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The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just a way of promoting and screening film, but also a chance for companies to buy up films for future distribution. Sundance Selects has taken up this opportunity and has acquired the Us distribution rights for Two Days, One Night, set to be directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
French beauty Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie En Rose) signed onto the cast list back in February and will be taking on the lead role. She will play Sandra, a lady who has only one weekend to save her job and has to convince her fellow colleagues to forfeit their bonuses for her to keep working. Cotillard will co-star alongside Olivier Gourmet (Read My Lips) and Fabrizio Rongione (The Child).
From this tiny plot description, I’m guessing this will be a dark comedy. However, since it will star the very serious »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
Asghar Farhadi may have left his native Iran to shoot a picture in Paris starring Berenice Bejo, but in all the ways that count, “The Past” couldn’t feel closer to home. Like 2011′s Oscar-winning “A Separation,” this is an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths. If Farhadi’s sense of narrative construction is almost too incisive at times, costing the drama some focus and credibility in the final reels, he nonetheless maintains a microscopic attention to character, performance and theme that will make this powerfully acted picture a very classy specialty-division prospect.
Few filmmakers today can honestly claim to be working in the Renoir humanist tradition, but “The Past” is the veritable embodiment of the central “Rules of the Game” maxim that everyone has their reasons. »
- Justin Chang
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) has made the trip from Iran to Paris for the first time in four years to finally sign divorce papers, officially ending his marriage to Marie (Berenice Bejo) at her request. Upon his arrival at the airport, Marie sees him through a thick pane of glass. She smiles, he shrugs. The airline has lost his bag and will have to send it to him the following day. They communicate by mouthing words and using hand gestures. One understands the other, but the metaphor is quite clear. At this moment in the film we know nothing about these two people. They could be happily married and he returning home from a business trip and she simply picking him up, but writer/director Asghar Farhadi and cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari's visual representation of the invisible barrier between the two weighs heavy on the rest of the film. Farhadi's The »
- Brad Brevet
Helmed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie en Rose”) and penned by Arash Amel, the 1962-set pic portrays the part Grace Kelly played in the political conflict between French prexy Charles de Gaulle and Monaco. The same year, Alfred Hitchcock attempted to tempt Kelly back to Hollywood.
Gaumont will release the pic, which is in post, on Jan. 29.
The Weinstein Company, which is positioning the film as an Oscar contender, is unveiling the first footage at Cannes. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Empire was lucky enough to be invited to the Weinstein Company's slate preview event, with a number of snippets and trailers from Harvey and co.'s future projects shown to a jam-packed auditorium at the Majestic. Here below are a few notes on what we saw...Grace Of Monaco Nicole Kidman took some time off from her jury duties to introduce a five-minute extended trailer for Oliver Dahan’s (La Vie En Rose) Grace Kelly biopic before making her excuses and heading back to Steven Spielberg and the rest of her Cannes colleagues. As seen in the new stills that arrived online earlier this week, there’s not all that much physical similarity between Kidman and the late Princess, but Kidman’s voice is spot on, and the costume design and direction combine to make you almost forget the visual differences. Tim Roth, who plays the Prince of Monaco in this tale of Ms. »
Paris-based arthouse shingle Rezo has come on board to co-produce, distribute and handle international sales on Ralph Fiennes starrer “Two Women,” a Russian costume drama that will be helmed by Vera Glagoleva.
Now in pre-production, the pic is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, drama turns on the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son’s tutor.
“Ralph Fiennes is the Hollywood star who stars in a Russian film, and that’s speaks volume about the universal quality of the script and the creative vision of Vera Glagoleva,” said Laurent Danielou, managing director at Rezo.
Pic is produced Russia’s Horosho Prod.,U.K. distributor Soda Pictures and UK producer David P. Kelly, Gvi Group, Jps. Russian »
- Elsa Keslassy
This summer, let your imagination run free. Journey into an awe-inspiring world of action fantasy and visual wonder with popular French comics heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec as she leaps from the pages to the screen! On August 13, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, invite families and the young-at-heart across America to be captivated by one of the most highly anticipated international motion pictures of all time when Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec unleashes on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Blu-ray combo pack allows viewers to enjoy The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie compatible with PC, Mac, iTunes, iPhone and AppleTV.
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Brimming with heart-pounding action, breathtaking cinematography and visceral special effects, this acclaimed feature illustrates the magical power of moviemaking, »
- ComicMix Staff
Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, wasn’t finished in time for Cannes, but images of Kidman as Hollywood starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly whet the appetite for Olivier Dahan’s historical drama. Photos: Carlton Hotel: Where it All Happened in Cannes The shots suggest Dahan is not taking a lookalike approach for the film, something Kidman, speaking to THR in fall 2012 when Grace still was shooting, confirmed. “I’m not trying to re-create Grace, just capture her essence. Like [Dahan’s Edith Piaf drama] La Vie en Rose, this is more of an art movie than a strict biopic.” The
- Scott Roxborough
Nicole Kidman is on the Cannes jury this year, which means we won't get to see much of her on the croisette. Still, it feels like she's out and about, which may have something to do with the huge poster slapped across the side of the Hotel Renoir or, perhaps, the arrival of these three photos from THR that show Ms. Kidman as Grace Kelly in Olivier Dahan's biopic Grace Of Monaco.The stills show that La Vie En Rose director hasn't concentrated too much on making the Australian actress look the spitting-image of the late princess, instead working on her "essence".Dahan has previously said that this isn't a straight biopic but more of an "art movie", so don't expect any detailed insight into how To Catch A Thief was put together or whether she showered before or after she ate breakfast. Rounding out the cast are Tim Roth »
Cannes — French stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Gilles Lellouche (“Point Blank”) will face off in “La French,” a $26 million action-packed thriller produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende and backed by Gaumont.
Helmed by Cedric Jimenez, “La French” spans the 1970’s and 80’s and takes place in Marseilles, then known as the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin to the U.S.
Dujardin will star as police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring. Lellouche, will topline as Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord.
“This film is the true story of the French Connection based on true characters,” said Gaumont Intl. boss, Cecile Gaget, adding that the action takes place in Marseille and in New York.
Jimenez, who last directed “Paris Under Watch,” is from Marseille and was Goldman’s first choice to direct the pic. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
There’s a real winner on the horizon. Unfortunately, it’s a ways off. Still, we’ve got the news about The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec coming to Blu-Ray and DVD, and it’s worth taking a look. Based on a wildly popular French comic, the story gives us something akin to the young, female Indiana Jones, and just off the trailer (nevermind the critical acclaim the film has already received), it looks like a fantastic family film.
Take a look a the trailer, and get all the details below.
The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. »
- Marc Eastman
Director Roman Polanski's adaptation of playwright David Ives comedy "Venus In Fur" will debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, starring Polanski's wife actress Emmanuelle Seigner ("La Vie En Rose") in the lead.
Premise follows an actress who capitalizes on her apparent naivete and desperation to seduce the director of an erotic play.
"...the writer-director of a new play, an adaptation of the novel which inspired the term 'Masochism', is on the telephone lamenting the inadequacies of all the actresses who showed up that day to audition for the lead character.
"Suddenly, at the last minute, a new actress bursts in, the exemplar of every fault he has decried: needy, crude, compliant, desperate. Yet over the next 90 minutes, the balance of power shifts as the actress establishes total dominance over the director, exactly as in the novel..."
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- Michael Stevens
Simon Cowell compares a drag act to the Spice Girls on this week's 'Britain's Got Talent'. The acid-tongued TV judge is in fine form this week when faced with Bosom Buddies - made up of teacher Mark, known as Bernie, and building yard worker Stuart, who's alter-ego is Brenda - singing 'La Vie en Rose' by Edith Piaf. After their performance, he tells them: ''It's like Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham separating away from the Spice Girls and doing a duet.'' Mark cheekily responds: ''Only better looking.'' Simon joins in with the ribbing, adding: ''And better singers. There is a resemblance, particularly you »
Greetings From Tim Buckley focuses on one of the greatest musicians of the 1990s, Jeff Buckley, the son of famous singer-songwriter Tim Buckley. Penn Badgley takes on the role of the tragic Jeff, who accidentally drowned in 1997. The film will chart the younger Buckley’s rise to greatness, as he battles against the shadow cast over him by his father. As you might have guessed, the music is going to be the real star here, but Badgley also seems to be given a great performance. Other than that, it all looks a little dry to me and early word is mixed at best. Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ may be in my top 10 listened to albums of all time, and even though both Buckley’s lead fascinating careers and lives, I can’t help but feel that the spirit of the music has not been captured in this film, unlike »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Weinstein Company (TWC) officially announced their acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming Grace of Monaco, produced by Yrf Entertainment’s Uday Chopra. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose) with a screenplay by Arash Amel. Pierre- Ange le Pogam of Stone Angels and Arash Amel also produced.
Grace of Monaco is set to have a December 27th limited release based on the model the company used for the Academy Award® winning Iron Lady.
Commenting on the deal, Dahan said: “It has been a wonderful experience to be working with Nicole, Tim, Frank, and the whole group. I am very happy now to share the experience with Monsieur Weinstein and the whole team at TWC. This
- Press Releases
Latest McQueen directorial effort gets a North American release date Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's drama based on real-life events, will open in North America on December 27, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. In addition to directing the film, McQueen also co-wrote the screenplay with John Ridley (whose All Is by My Side, about Jimi Hendrix's early years, may also come out this year). (Pictured above: Chiwetel Ejiofor, this year's Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kelsey Scott in TYaS. Please scroll down to check out the film's late-year competition.) Based on the autobiography of a man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years follows the story free man Northup, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, only to be sold as a slave at a Louisiana cotton plantation where he was kept for twelve years. (Hence the film's and autobiography's title.) The film reportedly »
- Anna Robinson
At the 1954 Oscars, Grace Kelly pulled off a shocking Best Actress win for “The Country Girl,” besting comeback-kid Judy Garland in the musical remake of “A Star is Born.” -Insertgroups:12- This year, Nicole Kidman could follow in Kelly’s footsteps by portraying the movie star-turned-princess in “Grace of Monaco.” The film, directed by “La Vie en Rose” helmer Olivier Dahan, will be released by The Weinstein Co. on Dec. 27, the very day that Oscar nominations open. Weinstein films have won Best Actress for two years running: Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (2011) and Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Streep, who co-starred with Kidman in "The Hours" which won the latter her only Oscar in 2002, is a strong Best Actress contender this year for "August: Osage County," which Weinstein will unspool in November. Related: Let's pred »
Deadline reports that the company, founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, are thought to be paying a $5m. minimum guarantee for the film, with a P&A commitment of around $10m., with at least an 800-screen run.
The studio of course had big successes last year, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Get ready to salivate over the costumes.
The Weinstein Company has just announced the acquisition of biopic Grace of Monaco, a film about Grace Kelly. Directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose), the movie stars Nicole Kidman as Kelly and Tim Roth as Kelly’s husband, Prince Rainier III. The film also features Milo Ventimiglia, Frank Langella, Parker Posey and Paz Vega.
“More than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly’s story continues to be one of insurmountable allure and we are so happy Olivier Dahan has brought it new life,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a release. »
- Erin Strecker
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