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As if Chris Pine wasn't handsome and charming enough, he's now showing off his impressive singing skills on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday.
"It's the acoustics, right?" he explains. "You just sound better in the shower. It's like your own music video, you know? You feel tremendous."
"I auditioned for [director] Rob Marshall in his living room, and he was very kind, noticed that I was very nervous and he and John -- his partner -- joined me in singing the song and made me feel more comfortable," he remembers »
Exclusive: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.
Memento Films International will launch French Xavier Giannoli’s upcoming Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot as an aspiring opera singer with a terrible voice, at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
The French-language, period drama - set against the backdrop of 1920s Paris - revolves around Marguerite Dumont, a wealthy chatelaine devoted to music, who loves to sing to her guests.
None of her friends or hangers-on dare tell Marguerite she has a dreadful voice and when a journalist mischievously gives one of her private recitals a rave review she decides to give her first public concert.
Ignoring her husband’s protests, she enlists the help of a former diva and starts training for the big night.
The tale is loosely inspired by American Florence Foster Jenkins, a real opera singer known as the “diva of din” who was »
Minnie Driver releases her third album, “Ask Me To Dance,” on Oct. 7. The Rounder/Zoe release, Driver’s first since 2007’s “Seastories,” is a carefully curated selection of covers, including The Cure’s “Close To Me,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” the Killers' “Human,” Neil Finn’s “Better Be Home Soon,” and even going back to the Sinatra standard, “Fly Me To The Moon.” A few weeks ago, HitFix premiered a snippet of Driver singing the late Elliott Smith’s “Waltz No. 2.” Today, we have the world premiere of Driver singing The Cure’s “Close To Me,” a song very close to her heart. “So when I was a girl, the only songs I would get asked to dance to were the faster ones and that was always The Cure songs,” Driver says. We wonder if she’s recalling her teen years or those »
- Melinda Newman
Lost in Translation: Chaumeil’s English Language Debut a Wretched Operation
While his 2010 feature debut, Heartbreaker, which starred Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris, managed to breathe an essence of effervescent charm into an already overproduced narrative, director Pascal Chaumeil followed up with the execrable Dany Boon rom-com Un Plan Parfait. Somehow, he’s managed to top the ineptitude of that with his first dip into English language with A Long Way Down. Butchering its Nick Hornby based source material (the author behind such works that would become films like High Fidelity, About a Boy, and An Education), the end result is an aggravating chore to sit through, a series of awkward and falsely staged interactions, leaving one to sift through multiple ironies in relation to the end product and the unintentionally apt title.
One cold New Year’s Eve in London, four depressed people meet on a rooftop they »
- Nicholas Bell
Sorry, Charlie! Regardless of her long term relationship with Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger isn't ready to become a married woman. The actress recently said while promoting the romantic comedy A Perfect Plan that she doesn't have any plans to wed for the second time. "I love romantic comedies because I think all of us vibe into the idea of love and the crazy story lines to get to love, and join the ride, as silly as it may be. That's part of the enjoyment of it," Kruger, [...] »
A Perfect Plan (French: Un plan parfait), 2012.
Directed by Pascal Chaumeil.
To break the family curse one woman hatches the perfect plan for a quick fire marriage.
Diane Kruger leaves the crime wave of American TV, and heads to France to concoct and take part in a frustrating and decidedly unfunny rom-com.
Superstition and curses are on the menu for this slice of absurdist adventure as Isabelle (Kruger) attempts to defeat the curse that has befallen all of the women in her family whose first marriages have all ended in divorce. The solution is a quick marriage to a complete stranger followed by a quick divorce. Just as a cake requires flour, this being a romantic-comedy A Perfect Plan requires a good helping of drama, and where should this drama come from but secrets and deception that add a cheap tasting tang to this unappealing rom-com. »
- Gary Collinson
Pascal Chaumeil’s preceding endeavour Heartbreaker, is one of the more creative, enchanting and charmingly idealistic French comedies in recent years. Expectations had therefore been raised for the similarly-toned A Perfect Plan – however with the disastrous comedy A Long Way Down, released somewhere in between, any such fervent anticipation has since been lowered dramatically, which, as it turns out, was for good reason.
The film stars Diane Kruger as Isabelle, a woman so desperate to break her family curse of first marriages always ending in disaster – that she sets off to find a short-term husband– to free herself of the spell before marrying her one true love, Pierre (Robert Plagnol). Initially, she flies to Denmark, where it’s legal to get divorced instantly after a wedding, as she intends on paying somebody to marry and divorce her in a day. However after she gets stood up, she sets her sights »
- Stefan Pape
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June 2014….
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum returned to screens this past weekend as Officers Schmidt and Jenko in the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, which jumped straight in at number one in the UK box office chart with an opening weekend take of £4,854,991. That’s over three times the debut of 21 Jump Street (£1.56 million) and the biggest opening for a comedy film so far this year.
Aside from 22 Jump Street, two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with a live stream of BBC Radio 2′s D-Day 70 Years On pulling in £287,767 from 179 screens to claim seventh, while the Nicole Kidman-headlined biopic Grace of Monaco bombed hard, earning just £238,862 for a ninth-placed opening.
Number one this time last year: After Earth
1. 22 Jump Street, £4,854,991 weekend (New)
2. Maleficent, £2,605,230 weekend; £11,056,088 total (2 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Paris– Following a roll of underwhelming film releases, Pathe could soon regain its mojo with Dany Boon’s latest comedy “Superchondriac,” which has gotten off a whammo start at the French B.O., racking up around a first-day €2.3 million ($3.2 million) on Feb. 26, per a Rentrak estimate.
Released on 854 screens by Pathe, the €31 million movie ($42.5 million) budgeted movie, which Boon helmed and toplines, had managed to lure half-a-million people in French theaters by late Thursday afternoon, proving the best opening for a French movie since June 2012′s “Would I Lie To You 3.”
“Superchondriac’s” bow was 25% up on Boon’s third film as a director, 2012′s “Nothing To Declare,” which opened on 200 screens more and went on to gross $74.5 million in France.
The comedy is tracking for a first-five day 1.5 million in tix sales,” said Eric Marti, Rentrak general manager, France. That would be about $13 million in box office gross.
“’Superchondriac’ is a highly-anticipated movie, »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
The French love Dany Boon, though the condition hasn’t exactly been contagious. While the comic’s most successful venture, “Welcome to the Sticks,” spawned imitators in nearly every European market, the Gallic multi-talent hasn’t been the ingredient to catch on. His latest, “Superchondriac,” should pass quietly enough, except in France, where B.O. will prove nothing if not healthy. Boon plays a hyper-sensitive germophobe who disrupts everyone around him with his imaginary ailments — a low-concept setup that scarcely gives this laffer anywhere to go, relying on the actor’s charm and a series of goofy contrivances to limp its way home.
Romain Faubert (Boon) has the worst possible job for someone obsessed with everything that could possibly go wrong with his body: He takes photographs for an online medical dictionary, then spends his free time fretting about diseases most people don’t even know exist. We meet Romain en route to the hospital, »
- Peter Debruge
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