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Directed and written by Naomi Kawase
Alright-ness continues at this year’s festival with the Un Certain Regard opening film An (“Sweet Red Bean Paste”) by Cannes regular Naomi Kawase. The film stars Masatoshi Nagase as Sen, a middle-aged dorayaki pastry maker with alcohol issues and Kirin Kiki as Tokue, an elderly woman eager to work as Sen’s assistant in the pastry shop. The youthful touch is provided by Kyara Uchida as a shy schoolgirl having a hard time getting along with her single mother. Reluctant at first, Sen ends up admiring Tokue’s unique bean paste making talent and employs her to the displeasure of the pastry shop’s owner. Gradually, the three generations forge an intimate friendship as their respective traumas are revealed.
This humble drama offers a predictable, even if delicious, delve into »
One of Gaumont’s biggest releases of 2016, the 19 million euro movie ($21 million) has pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Benelux (Paradiso), Scandinavia (Miss Label), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Greece and Romania (Odeon), Poland (Kinoswiat) and Portugal (Lusomundo).
The movie charts the life of Padilla, aka Chocolat, who became the first black artist to appear on a French stage in the 19th century and centers around his »
- Elsa Keslassy
Nicolas Duval, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou, the team who produced “Heartbreaker” and “The Intouchables,” are producing the film via their Paris-based company Quad Films. The project marks their first English-language production.
Political satire “The Death of Stalin” opens in March 1953 during the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.
“The Death of Stalin” seems the be the perfect material for Iannucci, who recently announced that he would be leaving “Veep” after four seasons as exec producer.
He also created British political satire TV series “The Thick of It,” helmed movie “In the Loop,” and has many other comedy credits under his belt, including several “Alan Partridge” films with Steve Coogan.
Shooting on »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.
Described as a black comedy, combining the absurdity of the Coen Brothers and the tenderness of Ken Loach’s social comedies, the film is currently shooting in Mallorca.
★★★☆☆ Trying to capture lightning in a bottle for a second time is always an unenviable task. That was the challenge laid out to directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano as they seek to follow-up on the massive critical and commercial success of 2011's Untouchable, a light and hugely enjoyable odd-couple tale. Unsurprisingly, they have reunited once again with star Omar Sy for their fourth collaboration, Samba (2014). The result is a warm and engaging blend of romantic comedy and social drama, with Sy a shining light at its centre, but it lacks the irresistible charm which would have allowed it to replicate the magic of four years ago.
- CineVue UK
We’ve been waiting on a release date for the upcoming Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past since the extended edition was first announced way back in July of last year, and now director Bryan Singer has finally revealed when we can get our hands on it, with the film set to hit Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 14th!
See Also: Steelbook cover for The Rogue Cut revealed
X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, »
- Gary Collinson
Inferno is set for release October 2016, with Tom Hanks returning as Robert Langdon alongside Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Sidse Babett Knudsen (The Duke of Burgundy) and Ben Foster (3.10 to Yuma).
- Thomas Roach
A feature debut, “La Vie en grand” tells the tale of Adama, a 14-year-old growing up in the projects, where he juggles the pressures of school and street life. With the help of his younger buddy Mamadou, Adama manages to get their lives on a different track.
“La Vie en grand” is produced by Bruno Nahon’s outfit Unite de Production, in association with Toledano and Nakache’s Ten Films.
Critics Week artistic director Charles Tesson said “La Vie en grand” “will let a wind of tenderness and freshness swirl through Critics’ Week.”
Penned by Olivier Demangel, »
- Elsa Keslassy
We’re still waiting on a release date (beyond “summer” anyway), but thanks to Comic Book we’ve got a look at the upcoming Blu-ray steelbook cover for X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut, which you can see here…
The extended version of last year’s mutant superhero sequel is set to add an extra 17 minutes to the film, which as you can probably guess from the title, are focussed on the character of Rogue (Anna Paquin), who was all but cut from the theatrical version.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by »
- Gary Collinson
Owen (Pratt) appears to be something of a dinosaur whisperer, the of-the-Earth Everyman to Bryce Dallas Howard’s button-downed scientist, Beth.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond’s park is finally open. While visitors flock to the prehistoric-themed park as if it were a very elaborate zoo, Owen and Beth discover a huge problem with their newest attraction, Indominus rex.
The genetically modified mutant dinosaur is killing for sport, and humans are the next targets in the creature’s deadly rampage.
Fingers-crossed that, between Owen’s brawn and Beth’s brain, they can stop the Indominus rex – or else there will be a lot of unhappy (possibly dead) Jurassic Park visitors.
- Sasha James
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Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features, has unveiled the line-up for its 54th edition (May 14-22).
In total, 1,750 shorts and 1,000 features were submitted for consideration.
“On the poster the actress Lou de Laâge embraces the open horizon in front of her,” he said. “This wonderful energy and amazing life force it carries embody the desire leading us to discover the new breath of fresh air in cinema worldwide.”
The section will open with French Elie Wajeman’s second film The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes) set in Paris in 1899, starring the reportedly sizzling on-screen couple of Tahar Rahim and Adèle Exarchopoulos »
Paris — Elie Wajeman’s “The Anarchists,” a period drama starring Tahar Rahim (“The Past”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”), is set to world premiere on opening night of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, anchoring a strongly French-flavored lineup of first and second features.
Set in 1899 Paris, “The Anarchists” (pictured above) turns on a cop who infiltrates a network of anarchists and unexpectedly develops a sincere attachment for the group. It’s Wajeman’s follow-up to his 2012 debut film, “Aliyah” which played in Directors’ Fortnight, the festival’s other parallel program.
In addition to “The Anarchists,” Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson selected two French films — Louis Garrel’s “Les deux amis” and Mathieu Vadepied’s “La Vie en grand” — for the Special Screenings section.
- Elsa Keslassy
Title: Samba Director: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izia Higelin. While watching the latest film of the ‘Intouchables’ directors you will be pervaded by a sense of déjà vu. But whereas the delicate subject matter of the friendship between a quadriplegic and his assistant was attenuated by unpolitically correct humour, ‘Samba’ doesn’t seem to have the same courage in mocking cultural identity. Racism turns out to be a more sensitive topic to fool around with. Hence, at times the movie seems to be filled with an excessive dose of moral and benevolent behaviour. The French dramedy by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano tells [ Read More ]
The post Samba Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Italian site Bad Taste has reported that director Ron Howard will begin shooting Inferno, the third Tom Hanks-led Robert Langdon story, in Florence at the end of April through mid-May when the production moves to Instanbul and Venezia.
Howard took to Facebook and posted some behind-the scenes looks at the decision-making process of he and his team as they choose shots for an opening action sequence. The foam-core models depict the spire of Badìa Fiorentina, which has historical ties to Dante Alighieri and plays host to a mysterious figure at the beginning of Brown’s novel.
Inferno is the third Dan Brown adaptation undertaken by Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer, and sees Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, before he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague »
- Scott J. Davis
This summer fans of Anna Paquin are in for a treat with the release of the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which restores the True Blood star’s action sequence which was cut from last year’s mutant superhero blockbuster, and now it has been revealed that the extended version will include 11 minutes and 11 seconds of additional footage.
The scene in question reportedly sees Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) launching a rescue attempt, breaking Paquin’s Rogue out of a mutant prison camp controlled by the Sentinels. It will extend the film’s run time from 131 minutes and 26 seconds to 142 minutes 27 seconds.
Update: Bryan Singer has taken to Twitter to state that the Rogue Cut is actually more than 17 minutes longer than the original cut, “and has a few little changes I made”. I guess we’ll find out for sure when it finally gets an official release date. »
- Gary Collinson
Ron Howard is once again directing the film, which sees Oscar Winner Tom Hanks reprise his role as world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, with Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Omar Sy (Untouchable) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) joining the cast for the new film.
Inferno sees Langdon drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante’s Inferno, the 14th century epic poem about the nine circles of hell. Foster is set to play a “scientist who is obsessed with Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation problem by releasing a virus.”
Set to start shooting this Spring, Inferno is set for release in October »
- Scott J. Davis
Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
Columbia Pictures officially announced the full cast of its upcoming "Inferno" film, which is the third installment in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise, which stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In the new movie, Hanks will reprise his role and he'll be joined by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) as Harry Sims/Provost, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babatt Knudsen ("Borgen") as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Heath Organization. Ron Howard will return to direct. "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent," he explained. "Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well »
The film will see Tom Hanks reprising the role of Robert Langdon for the third time - following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, neither of which were much cop - with Ron Howard again directing.
As had been previously reported, Felicity Jones (Oscar nominated for her work in The Theory Of Everything) is on board, and she's going to be playing Dr Sienna Brooks. Irrfan Khan meanwhile - who has Life Of Pi and Jurassic World »
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »
- Michelle McCue
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