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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, which is based upon the memoirs of Jordan Belfort and centres on the stockbroker's rise and fall in the New York financial world, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction.
The fifth pairing between Scorsese and DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street has been adapted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and also stars Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Jonah Hill (This Is the End), Kyle Chandler (Argo), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Jon Favreau (Identity Thief). Check out the first trailer here:
The Wolf of Wall Street is set for a North American release on November 15th and will open in the UK on January 17th 2014. »
- Flickering Myth
Fresh off his role as the titular 1920s playboy in "The Great Gatsby," Leonardo DiCaprio is back for more big spending and hard partying, '90s-style, in the first trailer for "The Wolf of Wall Street," his latest film with Martin Scorsese. After going the family route with 3D fable "Hugo," Scorsese looks to be back in "Goodfellas" territory with "Wolf," which tracks the rise and fall of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio). Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey both co-star and look to be in scene-stealing form. "The Artist" breakout Jean Dujardin is also part of the cast, but doesn't appear in the video below. "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter wrote the script. The film bows November 15. Watch trailer below. »
- Nigel M Smith
Annecy – The more things change, as they say in France…
Twenty years after France fought a near-lone battle to preserve limitations on American pop culture, Gaul has done it again.
During 13 hours of negotiations at an European Union meeting in Luxembourg on Friday, E.U. trade ministers capitulated to the insistence of French trade minister Nicole Bricq (pictured) that cultural goods should be excluded from the forthcoming U.S.-E.U. trade negotiations.
The talks are aimed at freeing up commerce between the world’s two biggest trading partners.
The E.U. decided that audiovisual (i.e., films, TV and music) will not be part of the trade agreement talks. This means European countries can still limit imports of American fare. Hollywood doesn’t lose exactly, because these rules have been in place. But Hollywood doesn’t gain, because the studios could have significantly increased their B.O. take if these rules were dropped. »
- John Hopewell
Franck Mettre is lead producing with Serge Autard, via Paris-based shingle Hop Animation. Isf Cinema is co-developing with Langmann’s La Petite Reine.
Project was unveiled to Variety at Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival’s market, Mifa, on Wednesday.
A 3D family film, the colorful “Mummyland” follows the journey of a dad who takes his 10-year-old son on a trip to Egypt, hoping to re-establish their bond following his divorce. As they visit a pyramid, they stumble on a hidden underground city populated by friendly mummies. “It’s the start of an adventure during which father and son will team up to save the endangered Mummyland, and rediscover their long-lost relationship,” said Mettre.
- Elsa Keslassy
The European film industry and European Commission (EC) at loggerheads over the question of the “cultural exception”, as director Costa-Gavras and The Artist actress Bérénice Bejo weighed in to the debate.
Speaking in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening after a meeting of European film-makers with EC president José Manuel Barroso, Greek director Costa-Gavras could hardly contain his anger and frustration as he dubbed Barroso “a very dangerous man for European culture”.
“After 1 ½ hours discussion, the man has only one idea in his head [and this] is to exclude the idea of cultural exception, that you can’t exclude it [from negotiations],” Gavras said.
This new low point in relations between representatives of the European film community and the EC comes just over two years after a delegation of France’s L’Arp, comprising Costa-Gavras, the late Theo Angelopoulos, Cristian Mungiu and Radu Mihaileanu met Barroso on the eve of the public hearing on the future of Media in March 2011.
At that time »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to portray Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, the infamous Russian mystic, healer and prolific womaniser who rose to become one of the most influential advisors to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs in the early 20th century before being poisoned, shot, beaten, shot, strangled, clubbed, shot, castrated and then shot again by his rivals, who then dumped him in the icy Neva River where he subsequently drowned. Or something like that.
The latest screen version of the Mad Monk's mad life has been written by Jason Hall, who recently penned the script for Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, and will be produced by DiCaprio's production company Appian Way for Warner Bros. Pictures. Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad), Jennifer Davisson Killoran (The Ides of March) and Peter Morgan (The Queen) will all serve as producers.
- Flickering Myth
The Artist blew me away, and re-kindled a love for classic film with a reminder to where it all started, and how it all began in that fact. It’s now been announced that for the first time this Millennium, the Royal Albert Hall will open its doors for some very special end of year concerts to welcome 2014 in style.
Two years after it charmed the world with its nostalgic look at the golden days of the Hollywood silent film, The Artist heads to the great Hall on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31th December 2013, in its live concert version, making this the perfect end of year treat.
The multi award-winning film is dramatically brought to life on stage with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel, playing the soundtrack simultaneously with a high-definition screening of the film for an exclusive UK premiere.
Written and directed by Michael Hazanavicius »
- Dan Bullock
Directed by Regis Rosinard.
A battle of the sexes ensues between a small town insurance man and his secretary, as he trains her for the National Speed Typing contest.
Regis Rosinard’s Populaire is a light and fluffy French rom-com that won’t win prizes for originality, but it’s an easy film to sit back and enjoy. Populaire at times feels like a modern twist on a classic Rock Hudson/Doris Day outing, but with a hint of Steven Shainberg’s S&M fest Secretary. Not to imply there’s any inappropriate spanking on a desk, but the battle of the sexes delves deeper than the classic 50s caper and there are hints of a darker element that is never fully explored.
Set in 1958, the film follows Rose Pamphyle (an excellently cast Deborah Francois) – an incompetent secretary »
- Flickering Myth
And so it all begins again. So far the 2014 Oscar contenders include a trio of Sundance hits: writer-director Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," co-written by and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (who shared a screenplay nomination with Linklater for "Before Sunset"), "Fruitvale," Ryan Coogler's true story of the killing of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco cop, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, and David Lowery's western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Keith Carradine. Out of Cannes emerged the Coens' 60s musical "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," starring Palme d'Or-winner Berenice Bejo (who was nominated for supporting actress for "The Artist"), Alexander Payne's road movie "Nebraska," starring Best Actor winner Bruce Dern, James Gray's "The Immigrant," starring well-reviewed Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and Palme d'Or-winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color, »
- Anne Thompson
High-profile delegation heads to Strasbourg to defend ‘cultural exception’.
A high-profile industry delegation, including actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) and Oscar and Palme d’Or-winning director Costa-Gavras, will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg next Tuesday [June 11] to defend the exclusion of cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, from upcoming EU-us trade talks.
The European Parliament recently voted in favour of the exclusion but the European Commission will make its final decision on June 14.
The group will host a press conference to update on the state of negotiations three days before the Foreign Affairs Council meets in Dublin, at which EU trade ministers will agree the negotiation mandate for the EU-us free-trade talks, which are due to take place later this year.
Among the 6,200 industry to sign a petition calling on cultural and audiovisual services to be excepted »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Paris – A group of European industry heavy hitters announced Wednesday they will present a petition to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on June 11, just before the European Commission is set to decide if the traditional “cultural exception” should be included in EU–Us trade talks. Palme d’Or winning directors Costa Gavras (Missing) and Christian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) will appear with Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist) , Cesar-winning director Radu Mihaileanu (Va vis et deviens), as well as directors Lucas Belvaux (Afterlife) and Daniele Luchetti (Domani Accadra) to present the petition that
- Rhonda Richford
The actress categories always seem to be the most exciting every single year and this year is already shaping up to be no different. Following the Cannes Film Festival there is some definite shuffling of the contenders to be done following the initial release of my first predictions in the Best Actress category over two months ago and with the moving and shaking comes four new names added to the list. First, however, we'll begin at the top where I've kept Naomi Watts at #1 for her role in Diana. The film from director Oliver Hirschbiegel was picked up by eOne Films out of the Cannes Film Festival and will be released later this year. I must admit, the fact eOne picked it up and not a larger studio gives me a little pause, but I just get the feeling we're coming to a point in Watts' career where she's considered »
- Brad Brevet
Boy meets girl meets typewriter in this thoughtful, witty French take on classic Hollywood romcoms
There was an old but not inaccurate joke that romantic movies from the Soviet Union were about triangular affairs between a boy, a girl and a tractor. The attractive new French movie Populaire, the feature-length debut as writer-director of Régis Roinsard, is about a boy, a girl and a typewriter. A typewriter originally meant the female operator, and the machine in this picture takes on a dramatic identity of its own.
In many ways Populaire is a companion piece to Michel Hazanavicius's Oscar-winning The Artist in its knowing love for American cinema. It also has the same star, Bérénice Bejo (though not here in the leading role), and the same photographer, Guillaume Schiffman, who grew up in the movie business as the son of Suzanne Schiffman, the long-time assistant to François Truffaut, with whom »
- Philip French
Unbeatable salesmen of foreign-language films to English-speaking audiences, have they added unhealthy levels saccharine in the process?
"America for business. France for love," proclaims one of the characters at the end of Populaire, one of the latest batch of foreign-language releases snapped up for the Us by the Weinstein Company. It's like the chap is parroting the business credo – use ruthless Us commercial nous to identify and exploit passionate film-making from overseas – that helped Bob and Harvey Weinstein climb to the top of the independent pile in the 1990s with their first company, Miramax, then do it all over again.
Not much work was required to make Populaire, which started life with several French production companies, fit for purpose: this glassy-eyed tale of a plucky typist (Deborah François), with its mechanically aspirational plot, cute retro rhythms and New York finale, is pleading to be exported. Its eagerness to please is »
- Phil Hoad
★★★★☆ Régis Roinsard scores a palpable hit with debut feature Populaire (2012), a romantic comedy about speed-typing, starring Déborah Francois, Romain Duris and The Artist's Bérénice Bejo. Set in France at the tail end of the 1950s, Rose (Francois) a shopkeeper's daughter dreams of escaping provincial life and making something of herself. She travels to Normandy for an interview with the boss of an insurance company, Louis Echard (Duris), and is delighted when he takes her on as his secretary. Rose is hopeless at her job and Louis considers letting her go, but her gift for typing feeds his addiction to competitive sport.
Louis becomes obsessed with training Rose to compete in the national speed-typing contests that were in vogue at the time. Louis invites Rose to lodge with him in his palatial home, so that he is better able to teach her to touch-type and slowly the pair fall in love. »
- CineVue UK
Chicago – After heating up juror monocles with the steamiest three hours at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color” won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 awards ceremony held Sunday, May 26th. The top prize was shared by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche (“The Secret of the Grain”) and his two leading ladies, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Settling for the Grand Prix was Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a music-filled portrait of a fictionalized ’60s-era folk singer played by Oscar Isaac (in a performance guaranteed to generate Oscar buzz). Amat Escalante won Best Director for his brutal Mexican crime drama, “Heli,” while the Best Screenplay award was presented to Zhangke Jia (“Still Life”) for his uncharacteristically blood-spattered Chinese thriller, “A Touch of Sin.” Hirokazu Koreeda (“Still Walking”) won the Jury Prize for his Japanese family drama, “Like Father, Like Son. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Abdellatif Kechiche's epic and explicit love story beats the Coen brothers into second place, while Bruce Dern wins out over Michael Douglas for best actor and Amat Escalante surprise victor for best director
It was a fitting end to the week in which gay marriage was legalised in France: Abdellatif Kechiche's same-sex love story La Vie D'Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2 (Blue is the Warmest Colour) was named the winner of the top prize at the Cannes film festival.
Based on a French graphic novel, the film follows the relationship between two young students in Lille, one of whom has hair dyed the blue of the title. When she reverts to her natural blonde, their affair nose-dives.
Its explicit, groundbreaking sex scenes, one of which beats the 10 minute mark, mean it went into the final furlong as both the movie everyone was talking about, and critics' favourite to take the Palme d'Or. »
- Catherine Shoard
Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" was the biggest winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The coming-of-age lesbian drama starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux was awarded the Palme d'Or by the fantastic jury including Steven Spielberg, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee, and Nicole Kidman. The esteemed jury also honored the cast of the film. Yay!
Berenice Bejo (we loved her in "The Artist") won Best Actress for Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" and Bruce Dern took home the Best Actor as an aging, booze-addled father who goes on a trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes prize in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Congrats everyone!
The complete list »
Let’s go beyond the candelabra: Name 5 Best Actor Oscar winners and the gay biopic roles you want them to play.
Well, I’ll be the millionth to say it: Behind the Candelabra was a worthy two hours of television! It was an appropriately decadent affair with eye-popping star turns and sweet production value. That line about Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte? So funny and fantastic.
To celebrate the movie’s goodness, let’s play a parlor game: Pick a Best Actor Oscar winner (like Michael Douglas) and pick the a great gay biopic role for him to play (like Liberace). I’ve come up with five options, and I’m psyched to hear yours. I threw in a bonus Best Actress scenario for the hell of it.
Yes, I’m requesting that the man who perfectly portrayed Truman Capote revive his penchant »
- Louis Virtel
Winning director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour pays tribute to French youth and Tunisian revolution
It was the popular choice reflecting a hot-button political issue. The award of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival to Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the French-produced film by a Tunisian-born director about a passionate lesbian relationship in modern-day Lille, was greeted with home-crowd cheers and a sense that it validated France's painfully achieved recent battle to legalise gay marriage.
The winning film-maker, Abdellatif Kechiche, dedicated his award to "the youth of France" and the Tunisian revolution, where "they have the aspiration to be free, to express themselves and love in full freedom".
Afterwards, speaking to the press, he amplified on these comments: "Young people in France are often way ahead of my generation in their thinking, and they are open to the world. Tunisian youth are the same: that's why there was a revolution. »
- Andrew Pulver
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