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There are a couple of early moments in "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" that might make those adults unfamiliar with the source material suspicious on whether they're in for a puerile snoozer. A little girl steals food from burly, unsuspecting, vendors in a Middle Eastern market place ala "Aladdin," then finds herself on the rooftops (much to her poor mother's chagrin, of course) looking at a magnificent ship on the horizon, and spreading her arms wide. Somewhere in the back of a locked-away corner of your mind Celine Dion starts to sing, and you think, "Uh oh, what've I gotten myself into." A bit of patience is all that's needed, however, before we meet Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson) and get swept away by the film’s first vignette; a gorgeously animated segment of birds and cages, unfolding before your eyes as Neeson recites Gibran's profound words on what it means to be truly free. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Though Salma Hayek thinks she may not be a hot choice for Hollywood studios nowadays, the 48-year-old actress isn’t bothered. “I think they don’t want me, but I don’t really care,” she told the Associated Press. Hayek, who turns 49 next month, is just as accepting of her age. Also Read: 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Review: Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek Attempt to Put Poetry in Motion “You don’t look as bad as you thought you were going to look. You don’t feel as old as you thought you were going to feel. It’s a myth. »
- Kathy Zerbib
After a successful career as an illustrator and as a writer, Joann Sfar tackled the medium of cinema in 2010 when he directed Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), a beautiful and surprisingly oneiric biopic about the famous French singer. He then followed up with two animated films, one he adapted from his own work (The Rabbi's Cat, 2011) and a second one for which he directed one segment (Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, 2014). With La Dame dans l'Auto avec des Lunettes et un Fusil (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun), Sfar comes back to live cinema with this adaptation of Sébastien Japrisot's homonymous novel, which was already transposed once in 1970 by Anatole Litvak. Sfar himself stated that he wanted to make a...
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Salma Hayek put it all out there for Allure magazine's August cover story - and we're not just talking about her topless photo shoot. The spread, on newsstands now, features an intriguing interview that reveals a whole new side of the actress. Her relationship with billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, Botox, and healing through understanding humanity are some of the topics Salma explored. She also explained how she's never spent "more than two weeks" away from her and Francois's daughter, Valentina, with whom she shared sweet mother-daughter moments on the red carpet at the premiere of her new animated movie, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, in late July. Read on for Salma's gorgeous snaps and insightful quotes, then check out the raciest magazine shots we've seen. »
Salma Hayek always thought her hands were pretty big. But then she decided to pose topless for Allure magazine. In the gorgeous black and white pic published in the mag, the 48-year-old actress clutches her bosom with her hands. "I thought my hands were bigger," Hayek told me while promoting her new animated movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "They're big, but not big enough to cover my breasts. They did cover enough but in my head they were covering more.' Hayek says there's a freedom that goes along with stripping down for the cameras. "It's important to be free…and at my age it's exciting to still be able to take a photograph like »
On Wednesday night, Salma Hayek had an army's worth of friends supporting her at the La premiere of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, a new animated film in which Salma voices one of the lead characters. Of course, the collection of celebrities was great and all, but there was one special little guest stealing the show: Salma's daughter, Valentina Pinault! It's been quite a while since we've seen Valentina, and we're shocked by how much she's grown. Salma has already packed a lot into her year with a charity event benefitting Haiti back in January, a trip to the esteemed Cannes Film Festival in May, and a stunning new interview in the August issue of Allure magazine. Keep reading to see the pics from her latest premiere. »
Salma Hayek's daughter Valentina is growing up to be just like her mom. Literally. The 7-year-old proved to be the 48-year-old Freida star's little look-alike on the red carpet last night at the premiere of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "That's my mini-me!" Salma told me, adding that Valentina is "smarter" tahn she is. "They come smarter now! They come with an extra chip or something." Valentina, whose dad is luxury fashion house billionaire mogul François-Henri Pinault, 53, looked adorable in a black skirt and Michael Kors sandals (mom was also in a black skirt and black shoes). The event, held at Lacma's Bing Theater, was also a three-generation »
Salma Hayek wasn't that shocked when she heard Donald Trump's now infamous statements about Mexican immigrants. "I'm aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him," the Mexico-born actress told me while promoting her new animated film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (more on that in a second). "If something generates publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does." Hayek refuses to "say his name" because she doesn't want to give the presidential hopeful any "extra publicity." "I'd be surprised if he did something courageous and meaningful that nobody found out about," she said. "This was »
About one month ago, we featured a beautiful international trailer for an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a big screen version of the collection of prose and poems known around the world. Now another gorgeous domestic trailer for the film featuring several different kinds of animation has arrived, all connected by an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). This looks like it'll be a nice break from the blockbuster action extravaganzas late this summer, with wonderful animation to stimulate your eyes and your mind. There's also supposed to be some great new music from Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below! Here's the Us trailer for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet from Gkids Films: You can still watch the previous international trailer for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet right here. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, »
- Ethan Anderton
Read More: Salma Hayek's Animated Passion Project 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Acquired by Gkids "The Prophet" by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular pieces of poetry in the world. Now, the animators behind such masterpieces as "The Lion King," "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea" have brought the story to animated life, and Gkids, the film's distributor, has just debuted a stunning new U.S. trailer. Produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The script was written by Roger Allers ("The Lion King") and blends together individual sequences based on Gibrain's poems. Each segment is animated by a different filmmaker, including Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells," "Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") »
- Casey Cipriani
The nine-part feature, penned and helmed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”), is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. The segments are directed by Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Mohammed Harib, respectively.
Set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, “The Prophet” centers around the unlikely friendship between Almitra, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl, and Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest.
“‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran has been read by more than 120 million people in the world without being adapted. It was therefore a challenge for me to adapt it into… an animated series. That’s why I enlisted nine of the best animation directors (Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, »
- Elsa Keslassy
"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet from Gulf Film (via The Playlist): The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Inspired by the »
- Ethan Anderton
Considering it premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, with a lot of star power among the voice cast, and lineup of directors ten strong, you would think that the animated "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" might've attracted more notice. Instead, it's been quietly bubbling under the radar. But now, the first international trailer has arrived, and perhaps it's one to start paying attention to. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and more, feature in this effort that is inspired by the titular book of prose essays, and weaves together a story involving a little girl and a poet. Here's the official synopsis: Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. Interwoven with Gibran’s lyrical and inspiring words on topics such as the true nature as love, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others. It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan. So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Gkids, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," will release "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" in NY and La on August 7 before expanding wide the following week. This animated telling of Gibran's bestselling 1923 book, which premiered at Cannes, unfolds through standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore ("Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") and Bill Plympton ("Cheatin'"). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet's work to the screen, and helped close this deal. Salma Hayek on Why She's Passionate About "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient), with additional music by songwriters Damien »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Actress-producer Salma Hayek capped off the Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Center on Sunday, delivering an empowering message to women from all walks of life, after presenting animated pic “The Prophet,” which she produced.
Hayek spoke of how the world “has been created by systems designed for men,” and constantly reiterated that women need to fight to break down barriers in their lives.
Hayek said of the film: “It’s a unique film experience, a childish story that takes you on a journey — a journey inside yourself.”
She admitted that the concept of the film had made it very difficult to sell, although she is no stranger to making films out of the ordinary. “I only do impossible films,” she said, »
- Alastair Pusinelli
Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has acquired the North American rights to "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," a film inspired by the beloved classic book by Kahlil Gibran. The gorgeously-animated story was crafted in a collaboration with artists, animators and musicians. The film was written and directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), and individual "chapters" based on Gibran's poems have been designed and directed by various acclaimed animators from around the world, including Tomm Moore (Oscar nominee for "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Oscar winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton (Oscar nominee for "Guard Dog" and "Your Face"), Nina Paley (Annecy winner for "Sita Sings the Blues"), Joann Sfar (Cesar winner for "The Rabbi's Cat"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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