7 items from 2011
After a bidding battle, Sony Pictures has landed the movie rights to the Ubisoft video game “Assassin’s Creed.”
Variety reported Thursday final negotiations were underway. Other studios showed interest, including Universal.
“Assassin’s Creed” is a third-person adventure game series (four titles since 2007) that has sold more than 26 million copies. In case the title didn’t tip you off, the game centers on a lineage of assassins, but the sci-fi story flips backward in time to explores their secret conflict with the Templars, who have spread their influence across history.
The obvious comparison is Ubisoft’s equally high-flying, slow-motion “Prince of Persia,” which was adapted into a feature by Disney and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Despite Jake Gyllenhaal’s glistening abs, the $200 million movie disappointed at the box office, managing to recoup overseas for a $335 million total but dashing any hope of a franchise at the Mouse House.
- Jeff Leins
Of Gods and Men, The Ghost Writer, and the other winners of the 2011 César Awards have been announced. The 36th Annual César Awards’ big winner “was Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois, which took Best Film. It also captured Best Supporting Actor for Michael Lonsdale, and Best Cinematography…The Ghost Writer took more awards with a total of four. It won Best Director for Roman Polanski, Best Adapted Screenplay (Polanski and Robert Harris), Best Original Score and Best Editing. The award ceremony was held on February 25, 2011. The full listing of the 2011 César Awards winners is below.
Sarah Forestier, Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love)
Eric Elmosnino, Gainsbourg (vie héroïque)
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Alvaro, Le Bruit des glaçons »
Bonjour Paris! February is quite interesting month when it comes to awards, and The Cesar Award is no exception.
So, let’s move to France for the national film award of France, first given out in 1975, with nominations that are selected by the members of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma.
And you all thought that Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer will win? Ok, you were close, because the movie ended up taking home the most awards, including best adapted screenplay, best editing, best original score, and best director for Polanski himself, who was in attendance.
Looks that France loves Facebook, too, so David Fincher has a reason to be satisfied. He will »
48 hours before the Oscars, it was the French who feted the best in French cinema in 2010 with the 36th edition of the Cesar Awards. A trio of films claimed the most awards: Of Gods and Men (the Cannes winning film which was on the Oscar shortlist of nine but didn't make it into the final round) took the top award of Best Film and three in total tying up with Gainsbourg (which was picked up this week by Music Box Films) which won for Best Actor. The big winner of the night with four awards out of eight total noms was roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer which isn't in the French language but was a French production that won the filmmaker the Best Director award. Quentin "Vive le cinéma" Tarantino received an honorary award for his body of work -- not bad since he has another 40 years at least to double up on his output. »
At the 36th annual Cesar Awards Friday, France's official Oscar entry "Of Gods and Men" won three awards -- Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Michael Lonsdale) and Best Cinematography. Surprisingly, "Of Gods and Men" did not even make Oscars' short for Foreign Lanugage Film. An English language film, "The Ghost Writer," won four Cesars: Best Director for Paris resident Roman Polanski, Best Adapted Screenplay (Polanski and Robert Harris), Best Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Editing (Hervé de Luz). "Gainsbourg" took three awards -- Best Actor (Eric Elmosnino), Best Sound and Best First Film -- while "Le Nom Des Gens" won two: Best Actress (Sara Forestier) and Best Original Screenplay (Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc). Last year's Oscar-winning Animated Short "Logorama" won the catch-all category at the Cesars while current Oscar contender "The Illusionist" won Best Animat »
Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois
Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar
The nominations for this year’s César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) has been announced. In addition the awards ceremony has also chosen Quentin Tarantino as the recipient of the ceremony’s honorary award. Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced at a press conference this morning confirmed that the director would be present to ick up his award in person.
The 36th edition of the Césars will take place on February 25 in Paris.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil
Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc
7 items from 2011
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