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Second Opinion – Detroit (2017)

Detroit, 2017.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, Hannah Murray, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, and John Krasinski.

Synopsis:

Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

There are few punches pulled in Kathryn Bigelow’s harrowing retelling of the Detroit riots of 1967. That is, until a white cop unwittingly stumbles upon the beaten, bruised body of Larry Reed-lead singer of pop group “The Dramatics – and with an absolute lack of self-awareness declares, “who could have done this to you.” It’s a rare moment of meat-headed,
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Star Wars: Episode VIII's Title and The Knights of Ren

This post has been updated. Update at the bottom.

This week was one of those weeks filled with exciting Star Wars rumors. Oh, and there was also a leak of an art book for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that you’d think would have shown up everywhere but (apparently) Disney was super mad about how disseminated it got.

You know how I’ve occasionally bemoaned how much more difficult it’s been to find out information about new Star Wars movies since we ripped open Tfa with drones and a ton of leaked concept art? Well the force field is cracking a bit. It’s not ruinous, but it’s exciting! Especially the rumor about a big battle in Star Wars: Episode VIII - Space Bear!

Oh, and we might not have to call it Space Bear for much longer. Our beloved nickname comes from the production title,
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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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Cannes Isa of the Day: Grégoire Melin of Kinology

The Isa of the Day segment of SydneysBuzz resumes for the Cannes Film Festival 2015. ISAs, or International Sales Agents, help to bring films into global distribution by selling distribution rights to distributors worldwide.Topics include new trends in distribution and sales, inspirational success stories, film slates and more. A worthy read for any serious filmmaker looking to have a better understanding of the chain of business between producing a film and sharing it with the world.

Kinology was founded by its Managing Director, Grégoire Melin in May 2008. This newly created sales entity represents some of the most ambitious and innovative European feature films starring international talent such as Jean-Francois Richet’s hit Public Enemy Number One, Olivier Dahan’s My Own Love Song, and Mathieu Kassovitz’s Rebellion.

Founder & President of Kinology Grégoire Melin shares more:

The company was created seven years ago, right before Cannes 2008.

I started EuropaCorp with Luc Besson and Pierre Olange, a talented marketing person and now producer. I was in charge of international sales there, which was great because I worked on all these big franchises like Transformers and Taken, among many others. I worked on about 60 films while I was there.

Europa was fantastic, and I’ll never be able to thank Luc and Pierre enough for all the opportunities they’ve given me to meet great people and great directors, but there comes a moment when it gets hard to sell the films you didn’t choose yourself. That is why I created my company, Kinology.

Gaellle Mareschi, head of International Sales & Development, is also coming from Europa ( she worked there after I left) and joined me in 2010. Since then, we have been working together and are the only two sales agents.

We work on 5-7 films a year, and it’s difficult to say which kind of projects we are choosing, because we work on concept films. For example, the first film which was very successful for us was “Buried”. We loved the script and immediately signed on the film long before it was shot. In Europe, it’s not financiers financing the film and then they are looking for a sales agent. It’s much more that the sales agents take the risk with the equity for the film in the beginning.

We’ve done many films like “Days of Grace”, “Heartbreaker”, and “Spring Breakers”. Again, these are very eclectic but very concept-driven films. We don’t care whether it’s English or French. We were also the sales agent on “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”. We love to launch unique visions with new or unique directors, and if I don’t think a film is right for us, I will not take it.

We love the distributors we are working with. I love this job, and going to market is really exciting because we know we are going to get countless meetings with people we love. We are also very hands-on when it comes to marketing.

Now we’re working on Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote, and just came back from Spain after working with Terry – we aim to start shooting the film in August. This is an example of how we are very hands-on and try to really support the producers we are working with. Since we are working on very few films, it gives us time to go really in-depth. We know everything about the films, every crew person, every element, and are very close to the projects.

We don’t usually have that many films in Cannes, but this year we have films we really adore. Both are premiering at the festival. One is called “Mustang”, and we have a fantastic animation film that is winning prizes all around the world called “Mune” by Alexandre Heboyan.
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French Actor/Director Mathieu Kassovitz Puts On New Faces in Nobody From Nowhere [Trailer]

French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz hasn't directed anything since 2011's Rebellion but he's been keeping busy in front of the camera, and his latest leading role looks like one we'll want to see.

Written and directed by Matthieu Delaporte, the French thriller Nobody from Nowhere stars Kassovitz as Sebastien Nicolas, a man who changes his appearance and takes over people's lives as a way to experience his fantasies of being someone else. Things go wrong when he appears to take over the wrong guy's identity.

Earlier this year Twitch posted a very nice looking teaser for the project and with the movie's release due Novem [Continued ...]
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Berenice Bejo Joins Cast Of Safy Nebbou’s ‘After The Storm’

Berenice Bejo Joins Cast Of Safy Nebbou’s ‘After The Storm’
Paris– Safy Nebbou is set to direct Berenice Bejo (“The Past”), Laurent Lafitte (“On The Other Side Of The Tracks”), Gregory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Sergio Castellitto (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”) in the Italy-set psychological thriller “After The Storm” (“Apres la tempete”).

Based on Arthur Dreyfus’ novel “Belle famille,” the film will topline Bejo as a mother who can’t accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. After the child is declared missing, the police launches a massive investigation that sparks a media frenzy, comforting the mother in her denial.

Philip Boeffard is producing at Paris-based Nord-Ouest, the well-established production outfit of Mathieu Kassovitz’ “La Haine” and “Rebellion,” Christian Carion’s “Merry Christmas” and Michel Ocelot’s “Tales Of The Night.”

“I envision ‘After The Storm’ as a contemporary tragedy that’s reminiscent of ‘Incendies’ by Denis Villeneuve in the way
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films to stream: UK week of Jan 06

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.

new to stream

Die Hard with a Vengeance: Bruce Willis, his headache, and Samuel L. Jackson versus Jeremy Irons, all around New York City [my review] [at Netflix] Tangled: Disney’s lovely, charming, hugely entertaining spin on Rapunzel, all animated gorgeousness and authentic emotion [my review] [at Netflix] The 13th Warrior: an enthralling historical action adventure, gruesome and intense, beautifully mythic visual storytelling [my review] [at Netflix] The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at Netflix] A Late Quartet: powerfully engaging performances keep us caught up in the emotional upheaval even when it feels a little trite [my review] [at Netflix] Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: pure cinematic junk food, with piracy finally Disneyfied in a way the previous films hadn’t quite done, but still good
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'Star Wars Episode VII': Jj Abrams takes over writing as Michael Arndt exits

'Star Wars Episode VII': Jj Abrams takes over writing as Michael Arndt exits
Jj Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are to rewrite Star Wars: Episode VII.

They are taking over the screenwriting duties from Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt, who is exiting the project.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said of the change: "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and Jj working on the script.

"There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. Jj of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right.

"Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."

Kasdan also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He
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'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan now rewriting screenplay -- Breaking

'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan now rewriting screenplay -- Breaking
Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct — but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force …

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine and nominee for Toy Story 3, who had previously been working on the story.

The movie is slated for release in 2015 but no firm date has been set. In its announcement about the screenwriter shuffle today, Lucasfilm said the current plan is still to begin shooting in Spring
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Competition: Win 'Rebellion' on DVD

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Featuring both thrilling action and intense drama, Rebellion (2012) tells the real-life story of a French tribe in New Caledonia who attacked a police precinct before taking thirty innocents hostage, as Special Ops officer Captain Philippe Legorjus (director Mathieu Kassovitz) is tasked with freeing them. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of this tense thriller this Monday (26 August), we have Three DVD copies of the film to give away to our valued readership, thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

In Rebellion, a connection is formed between the Legorjus and lead terrorist Alphonse Dianou (newcomer Iabe Lapacas), but as negotiations become increasingly hostile, it becomes clear that the rebels have nothing to lose and everything to fight for. Against the
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Rebellion Review

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz.

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi.

Running Time: 136 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the French presidential election campaign, Rebellion is a Guerrilla-styled docufilm which isolates and exposes a secret history from the depths of the Gossannah cave. Delivered from the perspective of one man bound by his duty to serve his nation, the film speaks retrospectively of an irascible voice of silenced injustice against oppression. It appears that you can silence a people, but you can’t stifle the echo of truths stored in the cavernous mines of libraries and electronic portals. You can close your eyes, but what the heart witnesses and the mind sees will play back time and time again in the dreams of individuals and the collective memory of future generations.

In Rebellion, Mathieu Kassovitz really proves his tremendous dedication, zeal and cinematic brilliance as writer, director and actor.
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Exclusive Interview: Mathieu Kassovitz For ‘Rebellion’

Mathieu Kassovitz, star and director of new drama Rebellion talks up the movie in an exclusive interview with Thn in London earlier on this week.

Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine) makes a powerful comeback in front of and behind the camera with this violent thriller, based on real-life events.It’s April 1988 on the Ouvéa Island in the French colony of New Caledonia. 30 police are kidnapped by Kanak separatists and in response 300 special-forces operatives are sent in to restore order. To avoid unnecessary conflict, Philippe Legorjus (Kassovitz), the captain of an elite counter-terrorism police unit, is sent in to the heart of the rebel base to negotiate a peaceful solution. But against the highly pressured backdrop of presidential elections in France, the stakes are high and all bets are off.Rebellion stars Mathieu Kassovitz, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger, Daniel Martin, Jean-Philippe Puymartin, Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé.

The film is released in
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Rebellion Review

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz.

Starring: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi.

Running Time: 136 minutes.

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a French presidential election campaign, Rebellion is a Guerilla-style docufilm which isolates and exposes a secret history from the depths of the Gossannah cave. Delivered from the perspective of a man bound by duty to serve his nation, the film speaks retrospectively of how you can silence a people, but you can’t stifle the echo of truths stored in the cavernous mines of libraries and electronic portals.

Proving his tremendous dedication, zeal and cinematic brilliance as writer, director and actor, Mathieu Kassovitz has successfully adapted Captain Philippe Legorjus’ factual account of a ten-day standoff between the local Kanaks and French military forces in 1988. Through recollected memories and a gallery of photographs, Legorjus (Mathieu Kassovitz) relays his story of grappling with the shame and guilt born of his betrayal of
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Rebellion – review

A soldier is at war with himself in a taut colonial thriller that marks a stunning return to form for the director of La Haine

Mathieu Kassovitz made his name in 1995 as writer-director of the fluent, inventive La Haine, a story of 24 hours in the lives of three rebellious working-class youngsters – an explosive Jew, a mercurial, streetwise Arab and an a handsome black boxer – harassed by racist cops in Paris. A key example of the 90s genre dubbed les films de banlieues, it was screened for his cabinet by prime minister Alain Juppé. Kassovitz hasn't made much of interest since then (his last films shown here were the feeble American horror flick Gothika and the muddled sci-fi thriller Babylon Ad). His ruggedly handsome face, however, is familiar from his appearances in such films as Amélie and Spielberg's Munich, in which he played one of the Mossad agents pursuing the Black September terrorists.
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Trailer Trash

Terence Stamp tells of trouser trouble on a date with Brigitte Bardot, and Mathieu Kassovitz reveals his love-hate relationship with his 'life-changing' film La Haine

When Terence met Brigitte

Some opening lines are tough to beat. I went to meet Terence Stamp at BFI Southbank last week as he celebrated the start of a career retrospective at the venue, running until the end of May. The season kicked off with the haunting Theorem, in which Stamp starred as the Visitor for Pier Paolo Pasolini. Stamp, now 74, still oozes calm and knows he's always going to be the coolest and most handsome person in the room. He's wearing a beige three-piece corduroy suit, which looks good even with socks and Birkenstocks. I congratulate him on the outfit. "Oh, yeah, this is a favourite when I'm in London. I had a blind date with Brigitte Bardot once and I wore this," he says,
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A conversation with Mathieu Kassovitz, director of Rebellion

Paul Risker chats with French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz about his latest film Rebellion...

It was eight years ago that Mathieu Kassovitz exploded onto the scene with La Haine (1995), celebrated as a modern cinematic masterpiece. So it is no surprise that here at Wages of Film, we were particularly excited at the prospect of sitting down with Mathieu Kassovitz to discuss his new film Rebellion (L'ordre et la morale), which as well as writing-directing credits, he takes on the lead role of Gign operative Capitaine Philippe Legorjus. Kassovitz offered an illuminating insight, sharing with us the difficulties he faced in bringing the story to the screen, the need for honesty to enable the film to play a part in healing the wounds of the past, the controversy following its release and how a French story is a reflection of stories that are embedded in every countries past, and his dissatisfaction with
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This week's new films

Rebellion | Promised Land | Evil Dead | Olympus Has Fallen | Love Is All You Need | Me And You | F*ck For Forest | Bait | The Words

Rebellion (15)

(Mathieu Kassovitz, 2011, Fra) Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi. 135 mins

Working with a real-life 1980s incident in New Caledonia (not dissimilar to a French Falklands), Kassovitz crafts a thoughtful thriller with no heroes, only good intentions compromised by colonialist mistrust and distant politics. His negotiator is set between a hair-triggered French military and separatist rebels, but with an election back home, not everyone wants a peaceful outcome.

Promised Land (15)

(Gus Van Sant, 2012, Us/UAE) Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand. 107 mins

With fracking as the central concern, this finds it hard to avoid being an "issue movie", but there's some human drama to it. Damon's gas agent comes to an archetypal small town with a buyout in mind, but the locals and their country ways get to him.
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Iron Man 3 Press Conference Highlights: Will Iron Man 4 Happen? Would Robert Downey Jr Direct A Marvel Movie?

After The Avengers the world truly became a different place, not only for the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also in the landscape of Hollywood. Having seen the success, not only of The Avengers movie, but also of the approach Marvel took to building up their franchises and linking them all together, it’s made a big wave in the thinking of writers and directors everywhere. Star Wars will now have a flurry of movies out with some movies focused on single characters, and the Justice League will…well who knows what the hell is happening with that, but the point is The Avengers Assemble made a big difference to cinema.

A year later and the first post Avengers movie from Marvel is upon us, and franchise that really set the whole Avengers ball rolling, it’s Iron Man 3.

A couple of days ago I was in
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21 And Over Video Review

Do you remember that scene in Dumb and Dumber where Jeff Daniels licks a frozen metal pole and finds that his tongue gets stuck to it? Then to free him, he has his head pulls backwards with his tongue stretching like a rubber band? Remember that scene? Well the movie 21 And Over basically does the same joke, but instead of a tongue getting stuck to something and being stretched, it’s a man’s penis…not that it could be a woman’s penis…but the point is that one scene pretty much sums up the level of humour in 21 And Over.

From the writers of The Hangover, expectations are suitably high, but the question as it is with so many filmmakers, have they followed up their hit with another hit, tried to recreate past glories, or gone off on some weird path with something totally unexpected?

In this video
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Podcast 57: Evil Dead And Rebellion

Podcast 57: Evil Dead And Rebellion
The star and director of Evil Dead, Jane Levy and Fede Alvarez, stop by the Empire Podcast studio to talk blood, body parts and chainsaws this week, with only two of us fainting during the process.Elsewhere, La Haine director and Amelie star Mathieu Kassovitz drops in in honour of his latest, Rebellion, and the podcast team talk embarrassing interview questions, yearly Star Wars outings and funerals in the movies (for some reason...).P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed.
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