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When film directors stage a scene from the mid-1970s, we all know how it’s done: They’ll clear everything out of a shot — commercial signage, etc. — that violates the period, and then they’ll plunk down a bunch of 1970s parked cars. Yet what they end up with still doesn’t usually look like the period — it looks prefab — and watching Blood Ties, a rivetingly scuzzy and authentic New York cops-and-crime drama (it’s set in 1974), starring Clive Owen as a hard case who has just gotten out of prison and Billy Crudup as his straight-arrow policeman brother, »
- Owen Gleiberman
After transposing an American detective novel to France for his hit directorial debut, “Tell No One,” thesp-helmer-scribe Gullaume Canet inverts the equation for “Blood Ties,” which adapts French director Jacques Maillot’s 2008 crime drama “Les Liens du sang” to the 1970s New York of “The French Connection” and “Serpico” fame. Result is a sluggish, dramatically undernourished saga that somehow manages to exceed the original pic’s running time by 40 minutes without adding anything appreciable to the story or characters. Canet’s name plus a starry ensemble cast (including Mrs. Canet, Marion Cotillard) should ensure reasonably brisk world sales, though the pic’s excessive length and dour tone will limit audience appeal — especially in North America, where “Tell No One” racked up an impressive $6.1 million.
Based on a roman a clef by authors Michel and Bruno Papet, Maillot’s film (also set in the 1970s) starred Canet as a Lyonnais police »
- Scott Foundas
Led by Marie-Laure Montironi, EuropaCorp’s sales team has closed pre-sales on “Mansions” in key countries including Germany (Universum), Japan (Asmik Ace), South Korea (Daisy), U.K. (Warner Bros.), Canada (Vvs), Latin America (California Filmes), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (Fundamental) and Turkey (Tmc).
Produced by EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, as part of their co-production and co-financing deal, Camille Delamarre’s “Mansions” — a remake of Luc Besson-penned “District B13″ — is lensing in Canada. Relativity Media will release the pic Stateside.
Meanwhile “Saint-Laurent” pre-sold to Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Lusomundo), Indonesia (Pt Amero) and Singapore (Shaw) ahead of its October shooting.
All outstanding territories are in negotiations, per Montironi.
- Elsa Keslassy
Smart sells. Dumb, not so much.
If there’s an encouraging lesson to be drawn from the recent performance of independent films in the international market, it’s that intelligent movies by strong directors are being embraced by audiences, while derivative, generic and poorly executed projects are being snubbed.
Look at the most recent indie hits: “Looper,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Impossible,” “Amour,” “Side Effects” and “Olympus Has Fallen,” and contrast those with expensive flops such as “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Stand” and “Dredd.”
The international audience wasn’t always so discerning. But ever since the credit crunch, the global recession and the parallel slump in DVD and free-tv values, the market has become focused on theatrical quality.
Foreign buyers are shopping much more selectively now for projects with that special twist to drag cash-strapped audiences out to the cinema.
Everyone wants the next franchise, of course, but lightning rarely »
- Adam Dawtrey
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
After fending off rampaging Engineers and dealing with chestburster issues in Prometheus, then blackmailing Colin Farrell in Dead Man Down, you’d think Noomi Rapace would enjoy a film where she gets to watch horses running in a field or have a lovely cup of hot tea. Nope: she’s on for another dramatic thriller, signing on with Rust And Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts for Alive Alone.Khurram Longi will make his directing debut with the film, which finds a woman on the run from a crime boss. She starts an unexpected relationship with a man who spent time as a “guest” at Guantanamo Bay. We don’t expect the relationship to be a particularly easy one.Longi wrote the script, which landed on both the Black List of praised scripts in Hollywood and the UK’s own Brit List. Filming is set to kick off next January in New »
It seems that Noomi Rapace is really into bro-ing out with buff, Euro actors and frankly, who can blame her? She's currently in the midst of doing back-to-back films with Tom Hardy -- "Animal Rescue" which went in front of cameras this past spring and the upcoming thriller "Child 44" -- and now she's gearing up for another movie with one of her 'Rescue' co-stars. Rapace will be teaming with rising star Matthias Schoenarts ("Bullhead," "Rust And Bone") for "Alive Alone," and it sounds pretty promising. Penned by Khurram Longi (who will also make his directorial debut on the picture), the 2007 Brit List approved script will chronicle "the relationship between an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay, and a woman who is on the run from a crime boss." It does have a very faint whiff of "Dead Man Down"-esque flavor to it, which we hope goes away, but any opportunity »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Here’s a movie package that should be a hot one at Cannes. Protagonist and Thunder Road have teamed on Alive Alone, a drama that marks the feature directing debut of Khurram Longi. Bullhead star Matthias Schoenarts and Noomi Rapace are attached to play the leads in a thriller that focuses on the relationship between an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay, and a woman who is on the run from a crime boss. Longi’s script made both the Black List and the UK-centric Brit List. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is producing and Peter Lawson is exec producing, with production to start January in New York City. Protagonist Pictures will sell territories in Cannes while CAA reps domestic rights. The teaming is intriguing: the Belgian Schoenarts made his breakthrough playing the tragic protagonist in Bullhead and followed starring with Marion Cotillard in Rust And Bone, and next appears in »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” raises the curtain on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it will serve, among other things, as an indication that the love affair between the festival and Hollywood is alive and well — much more than the last time Luhrmann opened Cannes, 12 years ago, with “Moulin Rouge.” Back then, relations between Cannes and Tinseltown had hit something of a low, with few studio films of the late ’90s making the trek to the Croisette (“Beyond Rangoon,” anyone?). When he joined Cannes in 2001, festival director Thierry Fremaux was immediately tasked by fest president Gilles Jacob with a peacemaking mission to the West Coast, and the decade since has been one of the richest for le cinema Americain on the Riviera — even if the biggest Cannes-launched Oscar winner of recent years was a French production: “The Artist.”
As opening night draws near, I asked Fremaux to reflect on »
- Scott Foundas
Sharp and witty but shot throughout with resonant tragedy, celebrated American indie auteur Hal Hartley's Amateur (1994) is a twisted metaphysical thriller that has been hailed as one of his greatest works. To celebrate the long-awaited 13 May DVD and Blu-ray rerelease of Hartley's classic, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan and Elina Löwensohn, we've kindly been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of Amateur to give away, courtesy of our friends at distributor Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
An ex-nun (Huppert), trying to turn her hand to writing pornography, meets Thomas (Donovan), a recovering amnesiac in search of his estranged wife. The two set out in search of Thomas' past but soon discover a trail of secrets leading to the dark, violent »
- CineVue UK
nBaz Luhrman's 1920s extravaganza to open 66th festival and cement Surrey girl Carey Mulligan's arrival in Hollywood A-list
Many people might think The Great Gatsby has already had a premiere with reviews from American screenings widely available. But for its British star, Carey Mulligan, the red carpet Cannes screening of Baz Luhrmann's 3D extravaganza on Wednesday evening will secure her position among the top flight of international talent.
The film will officially open the annual event in the south of France, regarded as the leading festival in the cinema industry's calendar. Mulligan is expected to attend alongside Lurhrman and her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and will be the glamorous focus of the most high-profile function of the fortnight.
The actor from Surrey, who is married to Marcus Mumford of the award-winning band Mumford and Sons, is to have a second moment of glory later in the festival when she »
- Vanessa Thorpe
A year ago he was a little-known Belgian actor. Then, on the first Thursday of Cannes 2012, came Rust and Bone and Matthias Schoenaerts – playing a bare-knuckle boxer opposite Marion Cotillard – was suddenly the hottest discovery on the Croisette.
The British film industry in particular seems to have fallen for Schoenaert , and he'll be seen in three forthcoming BBC Films productions. First there's A Little Chaos (directed by Alan Rickman), in which he plays the head gardener at Versailles opposite Kate Winslet's headstrong landscaper. Then he'll go straight to the set of Saul Dibb's production of the second world war drama Suite française, some of which is being shot in his native Belgium. In that, he'll play a German officer opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. »
- Jason Solomons
Paris — Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, one of Europe’s most respected sales companies, and Brussels’ uMedia, a burgeoning Euro mini-studio, have tied the knot on an alliance that ranges across film financing, production, acquisition and international sales.
The partnership marks out uMedia’s status as one of the Europe’s fastest-growing go-to movie companies for European and U.S. indies alike. It also gives Celluloid Dreams the bigger company backing that specialty film sales agents, however well connected, now crave in tougher times.
UMedia’s sales arm uConnect and Celluloid shared offices at Berlin, with uConnect taking joint responsibility with Celluloid Dreams for the sale of Celluloid Dreams’ slate. Now sealing a long-term expanded alliance, uMedia and Celluloid Dreams can explore fully the options on an enviable range of film operations.
Raising a reported Euros110 million ($145 million) in tax shelter coin last decade, uMedia has diversified rapidly from 2010 into production, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Relatively speaking, if the New York Film Festival were the Bermuda International Film Festival, about 2 million people would be crowding into Lincoln Center every autumn. But the two fests really do have other more real-world things in common, like a combination of curatorial flair and all-star-game philosophy: With population of only 64,000, and no year-round arthouse on the island, Biff serves a hungry little audience with what amounts to a menu of (the last year’s) greatest hits, which otherwise wouldn’t get here. Like “Amour,” “Rust and Bone,” “The Law in These Parts,” “West of Memphis,” “Beyond the Hills,” and the sensational (in every sense) “The Act of Killing,” which doesn’t even open stateside for another six weeks. “We kind of go for the best of the year,” said festival administrator Andrew Stoneham, “and then find some early gems that haven’t reached a wider audience.” But Biff’s long suit is shorts. »
- John Anderson
"Rust and Bone" star Matthias Schoenaerts has been offered a role and "Watchmen" actor Matthew Goode is rumored to be joining the new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd" at DNA Films, Fox Searchlight and BBC Films.
Schoenaerts and Goode are being offered the roles of two of those three men - the shepherd Gabriel Oak, and the handsome soldier Sergeant Troy respectively. The third role, farm owner William Boldwood, has yet to be cast.
David Nicholls is penning the script with shooting aiming to begin this Summer.
Source: The Daily Mail »
- Garth Franklin
Vinterberg has said his take on the novel - which follows a young heiress loved by three men - will be "raw and revolutionary".
We have recently received details for the heartwarming Belgium comedy, Come As You Are (aka Hasta La Vista). The film is directed by Geoffrey Enthoven and follows three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them. Not even their handicaps: one is blind, one is confined to a wheelchair and one is completely paralysed.
The press release below gives film fans all the release info, as well as the charity red carpet event.
Eureka Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista), Geoffrey Enthoven’s film about love, unconditional friendship and lust, based on the experiences of Asta Philpot, an ardent campaigner for disabled people. Come As You Are is a charming, »
- Craig Hunter
Eureka Entertainment announced today that they have picked up UK theatrical and DVD rights for Geofrrey Enthoven's award-winning Belgian tragi-comic road movie, Come As You Are (aka Hasta La Vista). The film tells the story of three handicapped Flemish lads (one blind, one wheelchair-bound, one completely paralysed) who take a road trip to Spain, on the pretence of a wine tour, in order to get laid. Recent years have seen numerous European films focusing on disabled protagonists overcoming their disabilities score big at the international box office, with Rust and Bone, The Intouchables and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly all proving notable crossover hits. Couple that with the perennially popular "horny guys on a road trip" scenario and we could be looking at the paralympic...
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Denmark's leading art house cinema, located in the heart of the capital, celebrates its centenary this year at a time of growing national pride in the country's film industry
This week's Cine-files is another entry from Lorraine Simpson, who runs a monthly film discussion club in Edinburgh.
Denmark's leading art house cinema couldn't get any more central. You'll find it housed behind the Palace Hotel which faces Copenhagen City Hall, just off Stoget, the main pedestrian shopping area. If the imposing doors and smart gold signage are not easy enough to spot then just look for a street filled with movie posters, cafe tables and lots of neatly parked bikes.
This December, Grand Teatret will celebrate the centenary of its inaugural screening. The "grand" part of the theatre's title is due, in part, to the cinema's refined origins – the first screen was built in the ballroom of »
Marion Cotillard planted a sweet kiss on her son Marcel's cheek while cheering on Guillaume Canet at the International Jump Bost in Barbizon, France, on Sunday. Marion and Marcel cuddled to keep warm during the sweet outing, where they watched Guillaume show off his skills on his horse. She returned to her native France for the family fun following a recent trip to Tokyo, where she donned a Christian Dior gown for an event to promote her film Rust and Bone at the end of last month. Earlier, Marion showed support for her husband when she attended Guillaume's Paris premiere of his film Jappeloup back in February. View Slideshow › »
- Meghan Rooney
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