenomenal take-off, with opening week tally of 3.9 million tickets sold surpassing previous French opening-week toppers Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (3.7 million), Taxi: 2 (3.5 million) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (3.1 million). But this is no ordinary sequel -- the six raucous characters featured in Amis have become French cultural icons since they starred in their debut film Les Bronzes (The Suntanned Ones) in 1978. Set at a Club Med resort on the Ivory Coast, the first film parodied the pettiness of brash young French tourists in the 1970s, who equated vacations with sexual conquests.

Delon to play Caesar in 'Asterix 3'

Delon to play Caesar in 'Asterix 3'
PARIS -- Alain Delon will play Caesar in the third installment of the lucrative Gallic comic strip franchise Asterix, which is due to go into production next spring, the film's producers said Wednesday. Asterix at the Olympic Games will also star Benoit Poelvoorde (Podium) as Brutus, while Gerard Depardieu will reprise his role as the corpulent Gallic warrior Obelix. But Christian Clavier will not return to play the title character for the third time and casting is still underway for the role, according to the film's publicists.

Quinta merger rescues French firm Duran Duboi

Quinta merger rescues French firm Duran Duboi
PARIS -- Postproduction group Duran Duboi has joined Paris-based Quinta Communications to salvage Duran, which was declared insolvent by a French court in April, Duran chief Pascal Herold said Thursday. Four other companies, including an American consortium, were in the race to take over Duran, which owns one of the biggest postproduction facilities in the world. The company is best known for its visual effects, digital editing and 3-D animation for television and films, including Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen. But Herold, who co-founded the firm, says none of the bidders were willing to meet the price he quoted. Herold will remain its chief, with Quinta taking over Duran's assets and injecting €3 million ($3.37 million) into the ailing company.

Bellucci's Cleopatra Gown Stolen

Bellucci's Cleopatra Gown Stolen
The sexy dress Monica Bellucci donned for her portrayal of Cleopatra has been stolen from a French hotel - by a waiter who wanted to impress girls. The exquisite outfit the Matrix Reloaded beauty wore in the 2002 French film Asterix And Obelix: Mission Cleopatra is worth $180,000, as it is spun from gold thread. The unique garment went missing on Sunday from the Martinez Hotel, where it had been on show during the Cannes Film Festival. The thief, who had just started work at the hotel as a waiter, was arrested on Tuesday and quickly confessed he had wanted the dress as a gift for two girls he had met only hours earlier. The three have been released, but will be charged with theft. The dress was returned to its owner - a firm specializing in film costumes - but it has been badly damaged.

Granier in as Pathe unit head

Granier in as Pathe unit head
PARIS -- Pathe Distribution, the film distribution and international sales arm of French giant Pathe, said Wednesday that Olivier Granier will replace Marc Bonduel as head of the company. Granier, the chief of French production companies RF2K and Galfin Prods., will retain his positions as director general of the Comedie! channel and co-manager of the Cuisine TV channel, both majority-owned by Pathe. He starts his new post Wednesday. Bonduel, who led Pathe Distribution for only a year, helped put Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra on a record 950 screens in France, drawing 14.5 million viewers. The company declined to elaborate on Bonduel's exit, and Bonduel was not available for comment Wednesday. With Pathe, RF2K and Galfin Prods. produced Franco Zeffirelli's Callas Forever, Gerard Jugnot's Monsieur Batignole and Pitof's Vidocq.

Depardieu Acts Saintly

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Depardieu Acts Saintly
The Pope has convinced Gerard Depardieu to take up the role of St. Augustine of Hippo in an attempt to spread the word of Christianity. The Frenchman, who was in Rome to promote his latest film Asterix And Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, was confronted by the head of the Catholic church over his resemblance to the fourth century author of The Confessions. He, like the Green Card and Jean De Florette star, was a "wild child" before rediscovering Christianity later in life. The 53-year-old says, "As soon as I entered the room the Holy Father said 'But that's St Augustine'." Depardieu's intention is now to conduct a reading of The Confessions in public, at Thagaste, which is the birthplace of the saint in present day Algeria.

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