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Watch: First Red Band Trailer for 'The Connection' Starring Jean Dujardin

Drafthouse Films has released the first domestic trailer for The Connection (La French), a film said to be the American cousin to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct). Set for a limited release on May 15, the film was directed and co-written by Cedric Jimenez (Aux yeux de tous) and entirely shot on 35mm. Here's the plot: A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids,
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Win The Informant on Blu-ray

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The Informant – a gripping crime thriller by Julien Leclercq’s that is inspired by real events – will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from 25 August 2014 and to celebrate, we have 3 Blu-rays to give away!

In order to free his family from financial worries, Marc Duval (Gilles LelloucheMesrine: Killer Instinct, Little White Lies, Tell No One), a Frenchman expatriated to Gibraltar, becomes a spy for French customs. From petty trafficking to shady cargo, he progressively wins the trust of Claudio Lanfredi (Riccardo ScamarcioLoose Cannons), a powerful cocaine importer tied to the dangerous Columbian cartels.

This in-depth immersion in the world of drug trafficking forces Marc to take increasing risks. But, as he rises in the cartel hierarchy, he also discovers easy money, temptation and a luxury lifestyle.

Permanently living on a knife edge, only his lies keep him alive. When the English customs join the game to arrest Lanfredi,
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Wild Bunch unveils Cannes slate

Exclusive: Wild Bunch to launch new films from Verhoeven, Noé, Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2, Maniac Cop remake and market premiere Welcome to New York.

Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.

The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch will also launch Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, in which the Spring Breakers do battle with an
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Mel Gibson in Talks for Action Thriller 'Blood Father'

Mel Gibson in Talks for Action Thriller 'Blood Father'
Mel Gibson is in talks to star in the action-thriller Blood Father, which has Jean-Fran&#231ois Richet (Assault on Precinct 13) attached to direct.

The story is being compared to the 2009 Liam Neeson hit Taken, centering on an ex-con (Mel Gibson) who tries to protect his estranged and troubled 16-year-old daughter from drug dealers trying to kill her. The daughter has not been cast at this time.

Peter Craig (The Town) wrote the screenplay, with Chris Briggs (Shark Night 3D) producing through his Why Not Productions company. The project is being fast-tracked into production, which is scheduled to begin shooting this May in New Mexico, although no distributor has been found at this time.

Mel Gibson most recently starred in Machete Kills, and he will next be seen this summer as a part of the all-star cast in The Expendables 3. Aside from directing the Assault on Precinct 13 remake
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Vincent Cassel Replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman Mid-Production On Child 44

Celebrated French film star Vincent Cassel is the latest actor to join Daniel Espinosa.s Safe House follow-up, Child 44. Between his smoldering turn as a sneering dance instructor in Black Swan and his Cesar-winning performance in the epic gangster biopic Mesrine: Killer Instinct/Public Enemy #1, Cassel.s inclusion in any thriller.s cast is good news, but what.s surprising here is that he.s been brought in to replace Academy Award-winning thespian Philip Seymour Hoffman - and with production in full swing no less! Deadline reports Cassel has joined the cast that already boasts Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, and Fares Fares. Just as was the case when Hoffman was brought on board, no information has been released about this role Cassel.s taken over. Perhaps more frustrating, Deadline doesn.t give any hint to why the swap occurred so late
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Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci Call It Quits After 14 Years of Marriage

Longtime couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel are divorcing, their reps confirmed Monday.

The pair, who met on the set of French film "The Apartment" in 1996, have been married for 14 years and have two daughters. Bellucci, best known stateside as Persephone in the "Matrix" sequels, had previously spoken out about the state of her marriage, saying she'd prefer to have respect and loyalty in her union than simply sexual faithfulness.

"In [a deeper partnership], passion stays, but more important is confidence, respect, knowing a man is not just loyal in a sex way, but that they will be there for you. That is more important than just fidelity," the 48-year-old Italian actress and model told The London Times in 2011. "It would be ridiculous to ask [fidelity] of him if I hadn't been there for two months. You can't ask such things as who has he been seeing, what has he been up to? It
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Little White Lies

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Mpi

Marion Cotillard in Little White Lies.

Oscar winners Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Marion Cotillard (Contagion) star in the 2011 French import, Little White Lies, a comedy-drama film written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One).

Following a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member (Dujardin) of their group in an intensive care unit, a close-knit circle of friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in southeastern France. The friends’ sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Among the group is Marie (Cotillard), a bi-curious music scholar; the wealthy Max (Cluzet), who tries to buy the others’ affection; and Eric (Gilles Lellouche, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), an actor whose pompousness hides boyish insecurities.
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Michel Hazanavicius, Thomas Langmann, Bérénice Bejo Photo: Golden Globes

Michel Hazanavicius, Thomas Langmann, Bérénice Bejo Accepting the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for The Artist is Thomas Langmann at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Standing behind Langmann are The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius and one of the film's stars, Hazanavicius' wife Bérénice Bejo. The Artist's competitors in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category were Jonathan Levine's 50/50, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy; Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard; and Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, with Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe), Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), and Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh). Upon accepting the award Langmann remembered his father, filmmaker Claude Berri, who died in
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Jean Dujardin's Golden Globe success to be followed by One Wild Moment

Award-winning star of The Artist will play opposite Vincent Cassel in new version of Claude Berri's 1977 romantic comedy

Newly garlanded Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin will star opposite another member of French film royalty, Vincent Cassel, in a remake of Claude Berri's 1977 romantic comedy One Wild Moment (Un Moment d'Égarement), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dujardin carried off the prize for best actor in a comedy or musical at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony for his turn in Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Thomas Langmann, the producer of that Oscar-tipped paean to Hollywood's golden era, revealed the casting news at the Bafta team event on Saturday.

Langmann said Dujardin and Cassel would play best friends who fall out after one of them begins attracting romantic attention from the other's daughter. One Wild Moment was previously remade by Hollywood in 1984 as Blame it on Rio, with Michael Caine as the
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55th BFI London Film Festival: ‘The Kid with a Bike’ another brilliant example of no-frills Dardennes film-making

The Kid with a Bike / Le Gamin au Vélo

Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Written by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

France/Belgium/Italy, 2011

The style of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne might not sound immediately appealing to someone who has never seen one of their films. The Belgians usually avoid working with big stars, glamorous locations or lush orchestrations. Their themes include poverty, unemployment and the everyday struggles of people on the margins. But Cannes Juries love them — Rosetta and The Child are both past winners of the coveted Palme d’Or. This year’s Grand Prix winner, The Kid with a Bike, is another brilliant example of no-frills film-making that grabs you from the shot and makes you care.

That title is reminiscent of Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), but here 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret) has lost both his dad and his beloved vélo. (There’s no mum,
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Rosario Dawson & Vincent Cassel Next to Join Danny Boyle's 'Trance'

More casting for Danny Boyle's new art heist, not art house, thriller Trance, that recently nabbed James McAvoy for one of the leads. Deadline reports that actress Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable, Zookeeper) and French actor Vincent Cassel (Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Black Swan) are negotiating for roles in the film, with Cassel playing one of McAvoy's accomplices. Dawson will play a woman who develops "an unusual relationship with both men," whatever that means. The project is said to be as "edgy as Shallow Grave and Trainspotting," two of Boyle's earlier films, and involves a gang of thieves and a painting heist gone wrong. As was revealed originally, the film is an "art heist gone wrong" thriller, and McAvoy is going to paly Simon, a shady leader of a gang who partners with an assistant at an auction house to pull the heist. The assistant is the mastermind behind it and teams
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The Not Just New Movies Podcast: Ep. 45 - Pulp Fiction (Guest: DC Pierson from Mystery Team and Derrick Comedy)

 

In this week's episode, Ben and Tyler are joined by writer and comedian DC Pierson (Mystery Team, Derrick Comedy) to discuss Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. Check out all of our previous episodes at NotJustNewMovies.com.

Introduction

Character Name Game Intro - 5:00

Media Consumed

Tyler

True Grit (2010) - 5:20

DC

"Game of Thrones" - 14:25

Mesrine: Killer Instinct - 21:15

Ben

Superman Returns - 22:45

Review

Pulp Fiction - 32:00

Wrap-Up

Next Time: The Big Lebowski - 1:25:05

Listener E-mail/Voicemail - 1:26:15

Character Name Game - 1:29:00

Where You Can Find Us - 1:31:45
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Cannes Movie Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)

Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya in The Skin I Live In

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Don't let anyone tell you too much about Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, to know too much is to ruin the experience. However, please allow me to properly prepare you. It's still Almodovar. It's still primarily an art house feature. But if art house ever delved into the world of darkly comic camp this would be that film. Yet, this mixture of content doesn't necessarily play perfectly upon first viewing, at least not without proper expectations. Perhaps a second screening is necessary to properly set the mood as watching it the first time without proper expectations makes for a bit of an up-and-down ride.

Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale", The Skin I Live In revolves around Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a plastic surgeon who's gone "mad scientist" since losing his wife and daughter.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1’ Offers More of the Same

Chicago – Just as Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos” recounted the true tale of a controversial revolutionary over the span of at least two theatrically released pictures, Jean-François Richet’s 2008 double feature “Mesrine” stages the jaw-dropping amount of robberies and prison escapes committed by its titular French gangster. His resumé is impressive, but his life makes for rather redundant drama.

Though Jacques Mesrine was a member of the French Army during the Algerian War and even dabbled in the Quebec Liberation Front, he appears to have been a much more shallow figure than some have claimed, if this film is of any indication. One of his kidnapped victims makes the valid point that if Mesrine truly were a revolutionary, he would’ve taken the lives of his enemies rather than their money.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Even Mesrine’s partners become increasingly skeptical, particularly Charlie Bauer, who argues that the
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Hilary Swank's "Resident" Evil, the Second Flight of "Black Swan," and More New DVDs

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"The Resident" (2011)

Directed by Antti Jokinen

Released by Image Entertainment

This actually isn't the first time Hilary Swank has seen one of her films go direct to DVD after the films "Red Dust" and "Birds of America" suffered the same fate, but surely there was more riding on this horror film from the resurgent Hammer Films about a recently separated doctor who learns her Brooklyn loft isn't quite as wonderful as she thought it would be. "Secretary" screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson co-wrote this film, which co-stars Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lee Pace.

"The Mikado" (1939)

Directed by Victor Schertzinger

Released by Criterion Collection

"Topsy-Turvy" (1999)

Directed by Mike Leigh

Released by Criterion Collection

Sold separately, Criterion is making no secret of trying to appeal to Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics with special editions of "The Mikado," a straight-up adaptation of the musical duo's most famous opera, and Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy,
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Weekly Alternatives: 'The Freebie,' 'Mesrine' and 'Shoot 'Em Up'

The Freebie Rivaling the similarities between No Strings Attached and the upcoming Friends With Benefits, it might come as no surprise that the premise for this week's Hall Pass has been used before -- as recently as in the little-seen 2010 Sundance alum The Freebie. But please, don't mistake The Freebie for a comedy. The film treats this exchange like it's a big deal. Because it is.

The film follows a couple that has hit such a rut in their relationship that their bedroom activities are limited to crossword puzzle races. So, naturally, they grant each other a night off from their marriage in hopes that it reignites the romantic fire they once had.

As a mumblecore film, its desired effect is that of real-life unfolding right before your eyes. And it works -- in large part to the way director/star Katie Aselton keeps the outcome of this night a mystery to us,
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Due Date, Megamind, Get Low, Fish Tank, and More

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Due Date, Megamind, Get Low, Fish Tank, and More
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Due Date (Blu-ray available as 'Blu-ray only' and 'Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy') I wasn't nearly as impressed by The Hangover as the rest of the world seemed to be, nor was I as dismayed by Due Date. In my estimation, the primary reason Todd Phillips' latest comedy fell short of his previous effort is novelty—as much in premise as character dynamic and comedic set pieces. Given enough time, I think both films will appear similarly tired. Until then though, Due Date remains a moderately enjoyable Planes, Trains and Automobiles retread, afforded more vibrancy than it's worth due to its affable leads. Robert Downey Jr. plays the easily irritated straight man, and Zach Galifianakis plays the eccentric,
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/Filmcast Ep. 135 – Unknown

/Filmcast Ep. 135 – Unknown
In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder about the future of creative storytelling, try to parse David O. Russell's thoughts on Uncharted, debate the merits of The Fifth Element, and explain why I Am Number Four is a huge steaming pile of number two. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, February 27 at Slashfilm's live page [1] where we'll be discussing this year's Oscar ceremony. Download [2] or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slashfilmcast/Slashfilmcastep135.mp3] Subscribe to the /Filmcast: [3] [4] Shownotes Introduction What We've Been Watching Devindra (01:25): Mesrine: Killer Instinct, David Chen (05:07): I Am Number Four, Hall Pass Adam (24:40): The Office / Community, The Fifth Element News Discussion (39:25) The Day The Movies Died [5] (48:43) Criterion Adds 150 Titles to Hulu [6] (54:45) David O. Russell Responds to
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This Week on DVD: Due Date, Megamind, Fish Tank

This week's new DVD and Blu-rays include a solid mix of Hollywood and foreign films, from relatively successful November theatrical releases like Due Date and Megamind to Andrea Arnold's gritty British drama Fish Tank, Timur Bekmambetov's Russian superhero movie Black Lightning, and French serial killer flick Mesrine: Killer Instinct starring Vincent Cassel. We've also got the Oscar shortlisted documentary Last Train Home, the critically acclaimed Get Low starring Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, and the animated version of Grant Morrison's All Star Superman, plus James Nguyen's soon-to-be cult classic Birdemic: Shock and Terror and a new 10th Anniversary Edition of Christopher Nolan's Memento on Blu-ray. Anything catch your eye? What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out a more detailed list of releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets

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New this Week: ‘Drive Angry,’ ‘Hall Pass’ and ‘Due Date (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Drive AngryNicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner

Hall PassOwen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate

ShelterJulianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn (limited)

Movie of the Week

Hall Pass

The Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate

The Plot: A married man (Wilson) is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife.

The Buzz: I’m happy to see, after a four-year hiatus, the Farrelly Brothers are back (Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal) — it’s also nice to see Owen Wilson back to his regular Hollywood hard-working self. I didn’t think the red-band trailer for Hall Pass was as funny as the green-band, but I am still holding out hope that the Farrelly’s and Mr. Wilson are as good a match-up in reality as they are on paper. The supporting cast looks solid, with Jason Sudeikis,
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