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Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.
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 »
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.
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.
- Michelle McCue
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
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 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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!
- Gary Collinson
“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
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
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