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Afm: Pathe Intl. Paints ‘Cezanne et moi’ (Exclusive)

4 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pathe Intl. has boarded vet Gallic scribe/helmer Daniele Thompson’s “Cezanne et moi,” a 19th-century period drama toppling Guillaume Canet, pictured, and Guillaume Gallienne as two French culture’s legends, the novelist Emile Zola and post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne.

The ambitious drama chronicles the complex, decade-long friendship between Cezanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a poor background but achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist.

Exploring the pair’s fears and ambitions, the movie charts their relationship through the early days in Aix-en-Provence, their arrival in Paris’ absinthe-soaked cultural scene and their diverging professional and sentimental experiences.

Pathe has taken international sales and will start shopping the pic at Afm, where it will unveil the first images of the movie.

“The friendship between Cezanne and Zola makes for amazingly compelling material — two »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The Connection | Blu-ray Review

22 September 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Cedric Jimenez‘s The Connection is a handling of a scenario touched upon from an American perspective in William Friedkin’s classic 1971 film The French Connection. A nicely mounted production peppered with several visually arresting moments and fine attention to period detail doesn’t have the same powerful draw as the earlier title. Unfortunately, Jimenez’s film often feels a bit too derivative by today’s standards of true crime epics. A great cast, headlined by Jean Dujardin and Gille Lelouche are reason enough to give the title a look, while it’s mid-July theatrical release (following mostly positive reviews out of the premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival) yielded mild box office.

The Connection (aka La French) may not appear to be anything special. And the truth of the matter is, it really isn’t, except for the fact that it’s loosely related to the long spanning »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Transporter Refueled Trailer Establishes Blood Ties

1 July 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When the first trailer for The Transporter Refueled came out in March, Matt had a strong reaction to say the least. Not a whole lot has changed from that trailer to this one, the official cut that lists the newly rescheduled release date as September 4, 2015. Sure, Ed Skrein isn't Jason Statham, but he seems more than capable of pulling off the action and stunt sequences in this beat-em-up, smash-em-up thriller. While the main draw of this film (and potential sequels if successful) is clearly the adrenaline-fueled car chase scenes, this trailer reveals that the writers are at least trying to tug on the heartstrings just a bit when a close family member of the Transporter finds himself in mortal danger. Other than that, what you see is what you get. Check out the official trailer for The Transporter Refueled below: Here's the synopsis for The Transporter Refueled: Frank Martin »

- Dave Trumbore

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Cannes: Marion Cotillard Drama ‘Moon’ Lures Studiocanal (Exclusive)

16 May 2015 10:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wielding the biggest movie production-distribution-sales muscle of any film company outside the U.S., Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has boarded Marion Cotillard starrer “From the Land of the Moon” (Mal de Pierres), an upscale period drama produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor.

Studiocanal will handle world sales rights to “From the Land of the Moon” and distribute it France, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where it runs direct distribution operations.

Cotillard will play opposite Louis Garrel, a French actor who earned a Cesar nom for his perf in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and made his directorial debut with “Two Friends,” which opens at Cannes’ Critics Week this year.

Witten by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi (“Yves Saint Laurent”) and adapted from Milena Agus’ bestseller “Mal de pierres,” the post-World War II drama is a portrait of a sensitive and wild-spirited woman torn between the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Hit with New Suit

23 March 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Worldview Entertainment, which helped finance best picture Oscar winner “Birdman,” has been hit with a lawsuit alleging fraud and mismanagement of a $25 million investment by one of its major backers.

Sarah Johnson, daughter of billionaire Charles B. Johnson, made the allegations in a March 12 suit filed in New York State Court.

“This misconduct has substantially devalued Plaintiff’s investment and virtually ensured that she will recoup a fraction of the millions of dollars she invested in the Worldview Film Funds,” the suit said.

Besides “Birdman,” the complaint details transactions dating back to 2011 and involving “Blood Ties,” “Devils’ Knot,” “Tulip Fever,” “The Immigrant,” “Welcome to the Punch,” “The Green Inferno,” “Child 44,” “Song One” and “Wish I Was Here.”

It’s the fourth suit involving Worldview that has been filed since last summer, when founder Christopher Woodrow was ousted. The company has largely ceased operating.

Former CFO Hoyt David Morgan sued »

- Dave McNary

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female gazing at: Matthias Schoenaerts

18 March 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s been a while since we did some female gazing, and I am inspired to get back into it by Belgian cutie Matthias Schoenaerts and his turn as a civilized Nazi in Suite Française (currently in U.K cinemas and coming to North America sometime this year, hopefully):

Schoenaerts has typically been playing tough guys — in flicks like Rust and Bone, Blood Ties, and The Drop — and he’s always really good. But tough guys aren’t really my thing, and it was only in A Little Chaos, in which he portrays a 17th-century garden designer at Versailles, when I took particular notice of him:

(I saw A Little Chaos at London Film Festival last autumn; it opens in the U.K. next month. No word yet on a U.S. release.)

Very nice:

(If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Suite Française movie review: enemy mine to love

13 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Connection | 2015 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

10 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Le Chapitre Français: Jimenez’s Satisfactory Take on Famed Drug Smuggling Operation

Within the glut of cinematic dramas and thrillers contending with drug smuggling operations and underworld criminal organizations, epically administered and otherwise, Cedric Jimenez’s sophomore feature, The Connection (aka La French) may not appear to be anything special. And the truth of the matter is, it really isn’t, except for the fact that it’s loosely related to the long spanning series of drug related operations referred to as ‘the French Connection,’ which, of course, inspired William Friedkin’s iconic 1971 film The French Connection (which won Best Picture and spawned a John Frankenheimer directed sequel). Sporting an impressive production value and a handsome cast, Jimenez definitely gets the look and feel right, as far as our expectations are calibrated for how these things go. And yet, there’s something innately underwhelming about all this, and though Jimenez is, »

- Nicholas Bell

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New poster for Last Knights starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman

3 March 2015 9:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

ComingSoon has exclusively unveiled the first poster for Last Knights, the new action-adventure film from Lionsgate.

Clive Owen (Closer, Blood Ties) stars as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, played Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in “this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.”

Last Knights is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) and also stars Cliff Curtis (Training Day), Aksel Hennie (Hercules), Payman Maadi (Camp X-Ray), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Shohreh Aghdashloo (24), and Sung Ki Ahn (The Warrior).


- Scott J. Davis

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‘Timbuktu’ Producer Sylvie Pialat Wins Second Toscan du Plantier Award

17 February 2015 4:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” has taken another kudo in France: Its producer Sylvie Pialat won the Toscan du Plantier Award, Gaul’s equivalent to the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck award, at a Paris ceremony on Feb. 16.

Pialat, who produced “Timbuktu” via her Paris-based company Les Films du Worso, was named producer of the year for the second consecutive year.

In 2014, she nabbed the Toscan du Plantier kudo after producing Alain Guiraudie’s drama thriller “Stranger by the Lake,” which premiered at Un Certain Regard and earned Guiraudie a best director prize.

Both Sissako and Pialat will be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to attend the Academy Awards.

Timbuktu,” a drama depicting the barbaric occupation by Islamic fundamentalists in Mali, has been a major arthouse hit in France, where it’s being distributed by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte.

Timbuktu” marks the first Mauritanian film to compete for a foreign-language Oscar. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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War Thriller ‘Jadotville’ With ’50 Shades”s Jamie Dornan Picked Up By Netflix

16 February 2015 10:14 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix will be adding a brand new title to its slate of original film initiatives. The streaming platform will debut the war thriller Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan (of 50 Shades of Grey fame) across all Netflix territories in 2016.

Helmed by music video director Richie Smyth, Jadotville tells the story of Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan), the leader of an Irish Un battalion of 150 men who are under siege by 3,000 Congolese troops. Belgian and French mercenaries hired by mining companies lead the attack, with one French commander (played by Guillaume Canet of Blood Ties) particularly determined to defeat Quinlan’s outranked battalion.

Netflix acquired Jadotville at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. The Irish war thriller, penned by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), will film in Ireland and South Africa. Alan Moloney of Parallel Films (Albert Nobbs, Byzantium) is set to produce.

“The story of how Pat Quinlan led his troops against an overwhelming force without losing »

- Bree Brouwer

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Two Days, One Night movie review: on the coins of a dilemma

11 February 2015 7:58 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A genuine horror story, sweaty with a palpable ring of truth about the unending fear that accompanies life on the knife edge of financial despair. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Forget mad slashers and serial killers: this is a real horror story. And it’s all the more horrifying because it takes place in Europe (specifically, in Belgium), where protection for workers and the social safety net is so much stronger than it is in the U.S. Of course, this is a fictional story, but it is sweaty with a palpable ring of truth about the economic precariousness of everyone who isn’t rich, and the unending fear that accompanies life on the knife edge of financial despair.

Crammed into one weekend here — the two days and one night of the title — is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Jupiter Ascending movie review: princess drearies

5 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): science fiction isn’t treated so well at the movies these days

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh my god, hooray! A space adventure with a woman at its center! And it’s Mila Kunis, who is awesome! She’s gonna be like a new Luke Skywalker, whisked away from a boring life on Tatooine– er, Earth for more exciting interstellar horizons beyond! Woo-hoo!

Yeah, not so much, as it happens. What happens is more like: Kunis (Annie, Blood Ties) gets drugged, attacked, chased, menaced, threatened, rescued, kidnapped, chased some more, rescued again. Rinse and repeat for a good hour and half. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Charlie Hunnam to star with Robert Pattinson in Lost City of Z

3 February 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlie Hunnam has officially signed on to star opposite Robert Pattinson in the big screen adaptation of The Lost City of Z.

Brad Pitt's production company Plan B is adapting David Grann's non-fiction account of the disappearance of British explorer Percy Fawcett.

Pacific Rim star Hunnam is stepping in for Benedict Cumberbatch to portray Fawcett, who was never seen again after leading an expedition to find an ancient city in the Amazon.

The circumstances surrounding Fawcett's disappearance have remained a mystery since 1925, with others also going missing while searching for him.

Cumberbatch had to leave the project due to his commitment to Marvel's superhero movie Doctor Strange.

Production on The Lost City of Z is expected to begin this summer.

James Gray, whose previous work includes Palme d'Or-nominated The Immigrant and the crime drama Blood Ties, is writing and directing The Lost City of Z.

The cast for »

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New on Netflix: February 2015

27 January 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.

And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.

You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #89. Maiwenn’s Mon roi

5 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Mon roi

Director: Maiwenn // Writers: Etienne Comar, Maiwenn

Actress turned director Maiwenn’s last stint behind the camera won her the Jury Prize at Cannes 2011 with the moving dramatic ensemble, Polisse. Formerly titled “Rien Ne Sert De Courir”, her latest, Mon roi stars Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot, a woman who is more well known as a director (On My Way; Backstage) than an actress, and on top of its pedigree, sounds like an intriguing followup from the impressive Maiwenn. The film, shot back in March, recounts, over the course of several years, the passionate and intricate love story of a couple with a child.

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle BercotLudovic Berthillot

Producers: France 2 Cinema, Les Productions du Tresor’s Alain Attal (Blood Ties), Studiocanal.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Pegged with an October release in France, with her last film playing in the main competition and winning a major award, »

- Nicholas Bell

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