6 items from 2013
Ever since it was first mentioned – breathily no doubt – back in 2011, Lars von Trier's The Nymphomaniac has attracted near-continual eye-goggling. First it was the suggestion of hardcore content, then the participation of non-shrinking violet Charlotte Gainsbourg, then the Shia Laboeuf sex tape... what on earth, we all wondered, will this film look like? And now we know, sort of, after the release of the first "official image".
To be honest, as a taster for what has been coming on like the most sleazy, shocking, out-there film ever committed to celluloid, this picture – a muddy-looking image of someone (presumably Gainsbourg) prone in an alleyway – is just a tiny bit disappointing. Yes, we know The Nymphomaniac is about »
- Andrew Pulver
Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama “Le Weekend,” directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi. The specialty distributor plans a summer theatrical release. Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum star in the story of a long-married British couple that returns to Paris decades after their honeymoon to try and rekindle their bond only to run into an old friend who changes their thinking. "We could not resist getting involved in this project after reading the smart, moving and funny script by Hanif Kureishi and knowing director Roger Michell's work, particularly their wonderful previous collaborations ‘The Mother’ and ‘Venus,’ and picturing this super-talented cast playing these roles,” said Music Box exec Ed Arentz. “This was a movie we wanted to see and feel certain we will have plenty of company." Arentz and colleague William Schopf negotiated the deal with »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Hyde Park on Hudson follows the love story between American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and Daisy (Laura Linney) amidst a weekend when the King and Queen on England are coming to stay, and we were fortunate enough to sit down and discuss the feature with director Roger Michell, ahead of the film’s February 1st release.
Michell – known predominantly for Notting Hill – discusses with us his ow personal fascination into the time of which this film is set, and how much research material was available to him. He also discusses his delight at collaborating with writer Richard Nelson and his upcoming title Le Weekend.
- Stefan Pape
Music Box Films has acquired all Us rights to "Le Weekend," directed by Roger Michell ("Hyde Park on Hudson"). The film stars veteran Brit actor Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. "Le Weekend" is penned by Hanif Kureishi, and centers on a long-married British couple (Broadbent and Duncan) who take a trip to Paris to revitalize their relationship. While there, they run into an old friend (Goldblum) who helps them transform their romance. The film recently wrapped production in Paris. Music Box has plans for a summer 2013 theatrical release. Broadbent was most recently seen wearing many guises in the Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." He is also readily recognizable to American audiences as Professor Slughorn in the "Harry Potter" films. Duncan is primarily a regular on Brit TV, but Us viewers may remember her as Alice's mother in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." Goldblum »
- Beth Hanna
For those who only read the news or news feed, be sure to jump over to the 'Features' section as the 'Notable Films Guide of 2013' is now complete with in-depth analysis on 431 films targeting a release this year. Check it out starting here.
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- Garth Franklin
London – Music Box has inked a deal for the U.S. rights to Roger Michell's Le Weekend, starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. It details the story of a married couple who revisit Paris to revitalize their marriage and run into an old friend who gives them a new vision on life and love. The U.K. sales and finance banner Embankment Films sealed the deal with Music Box for the movie which is in post-production after its shoot at the end of last year on location in Paris. Photos: SAG Awards 2013: Red Carpet Arrivals Embankment
- Stuart Kemp
6 items from 2013
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