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'Heartbreaker' director Pascal Chaumeil dies aged 54

1 September 2015 3:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French film-maker had just completed Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot).

French director Pascal Chaumeil, best known for the 2010 romantic comedy hit Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur), has died aged 54.

“He died from on Thursday (August 27) from cancer,” his widow Camille Chaumeil told Agence France Presse on Monday.

“He really lived for cinema. He dreamt of being a director from the age of 15.”

Chaumeil was in the throes of completing post-production on his final film Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot) when he died, starring Romain Duris as an unemployed factory worker who takes on a hitman job to make ends meet. 

Gaumont International, which launched sales on the film in Cannes, told ScreenDaily that first images would be available at the American Film Market (Afm) in November and that the feature was expected to released in France in January 2016.

Chaumeil cut his directing teeth on the sets of Régis Wargnier and Luc Besson in the 1990s, working as the »

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Interview: Actor Omar Sy Tackles Immigrant Issues in ‘Samba’

28 July 2015 3:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The situation with in-country immigrants is not just an issue in the United States. The new French film “Samba” focuses on the ongoing status of immigrants in Paris, who often do menial jobs while surviving under the radar of immigration laws. French Actor Omar Sy portrays the title character with insight and humor.

This is Sy’s (pronounced “see”) second film with co-writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, after the well-received “The Intouchables’ in 2011. The French born actor – of parents who emigrated from Senegal in Africa – has an background that is similar to the characters he has portrayed for Nakache and Toledano, and he adds a touch of realism, in addition to redemption, to these roles. He recently broke into American films in a huge way, with prominent appearances in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and this summer’s “Jurassic World.”

Omar Sy is the Title Character in »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Phoenix’ And ‘Samba’ Bow Decent As ‘Irrational Man’ And ‘Mr. Holmes’ Expand Solidly

26 July 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Two new Specialty debuts managed decent bows in a weekend dominated by summer studio releases. Sundance Selects opened German director Christian Petzold's Phoenix in a pair of locations Friday, while Broad Green Pictures did the same for its third release, Samba by French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the duo behind the2012  international box office hit The Intouchables. Pantelion/Lionsgate, meanwhile, opened thriller The Vatican Tapes with over several… »

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‘Intouchables’ Duo Returns With ‘Samba’, Starring Omar Sy & Charlotte Gainsbourg: Specialty Preview

24 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo scored big in 2012 with their drama The Intouchables, which managed Hollywood-proportion numbers at the international box office and even totaled well over $10M in the U.S. Their latest film, Samba, resonates as a personal story about a hot-button topic in many countries around the world: immigration. Broad Green's Samba joins a packed slate of limited-release features going up against the studios this weekend including… »

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‘Samba’ Review: ‘Intouchables’ Followup Is a Shiny Rom-Com With a Conscience

23 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano hit a sweet spot with 2011’s near-half-billion-dollar global hit “The Intouchables,” starring Omar Sy as a white zillionaire quadriplegic’s black Algerian caregiver, pal, and life-restorer. So the filmmakers made another movie with a message: “Don’t worry, bourgeois! French minorities aren’t banlieue-burning banshees — we’re all best friends around here, let’s dance!” The Telegraph’s Mike McCahill usefully calls Nakache and Toledano the “diet Dardennes.” Social problems go down sweet and easy as a soothing low-calorie smoothie in “Samba,” their glossy new socially-conscious romantic comedy. This time, the masters of the low-cal rom-com make Sy a. »

- Tim Appelo

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Watch: 'Samba' Creators Talk Bringing Hushed Issues to Life in Exclusive Featurette

23 July 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Review: Overly Sweet Drama 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg And Tahar Rahim Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors of "Samba," make clear that they will not shy away from largely ignored problems -- and place them squarely in a comedic context.  "Samba" is the story of an illegal immigrant (played by Omar Sy) from Senegal who fights to stay in Paris after years of working as a dishwasher. He crosses paths with an anxious immigration advocate (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) who recently burned out of her executive job and is seeking meaning in other paths. The unlikely pair's romantic entanglements make for a story about love and identity in addition to brushing the issue of the immigration struggle in modern day France.  Nakache and Toledano, French filmmakers who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed "The Intouchables," discuss their affinity for making very real, very relevant problems. »

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Review: Overly Sweet Drama 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg And Tahar Rahim

22 July 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. French directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano have been working side by side since the mid 2000s, but stormed into popularity with their 2011 hit “The Intouchables.” Breaking local box-office records with a story about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his impoverished caretaker, it appears that stories about odd couples is something of a specialty for these two. Their latest film, “Samba,” has its grand world premiere at Tiff this year, and continues this trend of unlikely pairings, as it traces the relationship between a migrant from Senegal and the charity worker assisting in his residency case. It’s a love story set in a contemporary world brimming with immigration issues, but it manages to be neither political drama, nor bubbly romance, somehow getting away with being labeled as a comedy. Of course, it will only get away in some cases, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Omar Sy's Senegalese Immigrant Worker Gets a Helping Hand in New Clip from 'Samba'

21 July 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Broad Green has taken Us distribution rights to "Samba," the latest dramedy from Frenchman Omar Sy, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The film, directed by Sy's "Intouchables" helmers - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin, in a tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker. The film presents a dramatic turn for the often comedic Monsieur Sy, who stars as Samba Cissé, a Senegalese migrant living in France, who earns a living washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel - not quite what he »

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Samba in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's Samba, stars Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim (Grand Central) and Charlotte Gainsbourg Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At The Paris Theatre, the greats of the past - Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Capra - and Italy's recent past - Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli - blended with Ken Loach, Michel Gondry and Woody Allen as Samba co-director Olivier Nakache and Omar Sy spoke with me on the red carpet. Sy also starred in Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables. Omar Sy will soon be seen in John Wells' (of August: Osage County fame) Adam Jones with Bradley Cooper and Alicia Vikander and is filming Ron Howard's Inferno with Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones.

Samba co-director Olivier Nakache: "We like to discover something about society, but with humor." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Omar's wife, Hélène Sy, was joined by guests Michael Avedon, »

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Exclusive: Watch a Funny Clip From 'Samba' That Brings Back a Classic '90s Ad

17 July 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Are classic commercials for Coca-Cola products in vogue this year? The finale of Mad Men had us all recalling the famous "Buy the World a Coke" jingle from the 1970s, and now we have an exclusive clip from the topical new French film Samba that pays tribute to a 1998 ad for Diet Coke. Do you remember the one with the office full of woman gazing at a hardbodied window washer enjoying a soft drink? If you do, you'll easily appreciate the below scene from the new movie from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the guys who made The Intouchables.    And here's the alluded-to ad:   Samba is already a success overseas, grossing almost $40 million since debuting in France and Belgium last fall. As you can see in the...

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Exclusive: Say Yes To Excess In Clip From 'Samba' With Omar Sy And Charlotte Gainsbourg

16 July 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A few years back, filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano made waves internationally with their arthouse hit "The Intouchables," and the pair are once again spinning some crowdpleasing magic with "Samba." Reuniting with Omar Sy, the cast is rounded out by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, and Izia Higelin and today we've got an exclusive clip. Read More: 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim & Charlotte Gainsbourg Blending comedy and drama, the story follows Samba, an undocumented kitchen worker, who is ordered to leave Frances, and battles deportation from his adopted home in Paris. Seeking out the help of immigration advocate Alice, the two soon form an unexpected bond, and some of the film's gentle emotion can be found in the scene below. "Samba" opens on July 24th. »

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New images from X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut

12 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this week, a selection of screenshots have arrived online from X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut, which give us a look at the additional scenes from the extended edition…

See Also: Trailer and new clip for X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features—the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

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 »

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Canal Plus co-founder Alain de Greef dies

30 June 2015 5:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.

French television industry veteran Alain de Greef, one of the co-founders of Canal Plus alongside Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s, has died. He was 68.

The executive passed away in his home in Provence yesterday (June 29) after a battle with cancer.

De Greef oversaw the pay-tv channel’s content - firstly as director of production, then head of programmes, and finally as director general - from 1986 to 2000.

He was brought into Canal Plus by his long-time collaborator and friend Lescure, with whom he created the popular 1980s music programme Les Enfants du Rock for state-backed channel Antenne 2, now France 2.

Arriving at Canal Plus just two years after its official launch, de Greef is credited with creating a slew of iconic French TV programmes including the satirical puppet show Les Guignols de l’Info as well as the popular »

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Omar Sy Is Samba In New Trailer

19 June 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the trailer for Samba, starring Omar Sy (Jurassic World) and Charlotte Gainsbourg … brought to you from the directing-duo behind The Intouchables – Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris.

When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart.

As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.

Sy wowed critics and audiences at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in Gaumont’s Chocolat. The period drama stars Omar Sy as Cuban artist Rafael Padilla »

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Watch: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim & Charlotte Gainsbourg In New Trailer For 'Samba' From The Director Of 'The Intouchables'

18 June 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With the U.S. election cycle gearing up, you can be sure that illegal immigration will be a central issue. The rhetoric will get fairly charged on the right and left, but one movie from abroad aims to put a human face on the subject. And today you can see what "Samba" has to add to the conversation. The movie comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the writer/directors behind the foreign film smash "The Intouchables." This time, they reteam with that film's star Omar Sy, alongside Tahar Rahim and Charlotte Gainsbourg, for a story of a illegal immigrant battling deportation. Here's the official synopsis:  Read More: France Chooses Smash Hit "Intouchables" As Official Oscar Entry Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Romantic-Drama 'Samba' (Starring Omar Sy) Gets A USA Trailer + Release Date

18 June 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Broad Green has taken Us distribution rights to "Samba," the latest dramedy from Frenchman Omar Sy, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The film, directed by Sy's "Intouchables" helmers - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin, in a tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker. Based on the trailer below, the film presents a dramatic turn for the often comedic Monsieur Sy, who stars as Samba Cissé, a Senegalese migrant living in France, who earns a living washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy »

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Update: Promo for X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut

17 June 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Update: We’ve added an English-language version of the promo…

With the long-awaited Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past set to arrive next month (July 14th to be precise!), an international promo has arrived online for the extended edition, which offers up a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Anna Paquin’s Rogue.

See Also: Full Blu-ray details for X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features—the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and sees »

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Annecy: ‘Ballerina’ Producers Prep Second Period Toonpic ‘The Bravest’

17 June 2015 1:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following “Ballerina,” the team behind “Intouchables” – Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval — are poised to explore further the animation world with their second toonpic, “The Bravest.”

“The Bravest” marks the producers’ second animated film after “Ballerina” (pictured) which is being presented at Annecy in the Work In Progress section.

The English-language feature is currently in development. The animation will be created out at L’Atelier Animation in Montreal.

Set in the 1920’s, against the backdrop of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster, “The Bravest” turns on a 15-year old girl who desperately wants to make her father proud. After finding out that her dad used to be a firefighter, she sets out to become one and enrolls into a fire station.

Zeitoun told Variety that “The Bravest” will be in the same artistic vein as “Ballerina,” the 1884-set film charting the journey of Felice, an 11-year-old orphan girl from Brittany »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes 2015: ‘An’ (Sweet Red Bean Paste), a taste of Japan

15 May 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An

Directed and written by Naomi Kawase

Written by Naomi Kawase, based on the novel by Tetsuya Akikawa

Japan, 2015

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 »

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Cannes: Gaumont’s Omar Sy Drama ‘Chocolat’ Lures Buyers (Exclusive)

14 May 2015 10:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gaumont has gotten European buyers excited about Roschdy Zem’s “Chocolat,” a period drama starring Omar Sy as Cuban artist Rafael Padilla and James Thierree (“Vatel”) as his lifelong friend.

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).

Chocolat” is being circled by U.S. buyers in Cannes, as the movie showcases a powerful performance from Sy, who earned a Cesar award for his role in the hit “The Intouchables.”

Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Cinema (“Saint Laurent”) are producing the drama with Omar Sy’s shingle Kokoroco. “Chocolat” is Kokoroco’s first co-production.

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

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